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Thursday, 10 November 2011 19:50

Do our leaders fully assume their position of leadership?

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istockphoto 4361315_interactive_organizationAbout 6 weeks ago I wrote a short blog post titles ‘Where have all the role models gone?’ It was born out of frustration at the lack of values and clear decisions being made by political leaders in my country. In my last blog post I put forward that there are several things you need to consider to fully assume responsibility as a leader for your team. While I wrote these comments with new and emerging leaders in mind, they are just as important for senior leaders as well. 

IMG 0061Lesson 13 - Team Development Lessons Taught by my Dog

Owning a pet, much like deciding to have children -  is not a decision to be taken lightly. You are responsible for the welfare, care and protection of something / someone other than yourself. This task requires you to perform many different roles requiring many different skills – some of which are innate and others that you learn as you go. All of these tasks require responsibility and dedication, and are not dissimilar to the requirements for leading a team.

IMG 0061Lesson 12 - Team Development Lessons Taught by my Dog

Discipline has become a dirty word. The word itself brings up connotations of punishment and detention (at least in my mind anyway!). A new dog in the house has forced us to look at discipline in its truest form, that it, correcting behaviour that is not at the right standard. The same behaviour change process applied with Jake is also used by successful leaders managing successful teams.

Tuesday, 27 September 2011 19:55

Look after your team and they will look after you.

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While the concept of looking out for your team is not new, many people seem to forget that the process is ‘give and take’ rather than just ‘take’. A common mistake amongst new team leaders / supervisors is to assume that they can ‘take’ from their new team without giving anything in return.

Tuesday, 13 September 2011 04:40

Is Negativity Impacting you?

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The topic of this blog post was borne from the vast differences in culture that I experienced working with two different clients in the recent past (names and references to the specific businesses are not necessary).

Have you ever walked into a room and felt that the ‘vibe’ or culture just wasn’t right? When first walking in to work with a client, you get a feel for the interactions between people, the discussions that take place in the corridors, the set up of the office spaces and the general demeanour of people as they interact with you. From first impression, something about Business A just felt ‘off’.

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