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I was speaking with an HR leader the other day about his changing attitude to mindfulness. When it was introduced at the Leadership table, he and the CFO rolled their eyes at each other. In their mind…

January 15, 2020

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Decayed Decade

Acknowledgement: I stole the name from a University Revue in 1979. It’s also a song by Sabertooth Zombie but you probably knew that. At the end of every decade we may feel that the human condition/s…

December 18, 2019

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Succeeding at Succession

The HR Industry Benchmark Survey Report 2019 released in November identified that succession planning was a challenge for 16% of respondents – well behind leadership development, culture change and …

December 4, 2019

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Cultivating Purpose

We had a robust discussion about “Start With Why”, the simple but powerful model that Simon Sinek made famous (listen to his TED talk) I was leading the debate for the cynics by asking why we shou…

November 20, 2019

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The Last Word on Hansen (for now)

Steve Hansen may be celebrating his last media appearance but I really hope we hear his voice again, not on rugby but on management, leadership and performance. You will know that I am a total fan of …

November 6, 2019

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Self-Taught Genius

I was mucking around on guitars in a music shop when an assistant asked me if I was self-taught. I replied that I was and asked her how she knew. She said that trained musicians played pieces whereas …

October 23, 2019

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Upside of anger

More opportunities to learn about leadership from the head of one of the world’s most successful organisations! The All Blacks started poorly against the lowest-ranked team in the competition and we…

October 9, 2019

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Creating on-field leaders

I’ve been thinking and talking a lot about performance culture. One of my reference points is the All Blacks who exemplify a self-regulating performance culture (which I discussed in “Why the All …

September 25, 2019

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Moon shot culture

I know the time for the anniversary of the moon landings is over, but sometimes things take a while to percolate through my mind. A few weeks ago my friend Bob Weston told me about a podcast he had li…

September 11, 2019

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Sometimes listening isn’t

One of the key topics in our Active Management Programme (AMP) is on communication (in fact it underpins several topics). In a recent AMP Co-lab meeting with a client’s team, we discussed both clear…

August 7, 2019

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Are you living your CV or your eulogy?

Recently I posted an article called “Your professional decline is coming (much) sooner than you think”. It has generated a lot of interest, and it highlights a conversation I have with lots of peo…

July 22, 2019

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