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Leadership Skills – My Top 10

Written by Phillip Ralph on . Posted in BLOG, Leadership

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The Skills Employers are Looking For Today

What are the top leadership skills sort after by employers? To make this assessment I need to reflect. In 2013, I wrote a chapter in the book “Emerging Trends in Leadership Strategy” entitled The Challenge of the Leadership Gap.

Why the ‘Leadership Gap’?

The reality is that strategy, the execution of strategy and the decisions associated with both functions have become much closer operationally than they were under a more traditional model of management. As strategy has become integral to a leadership / management role, two other things have happened:

Immutable Challenges You Should Know About

Written by Phillip Ralph on . Posted in BLOG, Change Management


I was recently asked the following question by a client…

“What do you see as the enduring development challenges and issues that leaders struggle with the most?”

It was a good question, and certainly not the first time I had been asked a similar question.

The question helped me reflect more deeply on the things that ‘keep on keeping on’ – regardless of how much personal development, reflection, meditation, life experience or organisational trench warfare we may have survived.

Getting Ready for the ‘Planning Season’ – Part 2 (Your Team)

Written by Phillip Ralph on . Posted in BLOG, Leadership, Performance, Planning, Strategy, Team

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Welcome to “Getting Ready for the Planning Season – Part 2” (Your Team).

Part 1 – creatively titled “Getting Ready for the Planning Season – Part 1” – discussed that for many organisations, the annual cycle of planning and strategy formulation is uppermost in their minds in an endeavour to set themselves up for the coming year. However, traditional strategic planning (and the yearly round of off-sites) often fails to deliver intended objectives.

Here are the five ‘antidotes’ we discussed in Part 1

  1. Create a ‘Collective Ambition’
  2. Make the process robust
  3. Make it agile

Getting Ready for the ‘Planning Season’ – Part 1

Written by Phillip Ralph on . Posted in BLOG, Strategy

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It’s Planning Season!

It’s that time of the year when many organisations turn their minds to the new year. Planning and strategy formulation is an important part of the yearly cycle which helps set executive teams and their organisations and respective units up for success. This is the focus of this article while Part 2 will focus on senior teams and what they need to do to effectively lead the organisation (or their unit/division).

Influencing Without Authority

Written by Phillip Ralph on . Posted in Influencing, Leadership

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Guess what….? You’re in the Selling Business

I had the pleasure of running a session this week at a TEC group where there were some powerful learnings, so I thought I would share the high level themes including our Engagement Model.

To be successful at your job, you must be able to:

  • “sell” an idea or project
  • persuade coworkers or peers to provide support and/or resources, or
  • get people to do something that they may not necessarily want or need to do.

Design Thinking – Trick or Treat?

Written by Phillip Ralph on . Posted in Change Management


What is it?

According to Tim Brown, president and CEO of IDEO:

“ Design thinking is a human-centered approach to innovation that draws from the designer’s toolkit to integrate the needs of people, the possibilities of technology, and the requirements for business success.”

Lets Take a Step Back First…

Design as a “way of thinking” in the sciences can be traced to Herbert A. Simon’s 1969 book The Sciences of the Artificial, and in design engineering to Robert McKim’s 1973 book Experiences in Visual Thinking. Peter Rowe’s 1987 book Design Thinking, which described methods and approaches used by architects and urban planners, was a significant early usage of the term in the design research literature.

TAKEONEDAY 2016 – Auckland, NZ

Written by Phillip Ralph on . Posted in BLOG, Events




TAKEONEDAY 2016 is about Building Collaborative Cultures.

Collaboration lies at the heart of so much that matters to leaders and organisations today. Successful innovation, enterprise leadership, partnerships, community development. And not forgetting the primary objective of delivering the best possible value to customers.

All these require people to work together – better and faster than ever before.

TAKEONEDAY to keep getting better, and learn from leaders and organisations for whom collaboration has been critical to their success. You will have the unique opportunity to hear, share, and compare what’s happening across a whole range of different organisations.

A simple tool that may just save you

Written by Phillip Ralph on . Posted in BLOG, Leadership, Mindfulness

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Why this conversation is important:

At no time in the last two decades of supporting leaders and teams to become high performing and healthy (i.e. an enabling culture), have I found more people working harder, for longer and under more pressure to be all things to all people. I predict that we will soon reach a threshold of ‘enough is enough‘ but that may be the subject of another piece.