Why New Year’s Resolutions Don’t Work (and 2 powerful alternatives)

Here’s a frightening statistic. According to the University of Scranton research, only 8% of people actually achieve their New Year’s goals. Crazy right?! If resolutions or specific goal setting just ain’t your gig, don’t sweat it, you’re doing OK. Instead of the traditional resolution-fest, I’d like to suggest a different approach, which can apply to the beginning of…

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Logging Off and Lounging Out

This is my last blog post for 2014. I’m taking a break between now and the New Year to hang with the fam. I hope you have some serious down time planned as well. I want to take this opportunity to thank you for reading my ramblings on The Leaders Digest in 2014. To say this…

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Why Leaders Should Challenge Paradigms (even their own)

The greatest leaders are ones who challenge the status quo. Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, Malala Yousafzai, Aung San Suu Kyi and Sir Edmund Hillary are just a few examples of influential people throughout history who have made a real and lasting impact on the world. Why? Because they asked questions. They opposed dogmatism. They…

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A Big Leadership Lesson From A Small Bird

This morning, as I stole ten minutes to sit in one of my favourite spots in the world (a little Chinese garden), I spotted a sparrow hopping about under the park bench. I watched him for a few minutes, as if I was seeing him for the first time. Sparrows are such ordinary, run-of-the-mill, kinda…

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Phrase Your Praise: How A Leader’s Praise Can Influence Mindsets

I’ve just stumbled across this little gem of information. In this enlightening video clip, psychologist Carol Dweck talks about the results of a study she did on 5th graders, where she tested the effect of praise on mindsets. It shows the difference between praising children for their intelligence versus the effort they made i.e. “Wow,…

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The People, Places And Moments That Shape Your Destiny

There are people, places and events you encounter in life, that change your life.  You know the ones – these are the things that on some level, you know there was “my life before x” and “my life after x”. This weekend just gone, I went on a course that was one of those. I won’t bore you…

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Positive Flashpoints And Energy Vampires

Every year around this time, the focus of most of my coaching sessions seem (for the most part) to be  less on ‘development’ and more on ‘how the hec am I going to get through to Christmas’. In other words, resilience and filling up our tanks enough to get through to our long-awaited break. Cue…

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The Best Leadership App Since Sliced Bread

My mother was a Yoga teacher while I was growing up, which is kinda ironic, because up until very recently I couldn’t meditate to save myself. My mum even had a swami who came to stay with us, complete with swishing orange robes, for several weeks. Oh my poor long-suffering, conservative dad. Now, well into…

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I Need Your Help!

Have you ever done something that has literally scared the bejeebers out of you – but you went ahead and did it anyway? Two years ago I hit the ‘publish’ button on my blog for the very first time. It was one of the most frightening things I have EVER done. Who would read it? Who cares?…

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How To Be A Subtle Ninja

There’s a subtle difference between: Reacting and responding. Blaming and holding someone accountable. Delegating and passing the buck. Failure and learning from our mistakes. Subtlety is the quality of being understated, delicate, or nuanced. These are words not often associated with leadership – but when it comes to leading people, subtlety can make all the difference.  If a big…

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