Category Archives: Personal Leadership

The inauguration of Donald Trump has led to a flurry of commentary, unease and fear. It’s hard to separate the truth from the spin. I’ve been reflecting on The Trump Effect – the arousal of people whose voices seem unheard. That’s how he got into power, and that is why there have been demonstrations as he takes control of the United States of America. Will the USA become the DSA (Divided States of America?) Read blog post >

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Exponential technologies are having an increasing affect on the world of work. It is more common to have 3-4 generations in the workforce where typically two were dominant. In this changing work environment there is an increasing need to value multiple ages of thinking and to expect people of 50 and beyond to contribute as partners in innovation. Don’t be fooled in calling this age group olderpreneurs. Many are percolating new ideas and have no plans for retirement. Retirement is such an old way of thinking. Welcome to the Experienced Economy. Read blog post >

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Over the last two years I have been interviewing leaders about their collaborative practices. These leaders come from many different organisations but have the common bond of collaborating in post-earthquake Christchurch. From the interviews, I have identified five characteristics and three mindframes that seem necessary to lead, and to contribute effectively, to collaboration. Leading collaboration, what really matters? Read blog post >

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Ethical behaviour matters more than ever before. Leaders who understand this are more likely to attract staff and clients. The ‘pull’ factor, the growing of a tribe and the accelerating emphasis on corporate social responsibility all point to ethical leadership as being a key trait.

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Greatest Goal IIIt’s the time of year when many of us look back, consider the goals we set, and review our successes. That is exactly what I have been doing. Over the year I have worked with wonderful leaders in New Zealand, Australia, Ghana, United Arab Emirates and Thailand. I have worked with a diverse range of industries and people, with the common thread of wanting to think beyond the status quo. It has been a real privilege to help others develop their aspirational futures and work to create future focused organisations. Read blog post >

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There are new opportunities – are you willing to lead in new directions? To think differently? To mix together two ideas that seem not to fit? 2013 is the year of courageous leadership, where we all look to the future and stop holding onto those cherished ideas that have no place in today’s thinking. What are some ideas to let go of? Here are some suggestions:

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As technology continues to grow rapidly we will be faced with some interesting dilemmas as humans. In order to develop leaders to cope with these challenges we will need to instil a high degree of ethical leadership in them. As computers begin sensing things for themselves, predicting your needs and interacting with their environments, it will be increasingly difficult to determine the boundaries between humans and machines.

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There is light at the end of the tunnel. Even as the 2012 year comes to an end we should ponder some of the changes we can expect in 2013 and beyond. “Just let us get through this year!” I hear you saying. Just take a peak, because here are some of the changes you might expect to affect your work, leadership and life.

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In 2013, leaders will be under scrutiny as never before. They will be judged for their ethical behaviour, and this judgement will be accessible to the world through social media. We have already seen this demand for fairness and equality, as the gap between rich and poor grows.  This trend has sent ripples around the world, as demonstrated by the following examples: Read blog post >

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My thinking for 2012 is very much focused on ‘future leadership’ trends. Of course there are some aspects of leadership that remain just as important. But I’m particularly interested in what I see as the emerging patterns, weak signals and new expectations. The following themes seem to be dominant: Read blog post >

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