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August 29, 2013

Your Leadership Ethos – Are You a Lizard or a Learner?

Here’s an interesting look at your leadership ethos. Let’s look in the mirror for a moment. It’s a fun look at my experience with my many wonderful clients and comrades (and me) over a period of 40 years of leadership activity. Are you a lizard or a learner? There are many types of lizards and […]

August 27, 2013

TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN BUSINESS

Success is a very subjective word. It has different meanings for different people. In business however, it usually means sustainable growth and profitability. That is the holy grail of commerce. But there is a problem. It seems that the sustainable actually isn’t all that sustainable! Just look at the global economy right now, after so […]

August 22, 2013

Essential for Business - The Wings of Success

Major Insights Workplace Attitudes supported by Great Leadership Behaviour have the biggest impact on viability, productivity and sustainability. Structures, systems, product and service creation, productivity, acquisition and use of resources and talent, and stakeholder relationships are all dependent upon these two wings. Without these wings, the organisation is like a dodo – can’t fly, can’t […]

August 20, 2013

How to Build Trust and Respect as a Leader

Employee engagement is a hot topic right now, in partnership with performance and productivity. The concern over these critical requirements for success is warranted because we have a cause that isn’t getting the attention it deserves – that of leadership engagement. Leaders at all levels are largely missing in action, stymied by email, reporting, questionable […]

August 15, 2013

The Best Return on Investment

Why is a corporation’s return on investment (ROI) benchmarked against current bank interest rates? I was once told that it was because you could decide whether to keep your money in the bank for no effort and little risk, or invest it in a business where the risks and effort are higher. I have since […]

August 13, 2013

Leadership Reflection – for de-stressing and a high point in learning

A characteristic of seasoned effective leaders is that they can manage stress well or rather, de-stress rapidly. They are also life-long learners and realise that reflection is a high point in learning. The time during which they de-stress occurs whilst conducting a disciplined daily reflection period, where they ask themselves these 15 questions or something […]

August 8, 2013

Succession Planning Isn’t Enough

I constantly hear comments about whether one’s succession plan is in place or not. The organisations who claim they have a plan too often do nothing more than allow the nominees to stand in whilst the incumbent is away on leave, study, or deployment. They then wonder why succession plans often deliver sub-standard results and […]

August 6, 2013

What is Attitude?

This post describes what attitude is, how to create a change of attitude and how to achieve a positive attitude. “Attitude” is one of the most frequently used words when describing the behaviour of people, whether in the workplace or beyond. Having the “right attitude” is regarded as a prerequisite for most employment opportunities. However […]

August 1, 2013

How to Accelerate Leadership Effectiveness

Tom replaced the medium sized mining company’s former chief operating officer, who had fallen seriously ill. Less than two months later Tom felt extremely stressed and was struggling to keep up with his workload. Worst of all he hadn’t had time to get to know the people who were delivering the outputs and results. He […]

July 30, 2013

Better Leaders Ask More Than Tell

I observed the CEO addressing his five direct reports, all C-level executives.  It was their routine weekly update, a short loose agenda meeting, designed to keep each other in the picture.  No great detail was required, just a dashboard approach. What dismayed me was the time the CEO took explaining what he thought, wanted, found, […]

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