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What kind of person are you?

So what kind of person are you? As I look around I often see people fall into three distinct categories when it comes to making a difference to others or taking the time to give to others (not just family but the greater community as well). The first group are the TAKERS. These are the people that … Continue reading What kind of person are you? → ...

Are You Focusing on the Activity or the Result?

In a meeting with a CEO last week, we were discussing some of the challenges he was noticing around his people achieving targets.  He was frustrated that the results were not where they should be given all the opportunity that they have had this year.  The question I asked him was “what activity targets do … Continue reading Are You Focusing on the Activity or the Result? → ...

Are you a leader others would follow?

I have a question for you, do your staff follow you because they want to or they have to?  It is a good question to ask when looking in the mirror and seeing what others see.  With the pressure to perform and make things happen with tighter and tighter deadlines (and with less staff), many … Continue reading Are you a leader others would follow? → ...

The Leadership Race

As we head into May I have been hearing a common theme from most of my clients, the pace of business is frantic.  There are too many tasks to complete, too many emails to send and respond to and not enough staff to keep up!  This is creating what I call a leadership race.   The … Continue reading The Leadership Race → ...

Are you a champion?

My son Luca is heading to the Sunshine Coast, to compete in the Australian National Surf Lifesaving Championships.  He was fortunate to win the State Championships and will now compete at the next level.  It has been great to watch the hard work that he’s put in and to see him achieve some pretty incredible … Continue reading Are you a champion? → ...

Are you an Old School Leader?

Internal politics often stop forward progress and isolate staff. I recently spoke with a client who described how a number of managers in her organisation had been playing the ‘old school’ game of trying to keep information from others.   This was one approach that a manager could get away with in the 1980’s and 1990’s … Continue reading Are you an Old School Leader? → ...

Do You Need a Break? 

Well, we made it to the Easter Long weekend and I noticed from my recent Leadership Coaching sessions almost everyone needs a break.  The beginning of the year has been a sprint with people trying to get back to a sense of normal with the threat of COVID lockdowns. I have noticed the pressure that … Continue reading Do You Need a Break?  → ...

Are You Hands On?

“Can I help Dad?”  said Luca, my fourteen year old son.  I was just about to mow the lawn when he noticed what I was up to.  As we worked together with the weed trimmer and mower I noticed a big smile across my son’s face.  We were spending time together in a “hands on” … Continue reading Are You Hands On? → ...

Are You Letting Internal Disruption Take You Off Path?

Everything is going too fast, times are changing and things are getting more complex.  We are being bombarded by more and more information and technology and it often feels like we are barely able to keep our heads above water.  This is leading many staff to hesitate and question what they are doing and this … Continue reading Are You Letting Internal Disruption Take You Off Path? → ...

Could You Get More Done?

I have some questions for you, “what would you do with an extra hour a day? Would you get the exercise in? Spend an extra hour with the kids? Or would you make a dent in the backlog of work projects that have been piling up?” Regardless of how you would spend your time, what … Continue reading Could You Get More Done? → ...

Are Your Virtual Meetings Working?

With the COVID pandemic everyone has shifted to virtual meetings to help keep communication lines open and stay connected.  The challenge that I am finding is that many leaders do not know how to make these virtual meetings work.  ​Now that we are almost a year into this new way of connecting online, people are starting … Continue reading Are Your Virtual Meetings Working? → ...

What Reason Do Your Staff Have to Come to Work?

I was recently working with a client looking at the performance across a number of departments. As we were discussing some of the dynamics of work, one of them started complaining about their younger staff.  “They just don’t want to work, in fact most of them are lazy.”  I could hear his frustration as he … Continue reading What Reason Do Your Staff Have to Come to Work? → ...

So how is the start to your year going?  If you are like many of us the year is now at a sprint and the workload and inbox is starting to overflow.  For many leaders they are struggling to stay on top of everything, but they have not found a way to work smarter.A Harvard … Continue reading → ...

Are You Creating Customer ‘WOWS’?

What are you doing that is absolutely incredible to customers?  This is a common question that I ask business owners as well as managers.  Unfortunately the response that I usually get are the common things that were considered leading – 10 years ago! Everyone knows that customer expectations continue to increase, this is human nature.  … Continue reading Are You Creating Customer ‘WOWS’? → ...

It’s Only February & Workloads Are Crazy!

“It’s only February and I can’t believe how busy we are, I find there is just no time to plan because there’s too much to do!”  Have you said this recently?  I have been speaking with a number of clients and almost all of them have repeated the same thing, the new year sprint has … Continue reading It’s Only February & Workloads Are Crazy! → ...

What is Your Plan for the Year?

So let me ask you a question  “What is your plan for the year?”  I recently asked this question to a business leader, her response really surprised me.  She mentioned that because of the lingering pandemic, the leadership team had decided to wait on developing their strategy until after the first quarter of the year.   … Continue reading What is Your Plan for the Year? → ...

What will you achieve in 2021?

So we are now into 2021 and it’s good-bye 2020!  The beginning of a new year is always a great way to recalibrate your path forward.  I know that for most of us 2020 was exhausting and full of unexpected turns and it would be easy to just try to erase it from memory.  However … Continue reading What will you achieve in 2021? → ...

Spreading Cheer the Week Before Christmas

With only a week before Christmas, I always notice the excitement starts to increase as people look forward to spending time with family, friends and a break away from work.  Given the challenges of 2020 and the COVID 19 Pandemic, I’m sure that this year will be an even bigger need for people to take … Continue reading Spreading Cheer the Week Before Christmas → ...

Are You Ready for the Pre-Christmas Dash?

Yes, it’s that time of year once again.  Christmas lights are starting to go up, the kids are asking for the Christmas tree and many of us are looking forward to a break over the holidays. This year has been hard.  It’s been a range of unexpected turns that has stretched us in ways that … Continue reading Are You Ready for the Pre-Christmas Dash? → ...

Who Are You Thankful For?

With a roller coaster year full of COVID pandemic, travel bans, uncertainty and economic disruption, sometimes it is hard to be thankful.  In the US Thanksgiving is a massive holiday.  Yes it has the common American commercialisation (who doesn’t love Black Friday Sales!), but at its core it’s about something much deeper. When I was … Continue reading Who Are You Thankful For? → ...

Remembering Fatherly Wisdom

A year has gone by since my father passed away.  I was fortunate enough to be in the US by his side with my mother during his last few days.  When someone is facing death you never know how they will be. Although he loved life, as he neared the end my father was incredible.  … Continue reading Remembering Fatherly Wisdom → ...

Are You Proficient?

Given we live only 400m from one of the biggest wave and rip currents in Sydney, we immediately started our kids in the weekend ocean nippers beach and surf safety program.  It has been a great experience and now that all of our kids are older we know that they can keep themselves and their … Continue reading Are You Proficient? → ...

Would They Vote for You?

The world is currently holding its breath for the outcome of the US Presidential election between Donald Trump and Joe Biden.  It has been a roller coaster of a year full of pandemics, ravaged economies, lockdowns and protests.  On top of this the US Election day has finished and the votes are still being counted … Continue reading Would They Vote for You? → ...

The Power of Enthusiasm

This year has been challenging. Regardless if it was the COVID19 pandemic, lockdowns, economic challenges or the uncertainty, most of us would agree that 2020 has been a bit of a roller coaster. In talking with different leaders, I am finding a range of mindsets. At one end some leaders are still struggling with the changes … Continue reading The Power of Enthusiasm → ...

Do You Believe?

I was running a strategic planning session for an incredible organisation last week when I realised that some of the people attending had stopped dreaming. We were looking at what could be possible in the next 2-3 years and a few of them were really stuck in the current COVID environment. They had a hard time looking beyond … Continue reading Do You Believe? → ...

Are Your Leaders Frozen or Leading?

I had a fascinating discussion with a Senior Executive this week. She mentioned to me that she had noticed that many of their leaders had stalled. “It’s as if they are frozen in time.” she remarked. As we discussed their behaviour it was very clear that many of them had stopped leading. They were so … Continue reading Are Your Leaders Frozen or Leading? → ...

What activity should you be doing to keep growing?

Are you stuck? Still trying to get your head around what to do next? I admit that there have been some days where I’ve been a bit demotivated and rather than being productive, have procrastinated. With all the change and uncertainty I have noticed that people are falling into 3 groups. The first are those that … Continue reading What activity should you be doing to keep growing? → ...

Are You Able to Debate Like a President?

The US had their first presidential election debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden this week. When I think of a ‘Presidential debate’ I have quite high expectations of what that would look like. The President (and the candidate running for President) is a revered role and for many people is … Continue reading Are You Able to Debate Like a President? → ...

Do you have the Courage of Ruth Bader Ginsberg?

You may have seen in the news this week that the US Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsberg passed away from cancer at the age of 87. She was one of only 2 women on the US Supreme Court, but more importantly she was an incredible person. When she started Harvard Law School in 1955 … Continue reading Do you have the Courage of Ruth Bader Ginsberg? → ...

Please Join me for the Hands Big Night In

Imagine creating a charity and growing it to take care of 350 Thai Children at 6 different locations. Better yet growing the success of the charity to raise over $20million (without any government assistance!) to not only provide for the kids but enable over 50 of them to go to University to better their opportunities in … Continue reading Please Join me for the Hands Big Night In → ...

Remembering 9/11….A Time that United People

It has been 19 years since America was attacked by terrorists on September 11, 2001, this was a day that most of us remember. I still remember where I was and watching the horror on the news programs and the sense of shock that quickly grabbed the world’s attention. In comparing that day many years … Continue reading Remembering 9/11….A Time that United People → ...

audentes Fortuna iuvat: The Opportunity in Recession

With all of the negative media and the uncertain economic conditions it’s not surprising that Australia had slid into recession for the first time in 28 years (and the US was already officially in recession in June this year). You can anticipate what the news and media outlets will be doing, spreading the fear that … Continue reading audentes Fortuna iuvat: The Opportunity in Recession → ...

Are You Operating in a Two Speed Office?

With the lingering COVID19 pandemic and the lockdown in Melbourne, I’m noticing many offices operating on two different levels. When the pandemic first occurred, everyone had to get creative and change the way that they operated. The rise of the work from home dynamic and the massive increase in Zoom meetings to keep the communication … Continue reading Are You Operating in a Two Speed Office? → ...

What Should You be Delegating to Others?

We all know the strength of a collective group of people is always stronger than just one.  I find when I get really busy sometimes it is easy to forget this.  Recently I was working with a Senior Leader who was talking about the massive hours that she was putting in.  She had been working … Continue reading What Should You be Delegating to Others? → ...

Leadership Learning or Netflix Binge

What are you doing to keep learning and mentally active? I have found that the COVID19 pandemic has impacted people in very different ways. Some of my friends have focused on getting fit and have been doing a lot of running and now back at the gym. Others have spent a lot more time on … Continue reading Leadership Learning or Netflix Binge → ...

Are You Letting Fear Lead You?

I was watching the Last Dance documentary on the incredible basketball player Michael Jordan. It was very clear how much of a leader he was. One of the quotes that I remember was from when he was asked by a reporter about missing the last shot of a previous game and if he was nervous … Continue reading Are You Letting Fear Lead You? → ...

Do You Want a Leadership Byte?

If you are like me you enjoy a bit of a special deal. You know something that rewards you for doing something early and allows you to share the benefit with your team. Many of you would know about my relationship as a Board member of Hands Across the Water. Due to COVID19 we have had … Continue reading Do You Want a Leadership Byte? → ...

Are You Building Your Future Leaders?

“How can I improve my future leaders when our business and operations have been knocked around in COVID19? I know that I need to do something, but finding the time and the method to do it is challenging right now.”  This question came from a conversation I had with a Senior Leader this week. She knew … Continue reading Are You Building Your Future Leaders? → ...

Are You Leading with Purpose?

It feels like every day we hear about increases in COVID19 cases in both the US and the Australian state of Victoria. This has led to feelings of a second wave of the pandemic that has many people afraid. There is fear around the economic impact and how it may slow down business activity as … Continue reading Are You Leading with Purpose? → ...

Creating Shared Experiences in the COVID World

I was talking to a business owner about how disjointed and challenging it has been for his workforce to come back together in the new COVID world. He’s still facing challenges as one third of his staff are working virtually and it’s been a bit more difficult to get everyone connected (especially with offices in … Continue reading Creating Shared Experiences in the COVID World → ...

Leading Out of Lockdown

Depending on what part of the world you are living in you may be experiencing the end of the lockdown period and the reduction in COVID19 restrictions. If you are like us, our kids are back at school and we now are not tripping over each other whilst working virtually from different parts of the … Continue reading Leading Out of Lockdown → ...

Leadership in the face of uncertainty

The current protests and riots that are happening in the US have captured headlines around the world. Although I have lived in Australia for 25 years, growing up in America provided me with first hand insight to observe the good and the bad.   The tragic death of George Floyd whilst being arrested by police and … Continue reading Leadership in the face of uncertainty → ...

Join a Virtual Shared Experience

Many leaders are looking for a way to get their people to connect with one another in a meaningful way.  This has been more challenging for some with people in isolation and businesses just starting to open up. We know that when people have a shared experience they create a deeper bond or connection.  I … Continue reading Join a Virtual Shared Experience → ...

Are You Up for a Virtual Challenge?

Many of us have been social distancing (or in isolation) for around 6 week, it’s been a large block of time that has changed the way we interact and connect with others. So what are you doing to keep up your connection with others while you are social distancing? I have been talking to a number … Continue reading Are You Up for a Virtual Challenge? → ...

Are You Spreading Fear or Hope?

If you’re following the news headlines it looks like things are absolutely terrible. Unemployment is starting to reach unprecedented highs, economic losses in stock exchanges and many people are lost about what to do next. Sound familiar? So the question I want to ask is are you spreading fear or hope? I had a conversation with a … Continue reading Are You Spreading Fear or Hope? → ...

Are You Flattening the Curve for Your People?

So most of the world has been in some form of social distancing or isolation for over the past month.  Depending on the country (and more importantly the leaders of that country, some places have turned a corner and are ‘flattening the curve.’  Essentially what this means is that the number of infections from the … Continue reading Are You Flattening the Curve for Your People? → ...

Don’t Let Social Distancing Numb Your Brain!

In speaking with a number of leaders over the past week I’m noticing a common theme. Without the normal routine, interaction and activity things are starting to shift and it can be difficult to create a new normal. Social distancing is pushing some people that are working from home (or not working at all) to … Continue reading Don’t Let Social Distancing Numb Your Brain! → ...

Are You Starting the Year With A Performance Mindset?

This is the time of year when people start focusing on the new year. Often I have discussions with people around performance and how to shift up to the next level of being.   One of my mentoring clients pleaded with me as to how they could get themselves to operate at the next level? They are … Continue reading Are You Starting the Year With A Performance Mindset? → ...

What will you achieve in 2020?

Ahh, the start of a new year. I always enjoy the beginning of the year as it is a great time to reflect on the past year as well as start thinking (& dreaming) about what you want to do over the next 12 months. I have a little ritual at this time of year. … Continue reading What will you achieve in 2020? → ...

Are You Spreading Christmas Spirit?

As we approach the week of Christmas, the excitement starts to increase as people look forward to spending time with family, friends and away from work. It’s as if we heave a collective sigh of relief that we have once again made it through another working year. So are you spreading the Christmas spirit? As we … Continue reading Are You Spreading Christmas Spirit? → ...

Fatherly Wisdom

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Who is your Mentor?

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Do You Ask or Tell?

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Do You Believe?

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What Staff Want

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