Leadership Reminders From My Children

Kids have a way of being innocent and wise all at the same time. Although as adults we’re the ones who are supposed to have all the answers, I’m often surprised at how my children provide insight into a problem I’m grappling with. Here are 10 ways my children provide reminders of great leadership traits:…

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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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The People, Places And Moments That Shape Your Destiny

There are people, places and events you encounter in life, that change your life.  You know the ones – these are the things that on some level, you know there was “my life before x” and “my life after x”. This weekend just gone, I went on a course that was one of those. I won’t bore you…

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What’s Your Happy Thing? #myhappything

One of the things I love about writing a blog is, my life, and those I coach, offer such rich pickings for topics – if I am just willing to stop long enough to take notice. Rich pickings not only in terms of leadership, but also in navigating life’s peculiar, spectacular journey. It’s spooky how…

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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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5 Simple Ways to Increase Your Self-Awareness

The American Idol contestant who thinks they can sing, but who can’t hold a tune to save themselves. The skinny friend who thinks she is fat. And the extreme? Hitler – who saw himself as a prophet and messiah. These may be radical cases of low self-awareness, but for many of us, how we view ourselves…

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Mastering Mindfulness

Mindfulness, or being actively present in any given moment, can seem like a monumental challenge to master, especially in today’s time pressured, multitasking, busy-laden workplace. One organisation making mindfulness more accessible for its employees is Google.  Their strategy is simple….fresh air, gentle exercise, and the space to be alone in thought.  At Googleplex, their global…

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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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