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Tuesday, 20 March 2012 23:53

Does your team have a secret hierarchy?

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Lesson 15 of 15 - Leadership Lessons I learnt from my Dog. The leadership hierarchy needs to be understood by all of the team.


Nothing confuses a dog more than a lack of understanding of who is the leader. Having recently worked with a dog trainer to help us with Jake, I was told that most families confuse their dogs (and the dogs understanding of their place in the family hierarchy) through a lack of understanding of some very simple actions. Who provides the dog its food, who gets attention first and who leads when going for a walk might seem like small things to us, but they communicate an awful lot to a dog regarding their place in the team.

Tuesday, 20 March 2012 00:13

5 Leadership Lessons from Political Turmoil

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In a recent editorial in BRW (Mar 1-7), Kate Mills highlighted her 5 lessons that company leaders should be taking from the recent power struggle between Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd. Kate stresses that the leadership crisis isn’t just in politics but in leadership in the corporate world as well.

In this respect I couldn’t agree more. Employees and middle Managers in all industries are looking for authentic leaders that can think beyond the bottom line and provide them with real goals, real understanding of what they are doing and real meaning to make their job worthwhile.

Monday, 19 March 2012 19:40

Communicating Clearly and Precisely With Your Team

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Consider this - how many emails do you delete a day without reading the entire email? 10, 20? What makes you delete them so quickly? Another thing to consider - have you every attended a meeting where you just wanted to person talking to get to the point? If so (or if this person has been you), then perhaps they / you need to consider what is being said and ensure that it is more effective. Here are a few tips to help.

Tuesday, 22 November 2011 20:30

The 5 Things Supervisors Want From Their Senior Managers

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istock 000005424937small - multiple arrowsEver wanted to know what your supervisor / Managers expect of you, the boss? Having facilitated hundreds of Managers in leadership training courses and focus groups, the answer to the simple questions ‘What skills and qualities do you expect of your Manager?’ and ‘What skills and qualities do your people expect from you?’ are remarkably consistent.

From banking to printing, military to Government Departments, manufacturing to telecommunications, the expectations of supervisors are clear and consistent.

Here are the top 5 expectations that supervisors / managers (middle management) have of their senior leaders (Manager / CEO):

Thursday, 17 November 2011 19:13

Is Your Leadership Revered or Reviled?

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client-relationshipsHave you worked for a leader that truly inspired you? Made you feel like what you did was worthwhile? Alternatively, have you worked for a leader that made you feel worthless?

What have you based your leadership on – emulating what a good leader has demonstrated for you or making sure you never repeat their awful mistakes?

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