Leadership That Creates Energy

Leadership is neither a destination nor a finite skill set.  It is a constantly developing journey of awareness and elevation.  Some choose leadership and others arrive there without realising the role they had agreed to would require them to lead.  Even those who choose it are seldom fully prepared for where it takes them.  Leadership,…

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What Makes You Valuable?

What is it that makes you valuable as a human being?  What is it that makes you valuable as a teammate?  I use the word teammate in the broadest sense, applying it to work and home, to sports and friendships, to community and country.  What is it that makes you valuable as an individual –…

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The Strength In Our Differences

It’s part of our survival instinct as human beings to look for threats and defend ourselves against them.  Once upon a time, the part of our brain responsible for reacting to threats would have been on the alert for a sabre-toothed tiger.  Today, the same part of our brain responsible for our survival instincts still…

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Creating Cohesion Out Of Chaos

When I first started translating the Crew Resource Management skills that flight crews use into other business teams, I thought I was sharing strictly communication skills.  I very quickly realised that you can’t address human communication without coming smack bang up against culture, and that together, communication and culture are the grease that allow the…

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Accountability vs Responsibility

Accountability and responsibility are two words we throw around, often as if they are interchangeable.  We ask for them, nay, expect them from those we operate with at work, at home, and in our communities.  The key to achieving common ground here is the same as with anything else – communication; except we seldom surround…

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That Which Binds Us Together

It’s always been a central belief of mine that focusing on what draws us together is key to building a powerful team.  As soon as you put two or more people together, each brings their viewpoint, perspective, beliefs, values, life experiences etc to the table.  As primal beings, we’re programmed to look for threats, and…

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The Strength to Be Wrong

None of us enjoy feeling stupid, and feeling wrong is just as bad.  Feeling foolish, ignorant and uninformed all fall in the same category.  And yet, if we’re going to do what we do well, we not only have to be prepared to be all of these things at some stage, but to share them…

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The Power of Team

“No one can whistle a symphony.  It takes a whole orchestra to play it.” – H. E. Luccock There is very little of great consequence that we can do alone.  Being human, we also prefer to do things together – to share ideas, to share skills, to share journeys. Being part of an effective team requires…

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Fair Exchange #3 – 3 Ways To Guard Your Energy From Leaks

Over the past two weeks, we’ve discussed The Concept of Fair Exchange.  First, we recognised how this concept governs every exchange we have with another person leaving us feeling positive or negative, and then we looked at how to value our side of the equation and the energy we give it. The concept itself is that:   If you GIVE more than…

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