Truth #9: Intentional Choice

Leaders need Responsibleness Not Responsibility

Almost any leader will be able to impose responsibility on their individual and collective team members. Imposing responsibility is very much a command-follow and carrot/stick leadership tactic. Responsibility is imposed externally through fear or reward. This is the basis of consequence management, and it’s paradoxical. If a leader chooses not to apply consequence management, (celebrating, sharing … Read more »

How to be at ease with disruption

Recently I stumbled upon a word the Japanese use to describe serenity in the midst of activity or chaos. The word is ‘Seijaku’. While it has other meanings including peacefulness, this idea of finding serenity in the midst of chaos has significance for any organisational leader looking for ways to better manage disruption, distraction and … Read more »

More Meaning Builds More Self-Trust

Before others will trust you, and before you can comfortably trust in others, you need to have earned and maintain your own self-trust. You can see in the model here that pivoting on the bottom of the pointy end of the inverted triangle of three trusts is Self-trust. The triangle of three trusts is inverted … Read more »

Money, Mentors, Trust & Happiness

This post will give you a peek inside how my mind works in connections and patterns. I’m going to start with a radio interview that prompted me to think about money, which prompted me to think about trusted mentors which prompted me to answer the question ‘does money buy happiness?’ I was interviewed last week … Read more »

International Day of Listening

My life’s mantra for some time now is… to be more intentionally mindful in more moments that matter more often. What I’ve certainly learned, and I know it won’t come as any surprise to you, is that living up to my mantra is a lot easier said than done. For most of us, me included, … Read more »

Reactive Resilience or
Proactive Positioning of Awareness

Let’s face it, sometimes even for those of us who have good jobs, good relationships, and a good life overall, every now and then, we find ourselves, either intentionally or unintentionally in stressful situations where we can potentially just lose control. When these moments are what I refer to as micro moments of mayhem, this … Read more »

Self-Trust: Time to take stock!

Are you making intentional decisions and taking intentional actions that will help you to thrive in your business and flourish in your life? Advice that Liz and I have always given to our sons as they leave our home is “Make good decisions!” It’s become a bit of a mantra for our sons, and I’m … Read more »

Corporate Pest Control
(Get rid of the ‘A-Holes’)

Here’s an idea… “First get rid of all the arseholes in your organisation before trying to make everyone else happy and engaged in the workplace.” This was a refreshingly practical, poignant, meaningful and inescapably challenging comment that Dr Paul Wong (internationally acclaimed researcher, professor and author on positive psychology) recently presented in a lecture to … Read more »

Being happy at work is not the goal!

If you’re an organisational manager/leader, read this article right to the end – it will help you increase the engagement and work-satisfaction of your people (and for yourself)… Here’s an example where you’ve just got to shake your head and ask “Why bother?” Researchers from the University College London have apparently come up with a … Read more »

Reputation Ruined in 140 characters

Last night I experienced just another example that when trust is at risk, everything is at risk. I was watching QandA on ABC last night and one of the tweets that scroll through at the bottom of the screen read “you are only one tweet away from ruining your life”, which was first tweeted by … Read more »