A useful tool when you’re about to lead change

Whenever there’s a new initiative or idea in your organisation, there will be forces that support it to happen – and forces that oppose it. Seems obvious, huh? But if, as a leader, you don’t acknowledge or sufficiently address the opposing forces at the beginning of a change process, the change process is more likely…

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An acronym you should remember when leading change

I like acronyms. They’re handy. Where would we be without RSVP, ETA and FYI? And having to remember the colours of the rainbow in correct order is made easier by ROYGBIV. This is required far more often than you’d think when you have a ten year old daughter. Then, there’s the ‘too weird to believe’…

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Why leaders must destigmatise mental illness in the workplace

In the past year, we’ve seen many high-profile people take their own lives due to their struggles with depression – Anthony Bourdain, Kate Spade, TVNZ news reporter Greg Boyed – it’s a list that sits uncomfortably on anyone’s lips. News of these deaths have sparked conversations about mental health in the media, at home and…

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Learning leadership lessons can be painful

This week, I was delivered a powerful lesson which I am still trying to make sense of. It has prompted me to think deeply and broadly about the way in which leadership lessons can be conveyed. Sometimes teachers come in the strangest guises: a person we despise, a political election, a random conversation, an uncomfortable,…

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5 Powerful Questions For Influencing Change In Others

One of the most challenging yet vital skills of any leader, is the ability to influence others. Tapping into a person’s ‘why’ is fundamental to influencing – whether it’s our boss, our peers or our direct reports. It means exploring the motivation or desire for change. And yet, so often this focus is absent in influence-based conversations.…

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What Defines You As A Successful Person?

What Defines You As A Successful Person

Today’s blog post is by my Altris buddy, Kelly Samson, who is one of the nicest people I met in 2015. He offers up some serious food for thought around how we identify WHO we are by WHAT we do. Tom knew it was coming, they all knew. The slow-moving restructuring juggernaut, chewing up departments and teams…

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The Hardest Change Of All

Today’s guest poster is Martin Fenwick, Director of Altris Ltd and principle of theCHANGEfactor. His book, The Change Factor, is available right here and is an easy read for those leading through change. Anyone who is familiar with John Kotters’ definition of leadership will know leaders make changes – whereas managers maintain stability. The struggle to do…

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You May Say I’m A Dreamer

I’m a bit of a dreamer.  An incurable optimist. When it comes to considering what’s possible, my enthusiasm can sometimes be a little overwhelming…even to myself. I have been accused of having my head in the clouds, being rose tinted, unrealistic and hopelessly naive. And it is true. I am all of these things. But…

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Facing Reality: The Skill Leaders Love To Hate

Every day my funky little meditation app, Headspace, sends me mindfulness questions via pop-up notifications on my phone. Lately I have been getting A LOT of the same question – “are you resisting your feelings?” It made me think about facing reality. There comes a time when we have no option, but to face reality. Yes, it may…

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