Leadership Insights

A question we are asked at Kameleons - Developing Leaders is 'Why have a leadership coach?' and 'What can a coach bring to me and my business?'. 

I often answer the question by asking 'Name me a high performing sports star, athlete, singer, dancer or artist that doesn't (or didn't) have a coach?'

To answer the question properly, we sat down as a group and discussed what our clients had told us in regards to the benefit coaching brings and the impact that it has on a business.

Have you heard the phrase 'Knowledge is Power'? Personally, I think it is rubbish. There is something about it that just does not ring true for me. Perhaps it is the little used Physics degree talking quietly to me - power is about energy. Knowledge is a form of 'potential energy' - it has the power to do something if it is used correctly - or used at all.

Why the discussion about knowledge and power? 

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.

'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 85% 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.

About Kameleons

We develop leaders that build high performing teams to deliver improved business outcomes.
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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Our offices are located in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

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