Systems Check!

The sudden splutter of the left engine halted the conversation that Sam was having with his copilot.  Had he misheard?  Imagined the slight misstep in tempo?  He looked out the window towards the engine, and then back at his gauges, searching for irregularities – a rise in oil temperature, a drop in oil pressure, a…

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Finding Instant Unity

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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When Soft Skills Become REAL Skills

All human beings have similar wants and needs.  We want honesty, respect, integrity, and trust.  We want to belong to something bigger than ourselves and to matter. The current state of global affairs and their effect on every level of our lives has exacerbated these needs, highlighting their deficit in our personal and professional lives.  When we…

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Honesty. Respect. Integrity. Trust.

All human beings have similar wants and needs.  We want honesty, respect, integrity, and trust.  These four are intricately linked together.  We want to belong to something bigger than ourselves and to matter. Wanting honesty, respect, integrity and trust is about wanting to live in an environment in which we feel safe.  It’s about wanting…

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Reset Your Energy & Your Course

Whenever you put two or more people together, a new culture is created between them.  Each person brings their beliefs, values and perspectives to the space they share, and those beliefs, values and perceptions overlap or differ to varying degrees.  As human beings, we’re wired for survival, and we’ve achieved that fairly solidly over the…

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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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