Posts in leadership
How to speak truth to power

Have you got an issue to raise with the boss but are fearful of consequences? Have you seen others speak up and get punished for sharing their opinion? What is it costing you to stay silent?

  • How fear is a product of our assumptions

  • Why suspending judgements before speaking is a useful approach

  • Why openness is the best defence, and compassion the smartest weapon.

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What happens when it all goes horribly wrong?

Have you ever had a difficult conversation go off the rails? Have you ever lost the plot and said things you regret? Has anyone ever shouted you down and treated you badly? Boundless Leaders know that when a storm hits, it’s best to let it pass, then clean it up.

  • How Suits characters model what not to do, and what can’t be done

  • When avoidance is the best strategy

  • Not everything is solvable

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Is it better to let sleeping dogs lie?

Speaking up is an ordeal. There is plenty at risk: reputation, relationships, remuneration. Is it sometimes better NOT to speak up? Are there times when it’s better to keep to ourselves and let the cards fall as they may? How does this stack up if we are committed to being Boundless Leaders?

  • Risks of being a whistleblower

  • What to consider in speaking up

  • How to find your own commitment to action

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Can you mend a relationship after a mediated dispute?

Have you ever been so entrenched in an argument you just cannot budge? Maybe you’re absolutely convinced you’re right, and they’re wrong. Nothing they say will convince you otherwise. And frustratingly, they feel the same way. So you’ve had to pull in outside help to settle the argument. Is this the point of no return? Or is it possible to mend the divide?

  • Perspective is powerful

  • Why the amygdala is a no-go zone

  • Mending bridges or burning them?

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What makes a conversation tough and terrible?

Do you avoid tough conversations? Do you stress about the fallout after the fact? What makes conversations so challenging in the first place? In this article we unearth the cause of what makes a conversation tough, a circuit breaker to make it easier, and a tip to keep our imagination in check.

  • Why conversations feel tough

  • A circuit breaker for de-escalation

  • What to do before going into a tough conversation

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Design powerful experiences for a boundless team

Leadership is hard and lonely. It’s very easy to get caught up in trying to solve challenges all on our own. This is the fast-track to getting stuck! As leaders we need teams we can trust, who’ve got our back, with whom we can share the trials and tribulations of our calling. Here’s how to build bonds in your team beyond cocktails and canapes.

  • Leadership is not a solo activity.

  • Beware of culture by default.

  • 5 principles for designing shared experiences.

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Quit or Grit? When to give up

Banging your head against a brick wall? Does the breakthrough you crave seem elusive and out of reach? Desperate for a sign that things are working?  When should you kill off your dream and let it be? No one likes to feel like they failed. Here are some guidelines to help navigate the challenges when things aren’t working.

  • The Valley of Disappointment happens before a breakthrough

  • Strategic quitting is not the same as killing off your dream

  • 5 questions to ask before you throw in the towel

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How do we respond to unspeakable violence?

We mourn with our New Zealand neighbours. As they come to terms with what happened and grieve the loss of life, we need to be asking what can we do, how can we make a better future where people can live peacefully and practice whatever faith they choose? It starts with some fundamentals.

  • Start with compassion

  • Ask ‘what would love do?’

  • Reach out with kindness

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When you screw up royally: recovery strategies

We all screw up. Most of us don’t expect to screw up. The shock of it is almost as bad as the consequences of it. The real pain of screwing up is often the disappointment of not living up to our own expectations. How do we move through the heady emotions and make good again?

  • Are some incidents impossible to forgive?

  • What good can come of shame?

  • How long should we feel bad?

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You Need Courage Not Confidence To Be A Boundless Leader

Confidence is overrated. It’s an elusive horizon that keeps us from the real work we need to do now. What we need instead is COURAGE. Focus on that and confidence comes, eventually. Here are some things to keep in mind.

  • Why confidence is the wrong thing to focus on

  • The building blocks of activity that results in confidence

  • Three principles to help us build courage as a practice

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Secrets for surviving your new role

Starting a new role? Now leading your peers? Have you achieved a new milestone in your business with new demands and new expectations? It takes some getting used to. Boundless Leadership is about the relentless pursuit of a better future. Embracing new opportunities and roles should feel effortless and on track. The opposite is often the case! Our old inner world, setpoint, and paradigm can hold us back, dragging back from boundless edge of possibilities. New levels need new paradigms. We also need an acclimatisation process.

  • The invisible barrier that drops when we get promoted

  • Getting used to the new role: some things to consider

  • The three most important steps to take to handle the transition

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How to make sense of when bad things happen

Sometimes life throws you a real rotten lemon. There’s not much chance of lemonade in it. Positive thinking does not change the sucky-ness part of what happened. Re-framing downplays the consequences. Finding a more useful belief only happens when we’ve dealt with the mess. So what do we do instead? Here are my suggestions on how to wade through tough times and come out stronger on the other side.

  • A Chinese parable that stands the test of time, that we can adapt for a more useful approach

  • A modern take of using beliefs and positive delusion

  • The three steps I used to get over a car accident.

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Get Deep Rest Now: a commitment to Boundless Leadership

The Haynes report is a call for better leadership. If this Royal Commission has taught us anything, it’s that leadership is a hefty responsibility, and we need to do our best to be our best. It’s too easy to miss the important stuff, or to be dragged down, distracted. If you have the courage to lead, make sure you give yourself the best shot at doing it well, starting with the fundamentals of deep rest, so often overlooked.

  • The need to steer our senses, and not be led by bad habits

  • How we can revamp the boardroom to promote better thinking

  • Apps and resources for stimulating, controlling and depriving the senses for better rest.

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Boundless Leaders: Create boundless leadership success with this simple habit

How does your day finish? With a blur, a sigh, a cold drink? End of day habits drive the tone of the day. This simple, inexpensive, easy to do and easy to stick to habit can make the big difference in a day, and a year, well-led, and well-enjoyed.

  • We can craft peak experiences with focus on senses

  • Build your leadership success day by day through your yearly theme

  • Use a Moments Journal to keep you focused and on track, while building memory and attention

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Work with me in 2019!

I work with high level leaders: big thinkers, with big hearts who want to make a big difference. We focus on Boundless Leadership which is the relentless pursuit of a better future so you can have more impact with less struggle.

If you are a CEO, MD, GM or senior executive I have a range of programs that might suit you and your team for your development of strategic thinking and deep self mastery.

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Boundless Leaders: Know how to stop saying yes

Are you engaged and at risk of burnout? Apparently 1 in 5 engaged employees are. That’s bad news as the research also shows how few of us are actually engaged in the first place! It seems that if you want something done ask a busy person is a default that works, and to our detriment. If you are a keener, like my client ‘Karen’, and is excited by everything, then chances are you need to learn how to say yes better, not just less frequently. Filter what does not fit!

  • Boundless Leaders need boundaries

  • Saying yes to avoid saying no is a common trap

  • Use a strainer to make better choices

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Boundless Leaders: Easy habits to make you a powerful Amplifier

The biggest difference I see between an Achiever (someone who is driven by results) and an Amplifier (someone who is inspired by purpose beyond themselves) is how they manage their calendar. Our calendar habits are like our supermarket shopping: we either jam it full of junk for quick hits, or we take our time around the outsides, carefully choosing food that will fuel and heal. Here are three ‘nutritious’ habits that will move you towards amplifier.

  • Check your calendar and your bank statement to show your real priorities

  • Create a fluid diary

  • Mark out 40% of your time for strategy.

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Boundless Leadership: Drive results now, lead impact for a lifetime

Cricket Australia has been outed as “oriented to winning, without properly counting the cost.” A short-term focus on winning without due consideration for the bigger picture and the value of the game itself. So how do we avoid the pitfalls of a competitive winning mindset while still achieving results for the greater good?

  • Results are signals of quality execution of purpose, not an end in themselves

  • How Finite and Infinite Games focus our work as leaders

  • How to play the game to win and for the joy of playing

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Boundless Leadership: You matter and your legacy will last, like Julius Caesar

It’s pretty easy to get caught up in the day to day. It’s a major complaint and concern I hear from leaders: the urgent day to day gets in the way of the big picture thinking. We sacrifice what’s next for the sake of now. And this is no way to build impact or legacy! We may not want to leave a legacy as long-lasting as Julius Caesar, but our perspective can help shape positive influence for generations.

  • How Native American Iroquois shaped leadership with the 7 Generations Principle

  • Julius Caesar’s effect and downfall

  • It’s not about hubris but about stewardship

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