Leadership


The Continued Importance of Leadership


The Continued Importance of Leadership

Leadership continues to be discussed, written about and trained for, across the world. It is critical for each and every business to have great leadership because without leaders to execute the strategy, we may as well all go home! It is not something for Boards and leadership teams to shy away from but embrace with […]

David Gonski & Invaluable Mentors


David Gonski & Invaluable Mentors

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Patrick Durkin’s article in the AFR last week on David Gonski. We ‘know’ David from his various roles: he was the former Chairman of the ASX, is currently the Chancellor of University of NSW and was the former Chairman of the committee commissioned by Julia Gillard in 2010 to look at […]

Good Leadership is about Engagement


Good Leadership is about Engagement

Good leadership skills are crucial to the success of a leader! Such a simple statement that should be obvious to us all, but the reality is that often the ability to take employees with you – be it your team, a division or the entire organisation – is sorely lacking. Ask anyone! According to Towers […]

Organisation Tip: How to access hidden influencers


Organisation Tip: How to access hidden influencers

Hidden influencers lurk within all organisations and if your business is serious about wanting to successfully improve and change, then you’ll need to identify them. McKinsey’s recent article states that employee resistance is one of the most frequent reasons given for failed organisational change programs. Rather than attempting to convince employees through presentations, ‘town hall’ […]

How to Recognise a Distressed Company


How to Recognise a Distressed Company

Distressed Companies – a nasty business!  As a leader, you need to know where to look for the signs that indicate a distressed company. Often managers continue with a ‘business as usual’ approach without recognising that the parameters have changed and can be slow to realise that what used to work is not going to […]

International Women’s Month: March 2014


International Women’s Month: March 2014

I’ve come across International Women’s Day in March before, but I didn’t know that March 2014 is Women’s History Month until something landed in my inbox last week from Getty Images (who have produced the ‘Lean In Collection’ of images depicting women, girls & those supporting them). Let’s stay on-topic and talk about Women in […]

Bad Culture and Behaviour Prevents Best Practice


Bad Culture and Behaviour Prevents Best Practice

We know that ‘bad’ culture and behaviour in an organisation has many negative sides. But here’s one you may not have considered.   McKinsey’s article “Bad to great: The path to scaling up excellence” shares some fascinating research undertaken which has found that before senior executives can roll out best practices, it’s vital that negative […]

Leaders, Communicate!


Leaders, Communicate!

Leaders, Communicate better! That is the verdict of a survey whose results have just appeared in BRW.  Given that one of the absolutely crucial facets of leadership is that leaders are able to communicate and share the vision (ie. strategic plan) by means of effective communication to employees within the organisation, it is disturbing to […]

Emotional Intelligence Leadership Style


Emotional Intelligence Leadership Style

Here’s some news . . . Leadership is not an exact science! We hear leadership terms banded about, but are not exactly sure of the detail. Sure, you’ve come across these terms, but do you know what they really mean? Which leadership style(s) do you think you exhibit? Charismatic / Transformational / Transactional leadership?  Are […]