Can You Read The Room?

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Reading the Room for Better Empathic Leadership This may seem like a small question, but for leaders in large, matrix and complex organisations, the answer can have big implications. In Australia, and throughout the Anglo-world, we are conditioned to be quite explicit in the way we communicate. Being explicit means stating the obvious and working […]

Successful Hybrid Leadership

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If the last couple of years have taught us anything about leadership, it’s that the way we once led isn’t so fit for purpose in a hybrid or completely remote team environment. Yes, we need to be flexible, adaptable and keeping up with change at rates like never before. And then there are the fundamental […]

The Engagement False Reality Trap – and how to avoid it!

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How often do we see it that the results of an employee engagement survey come out, and one of the main messages is that your leaders aren’t engaging enough. Whether this is due to poor communication, not managing performance or giving feedback, or knowing how to recognise or acknowledge their people. The reasons are often […]

What does it take to be an eclectic leader?

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1. Be comfortable in your own skin.  Being eclectic needs to come from an organic base.  You are building a style that works for ‘who’ you are.  So, being comfortable with who you are is important.  I know that, for some, this is easier said than done; however the more comfortable you are with being yourself […]

VUCA Leadership – Keeping it simple!

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When we think of what’s needed to lead in VUCA environments, we tend to overthink how we need to be leading to be effective. And why wouldn’t we? Complex environments aren’t straightforward, so it makes sense that how we lead would need to have some semblance of complexity attached to it as well.   Or does […]

The 3 Essential Leadership Capabilities for 2022

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For the first time in recent history, thanks to the pandemic, leaders of the world over are sharing the same impacts on the way they lead.  Dealing with the volatility of change, feeling largely the same way (exhausted), and being forced to embrace different ways of leading to drive engagement and at the same time […]

Is it Time to Rebrand Yourself?

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Suzanne Jenner-Wall explores the world of rebranding yourself as we start to evolve through the pandemic, and commence the process of ‘making sense’ of where we are.  For some, this will include some deep levels of self-reflection on who I am, what I stand for and what I can be doing…it may be time to […]

To Build Engagement Remove Time

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One of the greatest challenges, and inhibitors, to building a high trust and engaging relationship with your team is time.  And this is for two key reasons: 1. Relationships Develop NaturallyWhen have you ever experienced a moment in your life when you’ve said to yourself, “I need to build trust with this person in one […]

Gaining Cooperation and Buy-In…a little bit me, a little bit you

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There are plenty of times at work (and in life) when we want to gain the cooperation, buy in or consensus of those around us; whether they be a manager, colleagues or an employee.  So what’s the easy answer?  Well, in my experience there is no easy or perfect answer; but I have encountered a […]

3 Key Traits of Successful Change Leaders

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I am often asked what I believe are the key traits that underpin an effective change leader.  Having been involved in change in the capacities of a people leader, a leader of change and a contributor to change, I’ve come to believe that there are three key elements that underpin the success of a change […]

Using Dialogue to Build Trust & Engagement

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Dialogue. For many people, let alone leaders, this is a scary concept. However for a leader, dialogue is often the single most important activity that can establish your credibility, solve issues, pre-empt issues before they need solving, and bring a team closer together. In a team that is already close, regular dialogue is a key […]

Conduit Management – an essential matrix leadership skill

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One of the single biggest contributors to successful matrix leadership is conduit management.  Yet, despite the positive impact of conduit management, it tends only to be a way of working that is taken for granted by those for whom it comes naturally.  For most matrix leaders, conduit management tends to be an afterthought or not […]

A Change Tradesperson or a Change Leader?

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Tradespeople fix things. Your tap is leaking, call a plumber. The electricity cuts out, you call an electrician. They fix things. They make us feel safe. They help us get on with our lives. Your people are struggling with change and come to you for help? Do we fix them? Some managers feel like they […]

4 Steps for Nurturing Sustainable Change

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You want to, or have to, lead a change initiative in your organisation.  It maybe because of a new software integration, a restructure or the implementation of a new process. Or it could be a plan for returning to the office and adopting your strategy for the ‘new-normal’. It doesn’t matter what the catalyst for […]

The Potent Leader

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How often do we look at the most engaging and inspiring leaders of the world and ask ourselves, “why can’t I have a bit of that?”  Let’s face it, there are leaders out there who are engaging, effective, and carry with them a potency that seems to almost create a class system in terms of leaders.  […]

Proactive Matrix Leadership – Collaboration

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A clip taken from our “3 Things” Webinar Series exploring the importance of Proactive Leadership in a matrix organisation, along with some practical tips for how to get started on this track with a focus on collaboration. ​Watch time: 20mins Learn more about enhancing the quality of matrix leadership in your organisation, and how you […]

Building Successful Teams in the New Normal

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Updated from the original post in 2014​At its heart, good teaming is about creating the space for a bunch of different people to build rapport – to get to know each other; their likes, dislikes, where they’ve worked before, what excites them, their personality.  All of these factors, if explored will provide your team with […]

The Hidden Hungers of Employee Engagement

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Out of the many drivers of employee engagement, the one that has the greatest impact is leadership. Leaders influence engagement within an organisation both horizontally and vertically, and as identified in many research reports over the last ten years, engaging leadership is a non-negotiable when it comes to shifting culture and engagement. And as if […]

What we’re learning about leading successful remote teams

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We’ve been supporting the development of geographically spread teams for years; global project teams, functional teams spread throughout a region, and teams located in one office whilst the manager is in a different city.  And now we have the enforced remote working team; the team that signed up for jobs in an office, with plenty […]

The Mentor Manager

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For some time now, we’ve seen many organisations encouraging their managers to learn the art of coaching as a key approach in their suite of management tools.  I’ve witnessed first hand many situations where the ‘manager as coach’ approach has helped lift members of a team, or even whole teams and positively enhanced the performance […]

Leading into the ‘new normal’: Era of the Relational Leader

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The future of leadership is always being questioned and explored and yet the reality is that successful leaders today, and into the future, will most likely carry the same core qualities as those from years gone by. They will be leaders who have vision, leverage disruption and encourage constructive risk taking. Above all, they will […]

‘The New Normal of Work’ – Planning for Post Pandemic Success

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There is no denying the fact that life is quite different for all of us right now.  In the face of uncertain future economic conditions, fear for the health and wellbeing of loved ones, and management of the daily challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is easy to fixate on today’s problems. But one […]

Developing the Successful Global Leader

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The ability to lead and manage across borders is an indispensable leadership quality.  The way business and business growth is trending, combined with new ways of thinking about how we work driven by Covid-19, it’s highly likely that a majority of tomorrows leaders will experience leading teams, functions or businesses largely comprised of virtual and globally […]

Successful Matrix Leadership: During and After Covid-19

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Leading and managing in complex organisations, such a matrix or a large global organisation, can be frustrating at the best of times.   And now we throw in a new dimension, Covid-19.  As if working in a matrix didn’t have its challenges before, the addition of forced isolation and remote working does not make things easier.  We […]

Is Individualism the achilles heel of western leadership?

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…the ideal of the ‘authentic’ relationship that we hear so much about in the Anglo leadership space is always relative to the willingness and ability of the people involved to be vulnerable.  ​Trust gained through being vulnerable is not a natural preference for those of us in the Anglo world, but it is probably the […]

Learn how to ‘Remotely’ Engage Your Team

In January I wrote about the importance of taking the time to engage with your people.  And that was just before our world was tipped upside down by Covid-19! Upon reflection, the suggestions for taking the time to engage with your people are probably more relevant today, even though it feels as though one hand […]

Engagement…at the Speed of Trust!

We know that the ability to build trust is a critical characteristic of effective leadership.  Whether  directly, when you are the manager, or indirectly, like in a matrix where influencing with integrity is the key skill. It also underpins the achievement of healthy employee engagement – after all, a position of trust is what we […]

How leaders enable vulnerability

Is it really possible for every leader to be as vulnerable and authentic as we think they need to be to create a safe space for us to work and play in?  And will our people always naturally respond to the efforts of leaders in encouraging ‘authenticity’ at work? The short answer is no.  If you […]

Take Time to Engage!

In the western world we never believe we ever have enough time; we squeeze as much into our day as possible, we want to get to work, maybe grab a coffee and just get on with things.  Yes, there are of course those who are cultural outliers and have a more longer-term relationship with time […]

​Beware the Lollipop of Mediocrity: Engagement Lessons from a Musical Genius

I’ve just finished watching a short documentary on the making of the Brian Wilson album ‘No Pier Pressure’. Anyone who knows me even moderately well will know my deep connection with his music from the time of the Beach Boys through until today. His eclectic style and ability to continuously learn and produce outstanding music is simply […]

Rituals, the path to engaging leadership

“Ritual is necessary for us to know anything.”                                                                               – Ken KeseyThe ability to engage in rituals, or create […]

2 Steps to Healthier Employee Engagement

When it comes to fostering engagement, the role of a leader is central, and for leaders themselves, it can seem quite overwhelming.  We know that the level of engagement is the result of a number of factors, two of which are leader-critical.  They are the ability of your leaders to understand and articulate your: Let’s […]

Leading a Culturally Diverse Team…Building Engagement

One of the emerging challenges of leadership is the question of how to lead a culturally diverse team. Whether this is as a leader of a global project team, a global or regional business leader or as the leader of a domestic team which is comprised of many different cultures. The reality is that it isn’t […]

Top Two Tips for Leading a Culturally Diverse Team

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I was recently asked what I thought were the one or two most important attributes when leading a culturally diverse team. My first thought was that leading a culturally diverse team is not a black and white affair. Nor is leadership in general, but in a culturally diverse setting there is clearly an added layer of […]

The Keys to Being an Effective Global Leader

Being able to engage, influence and lead effectively across borders was once considered one of the new frontiers of leadership as globalisation started to take effect.  Now it seems there is almost an assumption that if you work in a global organisation, and are an effective leader in your home country that this will automatically […]

Optimising Your Global Leadership Style

Leading global teams doesn’t have to be difficult, and as with many things it comes down to whether we are focusing on the ‘what’ (obvious cultural, behavioural differences) or the ‘how’ (the ways in which we bridge any gaps). I’ve worked with many diverse groups and teams over the years, many of which span borders.  In […]

Disruptive Leadership

Centralised and control-based organisations are fast losing relevance in a world characterised by globalisation, diversity and a new generations who demand to be involved in your business.  This calls for a period of leadership that will disrupt current leadership patterns and lay the foundations for a new leadership era; and irrespective of what the future […]

M&A Leadership – the difference between M&A success and failure

Depending on whose research you rely on, we know that M&A’s have a failure rate of anywhere between 40% – 80%, so the need to understand the factors that can help give your M&A a greater chance of success is crucial.  A post in the most recent edition of the Harvard Business Review points to […]

Succeed at Matrix Leadership by Dealing with Ambiguity

One of the greatest challenges facing leaders in matrix and global working environments is ambiguity.  Unclear expectations, competing demands and lack of role clarity; these are all factors that contribute to a challenging and complex working environment. Underpinning this is the extent to which you can accept that this is ok, and believe it is a […]

Leading a Team for Consistent and High Performance

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High Performance. It’s what CEO’s want to see from their organisation, what leaders want from their functions and teams and what we all want to achieve individually and see from each other.  And yet it seems such a difficult proposition, to consistently achieve levels of performance that are personally satisfying, highly regarded in the team […]

Valley or Mountain – Adapting Your Leadership Style for Cross-Cultural Success

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Are you a mountain or a valley when it comes to your leadership style?  Depending in which country or countries you are leading, you may require more mountain, more valley or a little of both.​ Let’s explore this idea a little further. Mountains are big, solid, easy to see and imposing.  They are also vulnerable.  They […]

Making Change Stick

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No matter how big or small the change initiative that you’ve just implemented, the real proof of your success will be the degree to which the new way of working sticks.  And as exact as we try to be with whatever model of change we apply, the reality is that change management is not a […]

Enabling Leadership Engagement Behaviours

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Employee Engagement is a broad topic, encompassing factors such as reward and recognition, leadership style and culture. Time and again though, research tells us that the number one factor that impacts on employee engagement is leadership.  Or more specifically; the ability for leaders to connect with their people in a way that inspires confidence and […]

Tips for Succeeding as a Matrix Leader

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Leading and managing in complex organisations, such a matrix or a large global organisation, can be frustrating at the best of times. There’s no need to sugarcoat the fact that such environments aren’t always the easiest in which to succeed.  Dual reporting lines that have competing interests, dealing with silo’s and wading through politics that […]

Keys to Engaging Leadership: Eclectic Leadership

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The Key to Engaging Leadership? Eclectic Leadership Eclectic leadership simply means that you don’t ascribe to one single way of leading and having an open mind to possibilities. Importantly it allows for spontaneity, and a more natural leadership style to come through.Now, this doesn’t mean that you don’t have the bigger picture in mind or […]

How to be an effective leader in a complex organisation

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Life, including work, can be complicated.  The most effective leaders I have worked with in large complex organisations understand this, and practice the art of making it ‘easy’ for people to do their job.  They do this by keeping things simple and sharing as much as practical.   So how can you do this? See yourself […]

Keys to Engaging Leadership: Resilience & Dealing with Uncertainty

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I have learnt over time the importance of resilience, and being able to manage and lead a team during times of uncertainty. As much as it can be painful and works against our natural desire for structure in our daily lives, being able sit in the middle of ambiguity and lead a team effectively despite […]

Keys to Engaging Leadership: Being Courageous

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Over the next couple of weeks I will explore some of the key elements that I believe underpin an engaging leader.  I have been fortunate to have experienced leadership in the military, small, medium and large sized businesses, government, non-profit, family owned and private sectors.  When I reflect on all of these experiences, both as […]

‘Why’…Your Personal Road Map for Leadership Success

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Whether you are a leader of people, a leader of change, or just leading yourself through a period of personal change, there is one ability that will most likely underpin your success as much, if not more than, most others.  It also happens to compliment the attributes of successful change leaders that I spoke about […]

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