Posts in leadership
E109 - How to stop Cockups, Crackpots, and Conniptions

Leadership can be a volatile experience. There are some seriously difficult situations - and people - to contend with.

  • Cockups are what we fear most: failing and letting people down. Mistakes that are costly. Hurting people inadvertently. Perspective is the gateway to compassion: just because you cock things up, doesn’t make you a c*ck - at least not permanently!

  • Crackpots are a bigger concern. The biggest challenges is dealing with PSYCHOPATHS. Not all psychopaths are violent! Many are successful players in the corporate world. We need to know how to spot them, and how to deal with them.

  • Conniptions are a surprise when they happen. When a crackpot pushes our buttons and all of a sudden we lose the plot, and default to behaviour that is out of the norm. Conniptions are rare occurrences, and yet we can learn from them.

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E108 - The dark side of culture

‘You don’t know how good you have it until it changes’. This was a CEO talking about his culture after a new Chairman is on the scene. A change at the top can certainly spell doom (or boom!) for culture. There are other aspects at play too: systems and shadow. We go through two recent articles - one on Facebook and how its culture is slipping, and one from the Navy SEALs - a Special Operations Chief is arrested for war crimes.

  • Culture is your operating system for people. Know and set the code.

  • Systems drive behaviour - review yours.

  • Every strength has a shadow - are you aware of your own culture shadow?

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E107 - From Achiever to Amplifer: How to expand perspective

WARNING: This solocast is a bit of a rant. A call to action. To do more. To do better. To have a bigger impact. There’s a lot going on. There’s more work to do than ever before. There are more problems to solve. We need to work BETTER. We also need to avoid the traps of Achiever: achiever disease and overwork, goal sickness and sacrificing our values at the altar of results.

  • Signs and symptoms of Achiever Disease

  • As an Amplifier we can amplify message, motivation, and results

  • How perspective is the key to empathy, and how empathy expands perspective

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E106 - Make better decisions, less risk, more peace of mind - Interview with Bryan Whitefield

Are you a crazy risk taker? Do you jump in, boots and all, without considering the consequences? Or are you overly cautious? There can be a balance! As Boundless Leaders we want to maximise fun and opportunity, all while considering the consequences. Risk management in decision-making however does not need to be a total downer. In this interview with Bryan Whitefield we discover how to have fun without regret, why the gut instinct is rarely a good source for decision-making, and what we need to be mindful of in the big-consequences decisions we make.

  • Why mindset determines motivation and our blockers in decision-making

  • How to use the MCI model - motivation, clarification, and implementation for risk checking on big decisions

  • Check your VEG - values, environment and genes while pondering what questions needs answering

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E105 - Memory hacks to make you a genius: interview with Memory Athlete Daniel Kilov

Edge of Leadership UnConference speaker Daniel Kilov reveals some amazing tips and tricks to enhance memory for reading books, recalling information, committing information to knowledge, and remembering names at networking functions.

Daniel shares critical mnemonics (memory) techniques, explains how these techniques are the single best predictor of top performance in any field and how we can create generations of geniuses.

  • How memory is the alchemy for human creativity

  • Using ‘memory palaces’ to retain vasts amount of knowledge quickly

  • Why memory is the true distinguishing feature for people at the very top of their game - geniuses - and an even better predictor than IQ

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E104 - Ultra-wellness for hard-charging executives - strategies with Alessandra Edwards

Tired, wired, and frustrated? Having trouble sleeping? Health expert Alessandra Edwards reveals latest research on what we can do to improve sleep and achieve ULTRA-WELLNESS. We talk sleep strategies, how genetics affect the usefulness of sleep hygiene habits, rules for meal timing, infrared saunas and cryotherapy.

  • Sleep architecture and how other factors like genetics may impede your results

  • Optimum timing of meals to ensure the best night sleep

  • Fasting for beginners and how it can turn us into fat burners - yeah!

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E103 - How to make sense of when bad things happen

Some experiences are pretty awful. We can’t wish them away. We can’t pivot from them. We can’t reframe them. We can however learn something from them, make use of them, and grow stronger as a result. Strategic planning, and the core of what we leaders need to do in current times of tension.

Positive thinking can be good. It’s just not everything.

  • Useful beliefs can help.

  • Using the experience as fodder for growth, after doing a thorough assessment, is key.

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E102 - Leadership Hacks and Ancient Native American Wisdom - Scott Stein interview

Do you use your intuition in leadership? Would you like to develop your inner knowing to a greater level? How about a 30-second hack to change your brain waves into a meditative state? Speaker, author, and advisor Scott Stein shares his insights and practical tips on these, delegation, strategic planning, and the core of what we leaders need to do in current times of tension.

  • Native American ancient wisdom: using the Fox Walk to change brain waves for movement meditation

  • Compression planning and how it saves tons of time and avoids ‘talk fest’ in strategic planning

  • The four levels of delegating and mistakes to avoid

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E101 - The curious, non-intuitive way to change culture

Are you happy with your culture at work? Do things need changing? How do you get started? Do you focus on big picture? Or is the smaller things that count? It turns out you start with the change you want, and hearts and minds come afterwards.

  • Why you should start with actions and not beliefs when it comes to changing culture

  • The three actions that set AMPLIFIERS apart from ACHIEVERS (and why you want to do these)

  • What kind of movement you may want to drive in your culture

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E100 - RESET your rituals, boundaries, and habits for a brilliant new year

How are you starting 2019? Have you got a theme word? What boundaries, rituals, habits are you using to shape an extraordinary year? Have you got goals? Or are you using intentions? In this episode I share the nitty gritty strategies, habits, rituals, and resources I am using to RESET my energy and focus. The theme this quarter on the podcast is ‘Personal Excellence’ and this is the perfect start to that.

  • Why a theme word is useful for shaping your year

  • Six nitty gritty tactics to build personal excellence for the year

  • A special give away as this is episode 100!

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E99 - What KPIs should CEOs have?

What KPIs should CEOs have? Should they have KPIs at all? Performance measurement specialist and business consultant Mark Hocknell says they shouldn’t. At least not in the way we currently understand KPIs - ones developed by gut feel instead of a thorough and rigorous process. We also talk about the perils of performance bonuses and why legal and accounting firms should stop measuring staff performance based on billings alone.

  • How giving people targets to meet is a surefire way for people to manipulate numbers or jimmy the system

  • How a CEO increased a company’s bottom line by multiple BILLIONS by focusing on safety, not revenue

  • The best way to develop comprehensive measurement plan that generates teamwork instead of divides it.

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E98 - Manager to leader - a shortcut with these great questions

How do you move from management to leadership? It’s a key question for every emerging leader, and for every Boundless Leader to keep in mind. There are key distinctions as well as overlaps in management and leadership. The key things are ripples, questions, and frames.

  • How simple decisions can have a cascading effect

  • How questions might have prevented unwanted repercussions

  • Sample questions to guide you into the leadership space

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E96 - RETHINK FAILURE: it's not just feedback

How do you deal with failure? Do you have a bunch of motivational quotes to help you reframe the experience? How do you process the deep shame and anxiety you feel with it? I think we need to RETHINK FAILURE. It’s not just feedback. We need to fail with a framework.

  • Give yourself permission to fail

  • How rejection is akin to physical trauma

  • Two frameworks we need for failure: external risks like financials and safety, and one for ego and reputation.

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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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