There’s No Such Thing as A Leadership Team

Most Leadership Teams are not leading and being accountable for the totality of the business. They are a group of operational heads who only have a vested interest in their own function, expecting that some higher authority (the CEO, and the only one truly accountable for the whole business) will pick up the pieces and…

5 Simple Principles That Determine Culture

You can listen by clicking here   To find core drivers of culture we need to move beyond human behaviours, we need to look at anthropology. From this lens we find elements which impact us as human beings and understand how we; live, work, thrive and fail in our endeavours to be successful. These simple…

If You’re on The Short List, It’s Too Late

Until recent times, you just needed to be good at your job to get promoted. Today that skill gets you on the radar but no further. Other elements such as; do we like you, will others follow you, what does it say about our business if we promote you, how much potential do you have…

Earning The Right To Lead Others

I’m sorry to say your team today won’t follow you just because you are their boss; authority alone won’t earn you any long term right for others to follow you. Today, we are in a world where the team can sack the coach (leader). They can subtly withdraw, “go on strike” and fail to fire…

The Truth About Incentives

Imagine the scene - you’re in a meeting discussing how to get better performance from your workgroup, sports team or employees…. AGAIN. You’ve tried recruiting over priced ‘talent’ and you’ve invested in training interventions but both are expensive and neither lives up to the promise. What about incentives? Some funky innovation fund or new structured...

The Dark Side of Optimism

For many years we have been hearing how optimistic people are more successful than pessimists. Research has shown that they live longer, are more content and are better employees. This has borne a wave of Happiness Indexes, Strengths Based Approaches and Positive Psychology, all of which are incredibly valuable approaches to assessing and developing people….

Sacked Doorman – UPDATE

Last week I wrote a post on what we could learn from being too nice and how it could impact our relationships and performance. The story was focused around Ralph Body who was a doorman at an exclusive New York apartment block. He was sacked for being too nice to the tenants in his block….