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Get set for real impact by putting strategy first

No time to read? Listen to the audio. Peter Drucker once said “culture eats strategy for breakfast”. I love developing strategy, and I believe it’s crucially important, but I’m with Peter Drucker on this one. Even the most visionary strategy won’t be implemented successfully if it doesn’t align with your organisation’s culture, and if your culture is not healthy. Similarly, systems are essential. Without them, it’s difficult to effectively implement any strategy, or to harness people’s energy to do their best work and engage productively in the implementation process. Engagement depends on how people feel about your organisation, so this

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How to Create Psychological Safety at Work

No time to read? Listen to the audio. Every leader probably knows they need to be creating psychological safety for the people they lead.  But it’s also worth considering whether you actually feel safe to speak up to the leaders you report to with your concerns, questions, ideas or mistakes as a leader. I remember one time when I decided to speak up about struggling with my wellbeing when I was under huge workload pressure in my leadership role. When I suggested the organisation was actually responsible for this, I was quickly shut down. After that, I was no longer

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Getting to grips with negativity bias

No time to read? Listen to the audio. Human beings have a natural tendency to focus on the negative aspects of experience. It makes sense that we do this, given that we are hard-wired to keep ourselves safe. This is negativity bias – the tendency we have to “attend to, learn from, and use negative information far more than positive information.” (Vaish, Grossmann & Woodward, 2008).  The down-side of negativity bias for leaders is that it can take you into all sorts of unhelpful coping strategies, such as avoidance and distraction.  Overall, your negativity bias is unlikely to serve you

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How Leadership Presence Transforms the Way You Lead

Here’s a transformative goal I want to suggest for all leaders in 2023:  cultivate extraordinary leadership presence. Presence is the capacity to pay attention wholeheartedly by being aware of the whole of your experience – body, feelings and thoughts – and aware of other people. When you show up in your leadership with this type of presence, you will begin having a leadership presence that is substantial and noticeable. This is because leadership presence enables you to connect deeply with people by making the authentic you visible, and being fully available to others. This inspires confidence in you as a

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Showing Up with Integrity

Do you show up with integrity every day? And if you do, what does integrity actually look like?

C.S. Lewis famously said “integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.” When leaders make this choice – whether consciously or unconsciously – to do the right thing, simply for the sake of doing the right thing, they are moving into the territory of ethics.

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Putting people at the centre of culture change

Is your organisation’s culture holding you back from success? You could have a clear vision (your Why), great systems and processes (your What), but if your culture isn’t healthy (your How), you’ll never bring people with you. That’s why I offer people-centred solutions to today’s big leadership challenges. This is how you bring people with you, and how you achieve transformational culture change. If you think about your Why, What and How as a model for the development of your organisation, when you put people at the centre, you will support your strategy and your systems, while also driving improvement in

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What’s even better than believing in yourself?

Great leadership can be found every-where. But if you’ve ever been a leader, you’ll know it takes a good amount of self-belief, as well as belief that what you’re doing really matters, to be an effective leader with real impact. I used to be a CEO in the non-profit sector and that was a pretty challenging gig. Now I’m helping other people to lead, with courage and resilience, and teaching them how to build thriving teams. You’d think it’s easy but it’s not. It’s actually no different from being a CEO. Every day, I have to show up, step completely

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Essential Skills for Courageous Conversations

What’s the courageous conversation you need to have?  If just thinking about initiating a difficult conversation makes you feel anxious, and you find yourself avoiding the conversation, read on. In the workplace, there are some big subjects that leaders should be talking about – but which they sometimes avoid. 😔 Mental health😨 Stress😡 Bullying🥺 Discrimination😲 Poor performance👺 Unethical behaviour🤑 Money🤐 Something else? How would you actually tackle these challenging conversations? It takes some courage and confidence, but there are also communication skills you can learn, that will support you in the process. Before you begin, the prerequisite for both people

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Getting into flow will save you time (so you can get more done)

Is time your biggest leadership challenge? Would you like find more time in your day so you can get more done? Improving your focus at work saves you time because you’re using the time you have more efficiently.  This sounds simple enough, but actually staying focussed for the whole day is the hard part. With so many tempting distractions, your attention can easily be drawn elsewhere. Like me, you probably end up doing several things at once, with every task taking longer to complete. We call this “multi-tasking” but what you’re actually doing is jumping very quickly (and frequently) from

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Leadership Presence

You too can have extraordinary leadership presence

Do you aspire to have extraordinary leadership presence? I used to think some people just have it, and some people don’t. But now I truly believe leadership presence is a capacity any-one can cultivate. You too can have extraordinary leadership presence! We’re addicted to distraction. When you’re in a state of frequent, or even constant distraction, it is difficult to focus, and it’s likely there will be an edge of anxiety surrounding you. It can be sensed by other people and becomes part of the atmosphere of your team, even your whole organisation. This habitual state of distraction leaves you

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