LA 073: How to Waste Your time Writing a Career Plan

“Where do you see yourself in five years time?” This insidious little question invites the interviewee to begin a little game that finishes as a belief built on sand. You guess what your prospective employer wants to hear, and then you give it to them. It’s almost as bad as your Aunt’s favourite: “What do […]

LA 072: Hacking Neuroscience to Re-Inspire your Get Up and Go

We all want an inspirational leader. Someone to look up to, to give us hope and direction. A leader who engages us as individuals and treats us well, but most of all makes us want to be better. But what if that leader is you? And today you’re feeling a bit blah. Everything’s sort of […]

LA 071: How to manage Uncertainty using Command Intent

Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth. Mike Tyson’s excellent response to a reporters question before his fight with Evander Holyfield. And isn’t that just true about all of the best laid plans we make? No plan survives contact with the enemy Attributed to Helmuth von Moltke in the 19th century. […]

LA 070: When to be Agile and When to Keep on Keeping on

How do we find our purpose to listen to wisdom to rightly choose when to be agile and change and when we should keep on the same track? Wisdom Tenacity and Agility I was at my wits end. Burned out and utterly lost in a quagmire of my own making. I’m uncertain as to what […]

LA 069: Getting to knOW your Audience

Part 5 of our series on Being an Exceptional presenter takes us into the OW of KNOWing your Audience. Blame the ‘O’ for millions of people being fearful of presenting at all. And blame the ‘W’ for most presenters failing. It’s also why most telemarketing sucks. Both to receive and to do. To give your case the […]

LA 068: The Secrets of Being an Exceptional Presenter Part 4 – Getting to Know Your Audience

If there’s one complaint I hear about a presenter’s skills from their boss or a their HR, it’s that they don’t adjust their presentation for their audience. And yet those presenters genuinely believe that they do adjust for their audience. So who is right? Well, they’re both correct of course. The presenter thinks they are […]

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 […]

When Enough is Enough (and How to Retake Control of Your Time)

Today is your birthday! OK, maybe it’s not actually today, but happy birthday anyway. This is the one day a year when a few people, your mum and maybe an aunt, send you an actual birthday card. Remember those? Real physical cards. Heck, nowadays people can’t even be bothered with an e-card. but I digress. […]

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 […]