Creativity with Constraints: Leadership’s Secret Sauce

I’ve never really considered myself to be creative – at least not in any conventional sense of the word, as applied to artistic endeavours. I can’t paint or compose or sculpt… I’m really great at following the instructions. I can play classical piano but run a mile from jazz. I did some acting as a … Read more Creativity with Constraints: Leadership’s Secret Sauce


Complexity: Why Most Leadership Advice Is Wrong

“Fools ignore complexity. Pragmatists suffer it. Some can avoid it. Geniuses remove it.” ~ Alan Perlis Two of the roles I had early in my career were in organisations with a macro-level view on systems: one was in the area of public sector management and the other was leadership – or at least public sector … Read more Complexity: Why Most Leadership Advice Is Wrong


Diversity: The Power of Multiple Perspectives

“Our diversity is our strength. What a dull and pointless life it would be if everyone was the same.” ~ Angelina Jolie I have been trialling a new tool with some of my coaching clients, and I wanted to share a couple of observations with you about the breathtaking beauty of diversity. And the extent … Read more Diversity: The Power of Multiple Perspectives


Personal Brand: Objectivity, Ownership and Letting Go…

“I’ve come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint – and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of … Read more Personal Brand: Objectivity, Ownership and Letting Go…


“What are you Waiting for?” Time to get Motivated

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” ~ Mark Twain Do you remember when you were a kid, and you still believed you could do anything you wanted? A fire-fighter. A mermaid. A princess. President or Prime Minister. As a child, the world – and your whole life – stretched out in front of … Read more “What are you Waiting for?” Time to get Motivated


“We Will Prevail”: The Power of Persistence

“Do not think your single vote does not matter much. The rain that refreshes the ground is made up of single drops.” ~ Kate Sheppard Yesterday was Election Day in New Zealand – 23 September 2017.  Earlier this week we marked 124 years since New Zealand women became the first in the world to gain … Read more “We Will Prevail”: The Power of Persistence


5 Books you Must Read if you Consider Yourself a Leader

People often ask me about the books I read. Specifically, they want to know what leadership books I’d recommend – there are so many!  Usually I try and curate a list on the spot based on what I know about the person who is asking, but I almost always miss something. There are already lots of “Leaders’ … Read more 5 Books you Must Read if you Consider Yourself a Leader


Reboot: How to Get Going when you’re Stuck

Reboot

“New Year’s Eve is a great time to think about making a resolution to change a behavior, improve upon a practice, or to start something new. Most people don’t keep their resolutions very far into the year, but there’s no reason to wait until Dec 31st to reboot” ~ Dana Perino No matter what sort … Read more Reboot: How to Get Going when you’re Stuck


Leadership Insights: Perceptions of Time

When I was pregnant, my fabulous hairdresser, Jason (who Blogs about Barbering and basically anything), said to me: “the truest thing I ever heard about having kids? The years fly by, but the days last forever!”. Truly the most useful advice I received about parenting!  And believe me, everyone has advice. This post is the first … Read more Leadership Insights: Perceptions of Time


Creativity: Why the Best Ideas come from Improbable Connections

Creativity and Craft I think I can best be described as a dabbler.  A tinkerer.  A hobbyist.  I’ll try almost anything once.  For example: handcrafts.  I can sew, knit, embroider, crochet, quilt – I even learned how to make bobbin lace.  And while I love the idea of being creative, my enjoyment of these skills has … Read more Creativity: Why the Best Ideas come from Improbable Connections