Moving On Up – From Good To Great

Moving On Up From good to great

I’ve had the pleasure in recent weeks of travelling from France to Spain, via the Pyrenees, on the back of a Ducati motorbike.  It’s been a journey with breathtaking sights and experiences, and while I’ve spent most of the time in holiday mode, I’ve occasionally had some business-related insights and learning experiences that I captured on […]

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Hidden Agenda

Hidden Agenda

Will the real agenda please stand up! One of the biggest contributors to mistrust between a staff member and their manager is the belief by the staff member that the manager has a hidden agenda. The staff member doesn’t know what the manager’s hidden agenda is but they have such a strong suspicion that one exists they […]

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Investing In The Right Relationships

Investing In The Right Relationships

A Harvard Business Review ‘Management tip of the day’ recommended the prioritisation of working and spending time with colleagues that help one to feel fulfilled  and to minimise interactions with colleagues one finds depleting. Essentially the article was a call to action to invest in the ‘right relationships’. I fully agree with the focus on investing […]

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Feeling betrayed at work? Don’t betray yourself

Feeling betrayed at work? Don’t betray yourself

The workplace is a melting pot of people with different personalities, personal values, past experiences and levels of maturity in self awareness and emotional intelligence. This means that each colleague will react to situations in different ways according to their fears and subconscious protection mechanisms. Unfortunately this means that some of your colleagues will react inappropriately […]

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Is It Time To Re-Frame The Language?

Is It Time To Re-Frame The Language?

In an earlier post titled ‘Who Really is the Difficult Conversation For?’ I discussed the four stages for ensuring a clear and factual communication exchange that is both productive and constructive. Such a conversation is not just about conveying information, it is also about using the exchange to build rapport, understanding and professional relationships. In light […]

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Emotional Intelligence Tips – EQ Competency – Straightforwardness

Emotional Intelligence Tips

“Straightforwardness is the ability to communicate your thoughts in a straightforward manner”. Sounds simple doesn’t it? But what gets in the way of our ability to communicate effectively without being misunderstood? In short – our emotions. Often our concern about the reaction we might receive from the other person is what stops us from communicating […]

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Collaborative Leadership and LOVE?

Collaborative Leadership and LOVE

Collaborative Leadership and LOVE? I was recently reading an article about the principles of ‘Collaborative Leadership’. The author suggested that “Principled Leadership’ required a leader to be clear about their own values as well as those of the organisation and be able to articulate them. The author then gave examples of the values that they believed […]

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Happy ‘Optimist’ Day Australia!

Happy ‘Optimist Day' Australia!

Happy ‘Optimist’ Day Australia!  This Friday in Australia (and the whole Southern Hemisphere) marks an important day – it is the shortest day of the year – or the winter equinox. Which means that from Saturday onwards the days get a minute or so longer each day as we hurtle out of Winter and head towards […]

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Strategies To Build Remote Teams

Strategies To Build Remote Teams

I was reading ‘Ideas on helping remote colleagues bond’ and it struck me that it is not just remote workers who can feel excluded and isolated.  Much of my work is with on site staff who are in contact with their colleagues on a daily basis yet do not feel part of a team. What creates […]

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