Boundless Leadership: Cultivate celebrations that matter

Boundless Leadership: Cultivate celebrations that matter

The office Christmas party: loathe it or love it? It is a universal principle that end of year celebrations are done to foster good company culture.

This is mostly true. Our workplaces are modern tribes, and a tribe needs a sense of purpose and moments in time to know that we are progressing towards that purpose. End of year parties provide an opportunity to pause, reflect, and celebrate.

Boundless Leadership: 3 ways to boost morale and break down barriers to engagement

Boundless Leadership: 3 ways to boost morale and break down barriers to engagement

Engagement and interpersonal relationships form the core focus of my work with teams. I’m obsessed with dissolving barriers to workplace results and relationships. Morale is often a casualty of things gone wrong.

A workshop participant asked, ‘is there anything I should or should not do when it comes to encouraging positive workplace morale?’

Let’s look at an example to tease out the solution. Consider one of your workplace first day stories. Do you remember what it was like arriving in to a new workplace? What happened in your first interactions? Were they inspiring? Energising? Or cold and depressing?

In my experience, how you start is how you go on. And in this we discover the secrets of morale.

Boundless Leadership: the strength you need

Boundless Leadership: the strength you need

In exploring beyond boundaries, boundless, there have been many experiences of letting go. To explore a life in Australia, I left my culture, community and family behind in Canada. I let go of the known to seek out the new.

Boundless Leadership has at its core the premise of expansion and growth. It has the energy of seeking, of evolution.

Within that concept there lies another one: expansion is not uni-directional. It has movement backwards and forwards. Boundless Leadership is an oscillation between limitless possibilities, and returning to the core of who you are, and the fabric of your being.

What painful story are you telling that keeps you stuck?

What painful story are you telling that keeps you stuck?

“Yup that’s me. I get it from my parents.” My client sighed in resignation, defeated.

She told me about her tendency to be self-critical, and how it stemmed from the lack of support and encouragement from her parents. Nothing was ever good enough. Any success was dismissed with ‘you could have done better’.

My client felt she had worked hard her whole life to outrun the shadow of not being good enough. And now, exhausted and at the end of her tether, she wanted something to change.

How do we escape our history?

Discover hidden allies for Boundless Leadership to catapult results

Discover hidden allies for Boundless Leadership to catapult results

I met with Rob Evans of AllBids last week. He attended the Edge of Leadership Un-Conference last year and had a brilliant time. More than that, he was able to connect with Peter Gordon, the CEO of Hands Across Canberra, a local community Foundation that raises funds for various community organisations in Canberra. Inspired by the stories of business-community collaborations, Rob met with Peter and together they worked out a project where people could sell their unwanted goods and donate the money to Hands Across Canberra. It’s called “Canberra’s Biggest Garage Sale”.

Are you expanding or contracting?

Are you expanding or contracting?

Standing looking out to sea over a beautiful expanse of land, I could not help but feel at once small and vast. This is the power of environment.

Environment causes evolution. It's a concept I learnt 15 years ago from the founder of Coach U and Coachville, Thomas Leonard. He had deep insight into how crafting environments deliberately can cause evolution.

Leonard highlighted how all animals and plants adapt to their environment and conditions. The polar bear has developed a thick white fleece for camouflage in Arctic snow. The Chameleon is renowned for changing its colours to blend in to the landscape. Look at any animal and any plant you will see how it has evolved to suit the situation.

Leonard’s theory about deliberate evolution started the question: “what if we deliberately changed our environment to cause adaptation?”

Are there limits to growth?

Are there limits to growth?

The Limits to Growth is a 1972 book about the computer simulation that tested exponential economic and population growth on a planet with limited resources. Largely it presented a doomsday scenario where eventually demand outstripped supply and we as species faced catastrophic consequences. It has spurred continued debates in scientific, political, and environmental circles.

Can we have too much? Is there a point we need to say 'enough'?

What's on your horizon? Is it time to explore?

What's on your horizon? Is it time to explore?

It is a well-known fact that an able and intelligent human in possession of singular ambition must be in want of progress.

Hear! Hear! And yet, when it comes to the mechanics of seeking progress, said able and intelligent human tends to retreat to the distracting halls of day to day minutiae and the comfortable gathering spaces of known social circles.

In short, the familiar eats the unknown for breakfast.

What Are You Celebrating?

What Are You Celebrating?

In my Leader’s Edge Mastermind group, and in my weekly team meeting, I always ask, ‘What are you celebrating this week?’ As Boundless Leaders, we are constantly stretching towards new horizons, and it’s important to acknowledge how far we’ve come. It’s the key to building a strong centre that allows the ongoing exploration into the unknown.

Invariably it is a bit of a struggle to find something ‘noteworthy’ to list on the celebrations ledger. We are so locked in to the idea that celebration needs a significant achievement to warrant notice. And so we drag ourselves from week to week, without stopping to take a breath. It’s only when we reach a target that we might experience a passing moment of euphoria, then it’s back to the grindstone.

I think we can do celebration better.