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Location, location, location

Location, location, location

Mature people mature people One of the things that leaders have to think about is the development of the members of their team. It is an interesting challenge, and is a responsibility that comes with the role. Whether you are the leader of an organisation that...

Types and Styles

Types and Styles

What you are and what you do One of the objections I often hear about identifying people’s behaviour tendencies, or characteristics, or the type of person they are, or their wiring, is that people think or feel that they are being boxed. This is actually a valid...

Rewards and Gifts

Rewards and Gifts

Excuse the pun, but understanding rewards and gifts, and using them as a tool in your toolbox, can be one of the most rewarding exercises you can engage in as a leader. As a point of departure, you need to know that rewards and gifts are not either or, they are both...

Managing Perceptions

Managing Perceptions

The effectiveness of any leader is determined by their ability to manage multiple entities at the same time. One of the key things they need to manage is perceptions.

Keeping the engine running

Keeping the engine running

Why is change so difficult? The answer: Because all permanent change requires a change of values. One of the big changes in thinking when becoming a leader is valuing things that you did not value before. Why is this important? Because you only consistently do what...

Call in the Specialist

Call in the Specialist

If the job is specialized, you need a specialist I love the true story of the chairman who completed an assessment and gave himself maximum marks for every question. When asked why he replied: “Because I am the chairman.” If you are going think like a leader you have...

For People, with people, through people ™

For People, with people, through people ™

Is it VI or VQ? Part of the task of thinking like a leader is that we are always looking for things that will be helpful when leading, and understanding things that could be harmful. There are no “silver bullets” that will solve every problem or answer every question,...

A toolbox full of pictures

A toolbox full of pictures

The insanity of dabbling One of the most exciting things about living during this time is the creativity, and the incredible rate at which things are being invented. Add to this the amount of new information that is available online, and for the creator/explorer types...

Three Questions

Three Questions

Lead by listening. To be a good leader you have to be a great listener.”Richard Branson One of the most consistent remarks I hear from staff is that their leaders do not listen. One of the shifts in thinking when becoming a leader is getting used to the reality that...

What did you expect?

What did you expect?

“Expectation is the root of all heartache.” William Shakespeare Expectation is also the root of all disappointment. I have never seen “Clairvoyant” on any job description. There are cases where team members seem to be able to read the mind of the leader, but these are...