Why Every Leader Needs a Challenging Cheerleader

I have a love-hate relationship with my personal trainer, Lucas. I hate it when he makes me do one more round of burpees after I’ve already done four. And I have fantasies about throwing a pavlova in his face when he chirps good-naturedly to “keep it up, you’re doing great” as I ungraciously wheeze my…

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Words matter. But your behaviour matters more.

Don’t tell them – show them. Words matter. But your behaviour matters more.  You might be an executive team wanting to change the culture of your organisation. You may be a leader looking to improve your leadership in some way. Or perhaps you have received some unexpected and hard-to-hear feedback in your latest 360 – and you’re…

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Beware this decision-making flaw

There’s a pesky little decision-making flaw that we all fall prey to. This insidious decision villain seems to ramp up big-time during any election season, and we’re seeing it run amok now, so this week’s blog is a timely reminder for us all. Since this is a leadership blog, I’m going to focus on how…

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Pivot Programme

The Programme for Senior Leadership Teams Why is a high performing leadership team so pivotal? The culture and performance of an organisation almost always mirrors what is happening at the top table. Show me a dysfunctional or low performing leadership team – and I’ll show you a dysfunctional and low performing organisation. At the very…

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How to combat feeling lonely at the top: Four tips for CEOs

“Solitude vivifies; isolation kills.”  – Joseph Roux Being a CEO can be lonely. Nobody tells you this before your first stint at running a company, but having coached a lot of CEOs, I’ve had a front row seat to the ‘lonely at the top’ factor. Sure, you have your board and your executive team to discuss…

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How to get through the tough first times in leadership

The first time I went for a run I hated it. We’re talking the level of contempt I hold for personalised licence plates and root canals. “Why do people do this?!” I wheezed. It was difficult, painful and way outside my comfort zone. But as I trundled and puffed my sorry ass around the block,…

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4 Tips For Dealing With Criticism

If you are a leader, you will encounter criticism. The trick is knowing how to sift and sort the gems from the gremlins. Being able to discern what and whom to ‘dig’ – and what and whom to ‘ditch’. As you scale the organisational ladder, it’s likely you will receive less challenging feedback. Although your…

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