Coaching those who need it most…

Coaching those who need it most

People can face a crisis of confidence in the workplace often in spite of their actual ability. Thoughts such as “I’m not good enough to take on these responsibilities” or “I won’t draw attention by celebrating my achievements” or “I don’t deserve this – I’ll be found out soon” can plague people. Those thoughts indicate a lack of self-confidence that can be quite damaging both for careers as well as in the workplace generally. There is a name for it. It is known as imposter syndrome. Continue reading

Coming up to the next fork in your career road

Coming up to the next fork in your career road
There you were – engaged, challenged and fulfilled in your work that made the most of your innate talents and spoke to your passions and beliefs. You might have spent years developing a fully committed relationship with one of your closest friends – your job! Continue reading

Everyone wants to be an entrepreneur but not everybody has a plan

Everyone wants to be an entrepreneur

As news continues to break that Snapchat defied the odds and raised over $1.8 billion in funding, many people have been reminded of the money to be made in technology and other entrepreneurial start-ups. Continue reading

Leadership is risky – Are you for it or against it?

Leadership is risky
Leadership fundamentally involves three main elements: people, change and risk, as well as the preparedness to fail whilst trying for greatness. However, of all the changes currently affecting the business environment, it could be the leader’s approach to risk that is changing the most. An Ernst & Young (EY) survey from late last year found this change is especially prevalent in Australia’s banking sector, where 89 per cent of respondents reported that the board and senior management were increasing their focus on risk. Continue reading

“If we don’t innovate…we’re toast.”

Innovation
In June the CEO of Commonwealth Bank said his business will be “toast” within a decade if it fails to successfully innovate, describing it as an “existential imperative”. Continue reading

Should accountability be at the heart of your coaching and mentoring processes?

richard-appleby-accountability

American mythologist Joseph Campbell’s studies into human myths and legends led him to identify a common pattern in global narratives relating to mentorship. In his book “The Hero’s Journey“, he explained that there is always a mentor in every great story, regardless of the culture or time. Continue reading

One hour a day five days a week, that’s all it takes

ongoing learning
For CEOs, an hour is a long time, whether you think of it as 60 minutes, 3,600 seconds or even 3,600,000 milliseconds. In that time you could take a nap, watch your favourite sports team, take a bubble bath or a number of other activities. Continue reading

What is true resilience? Unpacking resilience and debunking wrong notions

By 2016 TEC Speaker of the Year, Ashton Bishop, CEO at Step Change

It’s 5:30 p.m., and you’re just about to leave the office — but are you actually leaving?

Let’s unpack this.

Work is technically over, but has your mind stopped thinking about it? Are you still coming up with solutions to your work problems as you’re commuting home?

This kind of ‘grit’ is what a lot of people equate to ‘resilience’. But is this what resilience is? Is this what we should all strive for? Continue reading

Marketing vs Sales: What’s the drama?

Marketing vs Sales: What's the drama?

Martin Scorsese’s Wolf of Wall Street got me thinking about Sales vs. Marketing. During one of its scenes, the main character – played by Leonardo DiCaprio – tests his colleagues’ understanding of customers by handing each of them a pen and asking them to sell it to him. Continue reading

Looking into the Future: Blockchain Technology

By TEC Speaker, Adam Long, Step Change

Blockchain is perhaps the most radical innovation of the last few years – and perhaps one you haven’t yet heard of. With banks believing blockchain technology is the future of fintech, and diamond miners believing it will end trade conflicts, blockchain is shaking up almost every industry it touches. Continue reading

It’s Not Personal – it’s just (Family) Business

family business
Consistently voted as one of the greatest movies of all time, The Godfather is a goldmine of business and leadership lessons. The movie highlights many of the biggest issues facing any family business, in particular the tension between “business” and “family” and even more acutely between the founder and the next generations. Continue reading

What you need to know about disruption

By 2015 TEC Speaker of the Year, Ashton Bishop, Head of Strategy at Step Change

Why are there no more Blockbuster chains? No more Borders book stores? Why did Kodak declare bankruptcy in 2012? When disruption hit, innovation took too long. We call this Innovation Lag. Continue reading