I believe skimming stones holds the answer

I was skimming stones with my sons this weekend, down in Gippsland. Truly, no-one is worse at this than me. It’s sunny, and cold, and my kids are getting a minimum of 3 skips per pebble. Mine are all sinking. And creating a ripple. The bigger the stone, the bigger the ripple. I know for […]

Delegation: The Key to Team Performance

Delegating is like passing the baton in the relay race of leadership, where you hand off certain tasks to others. It sounds easy, but it’s easy to fumble that baton. And see that guy on the ground when he fumbles it? That’s what you’re afraid of. When delegation is done well, it’s a great way […]

HEY YOU STOP TALKING

Have you ever worked with a ‘spinner’, someone who labours the point, overexplains (maybe even mansplains?!). Whatever you call it, we all know a person at work who Talks.Too.Much. Maybe that person is you? You’ll know if it is you if: you’re always rushing to make your main point before your timeslot closes anyone has […]

Did your holiday work or did you work your holiday?

I was reflecting on how the return to work felt this year, and for the first time in a long time, I am hearing completely different experiences right across the board. Some of us are rested and invigorated, others are tired already.   One person even told me that ‘Christmas feels like it was at […]

Welcome to the B-Suite

Welcome to the B-Suite

“Not all leaders want to become a C-Suite executive, but they should all be enabled to operate like one.” All leaders are too busy – and they are getting busier. All leaders yearn for more space to think but rarely get it. All leaders wish it were easier to get sh*t done, but instead, it’s […]

99% of problems are not worth solving

99% of problems are not worth solving

One of my coaching clients had a penchant for ‘turning over rocks’ and solving what-ever he found beneath.  It meant that he was incredibly busy, and lots of people were grateful to him for fixing up their issues, but he failed to drive a reputation as a great problem solver.  Instead he developed a lesser […]

There’s no such thing as a diplomatic hand grenade.

There’s no such thing as a diplomatic hand grenade.

Go ahead, avoid those difficult conversations.

Wait, what did you say? How can you avoid difficult conversations and still be productive? What rubbish!

But it’s what you want to do – admit it.

Difficult conversations are SO against our nature, that right now more than 50% of your workforce is avoiding having one, and 11% will even quit their job – yes actually quit – in order to avoid one.

We spend $$$ training our people to have difficult conversations. We should be teaching them to avoid conversations getting difficult in the first place.

How to fall in love with procrastinating

How to fall in love with procrastinating

This week I have been procrastinating. A lot. I have been doing it all week and I’m getting really very good at it. So why, this week, is procrastination no longer my friend?