The Secrets to Being an Exceptional Presenter

What makes Exceptional Presenter? It’s all about being “natural” or “charismatic”! It is, you’re right of course. So shall we mere mortals give up then? It is true that some people appear “natural” and “charismatic” when they deliver a talk or presentation. But they usually neglect to tell you the real secret of their confidence […]

Why Win-Win is Lose Lose (and what you want instead)

Welcome to another edition of the Leadership AdvantEdge. And this week I’m challenging the idea that a win-win solution is an ideal to strive for. Whether you are negotiating a business deal, starting a new venture, having a debate with your kids or your partner. We’ve been fed a lie for years. And that lie […]

What Is The ONE Thing You Can Do to be a Better Leader?

When I was a young junior hotel manager, I knew it all. I knew everything about running a hotel, the restaurant, the kitchens, and the rooms. After all, I was studying for a degree in hotel management and had worked in every department. When a member of staff had a problem, I had a solution. […]

Debunking The Myths Often Believed by Those Leading In the Middle

Before we delve into the myths I want to remind you of Law #2 in the “21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership”. Leadership is influence, nothing more, nothing less. John C Maxwell You can influence anyone at any time in any situation. Your level of influence with that individual will determine how ‘easily’ you influence them […]

How Shared Situational Awareness can make or crush your future

In this episode you will recognise dysfunctions observed in your business, organisation or team and be able to remedy them relatively easily and quickly. But first, let me share a moment in my own life when my personal situational awareness was severely compromised: I was teetering on the edge of the abyss, the breeze felt […]

How do I leverage my Influencing Style? The Trust/Respect Matrix

The 15-inch blade flew perilously close to my left ear, and the Chef’s knife thumped into the door behind me. I was told, in no uncertain terms, that my days in his pastry kitchen were over. I couldn’t possibly repeat the actual words, but if you think that Gordon Ramsey cusses, I can assure you […]

Leveraging the Power of Habit to Sustain Change

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes (Turn and face the strange) Ch-ch-changes Don’t want to be a richer man Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes (Turn and face the strange) Ch-ch-changes Just gonna have to be a different man Time may change me But I can’t trace time David Bowie What do you do when you want to change? Whether you want to change yourself […]

What Do You Do When You Can’t Find the Time or Motivation to Grow and Develop

One of biggest issues I hear from programme participants is that they are simply too busy to take time out of their schedule to develop themselves. They get frustrated because they want to get better at some aspect of their leadership capabilities, or their management skills so that they can SAVE the time they currently […]

Finding Your Goldilocks Zone

Goldilocks is fast asleep when the bears return home. She found her perfect bed, not too big and not too soft. After eating her fill of the perfect porridge that wasnt too hot and wasn’t too sweet. Goldilocks had tested the beds upstairs and fell into a deep sleep. The three bears were none too […]

Strive to Leave a Legacy or Chase After the Wind?

Stress! Do you suffer? Of course you do. How much is caused by others and how much do you cause yourself? When you really think on this, you uncover some rather painful truths about stress. Most of it is caused by yourself. Like you. I like to place demands on my performance. Far greater demands […]