On the spectrum or just bad behaviour?

  “For change efforts to be successful, behaviours must be altered. If behaviour isn’t altered, we’re doomed to repeat past mistakes.” Peter Drucker Hosting Saturday Night Live in Mid-May, Elon Musk said that he has Aspergers. This might come as a relief to some who want to explain his erratic behaviour, outbursts and wild accusations. The definition of the disease is: “A form of autism spectrum disorder that is less severe than other forms, characterized by difficulty with social interaction...

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Reflections from Auckland’s Readers and Writers week

  “Without commitment, you cannot have depth in anything whether it’s a relationship, a business or a hobby.” Neil Strauss What struck me about Auckland’s Readers and Writers week was the generosity of this programme.  There were many free events alongside paid-for events. Each was packed. I went to Siobhan Harvey’s launch of her new poetry book ‘Ghosts’ and heard 5 poets including my friend Maris O’Rourke recite her riveting poem Kintsugi. I met and had a chance to talk with Zarah Butcher-McGunnigle...

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Transitions: From subject matter specialist to leader

  “The real trick in life is to turn hindsight into foresight that reveals insight.” Robin Sharma Last year I had the privilege to coach a specialist art teacher, Paddy O’Rourke as he took on his first leadership role as head of the art department in an Auckland College late in 2019. At year-end, Paddy and I had a conversation on some of the challenges he faced, what he had found satisfying, and what he had learned. Making the transition...

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Something old, and wonderful!

  “Innovation is a mixture of the old and the new with a dash of surprise.” Al Etmanski A long-time colleague of mine Dr Maris O’Rourke spotted this in the Nelson Airport shop last weekend. My first book Leadership Material is number 28 on their list of 50 best sellers! It has just slipped in front of Lee Child’s The Midnight Line. You can get your copy at any of the airport bookstores or on kindle or paperback on Amazon....

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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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