VALUES: Profits versus Planet

This is an extract from my latest book ‘Leaders Behaving Badly’: What happens when ordinary people show up, stand up and speak up. In this segment I will cover: Short term gratification versus long term regret The urgent need for leaders to become futurists The costs of ignoring early warning signs Factoring in costs versus benefits Short-term gratification versus long-term … Read More

Values: Rights versus Responsibilities

If you are a parent you’ll be very familiar with the phrase ‘I’m allowed’.  It’s a phrase can start as early as 3 years old and will absolutely go on well into the late teens and even early 20’s. Sadly in some cases, it’s an attitude that can go on for LIFE!! I once heard a frazzled young Mum wrestling … Read More

Values: I Alone Can Fix Things v Together We Can Move Mountains

I’ve just had the absolute honour of speaking at a conference in Sydney for people who are first responders in a crisis. The audience was mostly medical personnel; managers who have to deal with unforeseen events and even some people who work with hostage negotiators. No pressure then! My topic was leadership and my session was ‘Courage Under Fire’. I’d … Read More

Did I REALLY recruit that person?

This is still one of the biggest ‘help’ calls I receive. Some poor stressed owner or manager has just gone through the laborious recruitment process, decided on a candidate and then discovered within weeks or even days, that they may have made a terrible mistake. The person just isn’t fitting in. How can that be? How can we go through … Read More

LEADERSHIP VALUES: I Alone Can Fix Things v Together We Can Move Mountains

I’ve just had the absolute honour of speaking at a conference in Sydney for people who are first responders in a crisis. The audience was mostly medical personnel; managers who have to deal with unforeseen events and even some people who work with hostage negotiators. No pressure then! My topic was leadership and my session was ‘Courage Under Fire’. I’d … Read More

Values and the power of ONE

If ever ‘values’ needed to be at the forefront of how we do business, it is NOW. I’ve recently presented to two audiences where I used Facebook and Boeing as prime examples of how NOT to do things if you care about your reputation.  Facebook notoriously ignored the fact that the Christchurch mosque shooter was livestreaming a massacre; Boeing turned … Read More

Have you fulfilled your destiny? If not, why not?

Over the school holidays, we had two grandchildren staying. Our grandchildren are all heading into  teen years now, so keeping them occupied is a whole lot more challenging than when they were toddlers. One wet and miserable afternoon we got to talking about ‘careers’ which led to talking about life path or ‘destiny’. A concept that was new to both … Read More

I did it, I got to number one on Amazon (briefly)

My latest book on Leadership actually hit number one yesterday. And yes, I know it will be a very brief moment in time before it is no longer number one, but it sure felt good for that brief, brief moment. I’m passionate about leadership, and it breaks my heart when I see terrible leaders doing everything they can to trash … Read More

Understanding The 4 Levels Of ‘Shift’…

It feels as though I’ve spent my entire life wondering ‘why’. Why do people do the things they do? Why do people think the way they do? Why do they act the way they do even knowing that what they are doing isn’t working for them or is harmful in some way? Why don’t leaders show the courage we need … Read More