Leaders learn from mistakes. I have given a lot of thought to the many mistakes I have made over the years. These have often resulted when I have to make a decision without the benefit of all the facts. For any other leader out there this should strike a chord, because most, if not all, […]
Organisational Culture: Fourth Question Leaders Watch Where the Cows Walk?
Organisational culture is defined as ‘The way we do things around here’ (Deal and Kennedy, 1982 – buy a copy here). Some organisational cultures enhance positive work places and positive work outcomes. Others can be toxic both to the people in them and the business outcomes […]
Fourth Question Leaders consciously seek to build an organisational culture of leadership responsibility taking rather than one of blame shifting. One of the key tests of the leadership of organisational culture is the level of responsibility taking vs the level of blame shifting which exists in the culture of the leadership team. When my wife and I started […]
I well remember the look of surprise on John’s face when I suggested to him he should try a different career. We had identified shortcomings in John’s performance which needed to be addressed. After a well organised and supportive number of weeks of mentoring, opportunities for reflection and exposure to good practice, it was fairly […]
Ego and the Power of the Leadership Tool – “Wheelbarrow”
“Wheelbarrow,” said my friend David as we were speaking to a group of CEOs from other organisations. None of the others present understood what he meant and, after a momentary flurry of surprised looks, the discussion continued. I don’t know if any of them noticed the […]
It always surprises me when small problems seem to stop me in my tracks – when my response to a minor issue is more worry, stress, anxiety, or drop in enthusiasm and motivation than it really deserves. It might be a client complaint, the realization that a team member is not following through on something, or […]
We do not all learn in the same ways. When I bought my first car, a 1970 something Ford V8, I was determined to save money by doing the services myself. I bought a manual for the model and set about maintaining the vehicle. In hindsight, it would have made a hilarious set of videos […]
Fourth Question Leaders Ask “Why”Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
If you ask why people work where they do, what they are looking for in an employer or leader, they always include a response that they want to feel valued and cared for. We know that financial rewards are a part […]
Leaders need to make themselves aware of filtered assumptions which may “colour” the way they see and evaluate people.
Within the first half an hour of birth a zebra has memorised its mother’s unique pattern of stripes. This is called imprinting and is an essential survival mechanism in a herd of animals whose stripes otherwise present […]
Leading cross generational teams is something every leader experiences. Anyone aged between 15 and 24 (as at May 2015) is considered to be a part of what is known as generation Z. Social commentators tell us that these young people will make up 27% of the Australian workforce by 2025. They can look forward to […]