Shattering the glass ceiling through commercial acumen

looking through glassAs women in business we are often reminded of the gender gap at senior levels, whether this is through a glance at the latest figures regarding comparative percentages of women in senior management and Board positions, an analysis of the gender pay gap, or simply in our day to day workplaces – particularly in the industries where I work!

There are thousands of reports and studies as to why gender gaps still exist, and thousands of training and professional development programs, advocacy groups, women’s mentoring and leadership networks, and educational tools designed to enable us to close this gap.  In fact closing the gender gap has become an industry in itself.

It was not until I recently had a ‘light bulb’ moment Continue reading

Why risk taking is more important now than ever

daredevil-mouseRecently two of our friends from Brazil arrived in Adelaide to make a new life for themselves – they have a good life in Brazil but decided it was time to take a leap of faith and do something completely different.

This made me reflect on the nature of risk and why taking risks, such as moving to a new country, add so much value to our personal and professional lives.

Today in business we are all faced Continue reading

Orientation towards self and others

personal compassI currently facilitate about 5 to 7 debriefs on culture and personal leadership per week and have come to notice a couple of key trends around peoples thinking.

Orientation towards Self

The orientation towards self factor is about how we see ourselves and how Continue reading

Re-thinking Sustainability

support sustainabilityIn a few weeks the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21/CMP11), otherwise known as “Paris 2015” will be held. The focus of this conference is to achieve a new international agreement on the climate, applicable to all countries, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2°C.

This conference is a good Continue reading

Email killed the relationship star?

too-many-emailsRemember that classic song ‘ Video killed the radio star’ by the Buggles. To me this song represented the fact that music videos had brought in a new medium which enhanced the listeners experience but to some degree we lost the art of producing great music.

I sometimes feel the same way about email. 20 years ago most organisations Continue reading

So you’re busy, but are you really productive?

MultitaskingRemember that saying ‘If you want something done, then give it to a busy person?‘ It is all wrong….If you want something done, then give it to a productive person!

Everyone is busy. It doesn’t matter if you are the CEO of a blue chip organisation or a mum that works part time and juggles a family. It all comes down to how you manage your time and what outcomes you deliver.

We can’t increase the number of hours in a day, but we can Continue reading

Building a client centric high performing organisation by design?

high-performing-teamsIn 2011 a landmark study on high performing workplaces was conducted by the Australian Business School, the University of NSW and the Australian Society for Knowledge Economics (Boedker, C., Vidgen, R.l, Meagher, K., Cogin, J., Mouritsen, J., & Runnalls, J. M. (2011,  Leadership, culture and management practices of high performing workplaces in Australia: The high performing workplaces index).   The study sought to “provide insights into the leadership, culture and management practices that higher performing workplaces deploy and benefit from”.  The study was funded by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace relations and included 77 organisations throughout Australia.

The study found that customer orientation was one of six key characteristics of high performance workplaces.  The study quotes Continue reading

Which successful local organisations should you be learning from?

think globalI love the phrase think global, act local.  It ensures we are thinking globally around trends that are occurring and shifts that are happening but have our local clients’ front and centre with everything we do.   It has become such an important part of our mindset in building our businesses.

By implementing this philosophy it forces you to look outside your comfort zone in all areas of business including how you benchmark yourself against your competition, what markets you are going to target and where you want to be seen as an industry expert. If you honestly believe Continue reading

Are you productive, destructive or constructive?

questions-to-askWorking in the space of collaborative contracting and high performance I have generally noticed that there are three core groups of behaviours that you find in a team environment or when contracting with an organisation.  I have defined them as constructive, productive or destructive.

Destructive people or organisations are motivated by high levels of insecurity and fear and are driven by self-preservation.  They reflect this Continue reading

Have you really thought about your values and what you stand for?

stand-out-from-the-crowdLike all good organisations, our team worked collaboratively to develop our values for our businesses. We implemented Patrick Lencioni’s approach of including values that are both non-negotiable and aspirational.  That is, the non-negotiable focus on what we cannot compromise and the aspirational focus on the values we aspire to have happening in our business.   In our professional lives everything we do coincides with these values and we have them clearly visible for all to see on the walls of our office.

Our values provide clarity around the types of clients we want to work with, the partners we want to be associated with and the employees we want to have within our team. It also sets Continue reading