Leadership is ultimately creative. If you are changing the game in some way, taking people somewhere new, then you are doing something that has not been done before. You may have a combination of past experience and your own leadership style that guides you, but you need to put together your unique behaviours, ideas and personal values to fulfil your new vision. An artist brings all their unique style and talent to a blank canvas, but they do not keep painting the same picture.… Read more
Marie was making big things happen in her new role. Clients loved her fresh approach and were delighted with the results that she produced. But, she was beset by a raft of problems when the pieces of the organisation jigsaw puzzle were thrown into the air. She had a new boss and her position and the remuneration she had been promised were now in question. Internal politics were rife, as colleagues competed with her for resources and attention.… Read more
Samantha was in the grip of perfectionism. Nothing she did was ever good enough, at least in her eyes. She often compared herself unfavourably with other people. Her perfectionism had turned her into a chronic procrastinator. She delayed finalising her work because she thought it was not yet good enough for others to see. She tried all the productivity tools, tips and techniques she had heard about but nothing really altered.
She could see her leadership aspirations being dashed if she did not change and she decided to put an end to her perfectionism.… Read more
When Mary-Anne arrived back at work after the break she received an email from her boss that upset her. She had asked him to confirm his end of year offer for her to lead a big new project in February. But his response was ambivalent. It seemed to her like he was withdrawing his support.
She would have advised anyone else in this situation to have a clarifying conversation with her boss. But instead she stewed in self-doubt, anger and disappointment.… Read more
As the only woman on the executive leadership team at the strategic offsite, Heather* was reluctant to risk speaking up. She asked the facilitator to present on her area of accountability rather than do it herself. It was a decision that she later deeply regretted. She was sick and tired of holding herself back. She wanted to build her confidence and break out of the protective bubble that she had created for herself.
Heather decided to take on a stretch objective to formulate a restructure of the business and present it to the executive leadership team.… Read more