Posts in leadership
E95 - Atomic Habits by James Clear - a book review

Do you have any bad habits? How many times have you tried to break them? New book by James Clear is an awesome antidote to intractable bad habits, and creating ones that nudge us towards what we really want. I walk you through the key points, and use myself as a guinea pig. (Nothing like fear of public shaming to create accountability!)

  • How to avoid being a Sea Squirt and not eat your own brain

  • Real behaviour change is identity change

  • Four steps to real change: cue, craving, response, and reward.

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E94 - 9 Principles To Amplify Your Impact as a Boundless Leader

Do you ever wonder, ‘Am I living a life well-lived? Am I doing enough? Am I living up to my potential? Or am I wasting my time, letting life slip me by…’ If you have, then this podcast episode for you! I share the 9 principles for being an AMPLIFIER - someone who looks beyond results to true transformation, and life well-lived.

  • How being bored jolted me into a life-changing question: ‘what is a life well-lived?’

  • Jason Fried of Basecamp does not have goals or targets - he has 6 week improvement projects instead

  • Why RESULTS are for transformation, not for goals.

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E93 - Create gaps for better productivity, health, and focus

Do you jam your day with back to back appointments? Do you have a crushing sense of not enough time in the day? Do you rush from one thing to the next? This is not helping. You don’t optimise productivity by squeezing more in your calendar. You become more productive when you manage the gaps better.

  • The Boundless Leadership paradox: no borders and no barriers means we also have to work with limitations

  • 5 reasons why gaps - and naps - help your brain defrag

  • How to take an effective break

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E92 - Stop Your Passive Aggressive Language Now!

Ever been told that your behaviour was having a negative impact on others? This kind of feedback is confronting! None of us intentionally try to be a jerk. And yet we might be coming across as less than our ideal selves. There are important people reading maps to be mindful of, and language patterns to navigate.

  • Dig below the surface and map read human emotions with this change trigger tool

  • Be mindful of language patterns that are aggressive and passive aggressive (3 types to avoid)

  • WHY you need to avoid dramatic and downplaying language

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E91 - How to be a successful CEO, Andrew Spencer, CEO Australian Pork Limited

CEO turnover is less than five years. How then do you stay relevant and fresh 13 years into the role? CEO of Australian Pork Limited, Andrew Spencer shares his key lessons from 13 years at the helm.

  • How failure is essential to leadership

  • The one thing that really gets you earning your money as a CEO

  • How a simple shift in terminology changed an entire approach as an industry

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E90 - How to move from Expert to Team Leader

How we do leadership can change over time, as we (hopefully) mature and develop. These shifts are not always easy and can be quite confronting! The most challenging transition is going from expert to manager. When we get promoted because we are technically good at our job and then discover that managing others is a whole new ball game.

  • What happens when how we see the world completely changes

  • What kinds of things can trigger a stage transition

  • The 3 skills to keep in mind as you move through a stage transition

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E89 - Book review of Joyful by Ingrid Fetell Lee

Ever read a book that changed how you see the world? This book did that for me. Now I understand compulsive tidying, and why some people match their clothes peg colours when they do laundry (and why I want to do that too now!)

  • 4 environments that you can use to engineer your evolution

  • 10 principles of joyful environments

  • Why plants are the secret to joy

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E88 - Stop burnout now! There is a better way

What happens when you reach the lofty heights of CEO success? Do you rest on your laurels and get complacent? Or do you double down and burnout? Both are big risks for leaders. There is a third option: move from Achiever to Amplifier.

  • How complacency kills courage and creativity

  • Why we head towards burnout

  • Three things we need to change if we are going to have more impact without burnout

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E85 - Deep play and work-life experiments

We’ve gone from work-life balance to work-life blending. What happens when that blending turns to work-life bleeding? Have we blurred the lines so much that we never get a break? Can we really live the dream of working in holiday locations? My insights on how to best run work-life experiments, and the incredible value of Deep Play.

  • The big realisation when it comes to work-life experiments: it’s not a holiday. And what to do about that.

  • What’s at the intersections of deep work, deep rest, and deep play that we can apply to all aspects of our life and work.

  • My specific routines to manage transitions between work-life segments.

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E84 - Smart Teams, How to work better together with Dermot Crowley

There is so much friction in organisations that gets in the way of us being more productive. Life would be simpler if we could just get on with our work! Yet working in teams is the way we can get more done. In his new book, Smart Teams, Dermot Crowley unpacks what we need to do to reduce friction and get in to flow when we work together. He shares some additional insights on the podcast interview.

  • Four key qualities for a productive culture: purposeful, mindful, reliable, punctual.

  • Four things that create super-productive culture: it’s a leadership issue, all staff need productivity training, agreements on how we are going to work together, and leaders need to model the desired behaviour.

  • Don’t do meeting planning backwards! Start with context - the why and purpose of the meeting. Then the what, the content. Finally the co-ordination piece - who needs to be there, where, and when.

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