When Paul weeded out some non-performers in his organisation, his team breathed a collective sigh of relief. He had exhausted the carrot tactics of encouragement and positive feedback but had deferred the stick approach, thinking that his team may react badly. On the contrary, once he acted decisively, they were upbeat and told him that it was about time. What Paul had not realised was that there was a rising tide of discontent amongst his team members.… Read more
Gary identifies talented people and develops them into potential senior leaders. He challenges people to stretch their own perceptions of their leadership capability by asking them to take on bold commitments. He believes in people, sometimes more than they believe in themselves. He takes a long term view about their leadership capability. They may not be ready for a big new role today, but he wants to see if they exhibit the key behaviours that will make them a future game-changing leader.… Read more
I was on my way to present to an audience of senior executives when I was suddenly struck by stage fright. What if they don’t like what I ‘m saying, I thought. I called a mentor to get some perspective. “Take your attention off yourself and put it on them,” he said. It was a light bulb moment for me. Once I focused on my audience’s desire to be game-changing leaders, everything changed. My nervousness disappeared and I engaged with the audience in a way that would not have happened before the reset.… Read more
If you are a game-changing leader, you already know that you need to attract and retain the best talent to work with you. You also know that even if you keep them challenged and you invest in their development, you may still struggle to retain them. If they are talented, they are likely to be highly sought after and you may not be able to provide them with their next career opportunity.
David takes the view that he is better off with good people for a short time than average performers who stay too long.… Read more
How often have you sat through a change program briefing session and thought that the key messages are not addressing the fundamental concerns of the audience? While most progressive organisations are committed to improving communication, that often translates into more talking and less listening. A more inclusive style of communication is needed if you are to accomplish your vision to change the game.
When Dan was appointed to his new role, he did not want to fall into the trap of simply broadcasting his vision.… Read more