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Leadership & Internal Commitment

Leaders are oftentimes focused exclusively on organisational objectives and performance. However, what many fail to understand is that both the attainment of these objectives and performance are reliant on genuine internal commitment. External performance is a reflection of internal commitment. The challenge for leaders therefore is to foster environments where internal commitment is encouraged and [...]

Leadership & Internal Commitment2019-11-08T10:54:44+00:00

Team Performance & the Dangers of Inaction

If your team is operating exactly the same way that it did three to five years ago then there is a problem and a significant one at that. Yes, contemplating change can sometimes feel a little risky and the apparent certainty of maintaining the status quo at first glance appears all too appealing. It is [...]

Team Performance & the Dangers of Inaction2019-11-08T10:57:50+00:00

Team Meeting Tips that Drive Performance

How has your experience of team meetings been?  Good, bad or somewhere in between? We have all unfortunately sat through meetings that seemed as if they would never end! Hopefully, you have also had more positive experiences, where people came together with a common goal and left the meeting room with greater focus and motivation [...]

Team Meeting Tips that Drive Performance2019-11-08T10:39:30+00:00

Turning your team from ordinary to extraordinary

High performance teams are obsessive about continuous improvement. Of course they achieve great results, but those positive outcomes are a by-product of their striving to do everyday things better again and again with a high level of consistency. They truly understand that complacency destroys excellence and therefore purposefully place themselves in stressful situations to practice [...]

Turning your team from ordinary to extraordinary2019-09-29T08:18:55+00:00

Leadership: 10 Lessons in Delegation

With the ever increasing pace and complexity of work, today's leaders have come to realise that they cannot 'do it all themselves'. More than ever it is necessary to surround oneself with a diverse, skilled and highly motivated team that can support and assist in completing objectives. Here, I provide ten necessary steps for effective [...]

Leadership: 10 Lessons in Delegation2019-09-08T16:57:52+00:00

Three Pillars of Leadership Communication

Communication can either make or break a leader.  Here I provide three pillars of communication for effective high performance leadership. Listening is a priority Truly listening demonstrates that you value the opinion of others at all organisational levels and this will encourage others to contribute more readily. Listening will build trust amongst teams which is [...]

Three Pillars of Leadership Communication2019-09-15T05:16:34+00:00

Why you need to Change your Management Approach

So, what is a coaching approach to management? Today, employees look for managers that empower and enable them to generate their own solutions.  Someone who is genuinely interested, wanting to see them develop and grow.  With a coaching approach to management this becomes the reality rather than simply an ideal.  Coaching approaches empower staff to [...]

Why you need to Change your Management Approach2019-09-08T06:46:38+00:00

Reworking the Dysfunctional Team

A team exhibiting poor performance is one that requires urgent attention.  Below is an effective short-term response to help refocus and rework a dysfunctional team. The 3Ws Process for Teams - The Quick Rework 1. What is working? 2. What’s not working? 3. What can I do to help you succeed? Firstly, meet with each [...]

Reworking the Dysfunctional Team2019-08-25T07:56:05+00:00

Good to Great: High Performance Lessons

So, what is it that separates high performance from individuals that are considered merely ‘competent’ in their roles? How do some individuals end up being recognised as exceptional leaders in their specific field while others are not? Let us take sports as an example. A professional rugby player certainly needs a broad range of skills [...]

Good to Great: High Performance Lessons2019-08-18T06:54:52+00:00

The First Steps to Living A Life Less Ordinary

Everyone would like a vibrant life truly filled with meaning and purpose.  To live a life less ordinary. But can you honestly say 'yes, this is me'? Or perhaps, you find life slipping by underpinned by a deep sense of frustration about how things are turning out. If so, then try this simple exercise as [...]

The First Steps to Living A Life Less Ordinary2019-07-14T06:03:37+00:00