An interview with Michael Lee Stallard, global expert on the power of connection – and why it’s fundamental for your leadership practice

When you meet a globally renowned expert on connection and leadership and find that you connect immediately… Well, I reckon that’s a great start! That’s how I felt when I met Michael Lee Stallard last week over Zoom. He practices what he preaches. Our conversation was full of warmth, connection, humour and passion about the…

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21 leadership habits to cultivate in 2021

I love a good New Year’s resolution; I make them all the time. The trouble is that they often don’t work. We start off with great intentions but, for most of us, by mid-February (if even that long!), we’re tanking. Research shows us that the trick is to focus on positive habits which help you…

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Icarus: A cautionary tale for the overambitious

When it came to fables and useful myths to demonstrate a point, the Greeks had it going on. The story of Icarus is no exception. In this Greek myth, Icarus follows his father in fleeing the city of Crete.  His father cobbles together wings for them both made out of wax and feathers – as…

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Five common decision-making mistakes and how to avoid them

Teams tend to make decisions in one of three ways. All three approaches have their place and their strengths.  However, trouble arises when we fall prey to overusing one of them. Or when we automatically apply a decision-making style without much thought as to what’s needed for that situation – a kind of ‘knee jerk’…

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How to support those new to leadership roles

In the past month, I’ve come across at least five situations where emerging or first-time leaders are coming unstuck in their people leadership role. Usually, I hear this from their boss (or even their boss’s boss). Sometimes, it’s when it reaches HR. But the theme of the problem – and the cause – is almost…

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