Leadership Check – The Contrast Available

The last two years have presented a revolving carousel of world leaders who’ve been brought up close with change requiring unprecedented decisions.  Making daily decisions to protect the lives of many must be gruelling, and considering the effect those decisions have had on us all, it’s been a period of public judgement on a world…

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Taking Back Control of Your World

One of the most stressful things that we can do is focus solely on what goes on in the world around us.  When we focus on what happens around us – the physical reality, circumstances and the things that are happening TO us – we feel out of control and our stress levels rise.  One…

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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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What If Flipping A Coin Could Change Your World?

Imagine living in a world where you are appreciated for the unique strengths you bring to the table.  Where you are an invaluable piece of the puzzle in every area of your life, and where not only are your strengths fully utilised, but you are replenished by the joy you get from activating and engaging…

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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 Courage To Be A Team Player

Being a fully effective team member requires that we find ways to contribute our whole selves to the betterment of our team.  This means contributing not just our qualifications but our life experience, our strengths and our viewpoints.  These are the soft skills we bring that allow us to operate our qualifications in a meaningful…

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The Courage to Speak Up

Leadership in any space requires an element of creating safe space for our team members to speak into.  It requires invitation of input so that we can benefit from the different perspectives of having that team, and so that each team member can benefit from having their perspectives stretched by new ones too.  Leadership isn’t…

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The Gift of 2020 – What’s the flip side for you?

This year has been and continues to be distinctly uncomfortable.  It’s forced change.  It’s annihilated certainty.  It’s demanded we cope with loss which has been different for all of us.  Loss, itself, is about change.  Whether it’s been the loss of your routine, loss of plans, of your job security, of friends and family, or…

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Courage Is Not Without Fear

I don’t know about you, but my tolerance levels have changed.  My willingness to take in certain things, mainly news and information sources, and my choices about how to process them are changing.  I think there is a certain level or capacity for fear and negativity which, once reached, the human spirit tends to turn…

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