In an age of flattened hierarchies and dispersed leadership, frontline managers are increasingly the bridge between strategic direction and real world business success. It’s therefore vital to develop the leadership capability of your frontline managers and specialist staff who work on that bridge.
This International Women's Day I've chosen to celebrate the diverse and fabulous women who I admire and who continue to inspire me with their drive, passion, intellect, character and generosity.
I’m kind of cheating on this ‘3 things’ idea. The fact is, there are dozens of things I’d like to celebrate on IWD. Somehow, I managed to group them into 3 categories….
We spoke with Rachel Abel, a graduate of the most recent Executive Central Coaching Academy, about her experience. A GM in a large organisation, Rachel talks about how the program has created a significant shift in her team leadership style. She also discusses being thrown into the deep end with a ‘live’ client!
Executive Central Director Glenn Ball is one of our most experienced coaches. He has a Master of Coaching Psychology from Sydney University and is a visiting Lecturer at the University of Sydney Business School. We managed to catch Glenn for a quick chat about his experience of being a coach - while he was commuting on his Vespa (via a Bluetooth helmet of course).
Often the toughest challenge for an executive coach occurs before they start the job. Explaining the value of coaching to potential coaches, HR and other stakeholders requires a clear grasp of methodology. Indeed a 2009 HBR study found that the two most important selection criteria for selecting a coach were ‘relevant coaching experience’ and ‘a clear methodology’.
There’s a lot written about the top-down role of senior leadership in driving gender diversity in organisations. A lot of time, focus and money is devoted to the diversity and inclusion education of top executives (with the expectation of a trickle down effect through the organisation’s culture).
In my time as a manager, one of the most challenging parts of the role was having those difficult conversations with reports, whether about performance issues, or … well let’s face it, everything in the end is a performance issue! Now that I’m an executive coach, I have critical conversations as part of my day job – and I love it!
The other day I was having coffee with a client, and we had a good laugh about our first experience of being managers. Little did our teams know that we were making it up as we went along and scrambling to rectify mistakes before they become disasters.
Many of our clients are looking for ways to respond to the demands of an environment of rapid change and uncertainty. They realise that traditional top-down strategy implementation doesn't always provide the flexibility and creative responsiveness needed to execute on strategy.
Research on neuroscience has mushroomed over the last decade, and leadership experts are tapping into it for insights into organisational and team development. One of the team leader's first jobs, if you follow the advice of Simon Sinek, is to understand how optimal brain functioning might help their team.
Sometimes I come away from an insightful seminar invigorated and motivated…. and then go straight back into my crazy-busy life, without changing a thing! I’m sure you are nodding your head – “yes, me too!” And that wonderful body of information you’ve received can seem overwhelming and just too much to deal with. So you put it aside for the moment… and the next thing you know it has fallen off your desk into the round file (aka bin).
Who says women don’t have vision? A few years ago there was an article published in HBR, titled Women and the Vision Thing. This paper reported on a large-scale leadership study that showed women outshining men in most dimensions of leadership except for Envisioning (or future thinking). Future thinking is important in our turbulent world, so I decided to have a closer look at women and envisioning.
I was strolling through the grounds of Sydney University in the dusk after a Sydney Ideas event, and I noticed an electronic billboard saying ‘Leadership isn’t about leaders. Leadership is a culture, not a person’. Recently I’d been thinking about leadership as a collective rather than an individual phenomenon. I love it when something in the environment synchronizes with stuff going on in my head!
I’ve been using strength-based performance and leadership approaches for a few years now in my work with groups and individuals. I love this approach and I want to tell you why because I think it's the secret of doing what you love and loving what you do.
Back in the late ‘70’s we moved from Sydney to Kooralbyn in South East Queensland, as my Dad was involved in building the very first Queensland golf resort there. I went to Beaudesert High School, and most of my classmates lived on farms. It was a new lifestyle for me, and I loved it.
It’s almost a truism these days that the business environment is one of rapid change, and that organisations have to be ‘agile’ in dealing with complexity and uncertainty. The new business environment even has an acronym: VUCA – volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity.