March 17, 2018

If you've ever read Dickens' Christmas story of Ebenezer Scrooge then you're familiar with the tale of the mean, terrible overlord-boss who demands constant effort from those in his employ.

Scrooge is the ultimate micro-managing, unforgiving, all-seeing, hard-taskmaster...

November 26, 2017

One of my proudest moments from this past year has been to lead a group of individuals with an Employee Engagement score in the Top Quartile of surveyed teams across Australia & New Zealand.

Our Engagement outcome is a factor of each & every person in our team bein...

September 13, 2017

Late last month Vice Admiral Joseph P. Aucoin, the Commander of the US Seventh (Pacific) Fleet, was relieved of his duties - suspended following a number of incidents (including two fatal collisions) in the preceding fortnight.

At the time of his removal the Vice Admira...

August 1, 2015

As the closing sequences of the HBO Series "True Detective" play out, Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey's character) utters what sounds to be a fairly inane sentence: 

"Well, once there was only dark. If you ask me, the light's winning."  

I've been thinking a lot about th...

July 30, 2015

"We must be silent before we can listen, we must listen before we can learn, we must learn before we can prepare, we must prepare before we can serve, we must serve before we can lead"

– William Arthur Ward

Diane Sawyer once said that over her career she had learnt that...

July 17, 2015

This past week I was fortunate enough to witness a number of situations which re-enforced my belief that leadership is about doing good, not looking good.

It's the difference between words & actions: talking the talk versus walking the walk!

What I came to understand thi...

June 20, 2015

Possibly the greatest political strategist of the last half-century, James Carville, coined the phrase "It's the economy, stupid" as a reminder to (then) Governor Bill Clinton (and his hundreds of supporters) of where he ought to focus his attention in his 1992 campaig...

May 9, 2015

Some years ago I witnessed a Senior Manager querying his direct reports on why their teams' performances were below expectations. The Senior Manager went on to ask his reports: 

"...don't your people get it?".

The Direct Reports replied with a variety of answers each of...

April 18, 2015

The world of nature has many lessons for us as human beings if we choose to observe and learn.  For me, one of the most interesting of our natural world is the life of the Honey Bee.  

The Honey Bee lives a life based on five core guiding principles which we in lif...

March 24, 2015

Ronald Reagan once said that his relationship with the Soviet Union was based on an old Russian maxim: Trust, but verify. This is also true for the operation of a successful & truly great team.

Great teams seek to UNDERSTAND and Trust themselves - but also expect and we...

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