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
CEO’s consistently mention a host of common issues which they grapple with on a frequent basis. Here are some of the key focus areas that successful CEO’s list as critical to drive sustained business success.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
As the German carmaker VW struggles to recover from a series of scandals that have tarnished its once-proud brand, cost the CEO his job, and driven its share price off a cliff, considering the case of the electric car maker Tesla might offer some useful insights.Read More
In an interview with Executive coach Jenny McKay, Peoplemax explores the consequences of employees’ thoughts about themselves on their work colleagues and their power to influence, and how this can lead to their success or failure.Read More
There’s good news … and some not so good news for “mid-lifer” and later stage careers. The upside is that new and innovative mid-career and later-life pathways are emerging as organisations grow horizontally through alliances and partnerships. On the other hand, the effective integration of these partnerships is a critical need that managers more accustomed to vertical career progression are sometimes not so comfortable meeting. More experienced “mid-lifers” have or can quickly develop the necessary horizontal leadership skill sets. The question is: what does it take to navigate the snakes and ladders of later-stage careers?Read More
What is self-doubt? Let me explain with an illustration. It’s one of those days when self-doubt feeders are having a field day. You’ve just walked out of your morning management meeting and you’re no longer feeling 10 feet tall. That encounter you had over the week’s figures with Julie has left you feeling severely diminished and not because the figures were bad.
You went into the meeting on a high but the exchange has left you wondering whether you’re really up to the job. And that’s not something you’ve felt since you started in the role. You’re enjoying your day less. You’ve lost your flow. Your enthusiasm for getting the report done ahead of deadline is no longer there. Even though you were confident this goal was achievable, you’re just not sure any more.Read More
We first noticed an increased interest in the topic of resilience among Peoplemax clients about three years ago. Since then, it’s continued to grow, to the point where about 18 months ago we rolled out a tailored resilience workshop offering.
But, why have we seen this rapid increased interest in the topic of resilience? And what does it mean?