Three Nasty Leadership Gremlins to Eradicate

One of my kids’ favourite books when they were little was called The Snot Goblin. It’s about a naughty, antisocial gremlin who lives under your child’s bed. He wreaks all manner of havoc, much to the dismay of toys and children alike. Gremlins aren’t just confined to story books. Leadership has its fair share of…

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Throw Me a Rope – I’m Scaling a Procrastination Mountain Here

I’m currently experiencing the worst bout of procrastination of my entire life. It’s excruciating, it’s embarrassing, and I think it has the potential to sabotage the most significant goal of my professional career. Let me explain: I’m travelling to New York at the end of May to undertake research for the book I’m writing. In order for this trip to be a success, I…

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How To Prevent Fear From Stealing Your Leadership Mojo

Did you know we are born with only two fears? The fear of falling and loud noises. Everything else is developed through our experiences. So, fear is an intrinsic part of our human make-up. And it sure does drive a WHOLE lotta behaviour. What does this mean if you are a leader? At its worst, fear leaves us paralysed.…

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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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Positive Flashpoints And Energy Vampires

Every year around this time, the focus of most of my coaching sessions seem (for the most part) to be  less on ‘development’ and more on ‘how the hec am I going to get through to Christmas’. In other words, resilience and filling up our tanks enough to get through to our long-awaited break. Cue…

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How To Be A Subtle Ninja

There’s a subtle difference between: Reacting and responding. Blaming and holding someone accountable. Delegating and passing the buck. Failure and learning from our mistakes. Subtlety is the quality of being understated, delicate, or nuanced. These are words not often associated with leadership – but when it comes to leading people, subtlety can make all the difference.  If a big…

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20 Ways To Challenge Effectively

“He who has learned to disagree without being disagreeable has discovered the most valuable secret of diplomacy.”  – Robert Estabrook The skill of challenging effectively is a constant area of focus – not only in working with my clients, but personally as well. There’s no doubt about it, challenging is challenging. It’s a tricky skill to master…

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Letting Go And Saying Goodbye

As I waited to board my plane this morning, I watched as three year old twins waited with their mother in eager anticipation for their Daddy to walk through the arrivals gate. The excitement prevalent in the twins’ faces and bodies brought smiles to all of us watching. When he finally emerged, the squeals of delight…

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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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