The Blog

What is Leadership?

In this new series of blogs I will focus on one of the most important topics we could consider - Leadership. The reason is that the major problem of many organizations is perceived to be leadership and the development of leaders. Related to this is, how can any organization design and implement an ongoing process of coaching and mentoring to transform leaders? It is not as easy as it seems.

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The Dash

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The Rise of Psycho Management in Australia

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Offbeat Interview Questions

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Living Overseas

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Travelling as Learning

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The Addiction of Management

Many people have asked me the following question: What is the most difficult thing related to the role of being appointed head of an organisation? My answer has taken many by surprise.

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Management versus Leadership

What is the difference between management and leadership? Managers are not necessarily leaders. Providing leadership is quite different from managing. A person who has a management role in an organisation does not magically become a leader by giving him/her a new title.

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The Outcome of Leadership

The outcome of leadership is influence, the ability to cause people to achieve a compelling vision. Achieving a compelling vision is the foundation of leadership. Leadership always starts with vision and the leader influencing everyone to see the same vision. So leadership, in its simplest form, is the ability to turn vision into reality. Thus the outcome of leadership is vision, accompanied with passion and action.

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What is Leadership?

Leadership is an art which involves being thinking, and doing.

The effectiveness of any leader is determined primarily by their being – who they are. This encompasses many dimensions including: personality; team role profile; strengths; skills; competencies; education; family; spirituality; past achievements; past successes; recurring patterns of behaviours; communication style; commitment to personal development; what they like doing; and above all their values. These complex factors all interact to determine who you are and will impact on your effectiveness as a leader.

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The Global Downturn as Opportunity - Six Strategies to use in the Global Downturn

With intense foreign competition, high debt and uncertain political times, this global downturn is totally different. Thriving in this environment will require different strategies. Here are six strategies for you to consider implementing.

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The Economic Downturn - Smart Moves for Tough Times

Some people are still debating whether we are in recession or not. Whether we are or not is beside the point. What is clear is that to survive this economic downturn will require new thinking and new strategies. This downturn is more than a hiccup in the regular business cycle. It is probably the biggest challenge in the global economy that we have ever had and will challenge all the hard-won gains business has achieved in the last decades.

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Five Questions To Ask Yourself

In my first blog ‘How to Optimise your Life’ I suggested that the best way to do this was through defining clearly what your want your life to be. One way of doing this is to ask yourself questions – not any questions but the most important questions. Why do this? Because when a wise person asks you a question, half the answer is the question. Questions also cause you to reflect and think about the deeper answers related to life that can help you transform your life.

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What a Difference A Day Makes – Steve Hooker

Steve Hooker, world famous Australian pole vaulter set a new Olympic record of 5.96 metres in the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and won the gold medal. How did he do that? As one writer observed, he did this with self belief, courage and persistence. He broke this record on 7 February 2009 by vaulting 6.06 metres

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The Rule Of 10,000 Hours

My first blog was about optimising your life. How can you do that? How can you apply focus, restraint and balance to what it is that you want to achieve and become world class in utilising your potential?There is an answer and I refer you to Malcolm Gladwell‟s book, „The Outliers – The Story of Success

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How To Optimise Your Life

Is it worth it? Is the challenge of working 6-7 days a week worth it? Is the consuming desire to maximise your life, to be successful, worth the incredible stress and pressure it invariably brings to you and others? Is the price you are paying worth it?What does maximise mean? To maximise means „to pursue the greater possibly quantity, increase or magnify to the highest possible degree.

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Solving Business Problems

Once every month a number of CEOs get together, not to strike up business deals among themselves, but to listen to each others’ ideas, opportunities, problems and issues and to give constructive feedback about each others’ businesses.

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Business Development: First Break All The Rules

In the introduction, Buckingham and Coffman state that the greatest managers in the world may differ in many ways but they have one thing in common – they do not hesitate to challenge and break all the rules of conventional wisdom.

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Skill over numbers

The quality of staff, not quantity, is the focus for many South Australian business leaders, a new survey reveals.

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Quality of staff a key priority

The quality of staff, not quantity, is the focus for many South Australian business leaders, a new survey reveals.

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Outliers - The Story of Success

This is a book about outliers – according to Gladwell “men and women who do things out of the ordinary.” Gladwell challenges the normal explanations of success. He claims that individuals are beneficiaries of hidden advantages, opportunities and cultural legacies related to where and when they grew up.

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The One Thing You Need To Know: ...About Great Managing, Great Leading, and Sustained Individual Success

Marcus Buckingham presents significant insights into great leading, great managing and sustained individual success. He believes that in every subject there is a controlling insight which should show you how to win and keep winning the game.

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Workforce quality, not quantity most important for SA business

The TEC survey found 40% of business leaders named investing in staff training and boosting skills their number one priority in 2011. Only 15% were concerned about the quantity of prospective employees in the state, with the remaining 45% listing a range of other priorities including securing higher income and increasing work-life balance as their focus.

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Quality, not quantity of workforce most important for SA business

Business leaders in South Australia are shifting their attention to the quality of their workforce by focussing on investment in training rather than increasing the quantity of skilled workers a survey reveals.

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Marketing Ideas to Grow Your Company

Business is about exchanging time and money for something of value for both parties. Significant business occurs through building a valued and trusting relationship and it starts you’re your relationship with yourself. Successful marketing is first and foremost about who you are and what you are becoming.

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Taking The Guesswork Out Of Hiring And Promoting

One of the most important topics for any manager or Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is that of procuring and promoting staff.

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The Changing Role of Managers

In this article I want to first give an overview of how managers have been functioning in classical organizations, then look at how their environments have changed and the impact that this has had on them and their ability to respond to their environment. Lastly I want to look at the new, developing role which requires managers to be responsive to this changing environment and to develop adaptive changes.

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Developing a Customer Service Culture

Many companies are facing increasing competition in the market place and an inability to predict market direction. Markets are becoming increasingly unpredictable. How can any company survive the traumas of the market place?

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Developing Staff - An Investment or a Waste of Money?

Human Resource Development is concerned with planned approaches to changing the performance of stakeholders to achieve organization goals. There is an instant return to the organization for the resources invested in development. Much development does not produce this return to a company and is a waste of scarce resources for many reasons.

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Improving your Effectiveness as a Chief Executive Officer

Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) spend much of their time focusing on day-to-day issues and outcomes. They may feel trapped on a treadmill of activity with ever increasing workloads, a lack of fulfillment and general frustration with life. This rugged breed of individuals sometimes thrust into success through entrepreneurial activities and feeling as through they have become a CEO through default, quite often feel lonely and despairing. They may ask themselves many questions. What is a CEO? What does a CEO do? How does a CEO act and think?

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Improving Your Organization's Performance

Many organizations spend most of their time focusing on day-to-day issues and outcomes and putting out bush fires. Among the many issues facing CEOs is the need to develop an appropriate organization culture. Whilst this is a focus of many companies there is an escalating challenge from the increasing pace of change and related technological advances.

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I Am

I am from Ted and Gert
From English and German grandparents
Brave pioneers around Kimba
Eyre Peninsula in semi arid South Australia

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Blink

Blink is a book about how we think without thinking, about choices that seem to be made in an instant in the blink of an eye – that actually aren‟t as simple as they seem.

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The Tipping Point - How Little Things Can Make A Big Difference

This book is about how trends are sparked and take hold. Gladwell assets that there are a number of patterns and factors that are at play. He uses the book to explain the mechanism in-depth. Based on his in- depth research he identifies three key factors that play a role in determining whether a particular trend will „tip‟ into wide scale popularity- Law of the Few, Stickiness Factor and the Power of Context.

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What the Dog Saw

This book is a series of 19 essays covering a wide range of subjects. He considers subjects as varied as why some people choke while others panic, how changes meant to make a situation safer – like childproof lids on medicine – don‟t help because people often compensate with more reckless behaviour and the idea that genius is inextricably tied up with precocity.

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Strengths Finder 2.0

This is a great little book – a good read and a compendium for further reference. The book is based on Gallop‟s research on human talent – strengths which have been classified into 34 broad themes, an update from those listed in 2001 in Now Discover Your Strengths.

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Now Discover Your Strengths

Buckingham and Clifton believe that most organisations are based on two flawed assumptions about people: each person can learn to be competent in almost anything; each person‟s greatest room for growth is in their areas of greatest weakness.

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Life Launch: A Personal Guide to the rest of your Life

This book is about life transitions – beginning new chapters with intention, design and plan. The book is composed of 10 chapters and three sections: Prepare to journey ahead; Consult your compass and follow these maps; and Launch the next chapter of my life.

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Secrets of Successful CEOs

As the CEO of a Small Medium Enterprise (SME), have you ever asked yourself these questions? What does it take to run a successful business? How can I be a successful leader as a CEO? Do I have a balanced life?

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Geering’s guide to CEO excellence

Management mentor Adrian Geering is about to publish a new wealth of advice in a book that captures the experience of SA’s most prominent business people. In Secrets of Successful CEOs Adrian shows he is a thorough-going mentor who’s not slow to challenge those on top – confronting CEOs’ paradigms about business, life, leadership, personal development and success.

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Executive Call

Practising leadership, which is vision plus passion plus action, are the three themes which come through in my 20 years of coaching successful chief executives.

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Pointing out the Path to Success

Adrian Geering has spent much of his career helping businessmen transform their lives and become more successful. He has mentored about 75 in the past 20 years, ranging from chiefs of $2 billion enterprises to small businesses.

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Adrian Geering honoured

Each year, management networking organisation, The Executive Connection (TEC) International, honours one group Chair with its highest accolade, the Donald Cope Award. This year, for the first time in TEC1’s history, the award has gone to a non-American: Dr Adrian Geering.

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15 heads ARE better than one

Arguably the most important role in any company, many CEOs are finding it difficult to address their own needs for professional and personal development. Increasing demand for this type of resource for CEOs has seen rapid growth of an organisation called The Executive Connection (TEC).

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