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…


Seven Deadly Words (That Will Kill Your Credibility)

Have you ever heard somebody say these words? Have you uttered them yourself? At first glance they seem innocent, but they can kill your credibility as a leader.  “Don’t tell…


What’s the Opposite of Being Busy? (The answer might not be what you think)

What's the Opposite of Being Busy? When we ask someone the question ‘how are you?’. The typical response used to sound something like “good thanks”. Today, it’s more likely to…


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…


The Missing Voice in Your Meetings (Four ideas to help silent team members speak up)

Teams that aren't empowered to speak up will eventually break down. Organisations and teams suffer when great team members lack the courage or confidence to speak up.  All too…


The Other Side of Comparison? (Getting Bitter or Getting Better)

Has anybody ever told you that you shouldn’t compare yourself with others?  I would mostly agree. It can be dangerous and damaging.   But personally I have found that trying not…


Good leaders know how to speak (Great leaders know when not to)

Being a great leader isn’t just about knowing how to speak. It’s also about knowing when not to. Last week I sat down to write an article. I finished it and prepared to post as I…


Staying On Point (Four reasons why people miss the mark, and how to avoid them)

If you are in any position of leadership then at some point you will have had to sit down with a team member and have an uncomfortable (but necessary) conversation about why a…


When doing it right is getting it wrong (One thing we all need when communicating)

You’ve read it all. You’ve seen it all. You’ve heard it all. Stand up tall, shoulders back, feet shoulder width apart. Make eye contact, but not for too long. Don’t put your hands…


Ways to Say You’re Not OK

A lot of what we read this week is all about how to ask if someone is ok, but if we are the one being asked and need to talk, it can be difficult to know what to say. It’s okay to…