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Looking over the wall

Looking over the wall

Context and perspective If you are going to function as a leader you need to think differently about your perspective.  If your perspective is limited, then your understanding and decision-making will be limited. In a previous blog we looked at making time to plan...

Identity in a time of crisis

Identity in a time of crisis

It has been interesting to watch the process many of us have gone through over the past 3 months. When the crisis first hit, the response for most of us was: “Will I live, or will I die? Will we survive? Are we going to make it?” Businesses froze. Everything was put...

Leader or Parasite

Leader or Parasite

“A leader is best when people barely know he exists. When his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.”Lao Tzu No-one tells you this, but the day you are placed into a leadership position a whole lot of things change. In the past two...

Think like a leader – Part 2

Think like a leader – Part 2

Thinking Strategically “When your headlights aren’t on, the best rear-view mirror available isn’t likely to improve your driving.”Marth Rogers I love the logic of this statement. It is true that leaders must think strategically, but what does that mean? It means that...

Think like a leader – Part 1

Think like a leader – Part 1

On some level we are all leaders.  There comes a time, however, when we are placed in a leadership position. We are now a leader that is leading. If we are leading, we need to think differently. This is not something that naturally starts when we are put in a...

Changing your Mindset

Changing your Mindset

The most common occurrence I have observed over the years when working with new, and usually young, leaders, is the difficulty they have with changing the way they think. Leaders have to think differently. The moment you step into the role of being a leader you have...

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I have spent many years with groups and individuals exploring leadership, relationships and communication in different contexts. Over the past few years I have focused on helping people lead teams. I have often been asked if I would write a book. This might happen one...