Create or Compete: Leadership Lessons From Minecraft

Create or Compete

I have been learning to play Minecraft with my six-year-old son. I embarked on this exercise because I wanted to be involved with him, I saw it as an opportunity for us to do something together that wasn’t “driven by mum”, and I wanted to understand what the game entailed to ensure I was supporting … Read more Create or Compete: Leadership Lessons From Minecraft


The Knowing-Doing Gap: A Leader’s Guide

You’re pretty clever… I bet you ‘know’ lots of stuff. You went to school, you probably went to University and studied interesting things. Then you launched a career where you have done important, meaningful work – along with some work that seemed less meaningful. You have a whole stack of life experiences: maybe you’ve bought … Read more The Knowing-Doing Gap: A Leader’s Guide


All You Need (to Lead) is Love

Everyone is writing about love at the moment. I have no idea why – but I thought I might add my ten cents worth… Organisational hierarchies create power imbalances that knock off people’s equilibrium. If you met someone, in your social circle who appeared to be struggling, you’d reach out. You might offer an ear, … Read more All You Need (to Lead) is Love


Clear is Kind – Unclear is Unkind

As a leader, this is a really important thing to remember. We often try and soften our message to not hurt someone’s feelings, which in reality, is a selfish move… we don’t want to feel bad. But that lack of clarity creates confusion and doesn’t enable that person to move forward in a useful constructive … Read more Clear is Kind – Unclear is Unkind


Stupid Questions: Learn to Embrace Them

“There’s no such thing as stupid questions.” We’ve all heard that phrase espoused by leaders, project managers, consultants, facilitators and trainers. We’ve probably used it ourselves upon occasion. It’s the thing you say to fill the awkward silence… because you know that what you just shared is new and a little bit complicated, and you … Read more Stupid Questions: Learn to Embrace Them


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