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Your Greatest Asset

Your Greatest Asset

This week I’ll be running training for executives on Information Security, Cybersecurity and Privacy Protection (or ISO 27001). The question I will be asking them is what is their greatest asset? There is a whole lot of data on cyberattacks worldwide and in Australia,...

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Management Systems

Management Systems

Being a leader is easier with a system of management. Let’s look at the definition of a System. It’s a set of principles or procedures to which something is done. Extrapolating that definition, Management Systems therefore are how a business operates. The ISO...

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Team Tactics

Team Tactics

Recently during a Masterclass I was running on Leadership Essentials, we were talking about some of the ways Leaders engage their teams. We talked about how they set the standards, they set the direction, and they also set the tone. Setting standards If you’re...

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More EQ Tips

More EQ Tips

In previous articles, I looked at how higher EQ often equates to higher salary. The articles went on to encourage us to observe ourselves, our behaviours and reactions, when under stress and triggered or annoyed. Once we have explored our own weaknesses, there is more...

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Making a Difference

Making a Difference

Last Sunday, I played soccer as usual, but due to the mix of players available, I happened to play in 4 different positions over the course of the match. This was not a big deal, as I have played in all of those positions before, but each time I moved I had to reframe...

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System.Framework.They.Them.

System.Framework.They.Them.

Recently during ERM (Enterprise Risk Management) training, I was asked the difference between a Standard and a Procedure, and this got me thinking more broadly about terminology and how it changes over time. I used to be a real stickler for the English language....

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Influence For Good

Influence For Good

Earlier this month I had the joy of seeing Lousie Mahler present a keynote at the #RMIA24 Conference. She is an amazing communicator who works with executives to develop their speaking and presentation, focussing on body language to deliver gravitas. Richard Branson...

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Grow a Brain

Grow a Brain

Does the expression “Grow a brain!” take you back to the schoolyard? We all have some funny stories of stupid stuff we (or others) did as teenagers, and how our friends or families reacted. We can blame that on the fact teenagers’ brains are still growing. Turns out...

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Risky Leadership

Risky Leadership

This week, I have been attending the RMIA’s Risk Conference 2024 #RMIA2024. Now you might think risk could be a bit dry and boring, but so far I’ve had some big belly laughs, some passionate conversations, and joined in a mass meditation! Very engaging! Turns out risk...

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The Leadership Journey

The Leadership Journey

When I was in my late 20s, I went from working as an engineer in manufacturing into a middle management role where I had unionised workers reporting to me as well as staff. When I think back to that time, I really didn’t have much of a clue what I was doing! I was...

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People Grow

People Grow

I read something interesting this week — it is in the rest after the workout that we grow. It was written in the context of work and creativity, though we could imagine the same applying to an athlete. It was suggesting that intense periods of focused work followed by...

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Firewalking

Firewalking

Firewalking entails walking on hot coals, across blazing flames, or on hot stones with bare feet. It is performed all around the world, with some doing so to prove their religious faith, for purification, or other rites and religious ceremonies. It is purported to...

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Businesses Grow

Businesses Grow

I’ve been working with a few businesses lately that are on a growth trajectory. They have been working with an outline of processes and systems that is temporarily appropriate for a smaller organisation, but now they are ready to grow to the next level these need to...

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It’s Like Rain on Your Wedding Day

It’s Like Rain on Your Wedding Day

Last Friday, across Sydney and much of the east coast there was flash flooding as we received a battering of rain and intense storms. Over the weekend we saw flooding of the Hawkesbury region again, as other areas were restored to power and people cleaned up their...

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Managing Time

Managing Time

There’s a reason I have always played team sport and exercised with friends. If it was up to me to schedule a gym session or go for a jog, then I know it just wouldn’t happen. Recently, I was introduced to a clever concept by Chris Freeman (Design a Decade). He...

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Blame the Mothers!

Blame the Mothers!

Some of you may have heard of the drama triangle. I was reminded of it recently while traveling when I received individual notifications from each of my children to tell me they were fighting with one of the other siblings. I should point out that all 3 of my kids are...

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Culture Shaper

Culture Shaper

Whether you realise it or not, if you are a manager, supervisor, or leader of any type, you are contributing to the culture of the organisation in which you work. But have you ever thought about what you’d like that culture to be? New starters in the workforce...

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Who Needs a Coach?

Who Needs a Coach?

My favourite sport is tennis. I’ve played it since I was a kid(bottom left in the photo). Yet I am far from perfect at the sport. Recently I attended a group coaching session with a few friends. No matter what age I am, and how much I have played, I always walk away...

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Women of Influence

Women of Influence

One of my favourite movies is Hidden Figures, about the amazing African-American women engineers and mathematicians behind the NASA space race. I watched the movie in awe and envy of their amazing minds, their courage and the impact they made despite the prejudice of...

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Build your EQ Muscles

Build your EQ Muscles

If you desire a better job, higher pay, to be more effective in your management role, or just want to be happier, then perhaps you are considering building your emotional intelligence muscles. Emotional intelligence is commonly broken down into the following 4 skills:...

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What’s your EQ?

What’s your EQ?

Who would you rather work with — Nick Kyrgios or Ash Barty? Both born in April (1996 and 1995 respectively), both Australian tennis players who showed amazing potential from a young age, yet only Ash Barty made it to the position of World No. 1, and only Ash Barty won...

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3 Challenges for New Managers

3 Challenges for New Managers

We are currently trying to recruit a coach for our soccer team. The candidate must know all about soccer (even if they can no longer play themselves). They need to be able to work out each player’s strengths and place them in a position on the field that complements...

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Take Risks

Take Risks

Last week, I watched on the TV news as 4 teenage boys were rescued from the rocks after jumping into a blow hole. One of the boys was injured, and the surf was so big that the local surf lifesavers couldn’t reach them by boat. They sent one lifesaver (a teenage girl)...

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Systems Amplify Us

Systems Amplify Us

This week I have been in New Zealand, talking about how small businesses face a growth hump before they can become medium businesses, and also how medium businesses face a similar hump on their way to becoming large businesses. Looking around the countryside here,...

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