20 Dec 2019

Working with a large variety of teams under development has reminded me of one small but crucial detail when working with teams – all teams all different. Different people, different standards, different behaviour, different cultural norms.This was highlighted with Jake on the weekend at the beach. While we were happy to let Jake frolic on the dog beach, other dog owners were not. While ...

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...

25 Nov 2019

Great leaders are great simplifiers. What can you take control of this morning to make life simpler for the people around? Mondays can be a mad rush - planning and tasks to complete, meeting to attend and people to see. What can you do this morning (what can you add, take away, explain without jargon) that will make life for your team easier this week? That one thing can make the world o...

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...

18 Nov 2019

More specifically, how do you motivate your team that's perhaps performing at a six out of 10 and work with them so they can perform at an eight, nine, or 10 out of ten?  I had the opportunity to watch a CEO recently seeking to motivate her team. It didn’t go well. She pulled up a video on her phone  -  it was of her grandson saying, "Go, go, go!" It was cute. For her, it wa...

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...

05 Nov 2019

Jenn Donovan Podcast - How to Hire Right with Michael Peiniger
I had the chance last week to sit down with jenn Donovan from Social Media and Marketing Australia to discuss 'How to Hire Right' as we approach this holiday season. If you are a small business owner and you haven't heard Jenn's podcast before - do your self a favour and take a listen as some of her previous podcast episodes. there is some absolute gold there for small business owners...

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...