The Science of Leading through Times of Change

Sometimes I feel like I just can’t keep up.  The emails keep piling in, the kids continue to require attention (funny that!), my list of what I want to achieve keeps growing and therefore when I don’t achieve it, the let down is not fun.   Things are different to...

I’m busy…taking a break!

I am in Fiji with my family on a break, which really just means that I am working a bit less, and in a much nicer environment than usual! I overheard this somewhat amusing verbal exchange whilst sitting on my ocean-view balcony… (I’m sorry, I just had to mention that...

Giving the Gift of your Attention in Conversations

My best friend from my childhood married much earlier than I, and had her second child around a year before I had my first.  After many years, we found ourselves in the same city and relished in the time we were again able to spend with each other.   They were...

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...