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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The Hardest Change Of All

Today’s guest poster is Martin Fenwick, Director of Altris Ltd and principle of theCHANGEfactor. His book, The Change Factor, is available right here and is an easy read for those leading through change. Anyone who is familiar with John Kotters’ definition of leadership will know leaders make changes – whereas managers maintain stability. The struggle to do…

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Wise Words from Women in Leadership

Suzi McAlpine speaking at the Public Section Women in Leadership Summit, 2015 (Wellington, NZ)

I’ve just returned home from speaking  on collaborative leadership at the 2nd Public Sector Women in Leadership Summit 2015. Here I am doing my thang. I’m the small dark blob in the distance. For more on collaborative leadership in action, download my speech notes or register your interest for our upcoming workshops (see how at…

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Why New Year’s Resolutions Don’t Work (and 2 powerful alternatives)

Here’s a frightening statistic. According to the University of Scranton research, only 8% of people actually achieve their New Year’s goals. Crazy right?! If resolutions or specific goal setting just ain’t your gig, don’t sweat it, you’re doing OK. Instead of the traditional resolution-fest, I’d like to suggest a different approach, which can apply to the beginning of…

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Logging Off and Lounging Out

This is my last blog post for 2014. I’m taking a break between now and the New Year to hang with the fam. I hope you have some serious down time planned as well. I want to take this opportunity to thank you for reading my ramblings on The Leaders Digest in 2014. To say this…

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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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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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Be The Change You Wish To See In Others

“It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself.” -Eleanor Roosevelt Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, first lady of the United States from 1933 to 1945, was not only revered for her work as a civil rights activist, author, politician, and speaker (what a woman!). She also left behind her…

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