Posts in category: Leadership

Leading by example not

Leading by example not

There’s a media frenzy going on the last few days over the public Bondi billionaires brawl between high profile business figures David Gyngell and James Packer. Given leadership personality traits can and do infuse organisations from the top down, I wonder what...
Personality vs process businesses

Personality vs process businesses

Every so often, I hear this wisdom being passed around entrepreneurial circles: Don’t build a business around you. You must create a business that is process-driven, not personality driven. You need a clear exit strategy for yourself to make your business truly...
The Lucifer Effect

The Lucifer Effect

When evil happens, we tend to take an egocentric approach to analysis. We look for the bad apples. In his TED talk “The psychology of evil” Philip Zimbardo explains how otherwise good apples can turn bad, when placed in a bad barrel, created and sustained...
Feelings vs reality

Feelings vs reality

I have paraphrased one of my takeaways from Oliver Burkeman’s The Antidote: Our feelings about a situation and the reality of the same situation are two different things. When assessing our personal security for example, we are subject to both cognitive and...

Whole-self, not wholesale

One of the greatest gift of working for myself is that I can create client relationships where I am able to bring my whole self to work. Bringing my whole self makes things easier as I can just be me. I don’t need to pretend to be who I am not. This enables more...
A unifying vision

A unifying vision

A unifying vision corrals the focus of individuals and sets the direction of the group. Without a unifying vision, the group acts...
Past vs future focused

Past vs future focused

We can live in the past or the future. We can also make decisions based on what has gone before, or what is potentially ahead. Making decisions on the past means asking: Where have I been? What did I do? Was that the right thing to do? Do the numbers support me?...

Staying hungry

Steve Jobs famously said “stay hungry, stay foolish” in a 2005 commencement speech he made in Stanford University. Staying hungry is to be open to and seek out new, experiences, and deliberately choose alternative pathways. The world is an endless buffet of...

Being different: two ways

Being different to get noticed. Usually by doing something that you don’t normally do; something out of the ordinary relative to your audience’s expectations. Being different as a way of being. Because you have accessed and expressed those aspects of you...
Decision “rights”

Decision “rights”

Right Decision: Decisions are made by the right people, in the right roles, with the right authority. Right Accountability: the right people who made the decisions are accountable. Right Rewards: the right people are...

Selling short? Or practising abundance?

If we give away something we have worked hard on for free, are we selling ourselves short? Or is there more to it? Designer Adam Whitcroft gives away a set of beautifully crafted icons for free. This is his rationale: I didn’t start Batch with the aim of selling it,...

Fear-based workplace

This Businessweek article – Ten Signs of a Fear-Based Workplace was written near the start of the global financial crisis. The points are nonetheless still very relevant today. Some, like points 3 and 4, have long been unquestioningly accepted “rules” of...
Evolving PCs

Evolving PCs

Will we see home and work PCs as we know them now disappear from ubiquity in the near future?

Pattern recognition

“What differentiates serially-good-deciders from the rest of us is pattern recognition. This is the ability to see the generic and lasting patterns that underpin localized and ephemeral data, and which form the unseen framework around which lasting success is...
The Cycle of Abuse in the workplace

The Cycle of Abuse in the workplace

Workplace bullying is expensive! “The Report estimated that workplace bullying costs the Australian economy between $6 billion and $36 billion every year and that a workplace bullying cases costs employers an average of $17,000 to $24,000 per claim.” —...

Making an impact authentically

Making a significant impact on the world must necessarily involve others. Not to mention the critical importance of intention alignment for any sustainable and effective working relationship. I was listening to someone on the train talk passionately about changing the...

Four traits of collaborative leaders

According to Cisco executives Ron Ricci and Carl Wiese in their book The Collaboration Imperative: Executive Strategies for Unlocking Your Organization’s True Potential, collaborative leaders exhibit these four traits: 1. Focus on authentic leadership and eschew...
Narcissistic leadership

Narcissistic leadership

The good and the bad! I am not, however, convinced that many (if any) narcissistic leader is be able to temper their narcissism sufficiently to benefit from the characteristics. They would surely lack the self awareness to begin with – see table below....
Narcissistic organisations: characteristics & risks

Narcissistic organisations: characteristics & risks

A narcissistic organisation faces certain risks because of their behavioural characteristics. Hubris: Excessive, overbearing and unrealistic pride. As social creatures, we are very good at picking up personality traits like hubris and arrogance. This can drive away...
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