Trusting your Values

valuesEach day many of us take risks and develop certain opinions or behaviours whilst being unaware of the internal drivers that these decisions are forming from. Defining the distinct reason that drives our ability to make a decision is not known to the untrained eye, though we settle for the understanding that it just ‘feels right’.

When we are confronted with unfamiliar or hostile environments many of us fall into the trap of blurring the lines of what really is the ‘right thing’ to do to ensure we live by our values. We begin to doubt ourselves and our perceptions of the ethical standards in our surroundings. Continue reading

Thinking like an elite athlete

curryjames-NBAOver the past 12 months I have been working with a number of people from a sporting background teaching me a great deal about an element of leadership not learnt in the professional work environment.

A key learning from this experience is understanding that great leaders don’t tie their sense of self-worth to the results they achieve. They are humble when they win and persistent when they lose.  After winning they recognise they are potentially only one game away from losing, and likewise when they lose they recognise that with hard work and persistence they have the ability to turn their performances around.

Elite thinkers place a high level of importance on getting their Continue reading

3 Tips for Designing Meaningful KPI’s

kpiFailing to develop Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) that are aligned to your business’s vision can create confusion over your organisation’s priorities, lead to an ineffective use of resources and impact on staff engagement.  Whereas, dedicating time and energy into creating strategically focused KPIs can propel your business forward.

Having worked with a number of boards and leaders across a wide range of industries to develop key measures that monitor performance on projects and business as usual (BAU) activities, I’ve seen many attempts to develop KPIs just for the sake of it. Meaningful KPIs are a critical component of a well-designed business strategy as they influence your success.  Your KPIs should cascade from the organisational level down to the business unit, team and individual level, as this focuses effort and drives the right behaviours that work towards achieving or exceeding your targets.

So what exactly is a meaningful KPI? Continue reading

Overcoming the False Comfort of Feeling ‘Safe Enough’

safe enoughOn 7th February each year, my family re-lives the anniversary of the Black Saturday bushfires. On that terrible day in 2009, my father-in-law lost his family home of 40 years and many friends in the bushfire that destroyed Marysville. He only escaped with his life through the proactive intervention of a close neighbour. 173 lives were lost on that day in fires across Victoria.

The events of that day showed that, as a community, we were ill-prepared for the dangers we faced. Prior to that day, there was a sense that things were safe enough. Certainly there was no widespread ringing of alarm bells or community push for better bushfire safety policy, fire-ground response or emergency and incident management. Continue reading

Why is success a dirty word or something to attack?

tall poppy sThe recent Federal election that is taking place in Australia is interesting to watch for a number of reasons.  The messages coming out from the individuals and parties are challenging to hear and look at rationally.  The reason I say this is that the personal attacks around someone’s success and wealth that they have obtained prior to entering politics is hard to fathom. I understand the challenge, debate and discussion around someone’s track record and what they have or have not delivered though painting successful people as not caring or being elitist is tall poppy syndrome in our country at its worst. Further personal attacks around their wealth and who they spend time with is poor form in my eyes. Continue reading

The link between Authenticity and Trust

authenticityI have never met a great leader who was not authentic.

Authenticity demonstrates that you trust in yourself and are comfortable with who you are. If you are not comfortable in being yourself then your staff will not be comfortable in being themselves.

The repercussions of this means that your staff will not speak openly about issues, feel uncomfortable taking risks, or spend energy trying to keep you happy rather than doing what is right by the business. Continue reading

Applying your learning’s from your leadership training

james hunt blogHaving recently returned from another incredibly inspiring, well-constructed, purpose connecting and skilfully delivered leadership focussed course (my third or fourth such course in the last 18months!), I am struggling a little with applying the learning in a meaningful and sustainable way to my work.

The trouble is, despite the re-invigoration, emotional lift, and realisation of the extent of our personal potential these courses offer us, I have often found myself pretty emotionally exhausted and maybe burdened by the renewed sense of purpose and potential. Suddenly the normal run of activities in my work schedule seems just that little more tedious and devoid of real value. Continue reading

Big projects and keeping your people busy doesn’t make them stay

stressed people1It is an often used statement in consulting, ‘win a big project, keep people busy, and all the HR matters go away’. I’ve used it myself.

I honestly believed it. A consulting workload has peaks and troughs, especially if you deliver largish projects that require a significant investment of time to win and deliver. They consume large numbers of people for an intense period, then the team comes flooding back to the mothership.

One of the real challenges is demobilisation and repatriation, Continue reading

Is humility important?

We often talk about humility in leaders but why?  To me there are two main reasons why humility is important.

Firstly, it is the impact it has on our own thinking as a leader. Humility is core to the self-actualised thinking as it recognises that even though we have strengths as leaders we also have weaknesses and vulnerabilities.  Continue reading

Who owns your happiness?

happiness-is-a-choiceI was having a fantastic LSI debrief recently with a client of mine who was the portrait of respect and character. During this discussion we talked about the concept of choice and that our life was made up of the sum of lots of choices.

Now to be fair for many people the range of choices is far less as many people don’t have access to a safe family environment, good education or may have physical or mental disabilities or health issues. This blog is not intended in that context where I have the highest level of empathy for people who are disadvantaged and they deserve full support from those of us blessed with good health, access to opportunities, and safe environment.

This blog is more for those of us who have had access to good education, have Continue reading