The business world is littered with examples of mergers and acquisitions that have adversely impacted shareholder value due to poor execution. Financial drivers are often the primary focus of the deal stage, while the people component is relegated to a low order priority. Peter Cheel shares his views on how companies can ensure that they take their people with them during M&A’s?Read More
Have you ever experienced a problem within your organisation that you decided to tolerate rather than address? If you’re like me, your answer is probably not just once, but multiple times. Perhaps too many times to count . In this interesting article, Peoplemax Executive Coach Dave McDermott explores how tough organizational problems can be solved with the right tool – powerful conversations - and how to ensure those conversations are effective.Read More
Gone are the typical stages of schooling/tertiary education, establishing a career, climbing the ladder, retirement and finally navigating old age. Life is no longer linear – many people are now moving through several careers often punctuated by a number of transitions and even ‘gap’ years. The age of portfolio careers and ‘greypreneurs’ is upon us either by choice or necessity. In this interesting article, Humphrey Armstrong shares his tips on how to make the most of your later-life career and retirement transitions.Read More
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics it is estimated that 45% of Australians will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime and these conditions tend to affect individuals during their prime working years. The issue arises when there are prolonged periods of stress without the opportunity for recuperation. Read Dr Leanne Wall’s insightful article which explains more about the neuroscience around stress response and stress management.Read More
In this interesting article, Jo Wyganowska references a framework of organisational evolution that tells the story of how companies have evolved along a spectrum of paradigms and ideas, and explains how we are on the cusp of a new level of consciousness – more human centric, authentic and purpose driven.Read More
In this article, Richard Spilg shares his thoughts on organisations that recognise the importance of providing the proper level of support to senior executives and managers who, usually through no fault of their own, are made redundant. He believes in the benefit of putting external executive coaching ahead of the more process-driven elements of outplacement, through what may well be a traumatic time for the individual but an opportunity to reflect and reinvent ones career.Read More
Nelson Mandela said that “changing the universe is an inside job.” Leaders need to recognise that they are a part of the system that they are trying to shape. If we want to change the system, our first step is to pay attention to the internal aspects of ourselves. A leader who is clear about their own internal world, who shares that world openly with others and acts with skill and discipline in line with their purpose is a leader people want to follow. Executive Coach and Leadership Development expert, Lee Williams, addresses these unseen variables.Read More
There is no way for busy executives to escape the mental equivalent of running in today’s fast-paced environment. However, if they want to maximise the value they add to their organisations (and to their own sense of self-development), they need to find ways to spend the bulk of their time in the “Being” space. That’s when finding the time to slow down will provide the greatest benefits – quieting the mind to find those invaluable moments of insight. Executive Coach, Richard Spilg shares his ideas on how best to allocate your time.Read More
Imagine this scenario….a staff performance appraisal platform is implemented across a large organisation to support and enhance performance conversation outcomes. Other major companies have gone down this path and report satisfactory results. It sounds like a ‘no-brainer’. After all, this is the 21st century and technology is here to help make our lives easier. Here’s what happens next though. There is no real change. People suspiciously wonder about the purpose of the platform and many view it as an exercise in compliance. Meanwhile, the resource investment has been through the roof and fingers are now being pointed. Sound familiar?Read More
To achieve a congruent outcome for any client, a coach needs to have a good understanding of that client’s values, belief systems and ways of thinking. That can only come from taking the time to understand what makes the client tick. While coaching is clearly not in the same life-saving category as neurosurgery, it can and should be a life changing experience. So, I always find that first session with a new client – the couple of hours where they are able to relate their life-story to someone who is truly listening – to be a prerequisite to achieving the best possible coaching outcome.Read More
As with any skill in life you have to learn it and develop it. When you consider both the risks and importantly the opportunities of dealing with the media, you’ll understand the need to be trained in it - and learn a few tricks of the trade.Read More
So here’s the conundrum – by definition, the millennials have more unrealised potential than those who have already “made it”. If a key aspect of coaching is to help people realise their true potential, surely it is as important for organisations to invest in their younger stars?Read More
The world is evolving at an ever increasing pace - many jobs have already changed significantly and this is set to continue. In this article, Peoplemax Executive Coach Bridget Blackford provides a number of practical suggestions to help future-proof your career in the face of this technological change.Read More
Multi-generational teams - often spanning three or sometimes even four generations - are increasingly common in the workplace. In this article, Peoplemax Executive Coach Peter Cheel looks at what this means and provides a few practical suggestions for how such teams can best reach their objectives.Read More
The investment in securing the “right” person for a senior role is significant and in everyone’s interests to ensure that person is set up to succeed. While it may be counter-intuitive for an employer to fund a coaching programme 2-3 months prior to the executive’s start date, the benefit from a properly planned transition will far outweigh any cost. To paraphrase Watkins, the object for new leaders is to arrive at a “break-even point” as soon as possible – typically within 6 months, where the value consumed by those individuals in the first 3 months is equalled by the value they create in the second 3 months. Richard Spilg shares his view on how to maximise a leader impact during the first 3 month’s of a new role.Read More
Leadership has been widely discussed, studied, commented on and written about from time immemorial. However over the last fifty years the intensity of focus and scrutiny on every individual who has a leadership role from the smallest social group to the largest global organisation has increased exponentially. This has been driven by unprecedented access to information as a result of the technological revolution. Robert Keating shares his reflections on Leadership Development over the decades.Read More
Your thinking habits accompany you everywhere. If they go unchecked, they can cause untold damage to the quality of your days and your connections, even your relationships. Imagine if, instead of seeing only the downside associated with an occurrence, you viewed everything you were confronted with as the very thing you were looking for.Read More
• Does the way you are responding to life work for you?
• Do you know why you are feeling as you do?
• What is the cost if you don’t know?
• Does it matter?
Mindfulness’ has well and truly entered the collective consciousness in recent years. There’s a proliferation of resources from books and courses to podcasts and apps, as well as increasing evidence that adopting ‘present-moment awareness’ can have real benefits both personally and professionally. But how does it relate to that newer concept that’s becoming widely embraced in the working environment - ‘Resilience’?Read More
Now is a great time for us to think about how best to support leaders in addressing year-end challenges so they go into the new year ready to inspire their teams and show strength in the face of volatility and uncertainty. In previous newsletters, we’ve talked about the importance of self-awareness. The first step is to help leaders take time for reflection, i.e. to check in with themselves.Read More