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Three powerful relationship building tools

Three powerful relationship building tools

Building and maintaining good working relationships with your colleagues and stakeholders is essential for anyone in a leadership position. An effective leader will look to continuously build good connections and open flowing channels of communication with the people he/she leads, knowing this is key to everyone working well together to achieve common goals.  ..

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Flow - the ultimate mental state

Flow - the ultimate mental state

Picture a memorable concert you have been to. Can you remember the musicians performing with unsurpassed enjoyment, passion and skill and seemingly completely lost in their own world for the duration of the performance? Now think back, when the last time you, like your favourite musicians, were so engrossed in the work you were doing you lost track of time, forgot all about lunch, and could zone out while the hours flew by. Redounded psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi refers to this state of being as ‘flow’, the optimum mental state. When you are in ‘flow’ you experience the following seven conditions;  ..

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Weeding out disengaged behaviour

Weeding out disengaged behaviour

Global employee engagement is on the decline and Australia is not immune. As engagement falls, organisations experience higher turnover rates, higher absenteeism, lower customer satisfaction and of course a decline in productivity.  ..

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Resilience is pointless without this...

Resilience is pointless without this...

In my blog last week, I talked about resilience in the workplace and how we should strive to achieve it for ourselves and our colleagues to be the best version of ourselves. I’d like to dig a little deeper into this topic and explore another angle.  ..

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Choosing the right words to build Resilience

Choosing the right words to build Resilience

One of the most important skills we try to teach children is how to be resilient in the face of challenges, big and small, throughout their lives. It is a vital life skill, crucial to their success and happiness and is the key focus of parents and educators, determined to raise resilient high functioning independent humans.  ..

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The secret ingredient for engaged staff

The secret ingredient for engaged staff

Social Media Intro: The key to having engaged employees is actually quite simple. Find out what it is and how to bring it into your team to boost performance.  ..

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Reaching a 'helpful' state of mind

Reaching a 'helpful' state of mind

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the management concept of above and below the line. You can read about it here. The technique I am about to explain goes hand in hand with this concept and is a powerful, visual tool for leaders and managers to keep yourself and your team members motivated, productive and fulfilled.  ..

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Not all problems are created equal

Not all problems are created equal

Problem solving is not a simple process; not all problems are created equal and they can’t always be solved with a one-size-fits all approach. Using the same management style or decision-making approach in all situations can result in costly mistakes for your team and organization. How you respond in a crisis or emergency for example, should be different to how you manage the launch of a new product. Having a useful framework to access your situation and adapt your leadership style accordingly is essential.  ..

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Becoming an Outcome-Focused Manager

Becoming an Outcome-Focused Manager

A good leader is someone who can effectively facilitate. Having a team of people who are functioning at their best, operating in an environment where critical thinking to solving complex problems is encouraged, allows for a productive and satisfied team. ..

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Move from Average to Excellent

Move from Average to Excellent

As a leader of a team, it is essential to understand the underlying behavioural principles that distinguish an average leader from an excellent leader. We can't expect to lead and inspire others in an engaged and positive way, if we neglect to nurture leading our selves.  ..

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