I’m not aware of there being a drug that improves leadership (unless coaching is a drug) but given the sporting world’s example, I wonder how widely it would be used if there was? And how it would be justified. Lance Armstrong seemed to say that he wasn’t cheating because everyone else was taking drugs too. No doubt similar responses will come out in Australian sport, because we humans have an uncanny capacity to justify things in our minds. Many of us that stand outside of sport are horrified by the lack of ‘ ethics’ or ‘morals’ of the people that take drugs, and can’t understand those who justify it. But not all of us. In this blog we explore the leaders role in ethics of a business and ask whether we all know where we draw our line.
We live in a world where extroverted behaviour is rewarded and valued more than more reflective, introverted behaviour. This flows through into organisations where managers who are more extrovert than introvert tend to get noticed and promoted more readily, even though their capability is not necessarily any better than their introverted colleagues. It’s time for introverts to stand up and demonstrate the gifts they bring through their reflection; thinking; listening and relating abilities.
One of my favourite sayings is by Henry Ford – “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you are right either way”. I refer to this quote whenever asked for an inspiring thought. Why? Because it is so very true and I believe it encompasses one vital element in respect to how we… Read more
It’s an irony that the build up to Christmas can mean a build up of tension. Christmas is heralded as a time of goodwill and cheer, although it can be ‘anything but’, if we let it get the better of us.
Resilience can be defined as the bounce back factor and helps us navigate our way through the tensions. Derek Roger’s Challenge of Change programme on Resilience, works from the inside out, challenging our thinking about the pressures of everyday life.
Wake up, Controlled Attention, Detachment, Letting Go are the four simple steps to managing pressure from an individual perspective, as opposed to an organisational perspective.
With this broader appreciation for the origins of stress, and some rigour around how we can self-monitor our responses to events, we are able to approach Christmas with a perspective on what really matters: goodwill, peace of mind and gratitude towards what is happening around us, both good and not so good.
The role of a manager is a serious role, with a lot of responsibility. But does that mean the manager has to have a permanently serious demeanor? The managers of my youth seemed to be, and like many I grew up in management thinking that was how I had to be; serious of visage, demeanor and word. And with that comes a tendency to take ourselves seriously.
But does it have to be this way? In this blog we explore leadership persona with some insight from the worlds top airline.