Supplement your strength with a great team around you

Dianne had a great team of people around her. Her strength was that she could paint an exciting vision of the future that inspired her stakeholders to take urgent action. Her team were great on detailed thinking and execution; she could make herself do that if she really must, but it was not her strength. As she advanced in leadership roles, she figured out that she needed a great team to help her play to her strengths if she was to make the difference she knew she wanted to make.Read more

It’s not what you do, it’s how you do it

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Samantha was in the grip of perfectionism. Nothing she did was ever good enough, at least in her eyes. She often compared herself unfavourably with other people. Her perfectionism had turned her into a chronic procrastinator. She delayed finalising her work because she thought it was not yet good enough for others to see. She tried all the productivity tools, tips and techniques she had heard about but nothing really altered.

She could see her leadership aspirations being dashed if she did not change and she decided to put an end to her perfectionism.Read more

Are you diving when you see the rocks?

La Quebrada Cliffs – Acapulco Tradicional – Tourism Media

Cliff diving is dangerous enough but diving when you see rocks seems like a crazy thing to do. The cliff divers at La Quebrada Cliffs in Acapulco, dive 41 metres into a narrow rocky inlet where the waves swell to a depth of only 4.5 metres for about 5 seconds. It takes the divers about 3 seconds to reach the water, leaving little room for error.They dive when they see rocks knowing that the water will wash in during the time it takes them to descend.Read more

Are you acting and thinking like a leader?

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When my niece, Stephanie, was 12 years old she was asked what leadership lessons she had learned from being school captain in her final year in primary school. Her answer was that it was the chance to give other people leadership opportunities so that they could be great leaders. It was an amazingly mature expression of the ultimate job of a leader, which is to create more leaders. She was thinking like a leader.

How do you shift your mindset to think like a leader?Read more

How would you like to be remembered?

When my 93 year old dad passed away a couple of weeks ago, I came across this helpful question, “When thinking about the life of the person that you’ve lost to death, what — of themselves — have they given you to help you move through the rest of your life?” In my father’s case, one of the many things that he gave us was his great compassion and genuine interest in others. I have written before about his uncanny ability to listen to others and turn people around.Read more