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Greg Mitchell

Canaries, COVID and Culture

Just as canaries were once used to check the gas levels in coalmines (dead canary = no go zone), so COVID has proven to be an indicator of the health, or otherwise, of workplace cultures.We've directly see it play out in the workplaces of our clients and others we've engaged with over the course of this year. Some have been especially challeng...
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Greg Mitchell

Culture for Punks

Those who know me well will know that I like all things beer. I also like books, and obviously have an interest in business. So I was pretty pleased when a few years ago I stumbled across the book "Business for Punks" by James Watt, co-founder of the hugely successful brewing company BrewDog (great beers by the way, try the Punk IPA).In the book, W...
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Greg Mitchell

Values in Action!

Those who know us well, or who have worked with us directly, will know that we are "pretty big" on the importance of articulating clear values in a business or organisation. So a conversation I had recently with a relatively new client in which she referenced the values of her business was pretty heartening (and I have to say rather rare!).The clie...
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Greg Mitchell

Leadership: Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Collect $200

​Search for "leadership" on Amazon and you will be invited to purchase more than 117,000 books on the subject. It's been a prominent item of discussion in business improvement circles for decades. This is not without good reason though, with effective leadership being a centrepiece of businesses that consistently achieve success. I often say t...
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Greg Mitchell

Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Collect $200: Effective Leadership

"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, become more, you are a leader " John Quincy Adams In the first blog, we considered the importance of every business/organisation having a Clear Vision and Strategy. Indeed, it is in our experience so important to have a Clear Vision and Strategy that we refer to it as one of the tw...
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Greg Mitchell

Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Collect $200: Clear Vision and Strategy

"The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision" Helen Keller As we rapidly head toward the end of one year and begin to plan for the next, it's a good time to remind ourselves of the importance of every business/organisation having a Clear Vision and Strategy. Indeed, it is in our experience so important that we refer to Clear...
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Margot Gallagher

There's Never Been a Better Time to be More Agile....

 "Agility" is more than a buzzword in the workplace today; it's a requirement. Organizations must be ready for challenges they couldn't have imagined 5 years ago (COVID-19 anyone?). And every smart company you can think of is undergoing some kind of agile transformation.Agility may be the key 21st-century competency. In a 2020 Wiley survey of ...
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Greg Mitchell

Cultivating Vulnerability-Based Trust

Regular readers will know that I'm a fan of management consultant and author Patrick Lencioni, and particularly his "Five Dysfunctions of a Team" model.The first dysfunction of a team in Lencioni's model is the Absence of Trust. Notably, Lencioni refers specifically to what he calls "vulnerability-based trust", in which members of the team are open...
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Margot Gallagher

Keeping in Touch During COVID-19

During this uncertain and unprecedented time, many employers have been placed in the position of either having employees working from home, on stand-down, or on leave.Just as you would do if people were at work, it's important that you keep your employees engaged with your business, even if they're not physically present in the workplace. It's part...
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Greg Mitchell

Leading in Times of Crisis

Among many other things, the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic has caused me to think about leadership during times of crisis. While we look to the world's political leaders to provide us with information, support and guidance, people are also looking to their local community and business leaders to help them through these difficult times. A recent art...
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Greg Mitchell

Effective Leadership - Food for Thought

Effective Leadership is one of the most fundamental components of our exclusive 8 Elements to Success through People(c) Model.The simple fact is that the best, most sustainable businesses have great leadership. Leaders need to be effective from both task and people perspectives: they need to be achievement-focused, technically-capable, able to alig...
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Margot Gallagher

Improving Interactions with Others - The S.C.A.R.F. Model

As part of our Short N Sharp session "Navigating Difficult Conversations", we introduce participants to David Rock's S.C.A.R.F. model. The S.C.A.R.F. model provides insight to help people improve their collaborations and interactions with others. In a nutshell, it seeks to explain our natural instinct to avoid conflicts and challenging situations, ...
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Greg Mitchell

What Culture is YOUR Behaviour Producing?

Those who know me well, in a professional sense at least, know that I'm a bit of a "culture nerd". I've always been curious about what makes some workplaces "work" (that is, where people understand what they are responsible for, they accept that responsibility, they get on well and get on with the job), and other workplaces fail (where, for example...
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Greg Mitchell

Urgent, Important and Managing People - Lessons from Covey

A personal new year commitment to "better prioritise" has prompted me to reflect on the Time Management Matrix, originally proposed by former US President Eisenhower and more recently popularised in Covey's seminal work "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People". For those who are not familiar or need some reminding, the mat...
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Greg Mitchell

Kill the Performance Review! (or maybe not)

"Performance Reviews: Get Rid of Them" – www.theage.com.au 15/02/15 "Businesses Should Boycott Performance Reviews" – www.afr.com 05/03/14 "Performance Reviews: Is it Time to Kill Them?" – www.executivestyle.com.au 30/06/14 The headlines say it all really – the performance review has been under sustained attack for the last 5 years o...
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Greg Mitchell

Let’s Talk About Collaboration (or maybe not…)

I like to think that I'm an effective collaborator. I work closely with my team on key issues, seeking their input and insight, and I encourage other business owners and managers I coach to do the same. But an article in a recent edition of Harvard Business Review (Collaborative Overload by R Cross, R Rebele & A Grant, HBR Jan-Feb 2016) has pro...
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Greg Mitchell

Surviving the Growing Pains! – Managing Staff in a Period of Growth

One of the common features of many of the businesses we come into contact with is that they are experiencing a period of rapid growth. They have a proven product or service, they're doing the right thing by their customers and they're reaping the rewards of their efforts – terrific! But life is not always wine and roses as they say, and a...
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Greg Mitchell

Workplace Culture - An Asset or a Liability for your Business?

​Workplace Culture – it's a term frequently used by management "gurus" and just as frequently ignored by many who see culture change programs as nothing more than the warm and fuzzy stuff - yoga classes, paying for Christmas drinks, providing fruit in the staff room and the odd "mufti day". Sure, these things have their place, but their place ...
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Greg Mitchell

Measuring People Management Performance - “Who Cares?” and “Oh Sh*t!”

​Just as it's critical to business success to measure and analyse revenue and profit, investment performance, and monitor the costs of production or service delivery, so it is critical to measure the outcomes and processes associated with managing people. This applies regardless of the size of the business. After all, employment-related costs ...
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Greg Mitchell

Are You a Lone Nut or a Leader?

​Much of the support we provide to clients relates to nurturing effective leadership as a means to driving business success. Indeed, Effective Leadership is one of the two "Do not pass go, do not collect $200" elements in our 8 Elements to Achieving Success Through People© model. Of course, we know that we are not alone in our efforts to suppo...
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