Manage the ‘mindset’, not the millennials!

I’ve been hearing and reading a lot lately about the Millennial Mindset and the need for leaders to stop avoiding and start embracing it.  So who are these Millennial’s?  Technically, depending on who you ask, they are a generation born post 1980 (ish), they are about...

Giving Aspirin Advice

There is no doubt that, as leaders, we are amazing people who know best, and by golly, aren’t our people so privileged to be the receivers of our well-intentioned advice! As humans, we don’t like being told what to do, yet we do love giving advice, and all of us have...

Why humans make crap decisions!

I’m 50 years of age. And despite all my life experience, and how much I know about the human brain, I still make crap decisions – though I think many fewer than I used to! In my youth I was one of those people who stood out as having ‘potential’ and was given many...

Packaging up your leadership style

Last week I spent a day with a delightful group of professionals in Melbourne. They were attending my Rewire Your Brain program. They were well versed in the topic - so I was concerned about whether they would get value from the day. They did. For some it took them...

Change by numbers…

I like to keep things simple - helps me to process them!  Here is a simple thought to make your change process brain-friendly... 3...2...1.... THREE When considering the change you want, and you've unpacked and re-packaged your thinking around it, try to formulate it...

Why good leaders agitate!

One of the greatest ‘balancing acts’ we face as leaders or managers of people is the balance between making (pushing or forcing) someone to do what you need them to do, and stepping back to allow and ‘trust’ them to achieve with their own devices and motivation which,...

Mind the Gap

I so look forward, when I’m in London, to that lovely English voice on the Underground telling me to ‘Mind…the Gap’. The human gap we need to be mindful of is the gap in our interpretation - that is the gap between YOUR interpretation of an event, a conversation or an...

Four steps to Rewiring Your Brain

So much is being written now about the 'new black' - neuroscience - and specifically in the area of leadership.  We talk a lot about neuroplasticity and cognitive bias and stuff like that - and that is useful, and interesting and fun.  And that is my expertise and...

RAAR 4 Steps To Managing Your Stress

Stress is natural human response to the pressure we feel when faced with challenging or potentially dangerous situation.  And this pressure comes from both the reality of the situation we are facing, AND the interpretation we place on it. If you are scared, or angry,...

Embrace frustration, but not stress!

Professional leaders know when to smooth the way (Lead like LAX) and when to make waves (Making Waves).  And sometimes making waves means to just leave people to work through their challenges alone, or even better to support them to see the value in the challenges...

Lead like LAX

Qantas International flights to Los Angeles (LAX), USA now arrive at a new terminal - the Tom Bradley terminal. It’s new, clean, well-run and fabulous with all the latest ‘gizmos’. Visiting the restroom is a delight.  There are, of course, the self-flushing toilets....

Is my Brain OK?

I have just returned from a week in Las Vegas with my friend and colleague Tiffany Gray presenting Brain Mapping at the ACMP conference (Association of Change Management Professionals).  What a great event, and it was inspiring to see that Australian businesses...

Making Waves

Jim Collins in ‘Good to Great’ talks about focusing first on ‘who’ then on ‘what’ and suggests that a leader’s first priority needs to be on getting the right people on the bus, and the wrong people off the bus.   I agree.   But who are the right people?...

The Wisdom of Leaders

We all do it...act on or take for granted that the information presented to us is true, accurate and of value.  Sometimes we just need a little reminder to slow down, ask some questions and check out the validity and usefulness of the data driving our decisions and...

Go On…. Make Me!

As human beings we thrive on autonomy.  It is a hard-wired mechanism in our brain.  We need to feel a sense of control over our own environment and we will defend that need, consciously or non-consciously. We don’t like being told what to do.  And when we are - even...