IAN’S BLOG


Leading when the unthinkable or unpalatable occurs

Imagine a situation where some undreamed of calamity occurs and it is up to you to lead your people right now through the next steps, possibly while the situation is still chaotic.  Would you like to be able to consciously and competently speak and move during those first moments and then throughout the ongoing response …

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Why Leadership Programs Under Deliver. What to Do

So, you’ve been to the Leadership Development program run by your organisation or a university. You have the folder, the electronic materials, even a certificate of attendance. You’ve been assessed, interviewed, monitored, evaluated, tested, fed-back to. You have formed some new associations to follow up with as your career continues to unfold. You have been …

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Sensitive Leadership

(I started to publish this as a series of posts but received some feedback that they would be best published together, so here they all are as one document.) A colleague recently described me as a new age type of leader… sensitive, caring, wanting to serve others. Does that make me a sensitive leader? Yes …

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Deceptive Leadership

I have been an admiring reader of Jeffrey Pfeffer’s work on Leadership for many years. All that went out the window this week when he published an article in Forbes magazine titled: “Why Deception is Probably the Single Most Important Leadership Skill.” (Forbes, June 2,2016) Pfeffer described the world of truthfulness, candour and transparency as …

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A Letter to Leaders about the Meaning of Life

Dear leader, I was talking yesterday to a woman who has made some poor decisions and has begun to become a victim. She seemed not to have any purpose in her life. There was little I could offer her just then, mainly because she was stuck in her troubles. Most of us go through life seeking …

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Leadership and The 12 Days of Christmas

“Almost Christmas!” a friend exclaimed in March! How the year is flying by. Perhaps it’s flying by because you are reading too many Google entries and posts on Leadership. There are 500 million (if Google can and really do keep track after the first few million!) It’s hard not to be dazed by the constant …

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Management, Managerial Leadership and Leadership

Management is about organising systems to work faster, better, cheaper and produce more, reflecting the principles that underlie them: Quality, Cost, Rate and Quantity. Of course, management must occur in a context of legal compliance and risk management. Management is about control. People who work in organisations are part of management systems and are therefore …

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Being An Excellent Leader

There is no fixed definition of excellence in leadership, but we all know it when we see it; when we feel it. There is a different skill set required in managing a project, than there is in leading the team and we all manage and lead in some capacity – whether it’s our children, our …

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What ACTUALLY Is Executive Coaching

This week I worked with a business owner, Ron, on a problem that all business owners love. We had a great coaching session and he got some great insights into the underlying issue and what steps to take next. I also got some great learnings. The first was when he asked me, a little shyly, …

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Are you good enough to have a coach?

Everyone should have a coach. This especially applies to leaders of organisations. Coaches don’t just help their clients solve issues. They help people at the top of their game become even better. Coaches don’t solve problems. They create opportunities for clients to look at situations and see how they can operate better in those situations. …

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