Blog

Whenever I get a few spare moments, I try to collect together some thoughts on leadership, teams and careers. They aren’t in any particular order, but I hope you find something useful for you here.

Is protecting yourself affecting your leadership?

People have different ways of coping when their leadership feels challenged. Some, feeling insecure, might be compelled to protect themselves – for example by raising themselves above others, or even feeling contempt for them. So, they defend themselves by being...

Team lost focus? Give this a go.

Is your team too busy doing the doing and don’t know why anymore? Feeling adrift at sea? Maybe your team’s lost focus on why you even exist? I remember a time a few years ago when, as a busy account handler working for a large integrated agency, I was part of a team...

Lead better with resonant leadership 1

A few years back I had a slave-driver of a boss. Regardless of how hard we worked, what we did or didn’t do, it was never good enough. She openly didn’t care about pushing her team into overwhelm. People were constantly exhausted. Self-confidence, positivity and hope...

Curiosity opens up leadership possibilities

IT’S ABOUT THEM Sometimes people do things wrong. Or rather, they don’t do it the way you like it. They don’t think like you do. They don’t agree with you. And that can be annoying. Why can’t they just be more like you and do things your way, the correct way? But they...

What impact are you creating?

Maybe you’re a fire-breathing monster bringing destruction to towns near you. Or one of those insects, which flitter across the surface of still streams creating gentle ripples. Chances are you’re somewhere in-between. Or maybe you’d place yourself on another...

10 tips to handle conflict in your team

Overcome with all the negativity on your team? All the finger-pointing. “You shouldn’t have done that!” Or, when things are challenging, you become small, retreating into your shell? Maybe you’re tired of team members avoiding saying what needs to be said. (I suspect...

Tired of being Mr Nice Guy? Try this.

Leading your team too gently? Being Mr Nice Guy makes sense – after all, you want to be liked, right? You want everyone to be happy at work and get on well. (Sounds familiar to me.) So, your inner voice in the back of your head (some call it your saboteur, chimp or...

Five questions to align your team

SOUND FAMILIAR? Your people working in silos? The team not connecting? Departments not collaborating? The creatives not talking to client services? Maybe you’ve had regular team meetings covering how you want them to work together. You’ve discussed what’s important...

Navigating change? Here’s the truth.

TRANSFORM HOW YOU CHANGE Facing fears. Learning new skills. Trying to let go. Overcoming insecurities. Stepping up. Having difficult conversations. Improving communication styles. Staying calm. I could go on. Change is around us. We all face new challenges every day...

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