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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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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The Power Of Exquisite Moments

Amidst the relentless tough news of the past months, COVID restrictions, uncertain futures, worrying headlines, and political nitpicking, I met with a group of my professional peers last week. This meeting was our first face-to-face meeting after a year of Zoom meetings. The group atmosphere was warm and appreciative of simple human connections recognising years of working together, yet arriving in this new and fresh moment. We had broadened our lens on what was happening in the world and focused...

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Know Where You Stand – Emotional Pain and Leadership

Discovering you were closer to someone in your team than they were with you can hurt deeply. This hurts even more when you realise that others knew this before you did. When information within informal networks of interpersonal relationships overrides formal structures, trust is broken. Emotions run high as the true structure of relationships are revealed. You know where you stand, and how close or distant others are in relation to you. Remember Carlos Ghosen, Chair of Nissan, Japan and...

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The Language of Leadership – I, We, You

Three little words you, we, and I.   What’s in a word? Remember research from Dr Albert Mehrabian from UCLA in the  1960’s? Mehrablan identified that the power and effect of any communication came from:   Words 7% Body language 55% Emotional tone 38%       Accurate or not, Mehrablan’s research provides food for thought. One implication is while words are 7% of any communication, each of those words is likely to be important. the emotional tone you communicate...

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The Executive Presence Triangle

Have you ever felt completely swept up by what is going on in your organisation, and can’t think straight, let alone lead? Have you ever felt so vested in an outcome, you want to control how things happen? Or have you found yourself isolated and removed, and relating to those around you is entirely secondary. Executive Presence is the capacity to relate to those around you and lead in the current situation.   This Executive Presence triangle is an effective...

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