06 Dec 2019

Learning On The Lead - Lesson 7
There are many disadvantages to running your own business, but one advantage is being able to work the way you want; particularly when the subject of this blog is asleep at my feet. Lesson 7 follows on from Lessons 1, 5 and 6, and relates to behaviour that is not accepted by the team. As Jake has developed from a puppy in our house, we have had to teach him what is accepted and not accep...

02 Dec 2019

Leadership is not a birthright and it is not something passed from one family or generation to the other. Leadership is both a responsibility and a reward - most importantly it is a choice. Importantly, leadership can be learned, improved and worked upon like any other business skill or behaviour. One key to improvement is knowing where you skills - your strengths and your developm...

22 Nov 2019

Learning On The Lead - Lesson 6
It took me quite a while to realise this, but the relationship between a dog and its owner is all about trust. There are certain things that I expect Jake to do, and there are certain things that he expects of me. When those expectations are met and not broken, we have started to build trust. For me, trust is a fairly simple thing to define:  Trust – the knowledge that someone is going t...

14 Nov 2019

As you may have gathered with previous posts, having Jake in our house has been a learning experience. One of the greatest areas of learning has been in the art of consistency across all members of the family. Like most dog owners, we wanted Jake to be able to sit on command; when he is on the lead and at the side of the road, before receiving his meal etc. What we noticed very quickly w...

07 Nov 2019

Learning On the Lead Lesson 4
This lesson sounds over the top and cheesy, but give me the opportunity to explain. I am sure that you have seen dogs like Jake before; as soon as I get home there is a huge wag of the tail, more jumping than I would like, and a desperate need to be patted. There is no doubt in my mind that he is happy to see me. Jake also has the advantage (or disadvantage?) of having a tail that com...

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...

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...

27 Aug 2019

Velocity Leadership CheckPoint - Leadership Profile
The Velocity Leadership Checkpoint is just that - it is an opportunity to see how your leadership performing at a moment in time - a leadership checkpoint. The Velocity Leadership Checkpoint is unique because: It is used at the start of Kameleons leadership programs, workshops and executive coaching programs to assess current levels of leadership behaviour. It is used at the end of...