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How To Get Your Horse To Drink: + 12 Performance Strategies

How To Get Your Horse To Drink: + 12 Performance Strategies

Thursday 18 February 2016

It’s a familiar scenario for too many leaders and managers; You've given your team member’s all the information, tools and told them what to do but they just don’t want to perform, or at least don’t deliver in the time or quality required. Read More...


How To Make Yourself Understood

How To Make Yourself Understood

Friday 12 February 2016

Have you ever had those blank faces or confused expressions when you communicate with people at work? Sometimes it feels like you both speak a different language. Well maybe you do and if so here's what to do about it. Read More...


You're Not Ready For Diversity

You're Not Ready For Diversity

Wednesday 13 May 2015

Is your organisation truly ready to benefit from diversity or is it all lip-service? Read More...


Why Your Team Needs Conflict

Why Your Team Needs Conflict

Thursday 7 May 2015

When we think of conflict we usually think of yelling, screaming, arguing and trying to avoid it at all costs. But is there another side to conflict? Could it be that we actually need conflict in teams? Read More...


Why You Should Encourage Employees To Leave

Why You Should Encourage Employees To Leave

Tuesday 5 May 2015

As a leader and manager you want the best people in your team right? So why on earth would I suggest you encourage them to leave? Read More...


HOW TO LIVE BEYOND YOUR JOB TITLE: Break the Shackles Of Excessive Role Identification

HOW TO LIVE BEYOND YOUR JOB TITLE: Break the Shackles Of Excessive Role Identification

Wednesday 29 April 2015

Identifying yourself as your job title serves only to limit your thinking, expectations and how others see you. The question is, what can you do to see yourself otherwise? Read More...


Bosses Behaving Badly

Bosses Behaving Badly

Tuesday 21 April 2015

Leadership comes with responsibility, but does that extend beyond the workplace? Can you ever be yourself outside 9 to 5? Read More...


Poor Team Culture Is Caused By One Thing And I Know How You Can Find It

Poor Team Culture Is Caused By One Thing And I Know How You Can Find It

Thursday 16 April 2015

Cultural problems within a team can be challenging to resolve. Follow these steps and I guarantee you will find the cause which must be addressed. Read More...


If Your Team Depends On You, Your Leadership Sucks!

If Your Team Depends On You, Your Leadership Sucks!

Tuesday 14 April 2015

Warning: contains language which may be offensive to some. Effective leaders create teams that can function without them. Follow these steps to relieve the stress of a dependent team. Read More...


Why Your Team Doesn't Trust You And What To Do About It

Why Your Team Doesn't Trust You And What To Do About It

Wednesday 8 April 2015

Successful leaders are trusted leaders, however building trust in the workplace takes great effort and can be quickly eroded. Read More...


It's Not Over Until . . . Mistake #4

It's Not Over Until . . . Mistake #4

Thursday 2 April 2015

Closing out a project means more than reaching the final line of the project plan. A Project Manager must lead their team through the final phases and manage both tasks and the transition of team members through the "change". Read More...


Is Business As Usual Getting In The Way Of Your Project? . . . Project Mistake #3

Is Business As Usual Getting In The Way Of Your Project? . . . Project Mistake #3

Tuesday 31 March 2015

Imagine if you could shut business operations during the life of a project just so you didn’t have competing priorities. Nice idea but that’s not going to happen. Successfully delivering any project requires an organisation to Read More...


Project Success . . . Mistake #2

Project Success . . . Mistake #2

Thursday 26 March 2015

I've lost count of the number of times I have heard a project manager complain about the performance of a team member as if they were powerless to do anything. There is a solution . . . Read More...


What NOT To Do To Ensure Project Success - Mistake #1

What NOT To Do To Ensure Project Success - Mistake #1

Tuesday 24 March 2015

As a Project Manager, Operational Manager or Executive Leader, we can often be so passionate and determined in what we want to achieve that we try to do everything ourselves or turn into a control freak. There is however a simple solution. Read More...


Key Learning #7: Manage Risk?  No Worries, What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Key Learning #7: Manage Risk? No Worries, What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Wednesday 18 March 2015

And we come to the last of my key learnings (though really there are many more). I'm not sure if there is a priority in these learnings but certainly the need to manage risk is inherent in everything a project manager does. Read More...


Key Learning #6: Communication Is Everyone's Panacea For Everything  (Tom Peters)

Key Learning #6: Communication Is Everyone's Panacea For Everything (Tom Peters)

Monday 16 March 2015

Imagine going to work and not being informed about things that impact you and your job . . . and now I hear you say "I don't have to imagine, that's what happens to me every day". Read More...


Key Learning #5: Stakeholders - Can't Live With Them, Can't Live Without Them

Key Learning #5: Stakeholders - Can't Live With Them, Can't Live Without Them

Thursday 12 March 2015

A challenge all managers face is working with project stakeholders and particularly the difficult ones. You know the ones I'm talking about – those who show little interest and support, those who show too much interest and support, those who Read More...


Key Learning #4: Clear Direction, Planning And Strategic Alignment

Key Learning #4: Clear Direction, Planning And Strategic Alignment

Tuesday 10 March 2015

Having a clear direction is critical for any team and organisation, not just project teams. Without a clear vision and strategy team members will be confused, reluctant to commit and be at cross-purposes in their activities. Read More...


Key Learning #3: Bring on the A-Team

Key Learning #3: Bring on the A-Team

Thursday 5 March 2015

Often when a project is established, people are required from within an organisation to be part of the team. With most projects involving significant investment only the "A-Team" can be depended upon to deliver what is required. Read More...


Key Learning #2: Manage project scope – understand it, specify it, communicate it and pay attention to scope change and creep

Key Learning #2: Manage project scope – understand it, specify it, communicate it and pay attention to scope change and creep

Tuesday 3 March 2015

One of the earliest activities undertaken by a Project Manager is the confirmation of project scope. A clear identification and sign-off on project scope sets the boundaries and the path the project will follow. Read More...


Key Learning #1: The Brain Surgeon Paradigm

Key Learning #1: The Brain Surgeon Paradigm

Thursday 26 February 2015

Over the last 17 years, as project management has become more common in organisations, I've noticed one major recurring error made by otherwise brilliant managers. Read More...


Corporate Learning Redfined - Put The Employees In Charge

Corporate Learning Redfined - Put The Employees In Charge

Wednesday 9 April 2014

The world of learning and development is in need of a revolution. It must drive change, align to strategy, create a learning culture and deliver learning and development when, where and how it is needed as demanded by employees. Read More...


Are You Doing Enough To Develop Your Leaders

Are You Doing Enough To Develop Your Leaders

Wednesday 2 April 2014

This Deloitte survey has some very interesting findings including the development of Millennial leaders, succession planning and Australia's position on the capability gap index. If you're serious about leadership development then please contact Read More...


Delegating Successfully

Delegating Successfully

Monday 8 October 2012

If you would like to increase the chances of the delegated task being completed to your satisfaction use the CPQQRT approach and make sure you communicate the following points when giving instructions Read More...


How To Use A Leadership Coach

How To Use A Leadership Coach

Monday 8 October 2012

Would you like to be remembered as someone's best boss or worst boss. Becoming the best boss may take some time and effort. A leadership coach can help you speed up the process. Read More...


Whose Hero Are You Today?

Whose Hero Are You Today?

Friday 6 August 2010

By Mark Johnson - What would it take to be a hero for someone else, to do great deeds, to show courage and fortitude? Read More...


What Drives Creativity?

What Drives Creativity?

Friday 6 August 2010

By Harvey Mackay - Imagine if you could turn on creativity like starting a car, rev the engine to get up to speed, cruise along in the fast lane, and then park it in the garage until you needed it again. Is there anything you couldn't accomplish? Read More...


Telecommuting: Why Men and Women Work Differently

Telecommuting: Why Men and Women Work Differently

Friday 6 August 2010

By Wayne Turmel - Everyone knows men are from Mars and women are from Venus. But does that matter when it comes to working remotely? You bet. Here's how to manage your team's gender differences. Read More...


How You Can Get Your Team to Think for Themselves

How You Can Get Your Team to Think for Themselves

Tuesday 15 June 2010

By Mark Johnson - Whilst your team remains dependant upon you for answers you will be continually interrupted and held back from doing the real tasks you are required to perform. Read More...


Building an Innovation Culture

Building an Innovation Culture

Tuesday 15 June 2010

By Josh Cable - Nowadays, innovation is just as much a survival strategy as it is a growth strategy. Read More...


Giving a High Performer Productive Feedback

Giving a High Performer Productive Feedback

Monday 14 June 2010

By Amy Gallo - Giving your stars good feedback is essential to keeping them engaged, focused, and motivated. Luckily, feedback discussions do not need to be unpleasant, especially with top performers. Read More...


“Get Out of My Space!”

“Get Out of My Space!”

Wednesday 31 March 2010

by Clayton Payne, Senior Associate and Nadine Domalewski, Solicitor, CarterNewell Lawyers - Activities on social networking sites CAN lead to the termination of employment Read More...


How Companies Develop Great Leaders

How Companies Develop Great Leaders

Wednesday 31 March 2010

"The best companies for developing leaders recognise the value of strong leadership in both the good times and the bad," says John Larrere, who heads Hay Group's leadership and talent practice in the U.S. Read More...


Networking - It Really Is Who You Know!

Networking - It Really Is Who You Know!

Sunday 28 March 2010

By Mark Johnson - Networking is not just for those who are externally focused and wanting more clients. Networking is just as important for those trying to make a difference and get ahead within their own organisation. Read More...


Leading and Managing Virtual Teams

Leading and Managing Virtual Teams

Wednesday 3 February 2010

Intuitively we would think that the performance of a team where team members are co-located would be higher than that of a team whose members are widely dispersed (virtual teams). However recent studies are finding this need not be the case. Read More...


Learning From Toyota's Stumble

Learning From Toyota's Stumble

Wednesday 3 February 2010

Whilst Australia is apparently unaffected by Toyota’s accelerator pedal recall, there are still valuable lessons we can learn and apply to any organisation. Read More...


Finding Pearls and Recognising Talents

Finding Pearls and Recognising Talents

Sunday 3 January 2010

Leaders and managers have a responsibility to be like these teachers. Identify the potential in their teams, nourish it, develop people’s skills and, when needed push people and insist they “have a go”. Read More...


Leading Clever People

Leading Clever People

Sunday 3 January 2010

“Clever People” can be challenging and demanding but deliver excellent results if managed and led well. Read More...


You Need To Think More Strategically

You Need To Think More Strategically

Wednesday 2 December 2009

Leaders and managers at all levels need to think strategically from time to time, but how is it done. Is it the realm of the gifted big picture thinkers, the creative, the wise? There are things we can all do to improve our strategic thinking. Read More...


How Much Leadership Is Symbolic?

How Much Leadership Is Symbolic?

Wednesday 2 December 2009

Lessons to learn from the world political stage. Read More...


Talent Retention - Beware the New Year Resolutions

Talent Retention - Beware the New Year Resolutions

Wednesday 11 November 2009

Many people take stock of their careers over the Christmas / New Year break. Once the New Year’s hangover clears, some of your team members will resolve to leave your organisation for greener pastures. Read More...

 

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