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Christmas Message

Christmas Message

December 21, 2021

Christmas is very special. For me, it's a time to be thankful, to be grateful, and to give thanks for the larger and the smaller things in life, and a time to remember God's gift to us.

In this special season, just have a great time and enjoy. Have a wonderful New Year looking forward to 2022. I'm sure it'll have its challenges, but it will be interesting.

From my family to your family, have a fantastic Christmas and a prosperous and blessed 2022!

Engage Series Collaborate: Team

Engage Series Collaborate: Team

December 13, 2021

In this video we're talking about the team in regard to collaboration and the desire to create an engaging environment. Which sounds kind of redundant. Of course, you'll need a team if you're going to collaborate.

 

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Engage Series Collaborate: Individual

Engage Series Collaborate: Individual

December 13, 2021

Today we're continuing our series on collaboration in regard to how to engage your team, to elicit more productivity. Specifically, today we will be dealing with the individuals under your tender leadership care.

 

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Engage Series Collaborate: You

Engage Series Collaborate: You

December 13, 2021

This is the first in a series about how to engage your team. In this first round of three videos, we're going to look at how collaboration impacts engagement. Bear in mind that if you don’t value collaboration, everyone will be doing their own thing and disagreeing on priorities. Where you have a diversity of priorities you have inefficiency. If you are in an organisation where there are silos you will have disruption, low productivity and probably a high degree of frustration and politics...

 

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Lockdown Leadership Lessons: Learn Fast

Lockdown Leadership Lessons: Learn Fast

November 8, 2021

If you have a pulse, you’ll have noticed that things changed fast in 2020. The security of the plans we had, the certainty we had assumed, all got thrown out of the window, by of all things, a tiny virus. 

One thing I teach my clients, and help their companies embrace, is to learn fast and stay agile. It's front and centre in some of the successes that I've had in my leadership past. Yet 2020 has absolutely galvanised that view as I've seen those locked in their old ways failing to respond. Leaders who learned fast were proactive and reactive. Their solutions were relevant, and they pivoted productively. The organisations that were agile we're just able to move faster. As the environment changed, the needs changed, and the opportunities were seized by those able to learn fast. As leadership guru Tom Peters says, “Test fast, fail fast, adjust fast.” So true and never so important as now. 

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Lockdown Leadership Lessons: Stay Connected

Lockdown Leadership Lessons: Stay Connected

November 1, 2021

One of the most profound lockdown leadership lessons I've learned, with 2020 hindsight, is the importance of staying connected. I've always known this to be true from a leadership perspective. The aloof leader, locked behind doors, not connecting and not engaging, is rarely effective. 20 years as a CEO of six different companies taught me the power and importance of connection. Yet this year it has been profoundly highlighted to me, and the leaders that I serve.

So, what do I mean by connection? I’ll leave that to the venerable Brené Brown, who said, “I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.”  That is a very high bar for any commercial environment, and unfortunately not even close in most.  But I think we should all be on that journey as leaders, albeit that Brown’s definition is the ideal.

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Lockdown Leadership Lessons: Stay Simple

Lockdown Leadership Lessons: Stay Simple

October 25, 2021

We're continuing our series of 2020 hindsight; a look at lock down leadership lessons, I've learned over the past 12 months. One important factor in successfully navigating a crisis is the need for simplicity. I think there is a lesson for businesses and their leaders to keep it simple. 

There definitely seems to be something innate in us, that compels us to add complexity where it's not necessary. I think underlying this is the wrong assumption that complexity is a sign of competence. When I hear people being complex or giving long answers, it’s often used as a cover for incompetence or self-justification. In the many turnarounds I've been involved with, the solutions have always been very simple, even in the most complex environments.

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Lockdown Leadership Lessons: Love First

Lockdown Leadership Lessons: Love First

October 18, 2021

One of the things that has been a surprising outcome of meeting with groups of leaders during 2020 is a definite change in the usual priorities. Once the urgency of protecting the business and preserving the company was in place, leaders started talking about other things. The often-robust conversations of a purely commercial nature became deeper, and more personal.

 

Forced time away from work, more connection with family, and a prevailing threat helped us all to reassess our priorities. My 2020 hindsight, leadership lockdown lesson is the importance of putting ‘love’ first. Yes, this is commercial leadership content and yes, I’m talking about love.

Lockdown Leadership Lessons: Build Trust

Lockdown Leadership Lessons: Build Trust

October 11, 2021

We're taking a look at some of the things I've learned over 2020 with a little bit of 2020 hindsight. In this session, I'm going to cover the importance of building trust. Lincoln Chafee, the American politician said, “Trust is built with consistency.” Very true, but I would add transparency and integrity. 

 

As a leader, when you don't have trust, or haven't created an environment of trust for your team, things move slowly. With low trust, you experience low productivity and even toxic environments. Often when there is no trust, that gap is filled with fear.

 

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Lockdown Leadership Lessons: Know What Comes First

Lockdown Leadership Lessons: Know What Comes First

October 4, 2021

This is a continuation of a small series I'm doing on 2020 hindsight. These are leadership lessons I've learned from the lockdown. In this session, “Know what comes first”. In a year where there was a lot going on, as you may have noticed, having clarity around priorities has been paramount. “Our life is the sum total of all the decisions we make every day, and those decisions are determined by our priorities.” According to the Bahamian Clergyman, Myles Munroe. Wise words.

 

If we don't know what comes first, we will be busy, but not necessarily effective. We all have a huge amount of noise in our world. The tendency will be to become reactive rather than proactive. We will randomly respond to what's happening, rather than considering our primary most effective response. If we do have a sense of what should come first, then we have more clarity. If we cut through the clutter and the noise, we tend to make better decisions. 

 

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