We create culture every day with what we say and do. It’s in the tiny details, as well as the grand gestures. With each action, we reinforce or diminish the values that often compete to guide and control an organisation’s culture. Culture changes over time, sometimes dramatically, sometimes imperceptibly, which is why we need to pay attention to it. It never sleeps.Read More
Statistics can sometimes overwhelm. The figures pile up, and we lose sight of what the numbers mean. Take, for instance, the statistics around mental health in Australia:
One in seven Australians will experience depression in their lifetime.
One-quarter of Australians will experience an anxiety condition in their lifetime.
One in nine Australians is currently experiencing high or very high psychological distress.
Around eight people die each day in Australia by suicide.
Leadership and management are closely entwined, but there is a fundamental difference between them. Understandably the lines get blurred because great leaders are often also very good managers — but not always.Read More
Who do you trust? Trust is one of the most significant issues of our time. To varying degrees, many people today are distrustful of institutions such as politics, business, religion, science, and the media.Read More
Are you a humble leader? We don’t often associate the word “humble” with leadership. Humility is a rare commodity in a culture that celebrates vanity and arrogance. But these qualities don't unlock hearts and minds; humility does.Read More
You don't have to be the smartest person in the room. But it helps to be highly intelligent. You don't have to be the most charismatic person. But you need to be able to command respect and attention. You don't have to be ruthless. But you do need to be able to make unpopular decisions.Read More
Disruption is one of the biggest buzzwords of our time, especially in business. We read about it everyday in the context of ideas like “disruptive innovation” and when it is used to describe the rise of companies like Uber.Read More
The role fear plays in our lives depends on the power we give it and how we manage it. Fear can paralyse us into inaction. It can also lead us to make rash and ill-informed decisions. But between these two extremes, fear can be an emotion that leads us to constructive and positive action. We all have the power to turn fear into a positive.Read More
Authenticity – being authentic in all that we do, in all facets of life, with family, community, at work, at play, everywhere, is what it’s all about. It’s where we have the most impact. It’s why people trust us, believe in us, respect and admire us – why they follow us.Read More
You’re a successful professional, respected by your colleagues and confident about your place in the scheme of things. It’s a great place to be, but it’s important not to get complacent. This is the time for you to start making plans for the next decade of your life; to make the next ten years of your life count.Read More
They are the great unsung heroes of corporate life: the executive assistant. Toiling away behind the scenes, taking care of the details that matter, lending a supportive ear, or having a quiet word, the right EA can make all the difference to the smooth functioning of the executive team.Read More
The era of CEO tenures of ten years or more service at the one company are all but gone – even five years is beginning to look out of the norm. The figures on average CEO tenure vary between studies, depending on regions and industries measured, but almost all come to the conclusion life at the top of the corporate tree is getting shorter.Read More
As business leaders, we are living in a time of tremendous opportunity – sometimes we just have to open our eyes to see it. A greater number of people who in previous generations would have been shut out of many opportunities in business, as well as other fields, are now making their voices heard.Read More
Many businesses are created and function to solve a problem. It goes without saying then that the master problem solver is often the person at the head of the business: the CEO. But what kinds of problems should they be solving?Read More
How we organise our workspace can have a big impact on creativity, innovation and collaboration. When an office space works for employees it can increase productivity, efficiency and harmony, but when it doesn’t, there can be a marked drop off in those metrics.Read More
Failure is not an easy subject for successful people. By definition, successful people do all they can to avoid failing. So you could be forgiven for thinking the idea of embracing failure is a foreign concept.Read More
Gather your direct reports, senior management, and any other enterprising young talent in your organisation, book a day away from the office and sit down with one objective in mind – how to kill your business.Read More
I often hear CEOs and prominent business people complain to me that economic conditions aren’t as good now as they were pre-GFC. I often reply with the same answer. They may never be again so deal with the economic environment in front of you. Adapt, innovate, engage and inspire your employees.Read More
As Australians we all know that we live in a lucky country. In the 1960s Donald Horne wrote this very phrase and it has been an iconic Australian saying. Australia is seen as a country that never really experiences hardship, whether that is economic recession, civil revolution or horrific weather conditions and a place where the people don’t feel the brunt of international events.Read More