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We’re sort of returning to normal, but is that a good thing?

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…

Gutsy Presenters Finish Strong

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…

The Hot Seat

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…

Want to be more persuasive?

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…

Want to stop the dreaded umms and ahhs when you speak?

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…

How to actually kick goals rather than just talk about it?

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…

Welcome to the club

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…

Wake up leaders! The ‘A-team’ doesn’t exist

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…

How to deal with an emotional outburst

[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,…

Why are mental health issues still a dirty little secret?

We see this all too often when we begin coaching an executive or senior manager – we have a few sessions, start building trust and making quick progress and then… the confessions start flying out. At last, they have someone independent, that they can trust and is in their corner. That’s when the floodgates open…

Get your head out of the sand and just have ‘that conversation’

We all get that feeling of ugh when we need to have ‘that conversation’ with someone in the team. Instead of nipping it in the bud, we find excuses to put it off – which just lets the ugh feelings grow. Why does the long, drawn-out pain of anticipation seem better than the pain of…

Give fear the finger!

We’ve slowly and reluctantly been getting ourselves back into the groove, perhaps with fresh goals and fresh enthusiasm.  However, let’s not forget about 2017, the year that many of you described as, “the most relentlessly intense, stressful, all-consuming year that stretched capacity and capability to the max.”  And nobody thinks 2018 is going to be…

The Emperor has no clothes!

We’re constantly amazed – and sometimes appalled – at the lack of candour around the executive table. We’ve discussed “eye-flicking”, a dead give-away that the leaders around the table aren’t having the real conversation.  Then there’s the “I agree with the boss” people – regardless of the absurdity of the boss’s opinion. The eyes are…

3 tips to help relationship-based cultures achieve more

  It is natural to assume that relationship-based cultures would have a distinct advantage in a new world where the human aspects of work are the differentiator. But it’s not always the case – the need for consensus often results in people avoiding the tough (and necessary conversations) to keep the peace, slowed decision making…

The contemporary leadership equation…

You’ve all heard that people should be having more crucial conversations, critical conversations, courageous conversations and so on. At My Personal Tactician, we absolutely agree, however… The realm of contemporary leaders is disappointingly full of abdicators and autocrats. The abdicators – or as I call them, Passivists – don’t have the confidence to confront issues…

Professional Development. We can still do better!

We’ve all watched as the current professional development model is failing to keep up with people’s needs, L&D is struggling to keep up with the business’ demands and organisations are lacking the capabilities they need for the future. In Deloitte’s 2017 Global Human Capital Trends, 42% of Millennials stated that the would likely leave their…

What your eyes reveal about your executive team’s cohesion?

The teams that enjoy high Professional Intimacy are those that have invested in building relationships and respect with each other. They can then challenge with candour and constructive opposition.  Meetings are faster and can be more challenging – but this means things get done and the team grows. 

What is it with?!? Control freaks who complain their team can’t think for themselves?

People won’t use their initiative if they don’t feel trusted – simple as that! If a leader is too controlling, perfectionistic, authoritative or autocratic, team members become dependent for fear of the consequences of making a mistake or not meeting the leader’s expectations. If you catch yourself complaining about your teams initiative, first check if…

Beware the ‘Protected Species’

Have you ever found your thoughts being consumed by one particular team member? They have a track record of delivering for the business, in fact, they’re loved and respected by customers and others outside your team.  But to the team, they’re toxic. People in your team have already left, and there are others on their…

The Dependency Syndrome

Have you found yourself asking these questions? “Why don’t my team take more initiative?” “Why don’t they make decisions?” “Why do they constantly have to check in with me?”  A frustration we keep hearing in our facilitation and guidance sessions from leaders is they’re continually having to get involved in micro tasks because their teams…

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