Monthly Archives: March 2017

A playground of possibility

When we are super-focused on a result, sometimes it’s easy to work the fun out it. A smart way to create the life you want is to find the fun in the journey. Beyond a serious and sober existence lies a playground of possibility. Remember those pre-school days — with play time, eat time and sleep time? Your learning and development was done through play. Fast forward — is play time still there or a distant memory? Do weeks pass by with no play, fun or laughter? Faced with a choice between a fun road or humdrum road, which would you choose? Do you value fun as a way to high achievement and fulfilment? I value fun and wasn’t surprised when a values inventory given by The Corporate Anthropologist and Thought Leader Michael Henderson, identified some of my top values as: Simplicity/Play: To see simplicity in complexity and take a playful attitude towards organisations and systems that are energising and positive. Fantasy/Play: To enrich personal worth through fantasy and play. Seek fun and playfulness over dull routines. Clever people know to: Work SMART Rest SMART Play SMART! Sure, we can reach high achievement but without finding the fun, fulfilment may always escape you. Find the fun in what you do and…

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Focus on the people

Once the leader is fit to lead they need to focus attention on the people in their team. They need to find ways to engage them individually and collectively in a shared vision. Then they have to encourage and guide others to work out the most effective way of delivering on the vision. As a leader, investing in the people has a positive effect throughout the workplace. Being personally effective also has a ripple effect flowing through teams resulting in lower turnover and absenteeism, happier customers and high profits. Fulfilled and effective people lead to a successful, profitable and sustainable business. Teams are however often dysfunctional. There can be many ineffective people trying to do the job that should ordinarily only require a few to achieve. In dysfunctional teams, it can be like trying to get 10 people to do the job that one could do in an effective team. If they have only one or two team members really contributing, it is difficult to get things done. And with a shortage of resource allocation we all know that sort of productivity is very damaging to a business. Teams can move from being dysfunctional to engaged. The rungs from the top of this…

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True Believer leaders

When it comes to good leadership, getting ourselves ‘right’ to lead is imperative. Having the wrong person leading has a negative effect on individuals and culture, cripples growth and provides unsustainable outcomes. With the right person leading, the positive effect ripples through to families, businesses and communities and around the world. It all starts with being the best individual we can be, leading by example and earning the right to lead. There is a direct relationship between the effectiveness of a leader and the profitability and sustainability of their business or organisation. When we measure success in business we often look at these areas: happy customers and repeat business high profits low absenteeism low staff turnover. Research shows that having happier employees results in lower absenteeism and turnover. When a leader focuses on getting the best from the people within the team, the team is better placed to deliver value to the customers. This in turn results in an improved bottom line. The journey of self-improvement never ends and at some point many will choose to share their knowledge to help others and lead. But there are some with a driver’s license that haven’t learnt to drive well. So too in leadership,…

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Pause and check-in

The “I’m fine” statement and the thinking that supports it can encourage us to avoid the specific areas that need attention. Problems begin when we hide our truth and numb our pain. In the short-term this cover-up provides some relief, but the long-term effects of anesthetising what’s really going on can be harmful. Fear is often the reason for the masquerade — disguising problems prevents us from finding solutions. Concealing what is really going on and how we are truly feeling is damaging to our well-being. Uncovering the truth is where fulfilment begins and it’s what True Believers do. Uncovering the truth is where the magical tipping points can be found. Life goes by so fast that we can sometimes forget who is in the driver’s seat. It’s important to press Pause, take our foot off the accelerator and check in to see what’s going on and, perhaps, update our planned trip. It’s time to identify where you are now on the growth ladder. Here are the eight growth stages — where are you at now? Diminishers Each event in life has the possibility of sustaining or draining us. And although there are many factors that affect our well-being, a negative…

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