How leaders move outside their comfort zone to change the game

Annette’s boss gave her the feedback he wanted to see her playing a more strategic role, helping future proof the business. He could count her on as a safe pair of hands in day-to-day operational matters, but not on strategic issues because she was too busy fighting fires. A nagging sense of not fulfilling her … Read more

How leaders can reinvent themselves and help others flourish

When I first met my client Jamie, his brilliant mind enthralled me. He could break down any topic we discussed, make connections, and come up with deep insights. We discovered ‘structured thinking’ was his inherent strength. It led him into the cyber security field and sped up his career as an outstanding individual contributor. But … Read more

How leaders create mutual respect with the people around them and reap the rewards

Vic’s leadership philosophy is all about caring for people. His mentors in his earlier career ingrained in him the power of treating people with respect, from the newest graduate to the highest executive. Like all great leaders, he focuses on results. He is all over the plans, objectives, and milestones for his team to achieve stretch … Read more

How keeping your promises will help you get things done

Sam did not know people thought he was slippery. He often promised his clients what they wanted to hear, but later let them down when he missed deadlines. He tried his best to keep his promises, but higher priority work came from another client, or a project went off the rails and interrupted his schedule. … Read more

How leaders develop new capabilities when they set stretch objectives

I just made a comeback to cycling. I retired a decade ago after a 200km ride wreaked havoc with my shoulders. This time the smart move was to join a great team of supportive riders. They do not mind me being (much) older and slower than them. They wait for me to catch up when … Read more