Management and Leadership

201, 2019

30+ smarter ways of working: part 1

By |January 2nd, 2019|0 Comments

From lessons gathered from forty years of observation, reading and discovery. I have broken the smarter ways into the following categories. Making Work Fun, Work Habits, Communication, and Innovation.
Let’s look at Making Work Fun
Have a grand finale
George Hickton, one of New Zealand’s most successful CEOs firmly believes, “You need a grand finale, something to work towards”. The […]

2612, 2018

30+ smarter ways of working: part 5

By |December 26th, 2018|0 Comments

From lessons gathered from forty years of observation, reading and discovery. I have broken the smarter ways into the following categories. Making Work Fun, Work Habits, Communication, and Innovation. Lets now finish off our look at Communication.
Communication
The Achilles heel of many managers. John Kotter, of “Selling and leading Change” fame points out that we often under […]

2512, 2018

30+ smarter ways of working: part 4

By |December 25th, 2018|0 Comments

From lessons gathered from forty years of observation, reading and discovery. I have broken the smarter ways into the following categories. Making Work Fun, Work Habits, Communication, and Innovation. Lets now look at Communication.
Communication
The Achilles heel of many managers. John Kotter, of “Selling and leading Change” fame points out that we often under communicate by a […]

2412, 2018

30+ smarter ways of working: part 3

By |December 24th, 2018|0 Comments

From lessons gathered from forty years of observation, reading and discovery. I have broken the smarter ways into the following categories. Making Work Fun, Work Habits, Communication, and Innovation.
Lets look at using consultants effectively on projects
Behind most successful managers are the successful projects where they have been able to obtain leverage from using consultants properly. You have […]

2312, 2018

30+ smarter ways of working: part 2

By |December 23rd, 2018|0 Comments

From lessons gathered from forty years of observation, reading and discovery. I have broken the smarter ways into the following categories. Making Work Fun, Work Habits, Communication, and Innovation.
Lets look at Work Habits
Beware of becoming a workaholic
Whilst some of the greatest discoveries ever made have been the by-product of workaholics there are also many who simply […]

2012, 2018

Leadership in an Era of Distraction

By |December 20th, 2018|0 Comments

The immediacy of technology has led to a distorted sense of urgency for many and has led to a loss of focus, productivity and lack of leadership. To make matters worse management and leadership training, once compulsory, is now a rarity. Talented staff are entering their thirties, as highly paid specialists, without exposure to management responsibilities.

Where does […]

1812, 2018

Where is the monkey? The art of delegating

By |December 18th, 2018|0 Comments

I once was a contractor for a CEO, let’s call him Chris, who had to be the worse CEO I have ever witnessed. Chris was a trained lawyer, you know the type, one who only thought their way of writing was the best. That is why there are so many rewrites when you get two lawyers […]

202, 2018

To Decide or Not to Decide

By |February 2nd, 2018|0 Comments

We can never make the right decision all the time.  In fact, in some cases making the wrong decision is better than being paralysed with the options and not making any decision.  If you realise it was wrong you can abandon and proceed on a different route.

The ability to make decisions and take calculated risks […]

1207, 2017

The fifteen skills to master as a leader:

By |July 12th, 2017|0 Comments

People orientated skills
1.    Master of communication and public relation

2.    Recruiting and promoting

3.    Develop and maintain stakeholder relationships

4.    Selling and leading change

5.    Provisioning for the team

6.    Develop, engage, and trust

7.    Valuing results and people

8.    Valuing work life balance

Personal skills
9.    Have a vision of your legacy

10. Embrace abandonment (letting go of the past)

11. Define the mission, values, […]

1207, 2017

Why You Should Eat a Frog Every Morning

By |July 12th, 2017|0 Comments

Mark Twain once said that if you eat a live frog first thing in the morning, you know that the rest of your day will be better because the worst is behind you. After all, you’ve already eaten a live frog, what’s the worst that could happen?

Far too often we dread a task, perceiving that […]