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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Why Leaders Need To Lighten Up

One of the things I love about my husband is the fact that he takes the mickey out of me. Constantly. Many a tense moment has been averted by the fact he doesn’t take things (or me) too seriously – particularly when I get  a bit too sombre or ‘drama queen-ish’ for my own boots. At this…

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4 Easy Ways To Oil Your Team’s Wheels

One of the best things about my job is the opportunity to learn vicariously. Here are just 4 simple things you can start doing today to improve the cohesiveness and general all round awesomeness of your teams: 1. Cut down on email communication. Put down the mouse. Step away from the computer. Pick up the…

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Time and Place

Today I’m excited to introduce guest blogger, Martin Fenwick, to The Leader’s Digest. Martin is an executive coach at Altris – a leadership development and executive coaching company based in Auckland, NZ. Martin is also a regular contributor to the Altris leadership blog. My mum used to say “there is a time and a place for…

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