Team training can avoid a sense of drowning

Training: Sink or Swim is Not a Training Method

Sink or Swim is not a Training Method! Have you ever started a new job and been expected to get on with the job with next to no training? If so you’re not alone. It has happened to me on a couple of occasions when I was starting out in my career and it was a horrible experience. In the …

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Start the new year with a Dynamic Lift

I was enjoying a Pump class (Les Mills) at the gym last week and smiled as the instructor used the phrase ‘Dynamic Lift’. It’s when we take an exercise to the next level. In this case we were doing an overhead extension with weights, and a squat as we came down. The dynamic lift meant getting up on our toes. …

Could you be a control freak?

Is it possible you are a control freak – and don’t know it? I remember running a seminar with a room full of business owners and I asked everyone who was a control freak to put their hands up. A few people put their hands up. Then I said ‘Ok, could everyone put their hands up’ and they did, ‘Now, …

What is the Point of Anger?

Anger is an extremely powerful emotion that can leave people feeling quite devastated. But it has its uses and can be a catalyst for positive change when used responsibly. Have you ever ‘lost it’ at work? The problem with any emotion is when it overwhelms us and we let the emotion control us. When anger is unleashed in an unfettered …

Are you holding back?

Are you holding back? The benefits of giving immediate feedback: And the 3 pitfalls to avoid. When is the appropriate time to discipline staff? The phrase ‘praise in public, correct in private’ has been a mantra I have always worked from.  I still believe it to be true, but am thinking that sometimes we need to respond immediately, and that …

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TEAM magic!

Being Part of a High-Performing Team I was making a video about team work – but I didn’t expect to be enveloped in a magical moment of team synchronicity in the middle of filming. In the middle of winter, 15 dedicated professionals converged on a Melbourne office block on a Sunday morning, not long after sunrise. They were about to work a twelve-hour …

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Why we use Actors to teach Leadership Skills

 What is leadership really about? To my way of thinking it is all about people skills. The ability to lead others in an empowering and positive way. I often talk about emotional intelligence and advanced interpersonal skills, but these terms don’t really portray the guts of what leadership is really about. Leadership is being able to share a vision that …

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A Leader, you are.

Many people in business resist calling themselves a leader but if you really want to grow your business, leadership is essential.  I was talking to some business people last week and they were questioning my constant use of the word ‘leader’. “We’re just business people,” said Brad. “I don’t think anyone really thinks of themselves as a leader – we’re …

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Why Business Needs the Arts

When we think of children we think of; playful, exploring, inquisitive, taking risks, wild imagination. And in business we need these traits if we are to flourish in a crowded marketplace. We can’t repeat exactly what others have done before and hope it will work. When we’re young up to 95% of us will identify with being creative. However, by …

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Little White Lies

Speaking the truth! We’re all honest, aren’t we? Whenever I ask my clients what they value most, honesty almost always comes up. Not only do we value honesty in ourselves, it is often cited as an absolute requirement for new partners, new employees and friends. It seems honesty is an absolute must for social cohesion. And yet I know honesty is not …