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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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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