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  • How do you rate your organisations leadership?

    How do you rate your organisations leadership?

    Posted 28/10/2011 By in LEADERSHIP With | No Comments

    How do you rate your organisations leadership? Based on recent research the chances are it’s not high.  Okay, I know it’s easy to take shots at our leaders.  It’s far simpler to say what they do wrong than it is to focus on what they do right but it’s a valid question as leadership has …

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    • Time for reward, celebration and renewal.

      Time for reward, celebration and renewal.

      Posted 27/10/2011 By in GETTING THE MOST OUT OF YOUR PEOPLE With | No Comments

      Its been a crazy busy year for most of us.  If you live in Queensland we started off the year with floods and cyclones, and of course we’ve all been affected in some way by international financial events. The work I’ve been doing with teams has been interesting this year.  There’s much talk of change …

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      • 1% Improvement – can it work?

        1% Improvement – can it work?

        Posted 24/10/2011 By in CHANGE MANAGEMENT With | No Comments

        I’ve gone on record before in workshops I run saying that one failing of large organisational change projects is that they tend to over-promise and under-deliver.  Building up peoples’ expectations of a brighter future is a common method many change managers use to get people to ‘buy in’ and support the change initiative.  I get …

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        • Soft?  There’s nothing soft about people management skills

          Soft? There’s nothing soft about people management skills

          Posted 20/10/2011 By in EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT, MANAGEMENT With | No Comments

          Soft Skills is a term that is commonly used when referring to less ‘technical’ skills development. Skills such as communication, conflict management, interpersonal skills, giving and receiving feedback, stress management, resilience and emotional intelligence have all been called soft skills at one time or another.  In my experience there is NOTHING SOFT ABOUT THESE SKILLS. …

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          • Gender Balance Still Not Right…

            Gender Balance Still Not Right…

            Posted 13/10/2011 By in DIVERSITY, EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT, LEADERSHIP With | No Comments

            It was revealed recently that a staggering 87% of public companies still do not have a female member sitting on their board despite 115 years having passed since women cast their first vote in Australia. It’s been my personal opinion for some time that females tend to naturally display more of the leadership characteristics that …

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            • Tomorrows Leaders Need to Abandon the Behaviours That Got Them There in the First Place

              Tomorrows Leaders Need to Abandon the Behaviours That Got Them There in the First Place

              Posted 11/10/2011 By in LEADERSHIP With | 1 Comment

              Changing core behaviours that have succeeded in the past is going to feel like a leap of faith. The Hay Group’s Leadership 2030 report identifies the key competencies required for successful leadership into the future. Of most interest to me, and in support of something I’ve been saying for a while, is that Leaders may …

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              • Change Levers vs Change Barriers

                Change Levers vs Change Barriers

                Posted 03/10/2011 By in CHANGE MANAGEMENT With | No Comments

                What do you focus on most?  The levers that drive change forwards in your organisation, or the barriers that impede it’s progress? Good strategies do both but in my experience we each tend to favour one over the other. Change management is mostly about psychology.  Getting people (individuals) to commit to and engage with, a …

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                • Different Approaches to Managing Change

                  Different Approaches to Managing Change

                  Posted 27/09/2011 By in CHANGE MANAGEMENT With | No Comments

                  There used to be only two certainties in life.  Death.  And taxes. Now there’s three.  Death, Taxes and Change. So given that change is constant, and that the rate of change is increasing, it’s no surprise that organisations are playing catch up with regards to their ability to effectively manage change.  In my experience, the …

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                  • Basic Human Needs Drives Employee Engagement

                    Basic Human Needs Drives Employee Engagement

                    Posted 21/09/2011 By in EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT, GETTING THE MOST OUT OF YOUR PEOPLE, MOTIVATION With | No Comments

                    Before I discuss Human Needs I want to share some info on Employee Engagement.  If you’ve read about this on my site already, scroll down to the picture and read on from there. Employee Engagement is a term that is becoming increasingly relevant to employers.  It’s definition is along the lines of the discretionary effort …

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                    • Dealing with disappointment

                      Dealing with disappointment

                      Posted 20/09/2011 By in MOTIVATION With | No Comments

                      It’s inevitable.  At some point in your life you will have to deal with disappointment.  How you do that will have a significant impact on what happens next. Martin Seligman’s Learned Optimism talks about experiencing bad events from 3 dimensions. Permanence – this is never going to end or improve Pervasiveness – this affects all …

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