An evil plan – not one of the 5 key characteristics of effective leadership!

July 29 2014

Bad news does travel. At a recent breakfast meeting I chatted with a CEO who reflected, uncomfortably but critically, on another leader in his field. This other CEO is apparently losing the respect of peers through behaviours that clash significantly with the respected culture and values of their industry. My companion felt (quite correctly) that even a half-good recruitment process would have pointed out some of the potential dangers of this appointment in advance. To deepen the problem, the board… Read more »

Can you triple performance using organisational health?

April 17 2014

We’ve always thought there must be a great success secret somewhere, and here it is in the form of a recipe! But how do you know you have the right formula? McKinsey’s latest research from more than 800 organisations globally might just reveal the answer.   New research by Mckinsey suggests that the performance payoff from organisational health is unexpectedly large. Companies have four distinct “recipes” to achieve it. Performance-based organisational health is the capacity to deliver superior financial and operating performance –… Read more »

Life can’t be all about work. What about golf, and tackling homelessness?

April 2 2014

Life can’t be all about work! How do you help address homelessness with a golf tournament? It’s called The Big Hit. I’m very excited to be putting together, along with a great team, a Charity Golf Tournament coming up soon on May 16. The inaugural Big Hit Bendigo tournament will raise funds for the Sidney Myer Haven Program, a truly unique residential development complex that is going to be a winner. The Big Hit has a facebook page at www.facebook.com/thebighit. We’re currently… Read more »

Engagement, climate and performance – what’s the connection?

March 25 2014

High turnover typically means low organisational health – it’s disruptive and expensive. ‘Commitment to stay’ is supposed to be great. But low turnover can be a problem too, depending on how it relates to engagement. How do you know which you have? Employee engagement ‘Engagement’ has now ascended to a level akin to the holy grail. Engagement tends to mean people stay on with the organisation, but sometimes ‘intention to stay’ gets confused with real engagement. Puzzling…? The wrong sort… Read more »

Engagement, climate and performance – what’s the connection?

March 25 2014

High turnover typically means low organisational health – it’s disruptive and expensive. ‘Commitment to stay’ is supposed to be great. But low turnover can be a problem too, depending on how it relates to engagement. How do you know which you have? Employee engagement ‘Engagement’ has now ascended to a level akin to the holy grail. Engagement tends to mean people stay on with the organisation, but sometimes ‘intention to stay’ gets confused with real engagement. Puzzling…? The wrong sort… Read more »

Change – it STILL means opportunity and risk.

March 14 2014

What would you do if your business was coasting along nicely, but operating in a sector where 90% of providers were about to disappear due to changes in government policy? If recent UK experience is a guide, this is about to happen in the community services sector, specifically with providers of disability support services. It could equally be any sector involved in delivering services as an outsourced quasi-government provider. For many very good reasons, the National Disability Insurance Scheme has… Read more »

Research reveals credibility and positive returns for executive coaching.

February 10 2014

A study of nearly 500 business and human capital leaders found the demand for executive coaching services is growing: Almost 80% viewed coaching as credible and impactful in enhancing an individual’s effectiveness in driving the performance of an organisation Organisations are benefiting from a high return on investment (ROI) for executive coaching. More than three-quarters of enterprise executives view executive coaching as credible and valuable. Investment in coaching is on the rise as organisations strive to build ready pipelines of talent…. Read more »