Category Archives: Category: awareness

Two questions I get asked often

…is, what makes a great leader? I’ve been working in leadership development for over 20 years, in that time I’ve met lots of leaders, a small percentage of whom were truly great leaders.  This small percentage of great leaders share several characteristics.  The first one is, they understand how to engage people, how to connect

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The right fit

  Culture must be more than skin deep Company culture and cultural fit have a significant impact on our productivity, our willingness to offer ideas and our day-­to-­day happiness. All organisations are living, social organisms; this is why culture is more powerful than management teams or CEOs. Culture is the behavioural expression of how people in an organisation

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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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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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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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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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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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