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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7 questions to ask to ensure you are promoting the right people

Magic Johnson was arguably one of the best basketballers in history. His remarkable list of achievements included winning five NBA titles, earning three league MVPs and reaching a 12-time All-Star status with the Lakers. Not too shabby, wouldn’t you say? But he was an average coach. If you were to rate his performance as a…

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How NOT to run a meeting – let my pain be your gain

When I first became a manager, the thing I dreaded the most was running the weekly team meeting. Cue copious eye rolling, blank stares and sideways smirks, constant phone checking and deathly silence. All the while, I perched anxiously at the head of the table. Not yet comfortable in my new manager skin – I…

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4 Ways To Prevent Feeling Lonely At The Top

If you’re feeling lonely at the top of your organisation, ironically, you are not alone. A  survey conducted by Stanford University*, found that almost all (over 90%) CEOs find the process of receiving coaching and leadership advice highly effective and rewarding. BUT, almost two-thirds of CEOs do not receive coaching or leadership advice from outside consultants or coaches.…

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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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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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Why Peer Coaching Is A Great Development Tool

Coaching comes in a variety of different shapes and forms. You can be coached by your manager in a five-minute conversation about a work challenge, by an executive coach in a coaching session, or with a mentor discussing your next career steps. At its essence however, coaching is about helping people to help themselves. It…

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What Leaders Can Learn From Pearl Divers

Dig deeper. Look past the first right answer. Last weekend on my run, I glanced across the harbour and saw this view of a boat on the water. If we were to glance briefly at the photo, we would only see the boat at the forefront of the image, floating safely in the harbour. We could…

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The woman behind (beside) the woman

I’m super excited. And I mean pre-teen-girl, squealing, jumping up and down excited. Let me introduce you to the second member of McAlpine Coaching – Jane Grenfell, Executive Assistant Extraordinaire! There is common wisdom which says to surround yourself with people who are really good at the things you’re not. Well, if paperwork, administration, and…

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