How to change the story you tell yourself 

Greg wanted to break his habit of solving the detail problems. He wanted to become a game-changing leader and solve the strategic issues. 

Greg was shifting a story he told himself about being a technical guy and not an influential people leader. His aim was to become a game-changing leader and to adopt habits to support him to make an impact. It meant giving up his fundamental belief, he did not have what it takes to be a great people-leader. 

These stories we tell ourselves shape our lives.… Read more

8 ways to attract and retain good staff

If you are up to big things post COVID-19 you know that you need to attract and retain the best talent to work with you.

But you can keep them challenged, invest in their development and still find it difficult to keep them. If you attract talented people, they are likely to be sought after for other opportunities. You may not be able to provide them with their next career move.

David has fostered countless senior leaders into bigger roles all over the globe.… Read more

The origins of the gentle art of leadership

Did you learn your foundational values from your early mentors?

They may have demonstrated compassion for others, honesty or integrity.
Dean Phelan and are I writing a book called, The Gentle Art of Leadership. 

We are asking practitioners of the gentle art of leadership about their role models.

They say that people in their early lives, like parents, teachers or a first boss, influenced them.  

Those mentors demonstrated the importance of treating people with dignity and respect. 

Our interviewees bring these foundational values into their leadership practices. … Read more

How a sense of purpose can guide you

The mood in the air of waiting for things to return to normal is not an option for game-changing leaders.

They are preparing for an operating environment that is likely to be dramatically different from the one we knew before the global pandemic.

What will guide their future strategy?

During the global financial crisis, Glen found that having a clear purpose statement for the organisation, was the light on the hill that guided their actions.

He did not just develop it in isolation and post it on the wall; he spent a lot of time co-creating it in sessions with his broader team so that people at all levels of the business owned it.… Read more

How to find the best version of yourself

Back in my junior tennis days (yes I can still remember!), a friend invited me to play doubles with his brother and sister, both of whom were senior A grade players and club champions. 

As a pretty average player myself, I was nervous about playing with such talented champions. But I was surprised to find that I actually played the best tennis I had ever played.

It was not anything they said to encourage me. There was just something about playing with people at that level that helped me lift my game to meet their expectations. … Read more