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Complex times call for disruptive leadership

Posted by  David Green —July 29, 2016
Filed in Culture, Employee Engagement, Leadership

Business writers are increasingly using the term ‘disruption’ to refer to a range of forces which modern organisations are dealing with. It is the latest in a long list of challenges which over recent decades, have been variously referred to as ‘churn’, ‘turmoil’, ‘constant change’, ‘uncertainty’, ‘unpredictability’, ‘complexity’, ‘instability’, ‘chaos’, ‘dissonance’ and ‘turbulence’. Twenty years […]

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How do we prosper in a changing business environment?

Posted by  David Green —June 10, 2016
Filed in Anecdotes, Culture

Just four years ago, Peter took up the role of CEO of a company which for years had supplied maintenance services to the mining industry, called Mitchells Maintenance. The business came with over a thousand staff and a good reputation with its customers. The previous year, one of its contracts had gone awry. The board […]

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Team cohesion: lessons from a trip down the Snowy River

Posted by  David Green —June 3, 2016
Filed in Collaboration, Fun

Along the way, I have designed and run some leadership development programs in alliance with Outward Bound. Our programs have mostly run for 15 days, and include a week’s physical and metaphorical journey “into the unknown”. It’s a great setting for building your self-awareness as a leader – of others, and of yourself. The first […]

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Musings on leadership and engagement that you can apply

Posted by  David Green —May 24, 2016
Filed in Leadership

Engagement is a word much used in corporate life, and, unfortunately, often associated with company surveys inevitably used to keep managers in line. This is too bad, because ‘engagement’ is the best word for what needs to happen between people in order for leadership  – or customer service, or teamwork, or performance management, or sales, […]

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Effective leadership skills to achieve the impossible

Posted by  David Green —May 10, 2016
Filed in Leadership

Sometimes, in a leadership workshop, I’ll invite participants to tell a story which conveys the nature of the best job they’ve ever had. Nearly every time, they will describe a workplace or project where they and their colleagues achieved the impossible … where they overcame huge obstacles, or had to retrieve a ‘lost’ situation and […]

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