Are you generating choices for yourself

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Colin was tipped out in a reshuffle. He was not sure how to start rebuilding his career, particularly to take things in a new direction. He had a reputation as a reliable technology leader, but he wanted to break into a more strategic role where he could make a bigger difference. He was passionate about what it takes to build sustainable high growth firms. He had learned through his global experience that the key to doing it successfully was to have a great team.… Read more

Are you investing in people around you?

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Rita has always prioritised investing in people around her. Even now as a senior executive in a demanding role, she finds the time in her busy schedule for the people around her. Sometimes it is with one of her team members or she may meet with colleagues in other parts of the business. Very often she spends time with people outside her own organisation. She invests by connecting people with mutual interests. She offers her insights for those seeking career advice.… Read more

Are you making assumptions that do not serve you?

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When Kate joined the leadership team, she compared herself with her male colleagues who all appeared confident and knew what they were talking about. On the other hand, she was often in the grip of self-doubt. She privately concluded that she did not measure up to their standards. Like many of us, she took the worst view of herself and the best of others to arrive at her conclusion.

Nobel Laureate, Daniel Kahneman, in his book, Thinking, Fast and Slow describes Kate’s assumption as ‘fast’ thinking where, what we see is all there is. Read more

What is your biggest leadership challenge?

It is easy to be seduced into thinking that everything is high-priority and must have your attention now. But game-changing leaders have a laser-like focus on the number one thing that is going to make the biggest difference to achieving their objectives. Ken knew that if he did not turn around the relationship with his key business unit clients, he would be shown the door and his IT Department would quite possibly be outsourced.… Read more

Are you setting the tone?

As a leader you set the tone for the way people around you behave. They are modelling your cues far more than you think. Leaders exemplify the culture they want to create; the way we do things around here.

Dianne set the tone of valuing her team members. She took an interest in everyone on her team, not just her leadership group. She held regular skip-level meetings where she found out what was important to people, heard their concerns and took on board their suggestions and feedback.… Read more