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The C Word

Compassionate. Is it a dirty word in business and leadership? Or is it the difference between highly effective and mediocre leaders? When we think of highly effective leaders, it’s often in terms of their decisiveness, strategy and clever thinking. It’s not often that...

CEOs and the Pain of Company Growth

I work a lot with founders and CEOs of start-up companies, and they often talk to me about how tough it is to get a business off the ground. What they don’t realise is that at any stage in its life cycle, running a business is a challenge. While there are many stress...

Resilience and Self Esteem

There is a little bit of a misconception in the corporate world that those who appear more confident can handle just about anything. Let me share something with you. I have had my fair share of knocks, challenges, let downs, failures and - at times it is hard to get...

Passion. It Matters

This might be a shock to you but I am SO passionate about what I do. Why? Easy. Leadership is my Why, Purpose and Passion. It matters. Truly matters.   Think of it like this. There are A LOT, I mean A LOT of consultants, companies and coaches that work in the...

Qualities of Highly Successful People

Success is something that all of us wish to attain. But if it were so easy, everyone who wanted it would have it – it’s relative elusiveness is what makes it special. It’s exclusive to a handful of people who did extraordinary things in their lives to get them to...

Be the Best you can be!

One of the key components of being a successful leader is knowing when to seek out additional resources to be a better leader. The realisation that one person can’t do it all is a major step in developing personal strength, and for leaders, this means investing the...

Darth Vader of Leadership

Or Why You Should Take Lessons in Leading from the Dark Lord of the Sith this Star Wars Day   If you are wondering who the Dark Lord of the Sith is then you have probably never seen any of the Star Wars films. And since that is not illegal (yet), you need to know...

What Makes an Inspiring Leader

It's so much easier to achieve our goals, in both our personal and professional life, when we are able to inspire others to help us. Being a leader that is able to motivate and encourage others is not something that happens accidentally. There are key traits which...

7 Top Tips for Self Leadership

Leadership is an Attitude. Not a Role or Title. Leadership starts with YOU.   Tip No 1 - Self Awareness We spend so much time trying to be successful or climbing the ladder; when we should spend time getting to know who we are. Our strengths, passions, dreams,...

Top Tips for Building Your Brand Identity

If you think you can get away without clear branding today, you need to think again. In the legal profession, it’s becoming more and more important to build a clear brand identity. Your brand is what sets you apart from others in the industry and, importantly, what...

Put Yourself Out There

Let’s ignore the Tall Poppy Syndrome shall we? “If people are trying to bring you down it only means that you are above them.” I love this quote; doesn’t mean I feel like I am above anyone. However; I am over something. Have you heard of this thing called Tall Poppy...

Entrepreneurs and Testosterone

Does testosterone impact a person’s ability to run a successful business and if so, does that mean that only men are suited to becoming entrepreneurs? Given that power positions in the world of business have traditionally been given to males over their female...

The Art of Not Giving a Crap

As I sit here and my mind wonders about how to start this post; I remember all these funny, heartbreaking and beautiful stories about my life. Where do I start. I feel maybe the book is a good place to start as an analogy. So I finally publish a book. One of the best...

The Importance of Board Engagement: Part 3

A board of directors serves several purposes in your organisation.  The corporate board's roles and responsibilities include hiring and assessing the performance of the CEO, creating the culture of the board and the organisation, as well as providing governance and...

Board Leadership: Part 1

The ability of to oversee and govern your organisation, define its values, mission, and goals, and also create its culture, comes down to your board's relative strength. Building a strong board is a difficult task for CEOs, board Chairs, and allied board members, but...

5 Reasons Even Execs Need Coaching

Reaching the executive level on the totem pole in business doesn’t mean you should stop the pursuit of greater knowledge and skills to support you in your role. We can all benefit from additional knowledge and executives are no different. What is the benefit to...

Creating a Culture

If there’s one thing that today’s leaders understand it’s that you can’t impose a culture on the workplace. No leader can dictate the way the people and the organisation work together. Instead, they need to grow and nurture the culture they want to see flourish in the...

Amplify: Making women leaders heard

I recently read an interesting article from Quartz which discussed a communication technique adopted by  women at the White House to make themselves heard. Politics has long been a man’s game so it’s no wonder that women are outnumbered in the White House,...