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Authentic Leaders – Why do we need them and what do they look like?

The communication and ‘connectedness’ explosion that has occurred over the last 20 years through the proliferation of social media and the resulting breakthrough in people’s access to information, has changed the landscape for leadership everywhere. This change, coupled with the retirement of the baby boomer generation from leadership positions over the coming 10 years, and …

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The Single Greatest Threat to Your Leadership Growth and Development

Incremental growth happens inside of your comfort zone – exponential growth happens outside of your comfort zone – your discomfort zone. Think of public speaking, networking, leaving your job and starting something new, cold calling, conflict, saying no, taking an unpopular stance when you think it’s right, challenging inappropriate behaviour etc. When you pushed through …

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Gail Kelly – one of Australia’s greatest business leaders

I remember seeing Gail Kelly speak at a Trans-Tasman conference in Melbourne and being incredibly impressed by her down-to-earthness and absolute clarity of vision.  She told the story of the interview for her first GM position which she attended with one of her triplets on her knee!  As a mother myself I am sure that …

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High performing teams need balance

I read an interesting article today that quoted a UCLA neuroscientist who says that social skills are a multiplier that enables the harnessing of analytical skills, intelligence and competence.  This person says that well-connected teams who have good social interactions will work together to compliment the strengths and weaknesses of the team, achieving far more …

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