Culture Conversations (Getting from Chaos to Clarity)

The culture of your team will be a reflection of the conversations in your team. Both the conversation’s you have and those you won’t.It’s the conversations you won’t have that…


Building a Culture? (Or Just a Cult)

Repeat after me “this is not a cult”. (Well deserved attribution of that joke to Matt Church which always gives me a good chuckle.) Few people would argue with the fact that…


Get More Out of Meetings (With Just One Question)

We try to get out of them and we do everything we can to avoid them, but meetings aren’t going anywhere.  So how can leaders ensure that we get the most out of them?


What To Do When You Catch Someone (Doing Something Right)

You don’t need to search too deep in any organisation or team to catch someone doing something wrong or to point out a problem that needs to be fixed. But when was the last time…


Behind the ‘Seens’ (Where Leadership is Made)

Don’t mistake that which is unseen for that which is unimportant.  This week I boarded a plane to Sydney on my way to work with a great group of leaders from one of Australia’s…


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…


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…


Twenty-Eighteen Vocab (What Will You Choose?)

We should never underestimate the creative potential of our words. The words and phrases that rank high in our day to day vocabulary shape the type of leader, colleague, spouse or…


Three Last Minute Gifts (That Don’t Cost a Cent)

This time of year we spend countless hours in shopping centres frantically looking for the perfect gifts to give the special people in our life. Amidst all the Christmas chaos it…


Four Phrases (That will Silence Creativity) 

Creativity and innovation are at the core of great teams. The real challenge then, for leaders, is bringing them to the forefront.  Could we be silencing some of the most creative…


Happy ‘One Year Closer to Death’ Day (The Weight of Words)

Happy 'One Year Closer to Death' Day! It doesn’t have the same ring to it as ‘Happy Birthday’ does it? Last week I was passing a tram stop outside Southern Cross Station in…