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How Personal Development Creates Business Success

Posted in: Want to take your leadership to the next level?, Winning or Achieving Early Success in a New Leadership Role, Leadership Transition | Friday, February 7th, 2014

Personal development often underpins business success. When personal development is geared towards improved personal effectiveness and performance, it’s only natural that business success must follow. That’s why executive coaching doesn’t just focus on business running techniques, it can also help work on a range of personal skills focused on the individual but with a run-on…

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Leadership Techniques for Crisis Management

Posted in: Building Emotional Intelligence EQ, Leading During Change or Transition | Monday, January 13th, 2014

Whether it’s a business, political organisation or disaster relief effort, leadership effectiveness can often be defined by the response to a crisis. Those leaders who have the ability to stay calm, composed and confident during a crisis, oversee a clear plan and inspire others to deliver on that plan will often prosper during and after…

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Work Life Balance – A Chimera?

Posted in: Trusted Sounding Board, Recapture Your Motivation and Drive | Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

Work life balance is an unusual term in many ways. It seems to imply that work and life are on the opposite ends of a tipping scale and that improvements in one must be at the expense of the other. A Harvard Business Review article suggests that you don’t have to make trade-offs among life’s domains. Expert leadership coach Lynn Humphrey considers the concept of work life balance and whether you really can have it all.

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Are You Committed To Being A Better Leader?

Posted in: Becoming a Better Leader, Want to take your leadership to the next level?, Winning or Achieving Early Success in a New Leadership Role, Leadership Transition | Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Are leaders born or made? This is a very common question but can raise very unhelpful thoughts. Firstly that leadership is a natural “god given” attribute that requires no particular attention or focus. Secondly that a person not “born” with leadership attributes cannot become a better leader.

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Assessing Your Readiness For Leadership Coaching

Posted in: Becoming a Better Leader, Want to take your leadership to the next level?, Executive Coaching | Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Leadership or executive coaching is a powerful process that can deliver outstanding personal development and organisational outcomes. The best outcomes are achieved where this is a strong commitment to the process and readiness to fully engage in the process.

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Value Yourself: Values as Impetus for Fulfilling Careers

Posted in: Want to take your leadership to the next level?, Recapture Your Motivation and Drive, Executive Coaching | Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

It’s quite common for managers and leaders to lose their mojo. When this occurs it does not just impact on their professional life. If left unattended it can impact on their home life, their relationships and their personal wellbeing. So how do you address this?

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Change Management – Handling Risk and Fear

Posted in: Leading During Change or Transition | Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

In times of great change, risk aversion and fear run amok. It is tempting for leaders to push forward with their change management process without acknowledging their own fears or those of their teams. Undertaking a change management process without dealing with such fears is likely to fail.

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Getting the Best from Staff under Pressure: Leaders Set the Tone

Posted in: Resolving Leadership Team Conflict, Leading During Change or Transition | Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

When organisations have a lot on, staff can be put under significant pressure. How leaders manage this high pressure, high stress environment and the way it impacts on staff will invariably determine whether staff thrive from the pressure or are crushed by it.

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Leadership Effectiveness – One Important Thing At A Time!

Posted in: Want to take your leadership to the next level?, Becoming a Better Leader Through Executive Development | Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

As a leader you will have many demands on your time. There is a strong temptation and expectation to deal with many things at once. Yet research from a variety of sources indicates that multitasking can make you a less effective leader.

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8 Practices That Make an Effective CEO

Posted in: Want to take your leadership to the next level?, Winning or Achieving Early Success in a New Leadership Role, Becoming a Better Leader Through Executive Development | Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

A recent Harvard Business Review magazine article by Peter Drucker outlines 8 practices that effective executives follow. If you are a CEO or aspiring executive it might be useful to reflect on these practices and ask which you believe you do well and which might need improvement.

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