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Greg Mitchell

Are you Getting the Biggest BANG for your Training BUCK?

​As business owners and managers, we all know the importance of ensuring that every dollar we spend is working for us, so with employment-related expenses being amongst the largest expenses that most businesses have, it's essential to ensure that we invest particularly wisely in this area. Despite this, one area that often escapes scrutiny is staff...
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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

Catching Smoke: A Proven Framework for Addressing Culture and Leadership

​Objectively addressing matters such as culture and leadership in a business or organisation can be a tricky business. Individual views of what constitutes "good" cultures and leaders can differ for example, and pinning down just what our current culture "is" and what we need it to be, can be akin to trying to catch smoke – elusive and frustratingl...
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GROW Your People, Grow Your Success

Effective Leadership is one of the core elements of our exclusive 8 Elements to Success Through People(c) model, and is key to diving business performance and profitability.​One of the common attributes of highly effective leaders is that they are inevitably great coaches. They manage their people in a way that gets the best out of them –...
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Greg Mitchell

Thinking About Thinking - Enhancing Employee Performance

​We all know that effectively managing employees is key to the success of our business. We variously rely on our employees to serve our customers/clients, to market and sell the goods and services of the business and to implement the processes and systems that keep the business flowing. As business owners or managers, we can't be there all the...
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Hi, I'm Greg, and I'm a Perfectionist

​The new year begins with a personal confession. I'm a perfectionist. I like things to be "just right". I HATE it when things go wrong, when they're not the best they can be, when I'm not in control. I tend to be quite conservative and reluctant to take risks and I grow impatient and frustrated when I can't quite get to doing the things I need...
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Culture: It all Starts with Mind-Set

I'm an accountant. I'm all about making money. If you want to make money, get your culture right first. Don't waste your time on the other stuff. by Giam Swiegers, former CEO of Deloitte AustraliaMost of us understand its importance, but actively managing workplace culture in order to optimise results can be a tricky business. Even once you've...
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Greg Mitchell

Pope Francis: Culture Change Expert?

​I was watching the ABC program Q&A a little while ago, when the panellists were asked their view of Pope Francis, having been elected to the Papacy 12 months prior. What struck me most about the response of the panellists was their unanimity, particularly given that, as other avid viewers of Q&A will attest, having the panellists agree on ...
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Here's an I.D.E.A. - Provide Effective Feedback!

​A common challenge for many supervisors and managers when it comes to managing people is providing effective feedback. This is particularly the case where they need to give feedback to a team member who is presently not meeting expectations and/or where they have done something wrong. Some supervisors and managers become paralysed by fear tha...
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Doing The Right Thing

​I was intrigued by a recent story out of the USA that the nation's second-largest drugstore had announced that it will later this year stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products in its 7,600 stores. The move is likely to cost the company US$2 billion annually. In announcing the decision, CVS/Caremark's CEO said "Ending the sale of cigarett...
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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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Are You Prepared To Be Less Of A D*ckhead To Be A Better Leader?

As usual, the 2015  Conference on Culture and Leadership presented by Human Synergistics Australia delivered the goodies, with some great speakers sharing their personal leadership and workplace culture experiences with an enthusiastic Sydney audience. One of the many things on the day that resonated strongly with me arose out of a p...
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