Overcome Impostor Syndrome by Becoming a Superhero

What is impostor syndrome? If you are a human being, and you care – even just a bit – about what other people think, you have almost certainly experienced Impostor Syndrome.  It is insidious.  It can be debilitating.  And it is completely false. Experienced more frequently by women, and usually when you first move into a … Read more Overcome Impostor Syndrome by Becoming a Superhero


Top 10 Tips to Create Mindful Meetings that Matter

Meetings might well be the single biggest time-sink in any medium to large size organisation, with the possible exception of email. There have been times in my career – especially in times of crisis/semi-crisis or when deadlines are looming – that I have literally reached a Friday afternoon and realised that I feel like I … Read more Top 10 Tips to Create Mindful Meetings that Matter


21st Century Leadership: Ditch the Military Metaphors

Early in my leadership journey, I attended a three day retreat on Emotional Intelligence for Leaders.  There were about 20 of us, all from different organizations, all at different stages in our careers, and all starting with a different understanding of what emotional intelligence was. Over the three days, there were a range of activities and … Read more 21st Century Leadership: Ditch the Military Metaphors


Decision Making: The Pitfalls of ‘Over Correcting’

Pleasure & Pain – The Heart of Decision Making At our most basic fundamental level, human decision making is driven by two things:  moving away from pain and moving toward pleasure. Within the personal development literature, there is a very compelling argument that ‘towards’ goals are more emotionally compelling than ‘away from’ goals.  In other words, that … Read more Decision Making: The Pitfalls of ‘Over Correcting’


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


Energy to Lead: Remember It’s a Marathon, not a Sprint

In my part of the world we are heading into winter.  The days are getting shorter.  And colder.  I can feel my energy levels ebbing – as though some form of inspiration hibernation is about to occur. If you’re anything like me, this time of year is also accompanied by a false but strangely compelling … Read more Energy to Lead: Remember It’s a Marathon, not a Sprint


Responsibility: It’s Never Anyone Else’s Fault (Even If It Is)

There’s a great leadership quote from General Bruce Clarke that I love: “When things go wrong in your command, start searching for the reason in increasingly large circles around your own desk.”  From this I have developed my own ‘Responsibility Rule’: It’s never someone else’s fault (even when it is). I have adopted this as … Read more Responsibility: It’s Never Anyone Else’s Fault (Even If It Is)


Perception & Reality: Things aren’t Always as they Seem

As a leader, it is absolutely vital to remain open-minded: to understanding that your perception of how things are, probably is not the same as the perceptions of your co-workers, your boss, or your customers. In this post I outline why this will be a stumbling block to you becoming an exceptional leader unless you can overcome … Read more Perception & Reality: Things aren’t Always as they Seem


Leadership Development: Leading from where you are

Over the years, many people have asked me for career advice, for coaching, or just straight out asked me how I progressed so rapidly in my own career.  At first I felt ill-qualified to answer the question at all, but over time I developed an answer – ten simple steps I will share here today.  It … Read more Leadership Development: Leading from where you are


The Importance of Compassionate Storytelling

Leadership and Storytelling Leadership is all about storytelling. There are many great articles and books that support this premise, and provide advice and guidance to leaders on how to build their storytelling craft.  Stephen Denning’s The Leader’s Guide to Storytelling is an excellent example of this and there are others, including Howard Gardner, and more recently, … Read more The Importance of Compassionate Storytelling