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Posted on May 26, 2022

Leadership Courage

Last week I had the privilege of sitting in a boardroom where a divisional manager I am coaching revealed the results of a 360-degree review to his team—that they, and others, had completed. Highlighting the lower scores, he asked what he could do to improve. His team were forthright and kind. Upon hearing their feedback he didn't object or refute their opinions; he just took notes and asked for clarification where needed. Exemplary.

It's easy for leaders to give directives to their people; much harder to receive their direction. Asking: is there anything I can be doing better for you? or, how can I support you more in your role?, demonstrates personal vulnerability with a high value of the team member; thus building a trust conduit.

There is strength in humility, but to access that strength, it does takes courage.

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Posted on May 26, 2022

Leadership Courage

Last week I had the privilege of sitting in a boardroom where a divisional manager I am coaching revealed the results of a 360-degree review to his team—that they, and others, had completed. Highlighting the lower scores, he asked what he…

Posted on April 25, 2022

Sex & Work, and other random musings

1. Sex and work share similar components of creativity, rigour, and sweat; with a large dose of fun and satisfaction. If one's sex life is dull and boring, well…it's dull and boring; and the same applies to work. When things become…

Posted on April 25, 2022

The Lamp Post

Conversing with a couple of managers about the challenges of detaching from work and being fully present upon arriving home, one of them shared how a particular lamp post was his switch-off / switch-on cue. The early part of his drive home…

Posted on April 25, 2022

I Wish I Had Stopped

Having places to be and people to see, I was walking along the edge of a skate park when I noticed a young boy: tidying and straightening the flowers on a small memorial site. As I walked past he continued his tasks in a slow and…

Posted on April 05, 2022

Not Everything is Forever

With the falling leaves of autumn comes the reminder that not everything is forever. That which served us in the last season doesn’t necessarily mean it has to be carried through to the next. Having the wisdom of what to let go of and what…

Posted on March 25, 2022

Carrying Confidence

Michelle and I love to dance and apart from the absolute fun we have on the floor, it's the comments we receive that make us laugh: Are you guys dance teachers?; Are you professionals?; Are you here to dance at the Fringe Festival?; and…

Posted on March 18, 2022

Imagining the Workplace as a Laboratory

Scientist B.F Skinner made significant advances in understanding human and animal behaviour by conducting experiments under laboratory conditions. The power of using laboratory conditions is that the environment is consistent and…

Posted on March 11, 2022

Distraction Management

This past week I deleted Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter from my iPhone, leaving them only accessible from my PC. I realised I had succumbed to digital distractions and had fallen for the engagement nudges of these Social Media sites - I…

Posted on March 07, 2022

Birthdays, Mistakes, and Love

Today is my birthday and three of my daughters came in from Queensland to celebrate it with me. Sitting around last night as we drank whiskey and port by candlelight it was good to laugh and engage with them and be reminded that the…

Posted on March 07, 2022

Resistance

I regretted it the moment I put my hand over someone’s mouth during a stand-up work meeting. All I remember is my compelling desire to make him stop talking so I could have the floor. It was a low point in my coaching career and created…

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