Leadership Longevity (Four Things Every Leader Needs)

No leader sets out to burn out. A marathon runner doesn’t leap off the starting line hoping they might just make it to the 25km mark. They prepare, train and visualise themselves…


How Great Leaders Value Important Conversations. (Five tips for your next one-on-one)

As a leader, important conversations come with the territory. These conversations may take the form of helping a team member navigate a conflict, work through a challenge or…


Can We Talk? (Simple Responses for Difficult Conversations)

“Excuse me, do you have a minute to talk?”  You think “no” but say “yes”. You know by the look on their face that this conversation is going to take more than a minute. They walk…


Why Some Leaders Grow (And Others Don’t)

How can I get better?  It is a fundamental question that any great leader will ask. It is what separates the good and the great. Development should be one of the primary…


Stick the Landing (Three Questions You Should Answer Before You Close)

Have you ever worked so hard and been so close to achieving something, only to miss out at the last moment? It’s a horrible feeling.  Spare a thought for Japanese snowboarder…


If Words Were Money (How would you spend them?)

If we thought about our words in the same way we think about our money, what would change?  I’ve been having a lot of conversations lately with people reading ‘The Barefoot…


If You Want to Connect (Learn the Language)

As leader, we will always struggle to lead the room, if we cannot learn to speak the language of the room.  In 2013 my wife & I celebrated our fifth wedding anniversary by…


Four Questions People Ask (Every Time You Speak)

Depending on who you ask, it has been said that the average person has between 50,000 and 70,000 thoughts per day. Our brain is one powerful information processing machine.  It’s…


Want to Improve? (Try Asking the Audience)

As someone who works alongside leaders to improve how they communicate one of the most common questions I get asked by people I hear speak is: “What feedback do you have for me,…


I have to speak and I’m freaking out (Three tips to calm the nerves)

You’re not really scared, but for some reason your hands are shaking. You’re instantly regretting wearing white because the sweat is quickly revealing all that glory hidden…


Everything is Awesome! (Making Positive Feedback…Helpful)

Positive feedback is both developmental and meaningful, it also plays a vital role in building high-performance teams. In her article 'Give Your Team More-Effective Positive…


The Accent of Leadership ( What Does Leadership Sound Like? )

Have you ever spoken with someone that had a strong accent? There was something different about how they spoke. Leaders have an accent. There is something about the way leaders…