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The Leadership Journey

The Leadership Journey

Nineteen people came together as individuals – working for the same organization but not with a great deal of knowledge about each other.

In a mere two days, they had moved from individuals to three healthy, dynamic and supportive teams.  It felt good participating in and witnessing this coming together and the blossoming of something new.

The first day was setting some frameworks for how they wished their team to work together and the values they wished to live by.

They also learnt about themselves – their strengths and limiters and how significant others such as their manager, colleagues and direct reports actually saw them back in their workplace.

Feedback is never easy especially when it is tinged with what we could improve on. But these nineteen resolute and amazing team members took it in their stride.


What was the most surprising feedback you received last year?

man-with-laptopThe beginning of the new year naturally gets us reflecting. The good, the bad and the ugly.

Some years feel great and we want the momentum to continue; others tougher.

With the latter, we look forward to the New Year quietly acknowledging or sharing with friends perhaps that “the new year just has to be better!”

So how was last year for you?

And what was your review process for the year that has been?  Like many, did you do any of these?

List all your achievements?

Identify the goals you achieved and those you are still working on?

Sharpening your focus and setting some new goals?

Of course, there are no right or wrong ways of doing the above. The most important thing is that it works for you.  (more…)

How to Develop Yourself for Greater Leadership Success

business woman with laptopAre you a new or emerging leader who is now on an upward leadership path?

Perhaps you have been a competent technical performer, delivering  results as expected, but now you feel that something more is needed to take the next step and progress further in your career.

Or as commonly happens, you got passed over for a promotion when someone else you considered “less skilled” landed the job you really wanted?

It is equally likely that you have been “shoulder tapped” by your manager and this left you feeling, a tad underconfident with the inner response, “What? Me?”

Whatever your reasons – one thing you have become aware is the need to grow your leadership skills and capabilities.

You may be asking yourself “Where do I begin and what actions can I take?”

The list of useful leadership skills you can develop are numerous including: strategic, decision-making, influencing, collaboration, team leadership, operational excellence, stakeholder management, digital ease, being a values champion, governance and so on.

As an emerging leader, if you are wondering where to start, you may wish to download this guide.

I have selected 10 areas for you to consider and take action on.

In my last post in LinkedIn  – How to Avoid Falling off the Leadership Ladder –  “problems with interpersonal relationships” was identified as a key area by the Centre of Creative Leadership on why executives de-rail.

This guide is focusing on the non-technical, softer skills vital for managers and leaders.

As always, I welcome your thoughts and feedback.

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As a leadership and career coach, team facilitator and speaker, I love working with individuals, teams and organisations to help them grow and progress with their goals and vision.  You can contact me at +64 27 280 3335 or

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When to Use an Executive Coach


From time to time, I am approached by managers and leaders who are wondering if executive coaching will benefit them with their career and business goals.

When to use coaching?

The reasons for working with an executive coach are just as diverse as the organisations and individuals within them.

Some of the scenarios could involve: (more…)

7 Keys for success in your leadership journey

Where are you currently in your career pathway?  Are you in a new management / leadership role and figuring your way through it?  Have you been a high performer accountable for your results only but are now having to manage others?  Or perhaps you have been a specialist in your field but find yourself being a generalist as you manage others who are the specialists!  Or you are now accountable for getting results through others who don’t even have a direct reporting line to you?  These are fairly typical scenarios for an emerging leader with some great potential for development including learning about oneself and getting the best from others.   The pathway from being the lone star performer to becoming an effective manager and leader is also littered with challenges which if missed can lead to career derailment.

Jim,  (not his real name)  who started his career in the IT  industry learnt this lesson early as he realized that his technical skills were no longer enough to be the successful executive that he wanted to be.  As he said, “I learnt pretty quickly that what made me successful so far wasn’t what was going to keep me there” and that “I needed to learn more about understanding myself and other people and what made them tick.   I didn’t even realize this area existed before!”

Here are seven powerful learning insights for you to consider.   Don’t short change your career path by overlooking these crucial skills, behaviour and attitude.  As you read through each, rate yourself on a scale from 1 – 10, where 10 is excellent as to where you might be currently.

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