Are you talking or listening?

Are you talking or listening?

I once worked for a leader who talked - a lot. He seemed to be able to speak extensively on almost any topic. I remember one meeting where he went on for nearly an hour. A leader's job is to help others succeed. How do you expect to hear where you can help if you're...

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Demonstrate what you want more of

Demonstrate what you want more of

What do you want more of for the team you lead? Trust? Responsibility? Collaboration? Leaders will often turn to some great resources to help with these things. Despite this, you might be struggling to get what you want. The people you lead will only rise to the level...

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There’s no rule saying you must lead

There’s no rule saying you must lead

Leaders - Do you have enough hours in the day to get your job done? Is your world a constant stream of interruptions needing your attention? Are you working evenings, trying to get through your day job? If you answered "yes" to any or all of these questions, you might...

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Take a mental health day

Take a mental health day

Years ago, while working as an employee, I would occasionally take mental health days. These were the days where I was mentally exhausted or stressed and needed a break. The problem is, I usually hid the truth about these days. I now know I was feeling shame about...

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One more thing can leave you stuck.

One more thing can leave you stuck.

How does your team respond when asked to take on ‘one more little thing?’ Do they accept the request, believing they have no choice? Do they give up their personal time to get through it all? The unintended impact of ‘one more little thing’ can be significant. How...

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Stop using illusions to feel better.

Stop using illusions to feel better.

When things are uncertain, you might find yourself feeling anxious. One way to deal with your anxiety is to use the illusion of certainty to your advantage. This common illusion comes in many forms - detailed plans, comprehensive processes, thorough PowerPoint decks,...

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Turn blame into a conversation

Turn blame into a conversation

"It's the senior managers - they don't understand our world."* "It's the big consultancies - they only care about making money."* "It's the shareholders - they only care about the bottom line."* There are many ways you can lay blame for your challenges and failures....

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What moment in time are you living?

What moment in time are you living?

Recently, I've spent time thinking about what I want to do with the rest of my life. I love the work I do, but is there a point given how overwhelming the world's problems can feel. This conflict leaves me feeling stuck, unable to move because I'm too worried about...

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Don’t let dreams die in fear

Don’t let dreams die in fear

Fear sucks. I know fear is there to keep you safe. However, fear can get in the way of achieving great things. Fear is the reason too many ideas and dreams die before they see the light of day. You can't eliminate fear, nor do you want to, as you will find yourself...

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Want to improve – increase the flow of ideas

Want to improve – increase the flow of ideas

There are plenty of reasons people don't talk about their ideas. They might think it's too ridiculous, or perhaps they're worried others might judge them. They might be thinking they're not smart enough to come up with anything useful. A key to improvement is to make...

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