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Posted on January 16, 2019

Bright Lights and The Dimmer Switch

There are people in our organisations who display brightness. They exhibit energy, life, thoughtfulness and productivity. Introvert or extrovert we could describe them as being a joy to be around. Then there are those that upon entry to…

Posted on January 07, 2019

Reflections on Goals and Time

This time of year seems to contain a natural rhythm within it related to reflecting on the year past along with focusing on the year to come. Here are some of my thoughts on goals and time that I have been entertaining these past…

Posted on December 20, 2018

Two Magical Words

As tears filled her eyes, a long-term employee said: “even a small thank-you from management wouldn’t go astray.” Two Magical Words The two words thank you contain magic within them. They have the power to bring the best out in people; to…

Posted on December 13, 2018

Leadership Bravery

Leadership Bravery I woke up Sunday morning with a very sore neck and significant pain in my shoulder and arm. I subsequently visited a physiotherapist who located and addressed the issues that were contributing to the pain. My…

Posted on December 06, 2018

Planning for Play

Planning for Play Most of my readers are busy and productive people and given that the Christmas season is at hand, many are on tight deadlines, in pressured situations, persevering until they can take the foot off the pedal for a…

Posted on November 29, 2018

It Doesn't Take Much

Walking through a manufacturing workshop with a business owner last week, apart from the layout, product quality and efficiencies the business exemplified, the thing that struck me was the people. As we walked past each team member, the…

Posted on November 22, 2018

Slowing Down To Go Fast

When a business grows, that which once flowed easily can become congested over time—when systems don’t keep up with increased work volumes. I experienced this first-hand today but in a different setting. Ten years ago, Kingsford Smith…

Posted on November 07, 2018

Change Will Never Happen When...

Some time back I met with a client’s team member who was responsible for sales in a specific territory. Part of the meeting was to gain an explanation for their low sales—50% under budget—over the past twelve months. Every reason they…

Posted on October 22, 2018

Promoting Growth

Over the years of caring for lawns, I have come to understand that one cannot make them grow by standing over them—harassing, badgering, pressuring, urging, nor barking incessantly. The grass is deaf to my clamant appeals. I have…

Posted on October 11, 2018

Learning From The Masters

Some years ago I realised that the Masters all had one thing in common; they were learners. They didn't get to mastery level overnight, but through constant learning and practice, they became experts of their craft. Many people stopped…

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