LA 051: How do you leverage your 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 […]

LA 050: What’s Your Influencing Style? (And Why it Matters)

What’s Your Influencing Style? (And Why it Matters!)   The Captain’s voice bing bonged into the silence and calmly informed us to assume the brace position. The stewardess asked us to sit down and brace. Forty seconds later everyone began scrambling to their feet. An old man blocked the aisle as he opened the overhead […]

LA 049: Breaking Down the Glass Walls. The Biggest Challenges for Tech and Business Leaders in 2017

It’s more than 40 years later, and businesses and homes are awash with computing devices. There’s more computing power in my watch than on that entire top floor of equipment back in the early 70’s. Much has changed… except it seems there remains a divide between the techies behind that glass wall and the business desk on […]

LA 048: 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. […]

LA 047: How to Raise Your Level of Influence

“Leadership is influence” according to John C. Maxwell (Maxwell, 2010), and you can raise your level of influence with others. The Five Levels of Influence The higher your level of influence with someone, the easier it is to lead them. The 5 Levels express a way to understand and organise your leadership growth. Each of […]

LA 046: 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 […]

LA 045: I’ll Believe it When I See it!

In almost every workshop I run, someone will raise their requirement for empirical evidence or “solid proof” before they will commit to applying the tools and techniques that will bring them benefit. We often desire more evidence that something will work before we are prepared to commit resources to it. Being willing to trust something […]

LA 044: How to Communicate with Impact and Influence

Ideas are the currency of the 21st century. The ability to communicate your ideas persuasively is the single greatest skill you need to accomplish your dreams Spreading your ideas in the 21st Century requires a 21st Century model of communication Let me introduce you to HUGS To Communicate with Impact we need to use HUGS Neuroscience research using brain scans reveals that […]

LA 043: How to Get Unstuck

All through life, Alex has always felt that other people, schoolmates, friends and later colleagues, seemed to have it easier. Dad was never quite satisfied. It was hard to live up to his standards. Aunts and Uncles always knew a cousin who was better, brighter, richer, faster. Alex, like you and me, would like to […]

LA 042: The Elephant and the Rider – How to Influence Change

Have you ever wondered why it’s so tough to influence change? Why is it, that with our very best intentions, we still find it difficult to make changes that we know would be good for us? It seems that it’s down to our inner elephant. I’ve borrowed the analogy used by University of Virginia psychologist Jonathan […]