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Ambition and getting in the way of yourself

People who are strongly guided by their desire to keep moving forward can have very strong expectations of themselves. Again, a leader that has no expectations of themselves? Someone who doesn’t hold themselves accountable or responsible? Yup, that’s not a leader. But people with ‘very strong’ expectations of themselves can only notice what they didn’t achieve, and are overly hard on themselves when they don’t meet those ‘high bar’ expectations. There is little long term motivation from only seeing your failures.


Disrupting Disruptiveness

Have you noticed how many business books suddenly have the word ‘disruptive’ in them? Innovation suddenly needs to be disruptive and so does management, leadership and being a CEO. Disruptive is where it’s at right now. If you look back over your career, how many trends and fads have you seen? Ever tried to count… Read more


I think therefore I am

When Descartes wrote this in 1637, I wonder if he knew how often he would be quoted, misquoted, modified and humourised. Most of us know that it points to our sentience as a species. But have you ever thought that it also suggests that what you think makes you who you are?  Indeed, if Descartes… Read more


Lessons in motivation from the Oscars

It’s hard to avoid the award season in Hollywood. The dresses, the awkward interviews on the red carpet and, this year, the controversy,  are part of the ritual of the most over-the-top event in a season of over-the-top events in the most glamorous industry of them all. For the few who take home a little… Read more


It all starts with recruitment

I had a great chat with a client in the people development function of a large NZ institution the other day. He had been charged with looking at their approach to performance appraisal. Given some recent changes in style by some big global experts in this field, I asked what he was thinking. One point… Read more