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 […]

Winning Together for Greater Engagement

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I read often about the idea that the aim of groups is to be able to ‘work together’. In the context of the world today, and what we’ve all been through recently (and are still going through), I wonder if ‘working together’ is enough? My experience is that if we are ‘working together’ then we are […]

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 […]

Becoming the Trusted Business Partner

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Business Partners play a critical role in many organisations, and some of the best I’ve experienced are those who are invited to the important discussions ahead of time to contribute to decisions.  They aren’t left out until it’s too late…and then need to clean up the mess whilst thinking ‘why wasn’t I included in this […]

The secret to high performing teams

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The high performing team…. key to an organisation’s competitive advantage? Well, yes. The research consistently demonstrates that great teamwork delivers higher quality outputs resulting in better customer satisfaction.But despite huge investments in the recruitment and development of key talent, and leadership and team building interventions, truly high performing teams remain a somewhat elusive concept for […]

Are you ready to work abroad?

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Are you ready to work abroad? There is no doubt that the idea of working in a foreign country holds great excitement for most of us; the opportunity to travel, learn new skills, and grow our professional currency back home is tantalising indeed.  But traversing the oceans for a new job also means traversing different cultures – and success or failure in this […]

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 […]

When is a Global Organisation Really Global?

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When is a global organisation really global? Is it when there is a good representation of offices around the world? Or when a good financial year is the result of some good joint efforts between countries and regions? Perhaps when we have a healthy expat program, and lots of global project teams? Or is it when we […]

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 […]

Engagement – The key to consumer confidence in the tough times

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Tough times call for tough measures. In a recession or economic downturn government and businesses are continually looking for ways to strengthen consumer confidence. While ever customers are confident that there is light at the end of the tunnel, or merely have confidence in government and business that they can get through the tough times, there is […]

Build Engagement Throughout Change!

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Your skeletal system is not your nervous system. Anyone who has worked with me, especially in the last couple of years will know that this is my favourite expression when starting the discussion around how to optimise the way we approach change.  The skeletal system is of course important. It’s the tangible, structural and probably most visual […]

‘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 […]

The VUCA Business Partner

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Business Partners exist right throughout an organisation.  Some roles are explicitly named a Business Partner, whilst other roles carry the implicit expectation that they are partners.  HR, Talent Acquisition, Procurement, Finance, IT and many more; the larger and more complex an organisation the more partners exist.  And the demand for Business Partners to add value […]

Tips for Running Successful Virtual Teaming Events

Over the past couple of weeks, despite the Covid-19 impact on our world, many organisations are still going ahead with plans to build engaged and winning teams using virtual means rather than face to face. And that is great news!  What this means is that there is still a mindset in organisations and amongst leaders […]

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 […]

Making the Matrix Work

The continued push toward globalisation and the reality of single digit margins across many market sectors has seen organisations looking for ways to leverage every ounce of collaboration to optimise business results.  This has seen a stronger reliance on matrix structured organisations which in principle are designed to do just this through well-crafted areas of […]

The Role of ‘Sense of Purpose’ in Employee Engagement

Having a sense of purpose is central to effective employee engagement, and there are three dimensions to this, that if understood, can contribute effectively to organisational engagement strategies. I call these dimensions: Below is a short descriptor of each type of Purpose. Intrinsic Sense of PurposeThis is really about those fundamental questions like; Who am […]

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 […]

Can the EU Trust Anglo Countries to be Faithful in their Trade Agreements?

I recently attended a business forum held by the European Services Forum and the EU Centre for Global Affairs, to learn more about the status of trade agreements between the European Union (EU) and Australia and what the future may hold for them considering Brexit and the US election. One of the things we know […]

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 […]

Breaking Out of the Organisational Urgency Trap!

“Organisational Urgency”.  This is what I refer to as the inclination of organisations that belong to the anglo-sphere part of the world, to want to push through and get a winning outcome quickly, expediently and sometimes at the expense perhaps of taking the time to get a better or more appropriate outcome. On the surface that […]

Cultural Diversity…the heart of what’s possible!

So often in business, particularly on the people side of things, we can get so caught up  in theories, concepts and frameworks that we miss the obvious. Take cultural diversity for example.  Cultural diversity isn’t difficult to get right when you see people for who they are, and not what they are.  We are all […]

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