Organisational Values

Organisational Values

In the 2001 book Good to Great, Jim Collins talks about companies that reach and sustain greatness. They achieve this by finding what they can be the best in the world at, by understanding clearly where their profitability comes from, and they are deeply passionate...
Strategic Thinking Tools

Strategic Thinking Tools

Before a State of Origin match, the teams analyse the opposition to identify threats and to look for any opportunity to take advantage of their weakness. The teams also analyse themselves to identify potential weaknesses and to optimize their strengths. They have a...
Attention Management

Attention Management

Do you struggle to get everything done in a day? Is time management a struggle for you? Do you feel that for much of the time you are just a little out of control? Perhaps it’s not managing time that you are struggling with but rather your attention management. When...
Know Your Values

Know Your Values

Have you ever played sport with an ace player who hogs the ball and scores all the goals by themselves? Over my years playing and coaching team sport I have experienced this on a few occasions. Sometimes the team loves it because that player is the difference between...
Better not Bigger

Better not Bigger

Do you have a garden? Every gardener knows that a beautiful garden is the result of constant tending and continual improvement. It requires weeding, pruning, some seasonal planting, and occasionally moving plants to a better location, or even replacing them with a...
Recognise Sacrificial Acts

Recognise Sacrificial Acts

We won our soccer match on Saturday 3-0. When I scored a goal, I ran over to the person who passed me the ball and high-fived in the air (Covid-style) and then pointed with a grin to the person who passed it to them. At full time our team congratulated our backs who...
Shopping List for Meetings

Shopping List for Meetings

Do you hate shopping? Whether it’s the groceries or shopping for clothes, I am usually a reluctant shopper. Some people feel the same about a meeting! Going along reluctantly and not really sure what they will get out of it. Other meetings can be great fun! Like...
It’s Only a Few Minutes

It’s Only a Few Minutes

Do you respect other people’s time? Do they respect yours? All too often lately I have observed meetings that start 5-10 minutes late. Consider a meeting of 6 people that starts 10 minutes late – in effect an hour of worktime has been wasted. Are you constantly...
Team Meetings – Why have them?

Team Meetings – Why have them?

Do you have regular team meetings? Are you getting any benefit from them? Or are you canceling the meeting more often than you hold it? 2020 saw a change in the way most companies held regular team meetings – some were dropped altogether whilst others increased with...
Delegation = Empowerment

Delegation = Empowerment

As a young leader (and even as an older one) I sometimes have struggled with ‘letting go’. Have you ever been caught saying “It’s quicker if I do it myself” or “It’ll be done properly if I just do it myself”? But you are not empowering your team when you try to do...