Do you have those difficult conversations?

Continuing the theme of my previous blog, isn’t the optimal way the one where ‘people friendly’ and ‘performance oriented’ are not mutually exclusive?  One of the biggest challenges of contemporary working life is having those ‘difficult conversations’ with others.  We all know how essential it is to be able to do this.  ‘Systems thinking’ tells… Continue reading Do you have those difficult conversations?

>Courage in the first instance, not the tenth!

> I’ve written about this before, but it bears repeating.  In workplaces large and small, there is a silent plague.  People are immobilised like possums in the headlights.  What’s the cause of all this workplace stuckness?  The line manager needs to tell her direct report that he needs to start coming in to work on… Continue reading >Courage in the first instance, not the tenth!

Is yours a ‘best place to work’? No…really??

Are your organisational values lived ….or simply laminated?  A well-known Kiwi brand prominently displays its values on a huge sign just behind the service counter.  When one of those values is something like ‘great customer service’, what am I supposed to make of the organisation when the person behind the counter is chatting on their… Continue reading Is yours a ‘best place to work’? No…really??

>Do your emotions need re-wiring?

>The Centre for Creative Leadership are renowned experts in the research around leaders and how they get ‘derailed’.  According to their research, a key factor behind executive derailment is deficit in the area of emotional intelligence.  This presents a unique challenge because quite a lot of what we bring to the workplace in the way of… Continue reading >Do your emotions need re-wiring?

>Leaders and awareness

>A great educator, Caleb Gattegno, once said that the only thing anyone can ever teach is awareness.  This is handy if you are in the business of developing leaders, as it seems to be the number one thing that is mentioned in discussions about growing leadership capabilities.  In this very interesting post (http://blogs.hbr.org/video/2010/08/the-crucial-skill-for-tomorrow.html)  from the… Continue reading >Leaders and awareness

>leading conflict

>I liked this article in today’s harvard business review http://s.hbr.org/aw8ePX It’s an area that is sometimes overlooked when leadership is talked about.  I’m talking about conflict capability.  The leader is responsible for overseeing the dynamics of the team or group they are leading and this doesn’t always mean making sure everything is hunky dory all the… Continue reading >leading conflict