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...

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...

March 20, 2015

Over the last twenty years I've worked with & in dozens (if not hundreds) of teams. Here's my Top 10 list of how & why Leaders lose their team...

  1. Say "I'll get back to you on that" ...... but never do.

  2. Micromanagement. Constant checking on what pe...

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