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

By Jon Lindsay, TEC Chair 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.[…] more

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

By Trent Bartlett, TEC Chair 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”. It’s a lesson that is particularly valuable for the current generation of leaders, especially as there are more distractions than ever that get in the way of listening correctly. Arguably, leadership finds its source in understanding people – which suggests that understanding people precedes leading them, and people who push an agenda without understanding the wider context of the conversation risk missing the point. […] more

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!

By Jon Lindsay, TEC Chair – 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? […] more

Building a Winning Organisation. Why is it so hard?

By Ian Neal, TEC Chair Every business leader wants to lead a winning organisation, so how come so many fail? A great line is “Culture eats strategy for breakfast”. The point being that a poor culture will kill stone dead the very best strategy. A Bain and Company survey has shown that 68% of leaders believe their culture is a source of competitive advantage, 81% believe that an organization that lacks a high performance culture is doomed to mediocrity – yet fewer than 10% actually succeed in building a winning culture. […] more

Why it’s time to build an effective talent management strategy

By Trudy MacDonald,  MD of Talent Code and TEC Speaker

Good companies and effective leaders have realised they need to do things differently. The current economy means that businesses have to work smarter and find new ways to achieve more, without increasing overheads. Continue reading

There’s no shortcut to a great executive team

By Richard Appleby, TEC Chair Building a strong executive team is no easy feat. The dynamic within the team will set the tone for the organisation as a whole and is ultimately responsible for driving a company’s growth. Likewise, CEOs have to be sure they are developing strong working relationships with every one of their executive team. […] more

Leader vs Administrator: Which are you?

By Jon Lindsay, TEC Chair – 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? […] more

How to prepare for the shift from being an employee to becoming a leader

As the saying goes, leaders are made, not born, meaning there’s the opportunity for almost anyone to work their way through an organisation and make the transition from employee to executive.  Continue reading