Author Archives: Jennifer McCoy

Overheard on a Train: the Wisdom of Youth

The three young men were sitting diagonally across from us in the train, heading for the city last Saturday morning. They were typical Aussi teenagers for this part of town: origins mixed, decorated in tattoos, mostly loud, out to have … Continue reading

Posted in Communication strategies, Emotional Intelligence, Leadership, Values | Leave a comment

R U OK?

Thursday September 10 is R U OK? Day, This is the day that R U OK? is calling on Australia to take the global lead in suicide prevention. How can we lead? By having regular meaningful conversations with people who … Continue reading

Posted in Coaching, Emotional Intelligence, Leadership, Mindfulness, Values | Leave a comment

Is Trust Essential to Leadership?

Trust and leadership seem to go hand-in-hand. It does with politics anyway. Or should that read lack-of-trust? Almost every day we read about political scandals, in any country, where a politician or two, has destroyed the trust of the electorate, … Continue reading

Posted in Communication strategies, Leadership, Values | Leave a comment

Inspiring hope: Do you offer hope to your team?

In my last blog I quoted Michael Silver who argues that leaders need to use language that inspires hope and trust and I asked what those qualities meant for you. All too often a leader is consumed by tasks and … Continue reading

Posted in Communication strategies, Emotional Intelligence, Leadership, Values | Leave a comment

I’m now a leader. What does that really mean?

Do you recognise when you are being a leader at work? Do you recognise when you are being a manager? Clarifying the distinctions between the two roles often arises when I’m working with workplace leaders. Especially with managers new to … Continue reading

Posted in Leadership, Management | Leave a comment

How to get a job at Google – leadership skills first.

Run the idea of employment as a Googler past most young tech-savvy people these days and they look wistful. Look at the youtube video adverts of life at Google yourself and envy youth lost forever. There’s more to be learned from … Continue reading

Posted in Leadership, Mindfulness, Values | Leave a comment

Dealing with a passive- aggressive team member

Fred habitually denied he’d received information from his team leader. Critical or not. Team meetings were usually uncomfortable because he never voiced an opinion. Unless it was a brief, negative throw-away line. He simply sat, silent and unreceptive. Attempts to … Continue reading

Posted in Communication strategies, Leadership | Leave a comment

Delegating: coaching strategies to reduce your workload

Are you feeling over-worked? Are you looking to ease your load? One useful starting-point is to stop reflect on the times you’ve stepped-in to solve someone else’s problem? It happens at work and it happens at home. You trusted someone … Continue reading

Posted in Coaching, Leadership, Management, WorkLife Balance | Leave a comment

International Coaching Week

International Coaching Week runs May 19 to May 25 What do you know about the International Coach Federation (ICF)? ICF members adhere to a Code of Ethics and must have completed at least 60 hours of coach-specific training to become … Continue reading

Posted in Coaching, Values | Leave a comment

Come Walk With Me – just 10,000 steps a day

Have you heard of the 10,000 steps-a-day? It was new to me, but try living with a husband newly committed to weight loss and good health and you can’t avoid learning about these things. Why 10,000 steps a day? I … Continue reading

Posted in Exercising for Health, Mindfulness, WorkLife Balance | Leave a comment