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Article by Madeleine Shaw, Executive Tactician Sometimes, I’ll be working with someone who tells me they would like to exercise more. We work through how some exercise could fit into their week, and they might come up with a plan like: – Monday – group fitness class – Tuesday – 10 km run – Wednesday…
Hasn’t 2020 been a challenging year? Here in Australia we’ve weathered terrifying bush fires, then the skies opened up to answer our prayers for rain which turned into severe flooding. The devastation was just awful. Next, the pandemic hit, and well – the impact of that on personal lives, businesses and the economy is almost…
You’re feeling good. Your presentation has gone well so far. You spent plenty of time rehearsing the guts of it, so you felt pretty confident when you got up there. You’ve shared some anecdotes to bring your material to life – hell, you even got a laugh or two. You click through to your final…
One of the crappy parts of being a leader is sometimes having to tell people stuff they don’t want to hear. Like when there’s a big change afoot. You want to do the best by your people (and stop the rumour mill working harder than it already is), so you gather everyone together to make…
You’ve just given your first update to the senior leadership team. To be asked to speak was a huge opportunity, but to be honest you’re just glad it’s done. The CEO didn’t ask you any questions (thank goodness!) and you did everything in your power to avoid looking anywhere near the Sales Director because this…
Um… have you ever been in a meeting… um, ah… or listened to someone give a presentation… um… where the presenter constantly punctuates their sentences with those annoying and… um… dreaded fillers? It’s a curse that has fallen on many of us, one that distracts, annoys and sometimes painfully amuses (at our expense) our audiences…
Ever wonder what separates the people that actually kick goals from those who just talk about it? It’s the new year. You’ve made your resolutions and you’ve set your goals for 2019. Tick. This edition of insider tactics is not going to help you with that. In fact, we’re pretty sure you’ve got the ‘making…
It’s funny. I’m sitting down to write an article on Imposter Syndrome. And not just a minute ago, I was on a phone call feeling like a complete fraud myself. I’d had a conversation with a client earlier in the morning, and my colleague (who had coincidently just got off the phone to the MD…
So many leaders talk about how they could be so much more effective if only they had the right people in their team. The search for the ‘A-team’ is real. But, newsflash, the ‘A-team’ doesn’t exist. You’re never going to have the perfect team, because your team is made up of – gasp – human…
[box] In light of the overwhelming response to our recent piece on mental health, we felt this was an area to explore further. It’s hard to change people’s willingness to talk about their mental health at work until they know their disclosure will be met with empathy, not judgement. While we can’t teach leaders empathy,…
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