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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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Breaking through the podcast scene

Podcasts are an increasingly important part of the media/learning world. 90M people listened to a podcast in the last month up more than 50% in the past 3 years The proportion of Americans listening w…

July 2, 2019

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How to get things done

So many opportunities, so many good ideas, so much to do and so few people (and money). If you’re not getting traction, it could be because you are trying to do so much you end up doing bugger all. …

June 14, 2019

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Are you the right person to…

My mother had a number of good catch-all phrases. “Ages and stages” was one she used to describe any particular passage her children or grandchildren were going through. It’s quite reassuring to…

May 30, 2019

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Desert trek

If it’s been done…

I spoke to a group of builders about The Breakthrough’s 7 foundation habits for success recently. One guy kept arguing the point, saying it was all easy to say but the reality was different. He …

May 14, 2019

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