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What Did You Say?

Want to know my number one Team Leader issue?!? It’s something that I need to fix just about every week. It is …… How people speak to each other. Often, it’s just the tone. Sometimes it’s a harsh sentence, or it could be an…

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Wartime | Peacetime Leaders

There are wartime leaders and peacetime leaders. A Curtin versus a Whitlam. A Julius Caesar versus an Augustus. Wartime leaders appear to need a high degree of organisation, cooperation and appeasement. Peacetime leaders appear to need mildness and a sense of clemency. (Source: Sapiens…

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That’s Not Part of My Remit

There’s nothing more restricting to a worker’s career growth than restricting themselves to the literal interpretation of their job description. “Sorry, that’s outside my scope.” “It’s not within my remit.” “Not in my Job Description.” 🚷 These reactions limit the growth of the worker,…

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Back Where We Started

We’ve been working from home for so long I think we’ve all created some daily dependencies. I know our pets have started to depend on our daily presence. And now, returning to work in the office means breaking those dependencies. When we first shifted…

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Poor Pollyannas

Gee, Pollyanna gets a bad rap. What’s wrong with being a Pollyanna? A person with unfailing optimism. Someone who is always cheerful, and nothing gets them down. The Pollyanna level of optimism is irresponsible, an illustration of naivety, they say. Pollyannas disregard the facts…

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The Kuramoto Principle

The Kuramoto Principle is best illustrated with this short video: This shows metronomes working randomly soon fall into unison when on a moving base. The Principle can be compared to creating team culture. A team of individuals work together when grounded on a shared…

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Victory Dance

Many of us are experiencing a downturn in revenue and our aspirational targets for this financial year are becoming unrealistic goals. We have experienced the heady heights of double-digit growth over the years, but the pandemic has put a brake on that. Sure, the…

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Just Like Going On A Walk

Writing is like going on a walk. The view changes once you start writing, and in many instances, you’re not sure which path you’ll be taking. Who you meet, where you go, what you learn can be an unknown. But in the end, it…

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Managing Up

We all have a boss. And we’ve all experienced the time when a direction doesn’t make sense. Sometimes we need to accept the request – they are the boss, after all! Other times we feel the need to point out the obvious – well,…

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Spicing Up the Message

Leaders are always looking at ways to get their message out there. Well, good leaders are. Good leaders have a message, a motivating message. But like a football coach, the message over time can lose its impact. It becomes repetitive. We need to find…

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Being Right

Choose being effective over being right.

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