Common Sense

Do you ever find yourself assessing another person’s words or observing their behaviour and questioning why they said or did what they did; and concluding that it was not appropriate because it was just common sense not to say or do it that way? Common sense is not actually that common. What we know as common sense is actually an …

Positive Deviance

As I write this article it comes to me that I might be writing what many people think is an oxymoron; a figure of speech that contrasts apparently contradictory elements. Many of us think of deviance in its usual form where we refer to behaviour particularly that of children as being deviant, and therefore not acceptable. Deviant therefore for many …

Leadership Adaptability

If you think that, as a leader, adaptability is just one of those fads of the moment then I will ask you to think of whether you would prefer to be a Kodak company or a 3M Company? Both highly recognised brands the former for photography the latter for what? Well just about anything to do with stationery. Neither company …

Leadership Change

There is a saying that people do not like Change; that they do not cope. I think this is a little like the Loch Ness Monster; a perpetual myth yet to be proven. Yes, there are people who claim to have seen the monster just like there are people who claim to not be responsive to change however I challenge …

Leadership Collaboration

Having spoken last time about empowerment, and the importance of impact, meaning and self-determination, I will now focus on collaboration, one the other two elements of leadership effectiveness. The words such as business alliancing, partnering and joint ventures are familiar elements across businesses, but not often enough is the value of such action realised within businesses at the individual level. …

Leadership Self-Awareness

Leadership is one of those topics a little like exercise; everybody is told it is essential in their lives but there is a plethora of information that keeps changing in relation to what is the right way to do it, how long should it be done for and is there a one size fits all routine. In a recently completed …

Not only from the Top

Last week I suggested that working within a business where you are undertaking activities that are meaningful to you and that you enjoy and where can see the impact of your actions is the first fundamental aspect of leadership. About 15 years ago I was working with a group of executives and they were making negative comments about their staff …

Just a minute! Stop undervaluing or demeaning things

I have recently been focusing on word usage and the impact. Today the focus is on a simple four-letter word. It is amazing the impact four-letter words have. The particular word I am talking about this time is just. …(Read more)

Hit the delete button when ‘obviously’ comes to mind

In my last article, I wrote about looking at what to do rather than what not to do. Today I am continuing that theme in relation to word usage, focusing on the word obviously. What is obvious? In many discussions, debates and speeches that are broadcast and delivered in forums the “obvious” word is inserted. …(Read more)

Employees want to be told what to do, not what not to do

“How can I get through to them?” is a common question that I am asked, which is usually followed with a sentence starting with “I continually tell them not to…”. On the surface this seems fair enough – your employer tells you not to do it and therefore you should follow instructions. The challenge that the employee is confronted with …

The motivation that’s intrinsic to all success

Previously I have written about external (extrinsic) motivation. This week I will focus on the other aspect, internal (intrinsic) motivation. This is the one that is hardest to create. And like all hard journeys it has the most satisfaction at the end. You would know the feeling of intrinsic motivation and the achievement. …(Read more)

Is the power of positivity being overlooked?

Positive business and organisational culture are words that seem to appear in many articles and books but seldom seem to align with expectations. During my exposure within organisations ranging from small operators to multi-national corporate, Aboriginal and not-for-profit, the conversations tend to focus more on the negative and what needs to be fixed rather than positives and what has been …

Defining ethics and how they should inform our lives

Ethics will have as many definitions as any philosophical debate will allow. However if you think of it as referring to well-based standards of rights, obligations, fairness and benefits to society collectively and people individually, then you are possibly considering a well founded ethical basis. …(Read more)

Positive deviance: yes, it’s a good thing

As I write this article it comes to me that I might be writing what many people think is an oxymoron; a figure of speech that contrasts apparently contradictory elements. Many of us think of deviance in its usual form where we refer to behaviour particularly that of children as being deviant, and therefore not acceptable. …(Read more)

Tips to motivate staff and cash isn’t one of them

As mentioned last week motivation is somewhat different to inspiration. Motivation is an emotional feature that arouses you to act. It is a bit like inspiration to act, however, there are different reasons behind the action. …(Read more)

Being a positive role model to inspire staff

I am often asked “how do I motivate my staff” or “how can I inspire my staff to…” . I will talk about them separately. The challenge with these questions is that often the person doing the asking is not sure what they really want in asking the question. …(Read more)

Why you don’t always need a team player

I like to look at what businesses are asking as skills and competencies of people in the recruitment field. What I notice is a trend that has been going for over a decade of always asking for team players. …(Read more)

Why are you doing what you do?

Have you ever asked yourself why you do what you do in your daily work environment? Why you and importantly your colleagues and staff are at work? The response if inevitably something to do with money; to pay the mortgage, to pay the bills, to feed the family! …(Read more)