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The Dreaded F Word

The Dreaded F Word

There’s a new topic emerging in the conversations I’m having with my clients recently, and it’s all about the dreaded F word ‘feedback’. This word has so many negative connotations; I’ve had leaders in workshops and coaching sessions talk about how their blood starts...

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Christmas Cheer

Christmas Cheer

November 2018 As I’ve been in at client sites in the past couple of weeks, I have started to feel the energy change. There’s a mix of frenetic activity, high stress, some exhaustion, and a little bit of apathy mixed in for good measure. Everyone has so much to achieve...

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Reflections on the first month…

Reflections on the first month…

June 2018 Even though I’ve been running my business part time for a while now while holding down a corporate role, I’m entering into the second month of full time self-employment and I’ve been doing some reflection. I thought I’d share some of my learnings. The most...

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With Simon Sinek in Sydney this week I thought he should be the focus of my quote of the week.
I love this one, as it takes everything back to us all being human.
#humanleadership #leader #simonsinek #vulnerability #mdmtalentmanagement

I’ve been zoom coaching this week with my clients and talking about the benefits and the challenges of working from home. This is an oldie but a goodie, and makes me giggle every time I watch it. https://youtu.be/AYx_38MHErc
#socialdistancing #workingfromhome #virtualcoaching

Did you know that if you focus on what's wrong with an employee in a performance review, performance declines on average 27%, however if you focus on the strengths they are demonstrating performance improves 36%? Staggering isn't it...
#strengths #humanleadership

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Links we like.

Josh Bersin

Independently, and through his ‘Bersin by Deloitte’ business, Josh Bersin has been at the forefront of thinking around talent management for decades. Always pushing boundaries, and rarely far off the mark in his predictions, his articles are always a good developmental read for those interested in this area.

Josh Bersin

Brené Brown

From her book ‘Dare to Lead’ there is so much to be learned about bravery in leadership, being courageous, and how straightforward it is, yet how powerful at the same time. A brilliant Ted Talks resource to inspire great leadership.

The Power of Vulnerability – Ted talk, Brene Brown

Carol Dweck

Introduced to Carol’s work on vulnerability from another contact, she has since become essential reading for many clients. Her work on the growth mindset has been inspiring for a number of leaders and teams, challenging their own internal views of personal development, their definition of talent, and how to recognise when their ‘fixed’ mindset takes hold.

Carol Dweck 

Marshall Goldsmith

We met Marshall whilst at the Tuck School of Business, at Dartmouth in New Hampshire, and found his boundless energy and enthusiasm for the outcomes of coaching leaders infectious. His library of content is free to access and well worth the rummage – ‘Leadership is a Contact Sport’ still an all-time favourite.

Marshall Goldsmith

Adam Grant

As an organisational psychologist, Adam has some amazing insights around ‘Originals’ – the non-conformists of the world – and how ways of working in organisations are not always the obvious ways.

Adam Grant

Margaret Heffernan

Margaret is an amazing author and hugely stimulating read. Her books such as ‘Wilful Blindness’ and a personal favourite ‘A Bigger Prize’ really hold up the mirror and explore why we choose to ignore the obvious about ourselves. Great self-development content.

Margaret Heffernan

Michelle McQuaid

Sought around the globe for her playful approach to translating cutting-edge research in positive psychology and neuroscience into practical actions, Michelle helps people and workplaces to thrive – even in challenging times. Michelle hosts the widely acclaimed Making Positive Psychology Work podcast. Her site is full of free resources on change, wellbeing and positive psychology.

Michelle McQuaid

Daniel Pink

Watching Dan Pink’s youtube RSA animate of ‘Drive’ was life-changing from a leadership perspective. Since then, his 60 second Pink podcast has been a regular feature on my watch list, as well as his subsequent Ted Talks.

Daniel Pink

Simon Sinek

A stimulating speaker, he has always managed to create quotes and comments that really resonate. Simple, yet really effective and always getting to the issue. Well worth watching.

Simon Sinek