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It’s a Kind of Magic

When writing about high performing teams, I often refer to sporting teams. It is an easy analogy and one which most people can relate to in some way. For a change, I am going to write about high performing teams from a different perspective. An unusual decision considering the massive Grand Final win by the Richmond Tigers.

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Are You Ready to be a Leader?

We are at the pointy end of the season for the football codes, that is, rugby league and AFL. For those who have fallen out of the Finals race, they have their Mad Monday and the analysis begins as to what has to be done to go one better next year.

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Clear and Agreed Expectations

How often have you found yourself in a situation wondering ‘how did we get here’? ‘I thought we were on the same page’. We can go along for some time thinking we are on the same page with others, heading towards the same expectation, thinking we are taking the same steps. But it is not always the case.

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Differing Views

I have written before about taking the time to read or hear the views of others we do not normally agree with. It can test us. We may even switch off. Or we may learn something. Something about the other person, or possibly something about ourselves.

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Listen To Understand

Neuroscience has found that the need to be understood is one of the six social needs we need to have ‘just right’ to create a high performing team.

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Not Enough Time

Is it just me or does time seem to slip away so much faster as we get older? It seemed slower when I was a child. I have no idea where June went. Over and done with, in a minute!

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The New Age is Mature Age

My how times flies. A recent situation caused me to think about an article I wrote in relation to hiring mature aged candidates. I thought I had written it last year but it was November 2017!

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The Successor

I am a child of the 70’s. Therefore, I belong to the Star Wars era. The passing of a Star Wars team member has inspired this article.

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Does the Picture Tell the Story?

It would be fair to say there would be businesses who do not hesitate to engage with a marketer but would need a lot of convincing to engage with someone who provides the service I do. It has been a discussion my brother and I have had many times.

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What’s Right under Your Nose?

Last week I experienced customer service in varying degrees dealing with three national companies and a local company. I needed something ‘now’ to carry out normal every day responsibilities.

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We All Play a Part

Recently, I was putting together the final touches for the second workshop of a Leadership and Team Performance Program I am delivering. At the same time, I was working on the design of an integrated talent framework. Also at the same time, I was planning the delivery of a Leadership and Culture Development Program.

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What do you see?

I love this quote. It puts in very simple words something I have discussed with business owners, managers and supervisors many times. I will admit that sometimes I didn’t convince all of them of the impact they have on those who report to them. Some found it laughable.

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Who is Representing Your Brand?

If you’re a business owner you probably have employees wearing your logo on the uniforms you provided them. It is also possible they may be driving vehicles with your brand on them.

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How Informed Is Your View?

The recent events in Christchurch have led to other interesting events, all open to debate. It has also provided wonderful examples of exceptional leadership and courage.

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Beware of Offending

Interesting title don’t you think? It could have been ‘Be Aware of Offending’. Whether someone is offended or not lies with the person. We are responsible for how we respond. What may offend one person may not offend another.

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Variables of Leadership

Recently I had the opportunity to watch the movie, Darkest Hour which depicts how Winston Churchill came to be Prime Minster of Great Britain and immediately facing the possible slaughter of the entire British army at Dunkirk. The next night I watched a documentary about our former Prime Minster, Bob Hawke.

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Change. What of it?

By the time you read this article, the first month of the year will nearly be gone. If the research is to be believed New Year’s resolutions will be gone too. They were probably gone on day six of the New Year!

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What Am I Getting?

One never can be sure what one is going to receive for their money. You may do your research and still not receive what you expected. It wouldn’t be the first time someone has bought a new car only for it to be a lemon.

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New Horizons

Someone I consider a friend, is venturing off into the great unknown of starting her own business. However, she has been here before just in a different form.

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Prepare for the Festive Season

I don’t know about you, but I am feeling pretty tired. It’s been a busy year and now it is EXTREMELY HOT. When you’re tired or suffering from heat exhaustion, it’s easier to take the easy road. Making decisions which don’t take much brain power to think about.

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Who are you to judge?

Have you ever made a judgment about someone or something without all the information? Have you made decisions in relation to your business without having all the information?

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Noise -V- Silence

I often write about sporting teams. The successful teams and the not so successful teams. Reason being, they are great examples and analogies when it comes to talking about what is present in high performing teams and, of course, those who don’t perform as well.

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A Day of Firsts

On Sunday I had a day of firsts.
I rang triple 0 for the first time. I had an ambulance come to my home. I then sat in said ambulance to be attended to by the paramedics...

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Knowing When It’s Time

As I write this, Billy Slater, Queensland Legend and surely one day Immortal, is preparing for his last State of Origin game. The week prior, the AFL world received the news Cyril Rioli, at only 28 years of age, would be retiring. Very sad news for a Hawthorn supporter like me but it is obviously the right choice for Cyril.

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Learning Business Communities

Learning is unquestionably invaluable. Whether it is a formal education setting or the experiences of life, learning ensures we evolve and enables us to achieve more because of the wider view learning provides to us.

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Working on the Right Things

I wrote an article recently entitled ‘Is Investing in Your Business Discretionary’. The article focussed on where business owners will invest their money to improve the performance of their business. The article questions our discretion in where we place our investment. It goes hand in hand with what we, as individuals, believe needs to be worked on first.

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Try Something New! What could go Wrong?

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, ‘The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different outcome.’
Why do people continue to do the same thing? Why don’t they try something new?

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What Will Your Legacy Be?

Recently, I have had the privilege of working with a number of individuals seeking self-awareness and teams delivering self-awareness and awareness of those they work with. Awareness of the strengths of your team mates as well as the areas in which they may not be so strong is an integral part of utilising shared synergies and constructive conflict to achieve, both for the individual and the team.

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What Does Safety Mean To You?

Safety. It’s a part of every workplace, or should be. Safety has changed over the years. In a business I worked in, I was told by long term employees they were safer when they could take a six pack on board with them. The prevalence of signs everywhere was a cause for more than a few jokes.

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I Can Do It!

I was having coffee with a dear friend recently and our conversation turned to business. The core of the conversation was the understanding by others of the purpose and value of another business service.

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Understanding What People Want

How sure are you that you know exactly what your customers and potential customers want? How do you know you are giving them what they want? You may think these are stupid questions. If they keep showing up you must be giving them what they want mustn’t you?

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Prepare Or Repair

Have you worked with someone who attacks everything head on? Doing a million things all at once. You wonder if they are ever really listening to you. They may get a lot done but it isn’t always what was asked of them or even what the business needs.

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Diversify, Diversify, Diversify!

Diversifying our workplaces is making the headlines at the moment. In particular, there is the focus on educating young women in the STEM disciplines – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – to ensure their place in these areas in our workplaces.

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Things Aren't Always As They Seem

How often do you make a comment about somebody based on what you see on TV? We get to see what the producers want us to see right? I have often seen the same story reported differently across three or four different news channels. Missing information or elaborated information depending on what message they want to get across.

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It's Just Not Cricket

Every week there is a scandal to write about. This week - Australian Cricket. Cricket lost me years ago. I was an avid watcher during the era of Lillee, Marsh, Chappells and Thommo. Those were the days! The sad reality is, the platform for this scandal involving Smith, Warner and Bancroft, was laid long ago.

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The Nature of Neuroscience

Neuroscience has become a bit of a buzz word in recent times. This is the despite the fact the practice of neuroscience within businesses has been happening for quite some time. Neuroscience is a very valuable tool to have in one’s tool kit – for business and life.

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The Difference Between Business & Sport

The difference between business and sport. Is there any? I would argue probably not. Even at the grass roots amateur level there are requirements which need to be in place to protect players and administrators. Of course, sport isn’t just about fun. It’s about competition and winning. Sometimes at any cost.

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New Beginnings

It’s that time of year again. New Year. Some make resolutions. Some see it as the chance for new beginnings in certain or all aspects of their life. Yet most New Year’s resolutions are not kept and not achieved.

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Blending In

When I started working at Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal many moons ago, my work attire was blouses, skirts and heels. The guys in the field wore work clothes but there was no high visibility workwear.

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Words and Their Implications

It’s pretty easy for a business to find themselves in front of the Fair Work Commission. Don’t get me wrong. We need a body to protect employees when employers take action which is inappropriate. Because, unfortunately, there are still business owners who like to ignore the law and treat their employees disgracefully.

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Prepare For The Festive Season

Harvey Weinstein. Most people have probably never heard of him or were aware he produced their favourite movies. You would have to be living in a cave not to have heard of him now. His name is being splashed all over the news for all the wrong reasons.

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Diamonds in Our Community

Believe it or not, there is a lot of talent in our community. People with natural born talent. Others who have been provided opportunities to learn from leaders in industry. Sometimes these talented people are known or not known at all.

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What’s in an Opinion?

Opinions. Everyone has them. Differences in opinion may have dramatic, even fatal, consequences. The recent happenings in Charlottesville in the US attest to this.

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Why Should I Buy from You?

‘Why should I buy from you?’ It’s a perfectly good question for a customer to ask. You are basically being asked what do you differently from your competitors? What sets you apart from others in this industry? What will you do for me which will satisfy my needs?

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Set The Benchmark

I recently read an article regarding the toxic cultures created in businesses such as Macquarie Bank, Uber and Fox News. These toxic cultures have been protecting employees demonstrating bad behaviour relating to a number of issues including drug taking, sexist and chauvinistic behaviour. These businesses chose not to take any action against these employees who, in most cases, were apparently high performers.

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Never Stop Learning

Knowledge. Education. Experience. These three things go hand in hand. You could say they are one and the same. Possibly. What I know is that knowledge, education and experience opens our eyes and opens our world. If we let them.

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Rewarding Performance

Recently, I wrote about Bernard Tomic and his loss of love for tennis. The article explored Tomic’s only playing tennis to support the lifestyle he wants to lead. This then lead to the comparison with employees who are also only turning up to work to support their lower order security needs in their life. Hence meaning employees not working to their potential or at their best.

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