In my work as an Executive Mentor I have helped a number of senior clients over the years who confront this ‘pain point’ in their Life/Work Effectiveness – they would continue working when they got home, abuse ‘smart’ devices, work mentally over the evenings and weekends and check emails constantly, keeping them in a state … More
Leadership and Engagement Articles
Topics about Board members, CEOs and Senior Executives engaging and appropriately communicating with all employees to create a high-performance teams and lift engagement in excess of 80%.
What leaders say is far less important than what they do. That’s one of the clearest conclusions I drew from a recent study focused on how they experience their lives at work in a global, Australian-based IT firm. Companies seeking more sustainable high performance from their employees need to meet four of their core needs: … More
The average Facebook user spends almost an hour on the site every day, according to data provided by one company last year. A Deloitte survey found that for many smartphone users, checking social media apps are the first thing they do in the morning – often before even getting out of bed. Of course, social … More
I have an Executive client who used to wake up, stumble over to the phone, and immediately get lost in a stream of pointless notifications. This digital haze continued throughout the day, keeping him from accomplishing important tasks. He was distracted, anxious and ineffective as a leader. He knew he had to change but could … More
Why have you been so successful in reaching some of your goals, but not others? If you aren’t sure, you are far from alone in your confusion. It turns out that even brilliant, highly accomplished people are pretty lousy when it comes to understanding why they succeed or fail. The intuitive answer — that you … More
Ever tried to change anyone’s behaviour at work? It can be extremely frustrating. So often the effort produces an opposite result: rupturing the relationship, diminishing job performance or causing the person to dig in their heels. Still, some approaches clearly work better than others.
One of the most compelling experiences we are confronted with as members of an Executive and Business Mentoring firm is that companies, generally speaking do not see the need to invest in the leadership and professional development of their people. Why you may ask?
“Accountability” is a favourite word to invoke when the lack of it has become so apparent — such as with the global financial crisis early this century. It is also a loaded word and political football in major sectors crying out for reform, such as health care and public education.
President Lincoln often wrote scathing letters to his generals, frustrated by their inability to bring the war to a close. Angry they had missed golden opportunities such as finishing off the retreating confederate army, who were trapped by rising waters at the Potomac river after the battle of Gettysburg.
There’s a lot of discussion in the public arena about leadership in what’s being termed the ‘Cognitive Era’ where technological innovation continues to accelerate and impact the way people work and the tools they use to achieve tasks. The question being asked is: can a technologically challenged leader continue to be effective in this era … More