Posts in Leadership
Why wait for opportunities when you can create them?

When Sonia McDonald found herself alone as a single-mum in China, she had been working in a senior HR role which she loved. She then made the difficult decision to come home to Australia and to work remotely in the same role, however, that didn’t work out.

McDonald then struggled to find flexible work that suited her needs and experience. In her podcast interview on The Mentor List, she described how, when the opportunity came up to become a leadership development consultant, she exaggerated her experience to get the role. She soon found she had a passion for coaching others to become better leaders and set about learning everything she could on the subject.

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10 steps for building a positive company culture

It doesn’t matter if you are the leader of a large organisation or you have just hired your first employee, you’ll want your team to function efficiently and harmoniously. That’s a given. Yet, this doesn’t always eventuate and you may not even know why.

When you created your business plan, no doubt you looked at sales projections, target markets, key personnel, systems and processes and much more. But, how much time did you spend planning how the people would work together?

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Joining the dots of success

“Careers and businesses don’t develop along a straight line. If you plot their milestones or turning points most would resemble a child’s join-the-dot picture with scattered points and no clear pattern. The picture doesn’t begin to emerge until you start making connections between the points.

These connections can take many real-life forms. They could include personal and business networks or linking ideas and industry fields. Sometimes the connections don’t make sense at first or they may lead to dead-ends. However, they can also lead toward rich and innovative creations.”

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3 golden rules for effective leadership

"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you".

Matthew 7:12 NCV, see also Luke 6:31

This fundamental moral principle has appeared in many religions and cultures over thousands of years and it continues to be relevant today.

It’s a simple philosophy that we all genuinely believe we follow, but some of us are much better at it than others. This is especially true of the leaders around us and in the media. It’s not hard to see that some have become too self-absorbed to notice how their behaviour affects others. Some may never have known and others simply might not care. Yet, how leaders treat others will often determine their success.

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The secret tool great leaders use to stay sane

When Rachael Robertson was appointed as the second female to lead the Australian expedition to Davis Station, Antarctica for a year, she turned to the first female leader, Diane Patterson, for advice. The best tip Rachael received was not one she’d expected. Diane suggested she keep a journal as a way of looking after herself, but Rachael wasn’t convinced at first. She doubted she’d have time to do anything that seemed so indulgent when she’d be in charge of over 100 people in summer and 18 people.....

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4 top tips for enhancing workplace motivation

Do you know what motivates the people in your workplace to perform at their best? Are you happy with the general level of motivation and performance? As a leader, getting the best out of the people in your team can be a challenge. This doesn’t necessarily mean that the people in your organisation always perform poorly or that morale is low. It may just mean that performance levels are generally good, but you have a feeling that there is something preventing them from being great..... 

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