Personal Effectiveness

The road to Rio: three powerful leadership lessons

27 Jul 2016 | John Blakey

The road to Rio represents four years of dedication, hard work and suffering for thousands of athletes from around the world. But working with Olympic sports coaches can also offer valuable lessons for those of us leading businesses.

Learning from Demosthenes

27 Jul 2016 | Wayne Turmel

If you’re looking for a role model for how to conduct yourself as a business person and a human being, my vote is for a lawyer who pounded the streets of ancient Athens 2300 years ago. Yup, Demosthenes is my boy.

Select your confidants carefully

07 Mar 2016 | Duane Dike

No-one operates effectively in isolation. That’s why we all need trusted compatriots to teach us how to think, help us to see things differently and to keep us out of trouble.

Why you need equanimity

04 Mar 2016 | Peter Vajda

For many of us, stress is a wrapper surrounding our lives. Surrounded by crisis and conflict, it is easy to be knocked off course. What we need instead is is equanimity - the evenness of mind under stress.

Resolutions and the blame game

30 Dec 2015 | Peter Vajda

This year, as every year, 98 per cent of those who make New Year's resolutions will have given up or failed by Valentine's Day. One of the main reasons for this is that we're stuck in a victim mentality that stops us following through on our intentions.

The four keys to personal humility

03 Dec 2015 | John Blakey

What does it mean to demonstrate professional will and personal humility, not as an isolated leadership technique, but as a personal mantra for living? Jim Collins’ level 5 leadership model has the answer.

The power of negativity

06 Nov 2015 | Clayton Ainger

In a world obsessed with positive thinking, negativity gets a bad rap. So it’s easy to ignore the fact that negativity has meaning and that we experience it because we are unhappy with some aspect of our lives.

Are you managing your boss?

11 Aug 2015 | Myra White

Your relationship with your boss is mutually dependent and requires careful management. That means you need to building a cooperative working relationship and understand your boss's needs and working style if you're going to make it work.

Confidence the key to successful negotiations

30 Jul 2015 | Brian Amble

Under-confident negotiators achieve a successful outcome in just one in five of the negotiations they’re involved in, new research has found.

Better stoned than multitasking?

14 Jul 2015 | Wayne Turmel

Multitasking, we’re told, makes you even less effective than you would be if you were stoned on marijuana. But how can you reduce the negative effects of gadget overload when most of your communication relies on technology?

Twelve ways to cure procrastination

16 Jun 2015 | Jurgen Wolff

The number one reason we often fail to achieve what we know in our hearts we could is procrastination. Here are a a variety of approaches to help you confront what can be a complicated beast.

When management meets emotional intelligence

05 Jun 2015 | Sandrine Frémeaux

The fine balance any emotionally intelligent leader has to strike is to take into account basic human needs without being tempted to institutionalise them. And the the most important element in this is the example set by a leader’s own actions.

Self-help or self-serving?

19 May 2015 | Sarah Alexander

Self-help in its various forms is a multi-billion dollar business. But it’s a house built on sand, peddling hugely over-simplified ideas that risk creating more problems than they solve. Here are some self-help sacred cows it would be better to out out to pasture.

Can you ignore your weaknesses?

26 Feb 2015 | Mike Roarty

Sometimes the best thing to do about a weakness is simply to ignore it. That might sound counter-intuitive, but if we explore the notion of strengths-focused leadership, the reasons quickly become apparent.

Quantum physics and quarky behavior

05 Jan 2015 | Kieran Hearty

If you want to understand some of the less acceptable aspects of human nature the answer may lie in quantum physics. But the same ‘quarkiness’ that explains bad behavior can also be used to energize and motivate those around us.

A gift from a stranger

15 Dec 2014 | Michael Jones

As we enter the season of celebration and gift-sharing, consider leaving a space at the table for the stranger: the one who communicates intangible gifts in the form of emotional truths about ourselves that we may not discover on our own.

Why it's good to bring your emotions to work

21 Nov 2014 | Roxi Bahar Hewertson

Emotions are an integral part of being human. Without emotion there is no energy and no action. So far from leaving them at home, emotions are critical to the success of an enterprise and need to be acknowledged, valued and understood - even the ‘inconvenient’ ones.

Power, corruption and testosterone

06 Oct 2014 | Brian Amble

A new study from the University of Lausanne has revealed that the old cliché is true. Power does corrupt. What’s more, it is almost addictive, with even previously-honest individuals succumbing to its allure.

Keep on keeping on

19 Sep 2014 | Peter Vajda

It isn’t motivation that spurs us on to change, improve ourselves or to live an extraordinary life. Motivation is too transient for that. The most powerful energy is force of will, the staying power to keep on keeping on even when our motivation is absent or at a low ebb.

Author, heal thyself

15 Sep 2014 | Peter Vajda

Why do some people always seem to need to run other peoples' lives? Why do they prefer to tell others how to live their lives rather than getting to know themselves? And how can they close the book on other peoples' lives and start to author the book of their own?