Are you creating free time?

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Graeme was spending all his time on other people’s agendas. His diary was packed with back to back meetings, his emails were out of control, budget forecasts and project reports were relentless and of course staff issues were constantly distracting him. He had no time to think about tomorrow’s agenda, to ponder the strategic issues they faced, reflect on his own leadership or schedule conversations with key influencers in the business. He was ready for a breakthrough in his personal time availability and control of his day.… Read more

Are you connecting with the people around you?

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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 the range of her experience, both personally and professionally. Over time he discovered that she could be counted on to deliver on what she promised. He could see that she had a commitment to make a big difference. He also noticed a warning label, that she did not see, that she ‘may contain traces of perfectionism.Read more

Are you making your future bigger than your past?

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Col returned to Australia after several years as a senior executive with global businesses operating at the pointy end of digital transformation. He was hoping to find an opportunity that matched his experience and was frustrated with dealing with executive recruiters who wanted to pigeon hole him into roles that did not match his background.

He was beginning to become despondent, thinking that he would not find a job that offered the excitement of his global experience.… Read more

Are you changing the game for yourself and others?

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Graeme not only changed the game for his company, but he also changed the game for himself and others. He had an exciting point of view about the future, particularly around how technology could enable new value for their customers. Once his business stakeholders were on board with his vision, he inspired his team to take on a stretch objective to deliver a major program of work. It would take took him and his team outside their comfort zone to achieve it.… Read more

Are you focused on the endgame?

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It’s all too easy to lose sight of the endgame when there are so many distractions. That is a key takeaway from a presentation by Dr Rick Watson, from the University of Georgia, at a leadership roundtable in Melbourne. In his book, Capital, Systems, and Objects, he argues that the endgame for organisations of all sizes and purposes is the enduring goal of capital creation. In Rick’s view we face a continuing barrage of distracting new ideas and technologies, such as agile organisations, digitisation, blockchain and many others.… Read more