Taking People With You

Come From Away was one of the Broadway shows David and I chose on our recent visit to New York. An unlikely and poignant musical based on the 39 planes which were diverted to a small Newfoundland town for a week during the 9/11 disaster. The story centred on the interactions with a town of 7000 people accepting an equal number of bewildered stranded travellers desperate to be with their work colleagues or families. The awkwardness, delights, and setbacks which...

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When Meetings Go Awry

How often are you in meetings where: The conversation goes into irrelevant details Someone is holding forth and it is unclear what is important Someone is holding forth and they are definitely off topic What is happening? Essentially there is a leadership gap. What does this mean? The leader has lost their way, or group members are anxious of the consequences if they were to redirect the meeting or the meeting chair senses whoever is talking is more ‘senior’ than they are;...

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Summer Reads

I love reading. There’re few things as satisfying as curling up in the warm summer shade with a book. I am a voracious reader of business books and articles, biographies and autobiographies, detective stories written by women, and contemporary fiction. I become a fan of particular authors and read all they have written. Within those moments, I am transported out of my own life and into others lives. I’m lucky to know a number of business authors and love reading...

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Learning And Implementation Are Two Different Things

Kia ora koutou, Kei te peha koe? Akoranga = learning. The greatest impact of leadership development is on your personal capacities. Whether your ability to run great meetings, speak succinctly, or create alliances around innovative approaches is being developed, personal development for building professional capability is the key. My current professional development is learning Te Reo. Why? I wanted to learn because my grandchildren are bilingual and I don’t want them to have to think in English every time we interact....

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Commissioning Work For Compelling Results

How often are you asked to do something and then your manager either significantly reworks it, or asks you to? How often are you presented with work you have commissioned which doesn’t hit the mark and has to be reworked? How often do you or your team work after hours to finalise urgent papers? How much time is wasted with this reworking? hese concerns are familiar to some of my clients. They know delegating and commissioning work is not a...

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Self-Confidence And The Imposter Syndrome

Do you doubt your accomplishments? Do you experience a persistent internalized fear of being exposed as a fraud? The Imposter Syndrome is behind leaders’ and professionals’ lack of confidence. At least one of four factors produce this syndrome: When you have achieved earlier goals and have yet to set future goals. In this intervening time, you have applied for and are appointed to a more senior position. This results in feeling like you have yet to catch up with yourself....

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Remember Your Leadership Disciplines

We are in an age where new information, fads, innovations, trends, and social media flood us each day. In this flurry, it is easy to overlook or forget the simple disciplines which ensure we produce results. I love the creativity, colour and textures of preparing food. Then there is the delightful experience of eating home cooked food with family and friends. After travel books, recipe books are my most favoured; Yotam Ottolenghi, Heston Blumenthal, Adam Liaw, Ferran Adria, Gilli Basan,...

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Executive Presence: Increase Your Influence

How well do you speak the language of results? Do you want to be more influential? Do you want to inspire others to success? The SSC 2016 Leadership Insights survey revealed 44% of leaders were not strong in influencing, inspiring or motivating others. What are the secrets the 56% who are strong in this area? There are the secrets you need to know: Leaders who influence and inspire others have a particular secret. They talk results. They talk about their...

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Don’t Apologize – It’s The Wrong Approach!

Are you a habitual apologizer? Do you work with people who are? Habitual apologies are time-wasting, put you on the back foot, divert attention from the matter at hand, and make it difficult to have peer relationships where people express themselves freely and candidly with one another. Pete and I were underway with our first coaching session. I was commenting on his CV, saying “Write your CV without personal pronouns. The ‘I’ belongs in your letter of application.” He apologized,...

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Who Controls Your Time – You or Your Boss?

Your work/life balance is in your hands and how much time you spend on each side is your choice. The choice is whether you make ‘your life’ a priority or not. Emergencies do require exceptional hours and for specific periods demands of your professional life may well creep into your personal life but, not as a given. Work/life balance is a catchy phrase. It is a concept that many aspire to, rather than live. Leaders become used to taking work home,...

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