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Swim with the current

One of the advantages of growing up on a huge island in the South Pacific – Terra Australis – is that you learn to be a little more ocean savvy than much of the rest of the world. Swimming in the ocean is an entirely different skill to swimming in a pool. There are two…

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Why mental flexibility beats mental toughness

Leaders and management consultants often try to invoke a spirit of mental toughness in their employees and audiences. And certainly, a measure of persistence and resilience is a good thing and necessary for growth and confidence. What often gets overlooked however, is the idea of mental flexibility. Mental toughness allows you to pick yourself up…

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Start with WIIFM?

Simon Sinek’s “Start with Why” is an extraordinary book that explores how meaning and purpose can drive human beings to lift their game and amplify buy in well beyond simple incentive based motivation. And this is certainly evident in many of the extraordinary businesses and social causes we see around us – certainly, it’s what…

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Design Beats Discipline

Too often in our attempts to drive change in our organisations, our selves or our communities, or in an attempt to lift the performance of our teams, we tend to resort to things like discipline and motivation. The problem is, both discipline and motivation, whilst useful, are only ever meant to be used in short…

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The importance of women on top

Our political and economic thought leaders are constantly lecturing us on the need to engage with the incredibly important emerging economies. Yet there is an global economy that exceeds them all in terms of scale, financial opportunity and diversity, but for some reason, it receives scant attention from the industry that is supposed to give…

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Why we need more lazy employees

Diligent employees are great, they tend to be at the top of our employee wish list. Oh how we long for self sufficient employees… finding them is like winning corporate lotto. They are the backbones of our businesses and on paper what’s not to like? They are autonomous, take responsibility, get what they are supposed…

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