November – Assess. Simplify. Focus.

With the new year almost visible on the horizon, time has already started to speed up as this year brings itself to a close.  It’s not that long since we were preparing to welcome a new decade, and now here comes 2023.  Rather than allowing ourselves to be carried away by the speed of the…

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Handling Change, Assuaging Self-Doubt

Over the past few years, we’ve weathered several cycles that have caused us to reconsider whether we’re happy, whether life is working for us and what we’d like it to look like.  The mental shift of reconsidering causes stress and discomfort when we first realise that we’re not comfortable with the status quo, even before…

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The Leadership of Guiding Change

Guiding change is described as managing, mobilizing, understanding, and leading change.  It includes knowing how to mitigate consequences, overcome resistance to change, and deal with the reactions that team members may have to that change. Leadership itself IS all about change, not status quo – and guiding change takes some particular insight and care.  “They”…

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Rebalancing Happiness & Fulfilment

Two years ago, we entered a fascinating time in human history.  Over the past two years, almost everything we thought we knew for certain, had planned to do, or considered normal has been challenged.  There has, and continues to be plenty of change and challenge, mixed with the uncertainty of never quite being able to…

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Owning & Addressing 2022

Normally, the start of a new year is heralded with renewed verve, new goals and a new drive towards higher levels than those achieved the previous year.  The question “where to from here” is posed to people rearing to go and requiring only to be pointed in the direction of what needs slaying. Whilst we have…

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2022 – We’ve Trained for This!

A new year is a new opportunity.  A clean slate if you will.  A new beginning with an expanse of unknown consequences and adventure lying ahead of us to do with what we will. It’s not that what was there before has disappeared and no longer requires dealing with, or that we magically can see any…

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How To Navigate the Disorienting Monotony of Uncertainty

There is a phenomenon responsible for many aircraft accidents over the decades known as Visual Illusion.  It’s long been recognised that visual illusions can disorientate pilots or give rise to them not recognising their proximity to the ground, and it’s therefore a subject well covered in our training and guarded against by the consistent cross-checking of…

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Self-Leadership & Handling Depletion

At a point where the world has been in crisis for a year, the psychology of leadership has changed.  Even the leaders and team members most practised at declaring their energy and readiness are sounding less convinced, which is not really surprising when we’ve been making it up as we go along for an extended…

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Leadership Through Change

Leadership is all about change, not status quo.  Fear of change is often what holds us back, and therefore being able to manage change well is the nitty gritty of leadership. The reason we struggle so much with change is that it’s generally hard to predict exactly what’s on the other side of it.  For…

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Laughter & Leadership

“Before take-off, a professional pilot is keen, anxious, but lest someone read his true feelings, he is elaborately casual.”  This simple line from the forward of Ernest K. Gann’s book “Island in the Sky” describes a familiar demeanour not only of pilots, but of leadership.  It describes a balancing act between awareness of self and…

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