Thursday, 5 September 2013


  1. All appears to change when we change.”  -  Henri Amiel

  2. Ask yourself, what does team change look like?

  3. Establish a sense of urgency.

  4. Create a powerful vision.

  5. Communicate the vision every day.

  6. Empower everyone and you to act on it.

  7. Be accountable (accountability achieved by being willing to have every choice scrutinized).

  8. Leadership through expectation (avoiding micro-managing, set high expectations and creating a culture of trust).

  9. Managing change in the 21st century is all about connection.

  10. Educate all leaders to be socially and self aware in three main areas:
    ●  Empathy awareness – sensing perceptions and feelings.
    ●  Organisation awareness – reading the groups emotional currents.
    ●  Service awareness – anticipating and recognising customer needs.

  11. Learn to persevere.  Very often change management processes can look like they are failing in the middle.  Keep going.

  12. Have momentum reviews.  Stop and celebrate along the way what you all have achieved.

  13. Silence the critics – move obstacles, keep moving forward.

  14. Show up and show you are capable of dealing with change.

  15. Every day in some small way, continue to build trust.

  16. Remember the how is as important as the what.

  17. Every day build on the old and step into the new.

  18. Be a great change role model.

  19. Be present and develop deep listening skills to whatever is happening on a day to day basis.

  20. Remember to clarify progress every step of the way and celebrate each small step.

Friday, 23 August 2013


  1. Learn to be comfortable with being uncomfortable.

  2. Be solution orientated.

  3. Quit fast to what does not feel right.

  4. Every day be eager to learn in these life changing times.

  5. Every day focus on growth not fear.

  6. Life is all about how you approach the challenges that you face.

  7. Be grateful for every new day.

  8. Every day is a chance to create and build your legacy.

  9. Every day focus on just being.

  10. Practice letting go of control and welcome more allowing into your life.

  11. Be open as new organisational forms and ways of doing business emerge.

  12. Be open to creating many loose connections rather than the old way of having a small number of close connections.

Wednesday, 24 July 2013


  1. Only a Wish List
    Many people don't give enough thought to their goals and very often copy other's goals because they look better.

  2. No Clarity
    It is no use setting goals if you don't add a realistic date by when you want to achieve them.

  3. All Talk, No Action
    Have you ever met someone who is still talking of achieving the same goal ten years later?  They talk a great talk; however they don't want to do the hard work that is needed to get there.

  4. Not Taking Responsibility
    Many people don't take responsibility for the intentions they have set and when their goals don't happen as quick as they want to, they blame everything from the weather to the economy.

  5. Take Advice from the Wrong People
    If you want to be successful in any main area of your life, go out and find or attract someone into your life who is already achieving what you want.  Don't take advice from people who are not there yet.

Tuesday, 16 July 2013


It's hard to get anything done when you have 1,000 emails in your inbox, a desk piled high with paper and the environment around you overloaded.  Here are some suggestions on how to handle it today.

Office Clean Up Day
  • No moaning that you haven't time, make time, do it today.  I promise you it will be so worth it.
  • Get rid of piles of paper.
  • Only leave on your desk what you are working on.
File Folders
  • Always have a set of spare file folders on hand so you can organise current and completed projects.
Press the Delete Button
  • Make the delete button on the computer your best friend.  Take an hour to unsubscribe to every newsletter that you never read.
Make Space
  • Don't be afraid of space.  Create space everywhere around you; it helps you think more clearly.
Let Go
  • Let go of old books, mementos that you no longer need or use.

When we make space and declutter, we create space for new ideas and changes to come into our lives.

Wednesday, 10 July 2013


Most humans would rather leave the planet than change, yet from the moment we are born things are changing.

Change is scary and yes change is hard, but it doesn't have to be any of those things if we get our mindset and company mindset right.

Before you carry out change, ask yourself the following questions:
  • Are you willing to pay the price?
  • Is it worth it?
Once you have made the decision to move forward with the changes, then get the buy in from your team and everyone around you.  You can never shortcut the change process, so make sure you have everyone around you on board.

Be prepared, change at first will feel awkward, yet isn't that how any new habit feels?  

As a leader you can't be a change agent for your organisation if you're stagnant on the inside, so commit to your own personal growth and be the change you want to see around you.

Tuesday, 2 July 2013


Powerful leadership involves really asking one's self radically honest questions and paying attention to the message you are sharing on a day to day basis in the business.

Three examples of such questions are:
  1. Are you truly surrounded by the people who inspire you to be your best so as you in turn can inspire everyone around you to be their best?
  2. Are you sharing the message you came here to share in the world?
  3. Are you being the person in the world you most want to be?
Being radically honest can feel uncomfortable at times, yet it builds boundaries and firm foundations for the future.

Tuesday, 25 June 2013


When I think of the word mountaineer, it builds a sense of excitement and inner wildness within me.

How much excitement and inner wildness is there in your current workplace these days?

When we feel excitement, it gives our lives meaning and hope, two of the most needed words in today's work environment.

As I travel the world I still see too many workplaces that are filled with the living dead, who say on a Monday morning, roll on Friday, living lives of quiet desperation always wishing for the weekend to come.

The leader as a mountaineer has the ability to change that.

  • They realise every day is a new day.
  • Every day is the chance to climb a new summit together.
  • Every day they bring the presence of who they are to the workplace.
  • Every day they lead from the inside out.
  • Every day they bring meaning and creativity and it affects everyone around them.
  • Every day they know and understand that being outstanding makes a difference.
  • Every day they take small steps knowing that over time, it will have an incredible impact.
  • Every day they are a mountaineer in the workplace, encouraging and supporting everyone in their team to leave the Valley and live from the mind set of the Mountain.