Insider Tactics

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…

How is your Professional Intimacy?

We all know that we need to get better at having the difficult conversations and learn to deliver honest feedback in the moment. While we wholeheartedly agree with this line of thinking and, to be honest, that we all need to ‘toughen up’ – if you haven’t developed Professional Intimacy (PI) within your team you’re wasting your time.