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

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

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

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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

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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

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

You can’t be a great leader without being a great listener

You can't be a great leader without being a great listener

A wise person once said, “speak in such a way that others love to listen to you, listen in such a way that others love to speak to you”. Continue reading

Is it time to quit your day job and become an interim manager?

By Richard Appleby, TEC Chair We all know how the traditional career path played out. People took time getting an education to boost their employment prospects and then spent years – if not decades – building their career through jobs in their chosen industry. The idea was to build up a sustainable pension and retire comfortably, not long after their 65th birthday. […] more

Your organisation has a purpose – Do you?

By Trent Bartlett, TEC Chair – Leaders are spending more and more time defining the purpose of their organisation. It’s a concept that’s gained significant attention in recent years, especially as the world begins to place increased demands on businesses and institutions to justify their place in our society. […] more

Are you afraid of negative feedback?

By Graham Jenkins, TEC Chair When did you last survey your staff? How about your customers? When did you last review their experiences with your organisation? If you can’t remember the last time you sought reviews from these stakeholders, it’s important to ask yourself why. Are you afraid of how a set of honest reviews might read? […] more

Leadership isn’t about the glory

By Trent Bartlett, TEC Chair – It’s a common misconception, both from the wider public and people within an organisation, that leaders lead a somewhat glamorous life. It’s an assumption that’s incorrect, and ignores many of the traits that people need to embody in order to be considered a great leader. […] more

Superhero or Servant leader – You chose!

Superhero or Servant Leader

Are you a servant leader or a superhero? A bit of both perhaps? If so, which gives you more fulfillment as a leader? And which role is better for the long term sustainability of your organisation? Continue reading