Want Them to Succeed? 4 Magic Words to Empower Your People


This week, I’m speaking to a group of secondary school principals in Melbourne, and then travelling to New Zealand to deliver a presentation at the HRNZ (Human Resources Institute of New Zealand) conference. Both presentations are about leadership – in particular, about how to get the b...

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How To Get Things Done When Everybody Keeps Interrupting You


In our fast-paced, always-on world, interruptions and distractions are a fact of life. You’ll find plenty of advice about how to “manage” other people who interrupt you, but you’ll always be fighting a losing battle that way. Instead of trying to control others, here are some practical idea...

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10 Ways to Bring Innovation to a Screeching Halt


Last week, I spoke at an innovation breakfast for the forward-thinking team at Landgate, the State government authority responsible for property and land information in WA. In my keynote presentation, “The New Rules For High Performance”, I made the point that innovation is everybody...

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How to Be a Talent Magnet – Webcast Recording


If you think there’s been a war for talent in the past, you ain’t seen nothing yet! The skills for future success are changing, and the smart, savvy, talented people with these skills have a choice of places to work. Do you have a workplace that attracts, rewards, and keeps that top tal...

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How Disruptable Is Your Business?


You know disruption is coming, don’t you? It’s taken down massive companies and disruptors have transformed entire industries. So it’s only a matter of time before it’s heading for you. It’s not about “if”; it’s about “when”. How will you deal with it? Some organisations tak...

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Wise Leadership in the Age of Artificial Intelligence


Are the robots coming for your job? Yes and no. According to a Dell Technologies survey, 82% of leaders expect their employees and machines to work as “integrated teams”. And many employees look forward to artificial intelligence (AI) that can help them do their job better. But not ever...

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Make Better Decisions With This One Move


I’ve been doing a lot of work recently helping clients with their strategic planning. Obviously, I don’t have a crystal ball and they don’t expect me to predict the future. But they want to know some possible, plausible and probable future scenarios. Some things are easier to pl...

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Stop Trying to Predict the Future


In 1965, the oil company Royal Dutch Shell started its department of Long-Term Studies in its London headquarters. The term “department” is an exaggeration, because Ted Newland, who was given the lead role in this area, said, “I was placed in a little cubicle on the 18th floor and told to thi...

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Don’t Ignore the Live Dragons


The world is changing fast, and there are some things that are difficult to predict in our future. But that doesn’t mean you can’t foresee anything. Leaders look further into the future and see what’s lying ahead. “It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations...

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Read This If You’re Worried About Disruption


If I asked you to name a disruptive company – quick! – I reckon there’s a pretty good chance you would name Uber. And that’s fair enough. There’s no doubt Uber has disrupted the taxi industry – a long-established, entrenched industry that’s completely been turned upside-down by Uber ...

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