Author Archives: Tim Taylor

Do YOU want to be a game-changer

People who can change the game are as rare as hens teeth!  They possess unique qualities that are a mixture of contradictions. They can dream up big ideas, create pictures that stick in people’s minds and at the same time possess the attributes of a chess master: Passion for the game Hard work Patience Strong

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How to make money from poor leadership

Let me tell you a story about one of our clients.  Imagine a small bespectacled gentleman, about 5’6 tall, neatly dressed in a grey linen suit, with a style that pushes your mind to think of the Italian riviera. You are looking at Paulo, a humble quiet human being who, at heart, is a craftsman

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Getting the best from your leadership team

High-performance leadership teams are extremely rare. MGL has worked in the arena of leadership development on every continent (except Antarctica) across 20 years. We have come to realise that building a high-performance leadership team is hard. In our experience, rogue elements continue to break-through, and simple mistakes generate unexpected outcomes that take time and energy

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4 reasons why meetings should start and finish with rituals

The Power of Rituals You may think that your Vision, meticulously built over time, will shape the future of your company but you would be wrong.  Your daily habits are shaping your future, and have a far more significant influence than you might expect. A vision is a potent leadership tool that will help you,

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Flying Blind: How to save the day?

Flying Blind: How to save the day? Let’s start with a story. Imagine the scene, bad weather, unreliable flight instruments, and then a lightning strike; a commercial jetliner is suddenly flying blind.  The captain and his first officer had lost all instruments; visual cues were nonexistent; all they could see was a darkened sky and storm clouds,

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It’s never too late to follow your dreams

2020 is slipping away Is this year going the way you wanted it? Big changes are happening, for sure. Some have left some people worried and others far worst off. These big changes will affect all our lives slowly with a very long tail. The changes that matter most and that are more meaningful are

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Why today’s disruption demands great leadership

Organizations need leaders who will use the changes created by the pandemic, to challenge the status quo and look for new value because we are not going back to business-as-usual. Disruptions are very much part of the 21st-century competitive landscape, its time to blow up assumptions about teamwork, working practices, and creating meaningful work. Stop

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The world has changed, we have gone remote!

We now appreciate how fragile the world economic structure is, a virus shows up, and like the movie plot for Contagion, everyone’s world changed. Unlike the movie, this is not going to be resolved in 90mins with a hero vaccine created by one man.    Life has changed, and the opportunity for leadership is all around

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Overcome the complexity of forming a high-performance-team

Team’s talk Research shows us that management teams are rarely performing as high-performance teams, and are often experienced as ineffective and unproductive by the team members. Frankly, we don’t need research to prove this; we all talk to colleagues and friends who complain about the way their management team works. They all describe issues of

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Enabling Strategic Execution

Why have a vision? We all possess the ability to create pictures in our minds, some of us more so than others, but generally we all talk about what we see in our minds. Vision is a powerful tool that has shaped great civilizations, built industrial leviathans and produced awe-inspiring art. Often these accomplishments come

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Become a Catalyst

Great Leadership is the Catalyst for Success Many gifted people get lost inside companies, because the conversations with their leader do not allow them to develop a mindset that genuinely loves a challenge; when leaders learn to be the Catalyst gifted people bubble over with energy and strive to reach their potential and do their

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What is the biggest LEADERSHIP challenge great leaders face head on?

Getting past thinking “I AM RIGHT!” When we guess something, we generally believe we are right, or at least, almost right. The more familiar the content set or scenario is, the stronger this feeling becomes. This assumption is not rational; however, we can quickly generate a logical argument to support our hypotheses and position our

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The courage to change

As an entrepreneur, I have started five businesses. I love the thrill of getting an idea up and running. The first customer meeting, the first town hall, and the first big celebration are moments that stoke the fire in your belly and push you on to win again. I learned that endless meeting and problem-solving

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How to build a leadership team in​ 90 days

The first step is to have a plan; sounds simple? Of course, any decent manager will have a plan usually consisting of early wins, delivering functional goals and proving that they were the right choice. Great leaders understand they are in it for the long haul and building a team requires the same due diligence as delivering

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Word of the year 2019

Having coached executives for 20 years the word that I connect most with the success I have seen in the best is discipline. This is why I am making DISCIPLINE my word of the year for 2019. Each letter offers you leadership advice… D: Decide what you are going to create and build a vivid vision.

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Re-Engineering Elephants

The most significant engineering challenge we each face is self-engineering.  Changing our behaviour is critically important if we want to continue to be successful; What Got You Here Won’t Get You There is not only the title of a book written by Marshall Goldsmith‎, it is also an immutable truth for all of us. Confronting

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What Colour are YOU?

Values act as a lens through which we interpret the world, and if you are a leader, they interpret how you judge those you lead.    Your values will influence your decisions about people; who you promote and the kinds of activities you believe are worthy of your time. Despite this importance, few leaders choose

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What Makes you a Great Leader?

What is leadership? Do a search and you will find endless definitions, but we think it is simple. Being a great leader is the ability to motivate yourself and others. However, you cannot be a great leader on your own. Napoleon’s leadership crystalised into using the best talent available. Until the French Revolution the aristos were

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Breakthrough with Making Great Leaders.

Ok – so you’ve been working for ten years. Your education is finished, you’re getting along fine, but inside there is a frustration. How to get to the next level? Play corporate politics? Push your boundaries internally and externally? Breaking through to the next level of your career can be difficult, especially if you are

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No one wants to tell a CEO-owner that their baby is ugly

Building a company is a very personal matter. Anyone who has ever started a business from scratch knows that they feel sensitive about every aspect of the business, like a parent you are proud and protective. Good feedback is welcomed with a smile. Bad feedback, on the other hand, is usually met with a defence.

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Humility = Great Leadership

To develop humility in leadership you have to learn about you and become especially aware of your ego. The ego is your sense of self.  Your boundaries; a feeling of being you. Ego gives all of us definition in the 3-dimensional world: ”This is my body. This is my mind. This is me. These are

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Why is it difficult for senior executives to form teams?

Most people believe teams outperform individuals. However, this is not always the case, and certainly not when it comes to top teams. I have met many CEOs who have told me about their frustration trying to get their top executives to act as a team.  They talk about silo thinking and lack of the four

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Abolish the myth of THEM

The myth of THEM leaves you believing you are separate from the problems you see in others. For 20 years, I have been a witness to, and party in, this delusional story that always begins with this sentiment, “When these people show better leadership we will be able to……….” this is what I call the

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Advanced Management Program

Photo by Andreas Klassen on Unsplash Congratulations! You have taken the first step towards joining a powerful global community of leaders who are committed to defining the future.  Leaders who know their imagination and dedication can shape the future MGL’s Advanced Management Progam is a 3-day Masterclass with a Six-month follow-through process that will culminate with

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Blaming Kills……

Some years back we built a tool to help managers understand Mindsets and how to maintain, what we termed, a leadership mindset – i.e. focused on vision, values and goals.  The premise being, everyone’s mindset shifts because of emotional triggers. Great leaders counter this natural phenomenon by creating a vision they are committed to, by defining

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Centred Leaders

Choosing a different path will help your productivity precisely because it reduces feelings of stress and overwhelm. 

Being centred brings you to a calm place within yourself, where you can notice your inner self, your energy and your connectedness to the energy around you.

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Companies that are led by passion are remarkable places

Companies that are led by passion are remarkable places to work because they hold the potential for greatness. When most of us think about start-ups, we build pictures of smart, young, vibrant entrepreneurs with technology to sell. When I think about start-ups, I am excited by experiencing passion that is so palpable it infects me

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Why change needs leadership

Organisations need people who challenge the status quo and look for new sources of value because business-as-usual leads to decline. Disruptors are everywhere and are very much part of the 21st-century competitive landscape. Step 1. Generate Urgency There are plenty of examples of companies that have been left behind because they didn’t have leadership looking into

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The biggest risk to business growth is the BOSS

If you are the BOSS then pay attention.   Generally speaking, most bosses I meet want to succeed and they want their businesses to grow.  This seems very reasonable, given the alternatives; no growth, little success or complete decline. Yet many businesses do suffer decline or no growth. When I get a call it usually starts with

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