The Preparation Trap (Don’t Get Stuck in the Door)

Hold the door for someone and it is considered polite, but hold the revolving door for someone and it usually won’t be as well received.  Revolving doors are designed to be walked…


The Growth Intersection (Two Ability’s that Accelerate Leadership Growth)

This week in a group of high school students I witnessed something extremely powerful. What they did might seem simple but it completely changed the atmosphere of the room.  I am…


Four Decisions Leaders Need to Make (A Lesson From The Streets)

I usually hate waiting at traffic lights. But this time was different. I’m quite impatient when I think about it. I’m someone that fills up $20-$30 at a time at the fuel station…


To Slide or Not to Slide (Is Not the Question)

"Should I use slides when I present or not?" It's a good question. But I'm not sure it's the best one. The answer to that question ultimately depends on which ‘expert’ you ask.…


How Will You Be Remembered? (Two Moments Every Speaker Needs to Think About)

Will you be remembered well? Will you even be remembered at all?  According to research by the Nobel Prize winner Daniel Kahneman, author of “Thinking Fast and Slow”, the answer…


The Attention Tension (How to Capture and Engage your Audience)

In November 2015 I experienced Times Square for the first time. It was incredible and at the same time, overwhelming. As I looked up at the magnitude of New York City, I was…


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…