31 Oct 2019

Learning On the Lead: Listen and Be Present for Your Team. Cute Dog Picture
Having a team leader that is motivated, passionate, driven and excited by making change are all wonderful things to have when you are in a team. Equally, it is very comforting to know that your Team Leader is there to listen and provide advice when you need it - it provides the 'steady hand' that is required to guide a team through difficult times. There are times with Jake when he just...

27 Oct 2019

How to Build High Performing Teams
On Monday 28th October at 11am, Michael will be going live on Youtube with Mat Bankes of the The Daily Bee, discussing all things related to building high-performing teams. It takes a little bit more than motivation to develop a team from average, to good, to high performing. In this Youtube discussion, Michael will cover off the 5 areas of focus that can help develop your team to high-p...

25 Oct 2019

Learning On The Lead - Lesson 2. Protect Your Team
With Jake in our family, it has reminded me of the requirement to look and act like the leader at all times. A simple example of behaving like a leader involves playing with Jake. Pulling on a rope, throwing a ball and chasing a Frisbee are all great games to play with Jake (with varying success), but getting down to his level and wrestling is a no-no. It is confusing for Jake and he get...

25 Oct 2019

Identifying High Potential in Emerging Leaders. Single Skier High Ski Jump
As the end of the year approaches, it is time for many businesses to complete performance appraisals for their staff. For many leaders and managers, it means having to rate a small number of employees as 'high potential' - those that are most likely to be recommended for leadership positions or leadership training in the next 12 months. I think this is pertinent for all business leaders...

22 Oct 2019

Integrity is not Everything
Integrity is not everything, and certainly not for developing leaders and leadership. Integrity is one of the most overused and misunderstood words in the English language. While it is often conferred on great male and female leaders ('Y is a person of character and integrity') it is often used as a battering ram of judgement when someone has made a mistake (' X has no integrity'). In t...

18 Oct 2019

Learning On the Lead - Lesson 1
The addition of our dog Jake to the household has forced us to consider our house rules and what will be tolerated / not tolerated by all members of the family. Would Jake be an inside or outside dog? What rooms will Jake be allowed in? How do we deal with discipline issues with the dog? How do we react when he jumps up on people? What are the rewards for good behaviour? Thes...