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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Route Check!

August is upon us and Q3 is well in swing, although for many, it doesn’t look like any recognisable third quarter they’ve seen before.  It’s fair to say that this year is a little different to most, and we need to adjust ourselves accordingly. Having set our annual goals and put measures in place to…

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Working Together – The Generational Gap

My focus today is at the intersection of three of my favourite subjects: change, perspective, and the unique strengths we all bring to the table. Change is no longer something that happens.  It’s something that’s happen-ING… and one of the biggest changes happening in our teams currently is the dynamic between managers and their teams…

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