Are you doing DIVERSITY right? A quality Q&A with Tania Domett

If you’re still wondering whether diversity in the workplace is important…best you go hang out with the Flat Earth Society.   As McKinsey & Co (and a host of other highly credible researchers) have shown, diversity makes your organisation more effective, successful and profitable.  But knowing you should be cultivating and promoting a diverse workforce –…

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How To Turn Irritation Into Inspiration

We usually view states like dissatisfaction, frustration and exasperation as negative. Admittedly,  they are not as pleasant to experience as their opposites. The thing is… When you’re feeling satisfied, you lose the impetus to look for opportunities. Dissatisfaction is beneficial to the creative process. That annoying itch can inspire action. [Tweet “If you want to change,…

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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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7 Top Tips For Igniting Better Leadership

As the year draws to a close, I have been reflecting on the lessons I have learned this year. When it comes to leadership, I keep coming back to seven foundational principles. Whether it’s through my coaching practice, in researching in the subject or in my own bumbling experiences in being a manager, the same…

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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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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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20 Ways To Challenge Effectively

“He who has learned to disagree without being disagreeable has discovered the most valuable secret of diplomacy.”  – Robert Estabrook The skill of challenging effectively is a constant area of focus – not only in working with my clients, but personally as well. There’s no doubt about it, challenging is challenging. It’s a tricky skill to master…

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