Freedom Ahead? Not So Fast!


Right back at the start of this pandemic, you might remember all the talk of ‘flattening the curve’. Australia’s goal at the time was not to eliminate COVID-19 altogether, but to keep infections at a low enough level that it wouldn’t swamp the healthcare system. For a while last year, we d...

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Power Up Your Team


In March last year, when the reality of a global pandemic first hit us, we kept hearing the word ‘unprecedented’ as a way to describe how our lives had changed. Now, 18 months later, some of the changes we’ll face in the next few months are just as unprecedented. For example, we’ll be f...

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Move Fast But Stay Loose: The Secret For Success In An Uncertain 2022


As we’re nearing the last quarter of 2021 – which has been yet another chaotic and uncertain year for so many people – many leaders are making their plans for the year ahead. Two weeks ago, I was working with a group of leaders in regional Western Australia who were building a strateg...

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Trust Them!


In the book ‘No Rules Rules’, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings explains how Netflix leaders trust their staff and demonstrate that trust in practice. For example, they post high-level strategy documents – with confidential information they wouldn’t want to leak to competitors – on a public bulle...

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The Single Best Team Strategy in Uncertainty and Chaos


A World Economic Forum survey of Australian employees about a year ago found almost half of them worried they wouldn’t have a job by the end of this year – as a result of the pandemic. That’s a shocking number, but – given our current challenges – it’s not too far from the truth. Even s...

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Strong, Smart Leadership Moves In Disruption And Uncertainty


When you’re leading in times of uncertainty and rapid change, you can’t wait until you’re certain of the future before you take any action – because you’ll never be certain. The only way to make progress is to act with clarity despite an uncertain future. Clarity doesn’t remove the fog ...

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Your Secret Weapon for Success In Uncertainty


With most of Australia back in lockdown, it’s easy to think ‘Here we go again’! Be careful, because there’s a common – but dangerous – trap many leaders fall into when the future is uncertain. Because you can’t see far ahead, it’s tempting to think only about small goals and sho...

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There’s a Reason They Can’t Get COVID-19 Out of Their Head


Many years ago, when I was working in the UK, I went to Paris for a short weekend trip, and lined up at the Louvre to see the Mona Lisa. Millions of people have done it over the years (and most of them seemed to be there the day I went, but that’s another story!). But is it true I saw the same pa...

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Next Level Leadership: The Top Three Post-COVID Trends


In ‘normal’ times, we tolerate mediocre leaders because replacing them is harder than keeping them. But during the worst of the pandemic, those leaders were ruthlessly exposed. A crisis doesn’t create leaders; it amplifies them. This crisis has put leadership in sharp focus, and we have clear...

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In A Crisis, Look Further (Like a Fox!)


It seems a long time ago that we first heard of this ‘novel coronavirus’, and you might have hoped it would have run its course by now. But with Sydney going into lockdown to protect further spread, and a few leaks into other parts of Australia, it seems we have some time to go yet before we’...

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