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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What Bush Flying Taught Me About Life And 2020

The bush flying part of my aviation career was some of the most valuable flying and life experience I’ve ever had.  At 19, I didn’t have a hell of a lot of life experience to build on and being sent off to the far reaches of Zimbabwe with the C206 I’d been allocated seemed like…

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The Deep Breath of Acknowledgement

Wherever you stand today is worth a deep breath of acknowledgement.  And appreciation, for that matter.  Wherever you stand today is different from where you stood at the beginning of this year, and there have been losses and gains for you to be where you are today.  This is true of any year, but particularly…

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“How Do We Know If Our People Are Tired?”

This was a question of discussion this past week, and I’m sure is something that many leaders are asking themselves.  It’s so much harder to know how your people are doing when they are scattered over Zoom or Teams, and not in your office with you.  It’s also super hard to get an honest answer…

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