Category Archives: Leadership

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Discovering leadership potential

Have you heard the term ‘emergent leadership’? I came came across a newspaper article  this week, Thomas Friedman reporting an interview with Laszlo Bock, the senior vice president of people operations for Google, who described the qualities Google looks for … Continue reading

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