28 Jul 2021

Diploma Workshop 7 - Lead Difficult Conversations
When you need to have difficult conversations with someone, do you plan what you will say or do you wing it? It takes something to have a difficult conversation, it takes something even more to prepare and lead difficult conversations.It was a pleasure to once again work with some of the leaders and managers of LyondellBasell Australia to work through how to lead and manage difficult con...

05 Jul 2021

A team is a group of people who trust each other
What does it take to build trust in your team? Have you ever thought about what it takes to build trust with you? 🤔What does it take to break your trust? 🤔 Importantly, from both a personal, leadership and team perspective - what does it take to rebuild your trust? I agree with Simon Sinek - a team can be defined as a group of people who trust each other. But what does it take to b...

13 May 2021

Leadership Insight: When did you last give your best?
When did you last give your best? When was the last time you gave 'your best' at something? I mean, your very best? What impact does this have on your leadership and the leadership of your team?10 years ago (I know!) I posted an article following the video clip below regarding your best.  In the video, the coach pushes his player, and encourages him to go beyond what he thought was possi...

04 May 2021

Effective Feedback follows SMART Principles
Great leaders know the importance of providing feedback, yet many leaders and managers deliver it poorly, if at all. Effective Feedback follows SMART principles - the concept used for goal setting. Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-Based feedback can make all the difference. 'Nice job', 'Good work', 'Well done' sound great on the surface, but the sentiment is short live...

26 Mar 2021

How Scott Morrison is failing the personal leadership test
In short, Scott Morrison, Prime Minister of Australia, is failing the personal leadership test. This not only impacts his personal standing as a leader, but has profound impacts on all of his constituents. ‘A leader should not take credit when things go right if they are not willing to accept responsibility when things go wrong’Simon Sinek My last Air Force post had the motto ‘Acce...

16 Mar 2021

Toxic Environments Equate To Poor Leadership
Toxic environments equate to poor leadership. Toxic environments, toxic cultures - they flourish when leadership chooses to ignore a problem person or issue, and hopes that it will go away or 'sort itself out'. Toxic cultures and workplaces start with 'drift' - the difference between what is expected in behaviour and performance, and what is delivered. We expect our leaders to have a ...

10 Mar 2021

Successful leaders don't avoid difficult conversations
(and Yes, they are still uncomfortable) How to have a difficult conversation at work Difficult conversations — whether you are telling an underperforming an team member that they need to do to improve on something, or advising your boss of a missed deadline — are part and parcel of being a leader, manager or supervisor. What is the best way to prepare for this type of conversation?...

08 Feb 2021

Michael Peiniger - Leaders Push Through The Discomfort Of Difficult Conversations
Do you shy away from having difficult conversations? What is the impact (on you and on the person you are avoiding? No one likes difficult conversations. Good leaders understand the importance of them and the need to keep themselves, their team and their business on track - which sometimes involves a difficult conversation. Every person can 'drift' away from what is needed, and an ...

03 Nov 2020

Personal Leadership - The AIR/BLEEDS Model
Is your personal leadership as efficent and effective as it could be? Are Blame, Excuses or Shame part of your personal leadership behaviour pattern? 🤷‍♂️ When you are under stress, pressure, tiredness - what is your 'default' inefficient behaviour? Not knowing has not only an impact on you, but on your team members and peers as well. 🙋🏻‍♂️ Are you a Blamer? Pointing the finger at...

30 Jun 2020

Difficult Conversations - Michael Peiniger
Does anyone actually like having difficult conversations? We surveyed over a hundred of our Performance Management Essentials workshop participants, and here are the areas they struggled with in regards to having difficult / crucial conversations: 1️⃣ Not having confidence in being able to do it ‘right’ within HR limitations,2️⃣ Not knowing the ‘right’ words, and not wanting to cause ...