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The Value of Acknowledging the Year

The Value of Acknowledging the Year As the end of the year comes closer, I encounter more and more people who are barely hanging in there.  People who’ve spent themselves and who are grateful for the respite that the end of term, end of board meetings, end of projects and looming company shutdowns will bring.  It…

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Simple Year-End Thoughts

I had the privilege this last weekend of hearing Dr Imtiaz Sooliman, Founder of Gift of the Givers, speak at the Speech Day of my son’s school.  At a time of year where energy is flagging, chapters are coming to an end, people are parting ways, and a year that has asked much of us…

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Creating Safe Spaces for Difficult Discussions

The success of everything we do that involves another person or persons literally comes down to how effectively we communicate, whether we can get our point and needs across, and whether we can field a healthy interaction that acknowledges the needs and differences of another.  This skill is responsible for cohesive growth in any group, be it…

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2019 Gratitude Recap

So…  I have a confession to make.  I am an All Black supporter.  Last weekend I knowingly buried myself and my son deep in the heart of Bokke territory at the Crusaders Rugby Club in Durban to soak up the full experience of watching a World Cup Final in the country that was actually playing…

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The Generational Gap – Making It Work!

Over the last two weeks, we’ve been talking about the Generational Gap in the workplace and the differences that can put us at odds.  Every one of us comes at life from our own unique perspective constructed from our life experiences, belief systems and upbringing, and this is starkly evident in our current workplaces.  For…

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The Generational Gap – Gaining Perspective

Last week, we started talking about the fact that, for the first time in history, we have 5 generations in the workplace.  Each generation has come through a different life experience and therefore views life, work, decision making, ethics, you name it, with a slightly different perspective.  To a degree, we can generalise about the…

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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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Finding Balance Before We Explode

I’m often asked two questions about these Monday articles – how I decide what to write about, and when I write it.  Sometimes what I write about is a series of relevant thoughts or topics, but mostly, I write about what’s come up within the teams I’m working with or what seems repeatedly current enough…

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#5 The Challenges of Leadership – Guiding Change

We’ve come to the 5th Leadership Challenge in our 6 part series – the challenge of Guiding Change.  According to William A. Gentry, Regina H. Eckert, Sarah A. Stawiski, and Sophia Zhao’s whitepaper on the subject, guiding change is described as managing, mobilizing, understanding, and leading change.  It includes knowing how to mitigate consequences, overcome…

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