Leadership & Management

The art of asking GREAT questions

Alternate Title: GREAT questions uncover fresh ideas Printable version of Post What is a GREAT question? Let me tell you what I mean by “GREAT question”. There are ‘questions’, there are ‘good questions’, and there are even ‘great questions’. When I use the term GREAT, I am meaning a question that causes serious engagement between … Continue reading »

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Keys to teamwork success – focus and strategy

Alternate Title: Successful teamwork needs focus and strategy Printable version of Post Why focus and strategy? Have you ever observed a really good team in action? Whether it’s sport, business, military, or even politics, there are two things that set a good team apart from ‘the rest’: they have a ‘focus’ (i.e. they know what … Continue reading »

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What drives employee loyalty?

Printable version of Post Alternate Title: Workplace loyalty – how does it work?   Employee loyalty and Gen Y Every now and then there’s a headline telling us that employee loyalty is on the decline.  Often it is noted that Gen Y is at the forefront of this trend [See Note 1].  Does Gen Y … Continue reading »

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Teamwork and Leadership – it’s all about the planning!

Printable version of Post Let me begin by adding something to the title: Teamwork and Leadership – it’s all about the planning and the execution! At the Adelaide Clipsal 500 I spent a weekend recently at the Clipsal 500 V8 Supercars motor race in Adelaide (South Australia).  The Clipsal is Australia’s largest domestic motorsport event, … Continue reading »

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Motivation – why do we do what we do?

Printable version of Post Motivation affects us all Let me start with a story: Once upon a time there was a small team.  The people in this team were all highly motivated – they had a passion for what they did, and they always gave 100+% effort.  They were very collaborative with each other, and … Continue reading »

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Employee Engagement and Workplace Politics

Printable version of Post Two recent events have lead to this Post topic: reading press reports about a Gallup Study into global workplace engagement, and a colleague expressing their dislike for the ‘politics’ that happen in most workplaces. I often hear comments about a dislike for ‘politics at work’.  My colleague’s comment came at the … Continue reading »

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Effective leadership – where do good leaders come from?

I find leaders fascinating! I want to know what makes them ‘tick’, and why they want to be leaders. I also like to look for the things that allow some people to be ‘effective leaders’, while others are not. If we take a look, leaders are everywhere.  We have leaders in our local communities, in … Continue reading »

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Change, Vision, and Leadership

Singapore – From Third World to First. I have borrowed the words above from the title of the book by Lee Kuan Yew.  Lee was the first Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore (1965-1990). When I lived in Singapore during the mid-1970s, while some parts of the city were very modern, most of the … Continue reading »

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