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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What Is Executive Presence?

  Do you want to dramatically improve your capacity to inspire and influence? Do you often wish you were more confident and have greater influence and impact? These all revolve around Executive Presence! Your Executive Presence is the invisible qualities that you own, your personality.  How do people experience you as a leader? Do they feel inspired by you, or do they leave feeling criticized and judged? There are 5 Qualities of Executive Presence Positive Relationships Authenticity Identity Reputation Credibility If you want to...

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Executive Presence: Keys To Self-Esteem, Self-Confidence And Your Capacity To Influence

Are you busy? Do you have too many competing priorities?  Your self-esteem and self-confidence suffer when your work cuts into your family and personal time. What is the cause of this?  I notice in the leaders who come to me wanting greater self-confidence and to increase their influence share 3 – 4 of the following characteristics: A propensity to help; Difficulty in saying no; Wanting to please people; Take on too much; Are perfectionistic; Like to ‘do stuff’ rather than...

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Beyond Lockdown: The Four Stages For Inspiring Re-entry 

What a time we have all been through. One of the many unusual aspects of this pandemic has been how the whole world has had shared experiences. Most of us have retreated to personal bubbles within our homes, worked remotely, and are hyper-alert to being physically distant from friends, colleagues, and people dear to us.  I rapidly shifted my business online. I noticed the strain of looking into a camera and not being able to read people’s responses has stressed...

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Leading Exceptional Online Meetings

“How do you stop meetings from being boring?” This question dominated my recent free zoom session on leading exceptional online meetings. I had asked participants to submit their top two questions, and everyone had asked that question, or a version of it. It is a great question, and too few leaders recognise their meetings are boring or irrelevant to participants. If your own meetings don’t excite you, and you aren’t looking forward to getting together with those in the meeting,...

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The Glaring Gap In Business Continuity Planning

The stark gap revealed with working remotely and physical distancing shows leaders need to be sociologists. The depletion of person social interactions has the effect of shutting down people’s productivity and creativity. Shortly after Rutherford split the atom, Jacob Moreno discovered the social atom– the smallest number of people every person needs to order to keep learning and thrive. We are seeing this right now in our workplaces and society. Being physically confined, many people experience their social atom being...

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The Secrets To Working Remotely

In these next few months, you are likely to experience working remotely for those of you who can. As a solo consultant for over 25 years, here are some tips and tools that work for me, and help to keep me motivated and productive. Being socially and professionally connected remains the same as everyday times. Here are some things that make working from home a great experience: Use your commute time to listen to music, read, or have family discussions...

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Comparing Chefs And Nutrition With Leaders Creating Culture

On Valentine’s evening, my partner David and I dined at Atlas, a contemporary high-end restaurant in Wellington. I had booked several weeks earlier, and indicated I was vegan. The truth is, I’m ‘sort of vegan’. I do eat eggs, the occasional salmon or prawns to ensure I get enough protein particularly when I’m dining out. Why? Many chefs either don’t appear to understand the role of vegan protein if they consider substitutes. One example is olive oil is a great substitute for butter in vegans’...

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Don’t Make Being Late For Meetings Painful For Everyone

Are you ever late for meetings? Including for your own meetings? If others value punctuality, and I do too, the behaviour of the person who is late, and the meeting chair both greatly influence the success of the meeting. There is a lot that can go wrong when people come late, especially if they are the meeting leader. These four simple approaches go a long way to ensure the meeting remains productive: 1. Don’t apologise. Apologies only work if you are...

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Unlikely and Essential Links Among Gymnastics, Travel and the Art of Planning

As a teenage gymnast I was lucky enough to be an Olympic trialist.  I was in the top 10 and that year New Zealand sent only one gymnast. Sadly it wasn’t me. My coach was John MacFarlane, who taught at the local boys high school, and I was the only girl in the gym club. John was an avid traveler and videographer and so, an important part of my training involved watching videos of the world’s greatest gymnasts – Vera Cavslavska and later the daring Natasha...

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