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 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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9 Missing Ingredients Of Successful Leadership

What strikes me almost every day in my coaching practice, is how heavily the following traits are valued in organisations: Action Doing Competitive drive Goal focus Intellectual fortitude The logic. The linear. The analytical. And this is a good thing. After all, these activities do contribute to productivity and results. But, I’m starting to get a bit…

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4 Keys To Being A Collaborative Leader

In case you hadn’t noticed, the world is changing at an unprecedented pace. What’s driving the spectacular speed of our changing environment? That little thing called the internet. The use of social media by younger generations across the globe in order to communicate and protest – think The Arab Spring for starters. The increase in transparency of…

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Wagging 101 For Leaders

If you’ve got a little rebel in you, then you’ve come to the right place. Actually, I think most of us have a wild child within us – even if it’s only unleashed on the odd occasion. In fact, I think giving our responsible and sensible selves a holiday every now and then can be a…

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5 Things Leaders Should Never Do

When mastering a new skill, in addition to focussing on what to do, it can also be helpful to be mindful of what NOT to do. When it comes to effective leadership, being aware of behaviour patterns and traits to avoid can be useful – not only for our own personal development, but for the…

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Pushing through the red zone

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” – Neale Donald Walsch Stepping outside our comfort zones is crucial to developing as a leader. Our willingness to try new things, master new skills or merely do things that take us beyond our comfortable and safe ‘every day’ lives is vital if we wish to…

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One step forward, two steps back….

A few days ago I was asked the following question: “How do we keep ourselves true to our reformed behaviour, once we have made a commitment to change?” Becoming aware of a trait or habit which is holding us back is only half the battle in conquering it. Consistently maintaining the improvement once it has…

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