Falling Off Our Foils

“When you make a mistake, there are only three things you should do about it: admit it, learn from it, and never repeat it.” Paul Bear Bryant Leadership teams who have values and behaviours are always going to fail. That they do fail isn’t the main point. The main thing is what do they do when they inevitably fail? That is the secret to their success. Teams willing to review their failure to ‘back one another’ or retain their ‘generous...

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When the going gets tough, the tough keep going

“The path from dreams to success does exist. May you have the vision to find it, the courage to get on to it, and the perseverance to follow it.” Kalpana Chawla I am 80% through writing my next book, Leadership Leaders: Releasing the power of relationships for exceptional participation, alignment and team results. My first book focused on leaders’ development. Leadership Levers firmly places leaders as guardian of their group’s development. I have found this book challenging to write and I have lurched from...

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Meetings From Hell

“The hard truth is, bad meetings almost always lead to bad decisions, which is the best recipe for mediocrity.“ Patrick Lencioni  What causes petty behaviours and in-fighting amongst colleagues who lead successful organisations? This month I explore the key principles I work with during meetings to ensure fresh solutions to entrenched problems are found.  

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Leaders’ words shape their identity

“We lift our gaze to not what stands between us, but what stands before us” – Amanda Gorman, American Laureate. The capacity to spot and emphasise what is good among disappointments and failures is one of leaders’ great assets. Criticising comes easily when you are on the receiving end of poor service or poor leadership.

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Don’t get off a train moving 100km an hour

“Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving, we get stronger and more resilient” – Dr. Steve Maraboli. What a year it has been. In these last few months, many of my clients are making significant changes to how they do business. Pandemic responses have been normalised and volatility, turbulence, disruption, disasters, political and social unrest still permeate everyday interactions. It is easy to see that leaders would be challenged to function well, along with everyone else. How have you fared?

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Why losing out doesn’t always equal rejection

“Every time I thought I was being rejected from something good, I was actually being redirected to something better” – Dr. Steve Maraboli. This past month, both in Aotearoa and internationally, has seen high stakes rugby matches, elections, and high level appointments made. One of the downsides of high level sport, job interviews and political election is that there is only one winner. 

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Are You Appointing the Best Person for the Job?

Are you really appointing the best person for the job? Tikanga holds the key. Finding the best person for the role has long been the intent for employment specialists and senior executives. Whether you use competency-based questions or the STAR method of behavioural interviewing, you will likely miss one central element. Discovering ‘who’ the person is, gives interviewers the best source to uncover the best candidate.

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9 Ways To Positively Impact Leadership Team Meetings

From Dysfunction to Impact and Influence in Leadership Teams One thing that continues to surprise me with senior leaders is how many do not contribute to senior leadership meetings. Having worked with thousands of team leaders, I notice typical behaviours and one of these behaviours is to remain silent in meetings. Of course, there are many reasons for their silence. Kate, one of the leaders I spoke to, let me know what affects her: Without meeting protocols, others talk frequently...

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