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Feedback is a gift so use it well

360 degree feedback is not a new idea. Most of us have been part of a 360 process in our career at some point, either as a receiver or as a giver. The principle behind the process is always a good one, i.e constructive  feedback shines a light on our performance and helps us to… Read more


Facing the elephant in the room

We know we need to have them, we know they are valuable, we know that sooner rather than later is a better approach, and yet still we avoid them. I’m talking about those difficult conversations that we face from time to time. Some people call them courageous conversations. Others call them elephants. Courageous conversations are the… Read more


3 habits that will improve your focus

Last week, in New Zealand, Monday was  a public holiday. There’s always a sense of excitement before a 3-day weekend as we anticipate a sleep in, a lazy brunch or time spent in the garden/playing sport/relaxing with family. Then we return to work and frantically try to cram 5 days of work into a 4-… Read more


Empowering Your People to Think For Themselves

There is often a temptation, once you’ve asked someone a question and  haven’t received an immediate answer to assume that either: they didn’t understand the question and therefore you need to ask it again in a slightly different way, or they don’t have any ideas or ‘the answer’ so you need to give them a… Read more


Are subject matter experts good leaders?

The question can’t be answered without first examining the qualities that make a good leader and there is plenty of opinion about this: search Google for ‘leadership qualities’ and you’ll get over 67 million results. Most lists of the characteristics of good leadership feature the same core attributes (e.g. honesty, empathy, accountability, inspiration, decisiveness); being… Read more