Leadership Insights

It takes more than 1 person to fulfil on a dream, a vision or a business strategy. If you ask any great leader how they achieved their goals and set about achieving thir vision, they will name a mentor, a coach, a trusted advisor, friend, relative or team to helped them along the way and guided them to achieving that goal.

Importantly, a team, coach or mentor provides leaders with both a sounding board for ideas and a critical eye and ear to keep them on the right path.

One of the great joys of working with senior leaders is watching and hearing about the cascade effect that their actions have on the members of their team. One key difference I have noticed at Kameleons in comparison to other coaching / leadership businesses is that we won't work with a group or middle management team until we have done some work with the senior leader first.

I am asked often, 'why start with me? The problem area is ........... '. Quite simply, we seek to work with the CEO / COO because:

1. The buck stops with them,

2. Behaviours are encouraged or discouraged by them, and

3. Their actions trickle down to their staff.

'Can you do a 1 / 2 / 3-day leadership course for us?' is the type of question we are often asked at this time of year. If the provider you are talking to says yes without asking more questions, you could be putting your business health at serious risk.

I am a firm believer that effective training and coaching can have a significantly positive impact on both leadership, effective decisions, team engagement, reliability and sound business results.

The end of year 2017 seemed to come very quickly this year, didn’t it? The end of 2017 found many of us scrambling to complete reports, briefs and accounts before the end of year ‘cut off’ - but few of us had the time, energy or inclination to prepare for the new year ahead. In many ways, the start of a new year is like a ‘reset’ button for your business - leaving behind what took place last year and focussing attention on what could, should and will happen in the new financial year.

Think about this - where else in your business would it be useful to apply the same concept of a reset?

There is an 80% Chance They Are – Here’s How to Fix It

How many times have you thought 'it will just be easier to [insert task] myself'?

As a leadership facilitator and Executive Leadership Coach, I have the privilege of working with a large number of committed, hard-working leaders. One particular challenge that many of these leaders face is getting things done -

'Go, go, go!' I heard many parents yell at the State Sprint swimming championships on the weekend. I am sure the excitement, passion and vested interest the parents held for the athletes in the water made them feel they had an impact, but for the athlete in the water (50 metres away with head down in the water focussed on the race) it had little.

I observed a CEO recently doing the same thing for her staff - she pulled out her phone and played a pre-recorded video of her grandson yelling 'Go, go, go!'. This was her mantra that she would share at the end of a call with her team or a meeting. Feeling motivated yet?

We have all heard of the fight or flight response. Two options, not much information, stress mounting, time critical decision. Yes or no? Go backward or forward? Left or right? Buy or sell? Fight or flight? What is often forgotten when people talk about fight or flight is the third response - not making a decision (perhaps because in nature, where Walter Cannon first described the response, those animals that hesitate don't survive).

'Where there is great power, there is great responsibility', Winston Churchill, 1906

Leading any group of individuals takes time, effort and courage. When assuming responsibility for a business or a team, there is both privilege and an expectation of service to that business or team. A CEO, or any leader taking ultimate responsibility for a business and the people within it, has 5 expectations to fulfil and maintain. Failure to attend to any or all of these expectations creates both short and long term issues for both the business, and more importantly, the people in it.

Is the main function of a leader to produce more leaders?

A recent post on LinkedIn questioned this premise - stating that everyone could be a leader if they were a 'thought leader' or if people followed their ideas. My response is that if a function of leadership is to produce more leaders, then one of the actions of leaders is to be able to positively influence others. I think of leadership as a series of levels, each requiring more ffort than the one below it.

More often than not, business leaders wait too long to identify, nurture and develop leaders in their business. By the time most businesses consider leadership development training, poor communication, values and behaviours have become so ingrained it can be hard to undo. These mistakes can hamstring both the individuals development and the businesses future. I believe there are 5 lessons managers could learn from leadership development in the military.

If you have been in a leadership or management role for any length of time, I am sure you would have heard some of these statements or know the analogies:

  • Leaders do the right things, and managers do things right.
  • A good leader will lead by example, and let their actions do the talking.
  • A leader should have a helicopter view and be able to see their organisation as a whole, and not get stuck in the weeds.

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We refine leadership skills and behaviours for optimal people performance.
We utilise individual strengths and addressing skill deficiencies to meet and exceed personal and business expectations.

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