It’s not the seat at the table, it’s what you do with it

I was presenting to a senior leadership group on one occasion and they were not responding to the topic. 

When one member of the team who had been silent, spoke up to support my call for action everyone listened. Once he recommended they get behind the proposal, the others supported it.

You often hear leaders say they need a seat at the main leadership table, but if you win that seat, you need to know what to do with it. 

I am sure you have seen it happen.… Read more

Connecting with the great people around you

Dan knew for sure that one of his team members was a future senior leader. He first got to know her by talking to her about her personal and professional experience. Over time, he discovered that he could count on her to deliver what she promised. She demonstrated her commitment to make a difference to their organisation. 

Dan noticed a warning label, that she did not see, that she was inclined to be a perfectionist. Nothing she accomplished was ever enough to satisfy her. … Read more

The advanced guide to the future of work

There are numerous predictions about the future of work post COVID-19. But no-one can predict with any certainty whether it will be cataclysmic or exciting. One thing seems certain, we will need outstanding leaders to guide us through the turbulent times ahead.

In 2008, I interviewed senior leaders about how they were responding to the global financial crisis. I discovered that leaders were not ‘waiting and seeing’ what would happen. They were stepping up in the face of adversity.

Today’s global pandemic is a bigger challenge, but the same principle applies.… Read more

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