Archive for category: Leadership

What is a Great Company? | Vlog 19

How do you define a great company? What are the 3 attributes that define a great company? What are the 3 disciplines you must master to build a great company? Big isn’t great and great isn’t big. In this vlog I talk about Jim Collins definition of a great company and the 3 disciplines to master in order to build a great company.       Read More...

How do you define a great company? What are the 3 attributes that define a great company? What are the 3 disciplines you must master to build a great company? Big isn’t great and great isn’t big. In this vlog I talk about Jim Collins definition of a great company and the 3 disciplines to master in order to build a great company.       Read More...

Why Managers Fail | Vlog 18

With managers accounting for 70 percent of the variance in employee engagement scores, having a manager fail is common. But why do managers fail? I also answer these questions; Why should the term manager be replaced with the term coach? What is the reason a manager exists? What is the difference between a leader and a manager?     d Read More...

With managers accounting for 70 percent of the variance in employee engagement scores, having a manager fail is common. But why do managers fail? I also answer these questions; Why should the term manager be replaced with the term coach? What is the reason a manager exists? What is the difference between a leader and a manager?     d Read More...

How to create a leadership team

One of the most important factors in scaling up a business from a small business to a faster growing medium sized business is transitioning from the founder or entrepreneur holding all the accountability, to having a leadership team which meets quarterly and performs strategic thinking and execution planning. But how do you build a leadership team? How do you make the transition to having a senior management team who you can trust and will help you to scale the business? In this vlog I look Read More...

One of the most important factors in scaling up a business from a small business to a faster growing medium sized business is transitioning from the founder or entrepreneur holding all the accountability, to having a leadership team which meets quarterly and performs strategic thinking and execution planning. But how do you build a leadership team? How do you make the transition to having a senior management team who you can trust and will help you to scale the business? In this vlog I look Read More...

Finding Balance

  Why do we take holidays? What is the balance that we personally need, and what other balance is required in our personal lives and our business? What is Yin Yang, and does this philosophy provide opportunities for us to improve our businesses?   Can we use the Chinese philosophy of Yin Yang to grow our business?   In this vlog I talk about these questions.     Read More...

  Why do we take holidays? What is the balance that we personally need, and what other balance is required in our personal lives and our business? What is Yin Yang, and does this philosophy provide opportunities for us to improve our businesses?   Can we use the Chinese philosophy of Yin Yang to grow our business?   In this vlog I talk about these questions.     Read More...

Love, Proving you’re right, Being a tougher manager, Get rich quick

What is love? What is the difference between hoping to fall in love, falling in love and being in a relationship for 10 years? In this vlog I talk about the differences between these. Also I discuss trying to prove you are right, and whether or not this is a part of your job. Next I answer the question “How can I change my personality to be tougher on my workers?” Finally I discuss successful people and what they have in common to be successful. Hint – there is not get rich Read More...

What is love? What is the difference between hoping to fall in love, falling in love and being in a relationship for 10 years? In this vlog I talk about the differences between these. Also I discuss trying to prove you are right, and whether or not this is a part of your job. Next I answer the question “How can I change my personality to be tougher on my workers?” Finally I discuss successful people and what they have in common to be successful. Hint – there is not get rich Read More...

Circle of Influence, Trump, The Signature of Mediocrity

  In this vlog I talk about the Signature of Mediocrity from Jim Collins and how that relates to Strategic Planning and Execution. Also I walk through one of my favourite hotels, the Blackman hotel from the Art Series group of hotels where the entire theme of the hotel is from Alice in Wonderland. I am asked my thoughts on Donald Trump becoming president, and I relate my perspective using The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People and how to use the Circle of Influence to avoid being Read More...

  In this vlog I talk about the Signature of Mediocrity from Jim Collins and how that relates to Strategic Planning and Execution. Also I walk through one of my favourite hotels, the Blackman hotel from the Art Series group of hotels where the entire theme of the hotel is from Alice in Wonderland. I am asked my thoughts on Donald Trump becoming president, and I relate my perspective using The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People and how to use the Circle of Influence to avoid being Read More...

The one thing that makes a Navy Seal fail as a leader

Ego. It is one of the key elements in driving success in peoples careers, it pushes people to do better, but unless that is tempered with humility it can ruin everything. It is important to take ownership for your mistakes, overcome them and accept constructive criticism. When someone fails as a Navy seal leader 99.9% of the time it has nothing to do with physical or mental toughness, it is because they are not humble, do not accept responsibility, and do not accept that there may be better Read More...

Ego. It is one of the key elements in driving success in peoples careers, it pushes people to do better, but unless that is tempered with humility it can ruin everything. It is important to take ownership for your mistakes, overcome them and accept constructive criticism. When someone fails as a Navy seal leader 99.9% of the time it has nothing to do with physical or mental toughness, it is because they are not humble, do not accept responsibility, and do not accept that there may be better Read More...

Put your staff first, customers second and shareholders third

  Which stakeholder should the leadership team put first? Shareholders, Customers or Staff? Certainly there are many examples of leadership teams and CEO’s putting shareholders first. Recently I was working with a listed company, and I could feel the energy being sapped from my soul with every extra hour I spent in the business. Of course the leadership team were excited when we workshopped Core Values, discovered their Core Purpose and developed a strategy. But the problem was Read More...

  Which stakeholder should the leadership team put first? Shareholders, Customers or Staff? Certainly there are many examples of leadership teams and CEO’s putting shareholders first. Recently I was working with a listed company, and I could feel the energy being sapped from my soul with every extra hour I spent in the business. Of course the leadership team were excited when we workshopped Core Values, discovered their Core Purpose and developed a strategy. But the problem was Read More...

#censusfail is all about trust and leadership

Last night Australia witnessed an amazing train wreck of leadership and damaged trust in what should be a trusted institution. The hashtag #censusfail was globally number 1 on twitter, and despite the reassurances of the ABS in the lead up to census night that the website was both secure and had been tested to exceed the number of visitors, by 7.30pm AEST the website was shut down by the Government in what is most likely the most embarrassing situation the ABS has ever found itself in. I can Read More...

Last night Australia witnessed an amazing train wreck of leadership and damaged trust in what should be a trusted institution. The hashtag #censusfail was globally number 1 on twitter, and despite the reassurances of the ABS in the lead up to census night that the website was both secure and had been tested to exceed the number of visitors, by 7.30pm AEST the website was shut down by the Government in what is most likely the most embarrassing situation the ABS has ever found itself in. I can Read More...

How The Container Store attract and retain the best people

In this 5 minute interview, Kip Tindell, Chairman & CEO at The Container Store talks about how he has grown his business using the philosophy “1 great person equals 3 great people” which has led to 20% growth per year since it’s inception in 1978. Kip was speaking to Verne Harnish at the 2015 Fortune Growth Summit in Dallas Texas about the launch of Kip’s new book “Uncontainable” which Verne described as ‘one of the two most important books Read More...

In this 5 minute interview, Kip Tindell, Chairman & CEO at The Container Store talks about how he has grown his business using the philosophy “1 great person equals 3 great people” which has led to 20% growth per year since it’s inception in 1978. Kip was speaking to Verne Harnish at the 2015 Fortune Growth Summit in Dallas Texas about the launch of Kip’s new book “Uncontainable” which Verne described as ‘one of the two most important books Read More...

Daily Huddle Walters & Wolf

California-based Walters & Wolf designs, fabricates, and installs amazing glass interior and exterior walls for all types of construction. With 900 union employees, two years ago their president Nick Kocelj made no excuses why they couldn’t fundamentally transform their company and since then has driven unbelievable performance in their industry using Lean. Go to 24:40 to see a couple minutes of their daily huddle; then go to 29:00 to check out this simple solution. Notes Paul Aker, Read More...

California-based Walters & Wolf designs, fabricates, and installs amazing glass interior and exterior walls for all types of construction. With 900 union employees, two years ago their president Nick Kocelj made no excuses why they couldn’t fundamentally transform their company and since then has driven unbelievable performance in their industry using Lean. Go to 24:40 to see a couple minutes of their daily huddle; then go to 29:00 to check out this simple solution. Notes Paul Aker, Read More...

The five roles of a CEO

When I work with management teams throughout Australia delivering quarterly and annual planning workshops, there comes a point where we look to the leader in the room and ask an interesting question. The reaction from attendees other than the leader is always the same – some giggling, fidgeting in seats and anticipation, we all want to know what the CEO does, and what are their KPI’s? What is the role of the CEO? Of course pretty quickly we get a response like “Net Read More...

When I work with management teams throughout Australia delivering quarterly and annual planning workshops, there comes a point where we look to the leader in the room and ask an interesting question. The reaction from attendees other than the leader is always the same – some giggling, fidgeting in seats and anticipation, we all want to know what the CEO does, and what are their KPI’s? What is the role of the CEO? Of course pretty quickly we get a response like “Net Read More...

5 reasons 2013 won’t be good to your company

2012 has been a tough year. The mining industry has retracted with investment in forecast new projects stalling in around 3 years time. The high Australian dollar has continued to erode traditional industries and to encourage offshore outsourcing. The GFC is still having some lingering effects. The politicians are living up to their Latin namesake – poly = many and tics = blood sucking parasites. So what will 2013 look like for your company? If you really want next year to be different Read More...

2012 has been a tough year. The mining industry has retracted with investment in forecast new projects stalling in around 3 years time. The high Australian dollar has continued to erode traditional industries and to encourage offshore outsourcing. The GFC is still having some lingering effects. The politicians are living up to their Latin namesake – poly = many and tics = blood sucking parasites. So what will 2013 look like for your company? If you really want next year to be different Read More...

Thank you Zig, we will miss you.

Thank you Zig Ziglar for inspiring us to be better. Thanks Zig for making us laugh. Thanks for teaching us why being better is better. Thanks for teaching us how life is just like a water pump and you have to put something in before you get something back. You need to prime the pump. Thanks for Johnny the Shoe Shine Genius (Shoeologist). Thanks for all your effort to get so many people to have the right attitude. Zig Ziglar died today aged 86. Read More...

Thank you Zig Ziglar for inspiring us to be better. Thanks Zig for making us laugh. Thanks for teaching us why being better is better. Thanks for teaching us how life is just like a water pump and you have to put something in before you get something back. You need to prime the pump. Thanks for Johnny the Shoe Shine Genius (Shoeologist). Thanks for all your effort to get so many people to have the right attitude. Zig Ziglar died today aged 86. Read More...

Leadership – Five Critical Aspects

Everything in business begins and ends with leadership. And because it’s a complex topic, no one expert has a complete formula for what makes a better leader. Therefore, here are five important bodies of knowledge for those who are trying to sharpen their leadership skills. All have been developed by true students and teachers of leadership. Master these lessons and you’ll be far more effective. In a future column I’ll look at a similar set of skills and attributes of effective Read More...

Everything in business begins and ends with leadership. And because it’s a complex topic, no one expert has a complete formula for what makes a better leader. Therefore, here are five important bodies of knowledge for those who are trying to sharpen their leadership skills. All have been developed by true students and teachers of leadership. Master these lessons and you’ll be far more effective. In a future column I’ll look at a similar set of skills and attributes of effective Read More...

Painful Leadership Question

Do you need to be the one in the room seen as having all the answers or do you draw out the genius that’s within others in solving many of the complex problems facing business today? Does everyone seem to get dumber the longer they work for you? The most painful leadership book I’ve ever read is the new bestseller Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter by Liz Wiseman and Greg Mckeown. It raises a fundamental question about leadership, one that has been waiting to Read More...

Do you need to be the one in the room seen as having all the answers or do you draw out the genius that’s within others in solving many of the complex problems facing business today? Does everyone seem to get dumber the longer they work for you? The most painful leadership book I’ve ever read is the new bestseller Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter by Liz Wiseman and Greg Mckeown. It raises a fundamental question about leadership, one that has been waiting to Read More...

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