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The Secrets to Successful Strategy Execution

BR by Gary L. Neilson, Karla L. Martin, and Elizabeth Powers The…
TAKEONEDAY 2016 - Auckland, NZ 2

How the Best of the Best Get Better and Better

HBR by Graham Jones June 2008 Until 1954, most people believed…
How Leaders Kill Meaning At Work

Taking the wrong action in organisations is endemic

A study conducted by John Kotter in 1996 and more recent research…
10 Year Annivesary 3

10 Year Annivesary

The Leadership Sphere was founded in 2007 by Phillip Ralph after…
Announcement: Alliance formed with MusoMagic

Announcement: Alliance formed with MusoMagic

It gives us great pleasure to announce an alliance with MusoMagic. MusoMagic…
Announcement of Joint Venture with ASI Aviation Consultants

Announcement of Joint Venture with ASI Aviation Consultants

We are pleased to announce that The Leadership Sphere has formed…
TAKEONEDAY 2016 - Auckland, NZ 9

New Strategic Partners - Crossroads HR

We are pleased to announce a new strategic partnership with CrossRoads…
Stories, Storytelling, Story-Selling in Business 1

New National Client Helpline 1300 100 TLS (857)

We are pleased to announce a new national client help line set…
TAKEONEDAY 2016 - Auckland, NZ 2

Launch of our online client portal

In our endeavors to offer unparalleled levels of client service…
Stories, Storytelling, Story-Selling in Business 2

Brain Bank

Brain Bank - One of Australia's better-known corporate transformation…
TAKEONEDAY 2016 - Auckland, NZ 10

Cause for Concern

Causes for Concern - Small business owners and employees have…
The Leadership Sphere Newsletter - June 2007 Vol. 1

The Leadership Sphere Newsletter - June 2007 Vol. 1

Welcome to The Leadership Sphere Newsletter Edition 1! It is…
10 Year Annivesary 3

10 Year Annivesary

The Leadership Sphere was founded in 2007 by Phillip Ralph after…
You May Hate Planning, But You Should Do it Anyway 3

You May Hate Planning, But You Should Do it Anyway

Some of the smartest people that I have ever met struggle with…
Leadership Skills - My Top 10 2

Leadership Skills - My Top 10

The Skills Employers are Looking For Today What are the top leadership…
Immutable Challenges You Should Know About

Immutable Challenges You Should Know About

I was recently asked the following question by a client... "What…

A Leadership Credo

I would love all leaders to follow the principles in this Credo. How…

Getting Ready for the 'Planning Season' - Part 2 (Your Team)

Welcome to "Getting Ready for the Planning Season - Part 2" (Your…

Getting Ready for the 'Planning Season' - Part 1

It's Planning Season! It’s that time of the year when many…
TAKEONEDAY 2016 - Auckland, NZ 4

TAKEONEDAY 2016 - Auckland, NZ

ONE DAY IS ALL IT TAKES TO KEEP GETTING BETTER. ***EARLY BIRD…

A simple tool that may just save you

Why this conversation is important: At no time in the last two…

What can we learn from ANZ and Jordan Belfort?

ANZ Last Friday the Australian Financial Review revealed allegations…
TAKEONEDAY 2016 - Auckland, NZ 3

TAKEONEDAY Conference - Auckland

I'm just back from the annual TakeON! conference "TAKEONEDAY"…

Join us at TakeON! Conference 2015

TakeOneDay! To transform your thinking, empower your business…

Human Synergistics Conference 2015 - Registrations Open

Registrations for the 17th Australian Conference on Culture &…

Are you a 'Know it All'?

The Seduction There is a lot of pressure on managers to know…

Our Top 10 Insights - Teams and Executions

Happy New Year! I hope you had an enjoyable and restful break.…
free takeon! webinar development

FREE WEBINAR: Learn to Love Change in October

Working in the new world where change never stops is the subject…
Dr Peter Sandman: Building skill and knowledge in effective engagement

Dr Peter Sandman: Building skill and knowledge in effective engagement

FIREUP Coaching is very proud to be bringing to Australia the…
leadership development Australian conference

Human Synergistics - 16th Australian Conference open for registrations

You're invited!   Culture and Leadership Strategies to…
Why Great Leadership Matters in Healthcare 2

Why Great Leadership Matters in Healthcare

We see lots of things written about leadership, which usually…

LEADS Program for Healthcare

FIREUP Coaching and The Leadership Sphere have teamed up to…
Productivity Seminar

Free Webinar - Introducing TakeON!

Never heard of the TakeON! programme for improving business performance?…
Circis Oz
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INSPIRING CONSCIOUS LEADERSHIP: CAMBODIA

Become A New Kind of Leader Both the business world and our society…
Energy - Are you a donor or a drainer?

Energy - Are you a donor or a drainer?

The importance of engaging team members and the organisation…
Human Synergistics 15th Australian Conference September 2013

Human Synergistics 15th Australian Conference September 2013

You're invited! How Culture and Leadership Build Sustainable…
culture change leadership development

Neller HR Champion (CEO) Award Winners Partners with TLS

A firm partnership The Leadership Sphere has been working with…
Don't Miss! Team Coaching in a Chaotic World

Don't Miss! Team Coaching in a Chaotic World

In an ever-changing world where we are all being asked to do…
Change Management Needs Change

Change Management Needs Change

Ron Ashkenas (Schaffer Consulting) recently blogged on HBR about…
new high performers

Anatomy of the New High Performer

There is a lot written about performance. But the reality is…
Culture Change that Sticks
Business Plan or Vision? You Need Both.

Business Plan or Vision? You Need Both.

Source: Forbes by Erika Andersen Sometimes I look at an article…
How Leaders Kill Meaning At Work
Steve Jobs' Legacy - Design Your Own Life

Steve Jobs' Legacy - Design Your Own Life

While there are many things worth celebrating of Steve Jobs's…
Time to get past the carrot and the stick

Time to get past the carrot and the stick

Source: HC Online by Stephanie Zillman The notion that if you…
The Brain at Work
Personal presence and why you can't afford to be without it
Why Teams Matter

Why Teams Matter

While the book Why Teams Matter by Jon Katzenbach and Douglas…
Professional Development: Communication and Negotiation Skills for Women

Professional Development: Communication and Negotiation Skills for Women

A TWO day course boosting your performance as a communicator,…
culture change

The Secrets to Successful Strategy Execution

BR by Gary L. Neilson, Karla L. Martin, and Elizabeth Powers The…
TAKEONEDAY 2016 - Auckland, NZ 2

How the Best of the Best Get Better and Better

HBR by Graham Jones June 2008 Until 1954, most people believed…
How Leaders Kill Meaning At Work

Taking the wrong action in organisations is endemic

A study conducted by John Kotter in 1996 and more recent research…
Organizational Health: The ultimate competitive advantage

Organizational Health: The ultimate competitive advantage

If you’re like most senior executives, you want your organization…
Before you can get buy-in, people need to feel the problem

Before you can get buy-in, people need to feel the problem

A blog from John Kotter (and us) Picture this: you're in the…

Managing Yourself: Stop Holding Yourself Back

In this article by Anne Morriss, Robin Ely and Frances Frei,…
9 Things Successful People Do Differently

9 Things Successful People Do Differently

Why have you been so successful in reaching some of your goals,…
TAKEONEDAY 2016 - Auckland, NZ 8

Business Storytelling: The Most Important Thing To Remember

A facilitator launched into a workshop with this story: “Last…
Leadership Lessons in Life

Leadership Lessons in Life

Leadership Lessons from Life: It's ok to be out of control, sometimes Recently…
Three steps to building a better top team

Three steps to building a better top team

Much is written about top teams – and for good reason. While…

Australian business school

Teamwork Optimisation: Camaraderie Only Counts Some of the Time In…

Consensus Politics - Mirage or Reality?

Julia Gillard has just scraped back into office as Prime Minister…
You May Hate Planning, But You Should Do it Anyway 3

Retaining Key Employees in Times of Change

In a recent article in the McKinsey Quarterly (Aug, 2010), the…
Why you had better pay attention to your next Gen High Potentials

Why you had better pay attention to your next Gen High Potentials

Just about every company places a lot of emphasis on keeping…
My Journey to Harvard

My Journey to Harvard

While I have been using and teaching the principles of Adaptive…
TAKEONEDAY 2016 - Auckland, NZ 2

Successful Transformations

A recent survey by McKinsey reinforced many of the methodologies…

What Can Coaches Do For You? Harvard Business Review

In the seventeenth century, the French statesman Cardinal Richelieu…

Boost People Skills

Australia could dramatically lift national productivity by investing…

It's not about the money

I recently had a group of executives argue that if you wanted…
$45,000 raised for Foundation

$45,000 raised for Foundation

Teamscape, the organisation created by The Leadership Sphere…
TAKEONEDAY 2016 - Auckland, NZ 10

Flexible Skills Rule - Says Employers

Transferable or flexible skills are the key attributes job applicants…
TAKEONEDAY 2016 - Auckland, NZ 8

Management for the battlefield

One of my roles in supporting leaders is as an executive coach.…

Why Focussing on what Needs Fixing Can Get You In Trouble

It doesn't matter what area of our lives, particularly our working…
Corporate Transformation Under Pressure

Corporate Transformation Under Pressure

Most companies find it hard to transform themselves in difficult…
A good way to change corporate culture

A good way to change corporate culture

"I'd like to talk to you about a big project," the woman told…
Announcement of Joint Venture with ASI Aviation Consultants

Announcement of Joint Venture with ASI Aviation Consultants

We are pleased to announce that The Leadership Sphere has formed…
TAKEONEDAY 2016 - Auckland, NZ 9

New Strategic Partners - Crossroads HR

We are pleased to announce a new strategic partnership with CrossRoads…
Rethinking Trust

Rethinking Trust

Despite deceit, greed, and incompetence on a previously unimaginable…
TAKEONEDAY 2016 - Auckland, NZ 5

From Lemons to Lemonade

It's one of the more uncomfortable subjects to discuss. It's…
What strong teams have in common

What strong teams have in common

Gallup has been studying leadership teams for nearly four decades,…
You May Hate Planning, But You Should Do it Anyway 3

Performance Reviews Without Anxiety

A manager in Belgium eases employees' tension by giving advice…
High Project Failure Rates

High Project Failure Rates

A recent study by IBM of more than 1500 change management executives…
Stories, Storytelling, Story-Selling in Business 3

Stories, Storytelling, Story-Selling in Business

At this moment in our nations history, we are seeing two epic…
A note from the editors at HBR

A note from the editors at HBR

Leadership is never easy, but it is incredibly tough right now:…
Stories, Storytelling, Story-Selling in Business 2

Top Management Issues - What Really Drives Your Business?

In 2007, the Australian Institute of Management (AIM) ran an…
Stories, Storytelling, Story-Selling in Business 1

New National Client Helpline 1300 100 TLS (857)

We are pleased to announce a new national client help line set…
TAKEONEDAY 2016 - Auckland, NZ 2

Launch of our online client portal

In our endeavors to offer unparalleled levels of client service…
TAKEONEDAY 2016 - Auckland, NZ 8

Despite cutbacks, firms invest in developing leaders

Companies Renew Focus on Employee Training, Betting That Strong…
Can a Manager have a life and a Career?

Can a Manager have a life and a Career?

Can managers have a work-family balance and career advancement? …
TAKEONEDAY 2016 - Auckland, NZ 1

Book Summary: Strategy and the Fat Smoker

The title of David Maister's latest book doesn't give many clues…
Leadership and Self Deception - Getting out of the Box

Leadership and Self Deception - Getting out of the Box

By Julie Fleming Brown  An infant is learning to crawl. She…
TAKEONEDAY 2016 - Auckland, NZ 9

Leadership Gold

by John C. Maxwell Good leadership always makes a difference.…
Grow or Go

Grow or Go

by Patrick Viguerie, Sven Smit and Mehrdad Baghai In order to…
First World Congress on Positive Psychology

First World Congress on Positive Psychology

As a member of the International Positive Psychology Association, The…
Executive Coaching for Inspirational Leadership 2

Executive Coaching for Inspirational Leadership

By Maynard Brusman Four Uncommon Leadership Qualities Are you…
Creating Organisational Transformations

Creating Organisational Transformations

Organizations need to change constantly, for all kinds of reasons,…
Stories, Storytelling, Story-Selling in Business 2
You May Hate Planning, But You Should Do it Anyway 3

Managers, Leaders and Human Beings

Leadership: the magic word that everybody wants to use and be…
Stand out from the pack

Stand out from the pack

Why does brand matter? BMW Group Australia provides a clear example…
Outsmart!

Outsmart!

IT'S A SMART, SMART, SMART, SMART WORLD What you are about to…
TAKEONEDAY 2016 - Auckland, NZ 10

Teamwork at the top

The popular business press on both sides of the Atlantic is…
TAKEONEDAY 2016 - Auckland, NZ 5

Distortions and Deceptions in Strategic Decisions

The chief executive of a large multinational was trying to decide…
HR Execs concerned about future leaders

HR Execs concerned about future leaders

A recent study by IBM has found that more than 75 per cent of…
How to lead clever people

How to lead clever people

According to Professor Rob Goffee, an expert in organisational…
TAKEONEDAY 2016 - Auckland, NZ 2

Senior Leadership Teams - What it takes to make them great

"With firsthand knowledge and compelling real-life examples,…
Why teams don't work

Why teams don't work

In fact, most so-called "teams" don't work, for one of two reasons: …
Tips for improving organizational culture

Tips for improving organizational culture

Improving organizational culture has become a necessity in today's…
TAKEONEDAY 2016 - Auckland, NZ 5

Companies worldwide struggle to attract, retain workers

A large majority of companies in the United States and around…
Making talent a strategic priority

Making talent a strategic priority

Companies like to promote the idea that employees are their…
TAKEONEDAY 2016 - Auckland, NZ 8

Communication 'Secrets' of Top Performing Employees

A recent study has found that companies with the most effective…
Stories, Storytelling, Story-Selling in Business 1

Corporate Agility

The initial results of the Future of Workproject confirmed that…
What are job seekers looking for?

What are job seekers looking for?

The competition for quality employees among leading companies…
Driving Radical Change

Driving Radical Change

Genuine transformations take place on a scale different from…
The Innovative Leader - How to inspire your team and drive creativity

The Innovative Leader - How to inspire your team and drive creativity

Although one might think this book is formulaic, it is far from…
TAKEONEDAY 2016 - Auckland, NZ 9

Awakening the leader within

In organizations, our success as leaders is measured by the degree…
More 'Right' than 'Real' - the shape of authentic Leadership in NZ

More 'Right' than 'Real' - the shape of authentic Leadership in NZ

While the crumpled remains of the car inevitably attract the…
TAKEONEDAY 2016 - Auckland, NZ 2

Mr Rogers earns $20M in six minutes

We are continuing the theme of authenticity or 'being real'. …
Book Summary: The Living Company by Arie de Geus

Book Summary: The Living Company by Arie de Geus

"If you look at them in light of what they could be, however,…
Stories, Storytelling, Story-Selling in Business 2

Brain Bank

Brain Bank - One of Australia's better-known corporate transformation…
TAKEONEDAY 2016 - Auckland, NZ 10

Cause for Concern

Causes for Concern - Small business owners and employees have…
Making way for new talent in law firms

Making way for new talent in law firms

Transparent succession plans should keep partners and young lawyers…
Book Summary: Good to Great by Jim Collins

Book Summary: Good to Great by Jim Collins

In his previous bestseller, Built to Last, Jim Collins explored…
Book Review: Blind Spots

Book Review: Blind Spots

A man sits behind the wheel of his Chevrolet and cruises along…
The Leadership Sphere Newsletter - June 2007 Vol. 1

The Leadership Sphere Newsletter - June 2007 Vol. 1

Welcome to The Leadership Sphere Newsletter Edition 1! It is…

The workshop was one of the most practical, powerful sessions I have been on, and that was also the feedback from everyone.

State ManagerQueensland (Retail Bank)

I didn’t expect that this session would have the energising impact on me that it has had. I thought I would suffer through 2 days of ‘more coaching models’, but I am leaving a better, energised coach and person. Thank-you! The best ‘final’ session in 20 years of training!! Really effective.

ParticipantLeader as Coach

Phillip is a highly skilled executive coach. Using a very collaborative style and well developed tools and techniques, Phillip helped me position myself as a CEO and build a development path into the future, as an experienced senior executive. I can highly recommend Phillip to anyone who needs an experienced executive coach to take them to the next level in their executive career.

Luke LittlefieldChief Executive Officer, Dentsu Aegis Network Australia & New Zealand

At a coaching session with Phil I expressed the frustration I was experiencing with a manager who was not performing and had very little insight re the same. We discussed an action plan for me to implement “today”. These included a tough conversation followed by a list of expectations. I had done this prior but the key element was that I was to remove the word WE. By removing myself from being partly responsible she became totally accountable. I have noticed a marked improvement in her performance and self-confidence. The overall result has also improved the activity and financial results of her service.

Gillian EvansMedical, Sub-Acute & Palliative Care Services Program Director Mercy Hospital for Women

As principal investigator of clinical studies into new treatment for leukaemia and lymphoma, I had not given much thought to my leadership skills, which is something you were not taught at medical school or during specialty training. This course has opened my eyes to how harnessing my leadership and coaching skills can help me be even more efficient in leading my teams as we made new discoveries and influence how leukaemia and lymphomas is treated. I believe I am a more effective leader and investigator as the result of this course.

Dr Constantine (Con) Tam, MBBS (Hons), MD, FRACP, FRCPAPeter MacCallum Cancer Centre

This was an excellent course. The coaching was tailored to my individual needs, and the teaching material in our group sessions was also highly specific to the challenges facing our organisation and our group of leaders. We also learned general principles which I have already found invaluable in the other areas of leadership outside my organisation. Roderick and Phil were respectful, entertaining facilitators and coaches, and after just four group sessions I feel we have developed further both as a team and as individuals than I thought possible. I would highly recommend this course to others who are facing leadership roles, organisational change, and who acknowledge that we can all grow further and learn more about leadership.

Dr Kirsten Herbert MBBS BMedSci FRACP PhDPeter MacCallum Cancer Centre

I worked with Phil as my Coach over 9 months to improve my effectiveness as an operational manager. His approach is that effective change and development needs to come from the individual, not the coach. Consistent with this, Phil required me to engage and commit to concrete actions, providing guidance, theory and active questioning to ensure that I was accountable for the outcomes of the coaching engagement. I am grateful for Phil’s contribution to my personal and professional development, and have taken forward good habits and embedded change from our work together.

Greg AllenDivisional Business Manager, Epworth Freemasons

We have worked with the Leadership Sphere for the last two years to help lift the skills of our partners, lawyers and other professionals in the areas of effective conversations, feedback and coaching. The aim of the training is to help us deliver our firm and people strategies of building an energised and highly engaged workplace where people’s own personal values and the firm’s values work together in a way that motivates and inspires. We see effective conversations and relationships as critical foundation capabilities for creating a culture where high performance is expected and recognised and our values observed and promoted. TLS have been an outstanding thought partner for our firm and through their innovative and thoughtful delivery have helped fundamentally shift how we manage, lead and engage with each other.

Susan Ferrier, DirectorPeople and Development, Allens Arthur Robinson

My coaching experience with Phillip was a significant change experience for me. With Phil’s guidance I was able to observe how my leadership style was impacting both positively and negatively on my organisation and, more specifically, on my peers and direct reports. Through a careful and thorough investigation together, supported by guided research and reading, I have developed and begun to implement an action plan which will see me become a more highly effective leader (in all aspects of my life and work) while ensuring that others that I can, and do, influence at all levels of the organisation, enhance their leadership capability. I came out of the experience with significantly greater confidence in my own abilities as well as a range of new practical leadership skills which I am putting into practice.

John FogartyChief Executive Officer, St John of God Hospital, Ballarat

We engaged The Leadership Sphere team in 2008 with a series of conversations with our Executive team. To single out one defining feature of our partnership is difficult to do. The consultants have successfully facilitated a range of programs with our people aimed at renewing and celebrating the great things about being a part of the team. In framing the workshop contents, the facilitators worked with us to get to the improvements in communication and teamwork that we are seeking at all levels of the hospital. They worked in a warm and intuitive way.

Lee-Anne SargeantSt John of God Hospital

You will be pleased to know I had a 3 hour fierce conversation today. OK – so at 3 hours you might suppose my wrap-up needs some work,but it was indeed an intense session. Throughout the entire session(which included copious tears etc), I found myself going back to the GROW model and it really helped! In particular, I think the ‘what else’ on OPTIONs worked wonders for me… in the end, I found my internal dialogue saying “thank god we had the training last week” as we trawled through the trials of branch life. Thank you so much for giving me the tools to do this.

District ManagerVictoria (Retail Bank)

He (the TLS facilitator) comes from a space that is anchored in strong conceptual and process and delivery skills. He has very strong diagnostic and facilitation capability, brings insight, integrity, and humanity to all his work.

Shane FreemanGroup General Manager, People Capital and Breakout Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited

Phil is a master facilitator and leadership developer. He works with his head, heart and intuition engaged and is an inspiration to be with. I have seen the positive impact he has on individuals and groups and had personal experience of a deep shift in my awareness and being while in his workshop and beyond.

Phil ClothierGlobal Training Director, Cultural Transformation Tools

As we approached an historic stage in our history, they found engaging and terrific ways for employees to move on from the past and focus on committing personally to shaping our future.

Senior executive (not-for-profit organisation)

The TLS facilitators know how to “really” listen” respectfully while challenging our culture and helping us to effect lasting change.

Senior Project Manager (private hospital)

I found every component of the Leader as Coach Workshop valuable and have taken away more practical tools to use in the workplace from this workshop than any I have ever attended in the fifteen and a half years I have been with the bank. The Polarity Management Model was particularly pertinent to my team’s situation.

District ManagerVictoria (Retail Bank)

The change process has been difficult for my new managers to come to terms with, however by using the (change) model they have now been able to come to the conclusion that the future is not so scary, and that a lot of the positives from the past can be carried forward. It was also an excellent opportunity for me to better understand what the negatives were with the past (so that I can avoid repeating) and to put to rest some of the perceived negatives moving forward. All in all a great exercise that has helped tremendously with ‘breaking the ice’ with my new team and taking the first step positively into the future. Thanks again.

Senior ManagerQueensland (Retail Bank)

I just wanted to say that the information I gained over the two days has and will make an immense change to my approach (moving away from the ‘Mrs. Fixit’ approach)…everything that you said made sense and I already plan to do a ’cheat sheet’ to be used before I implement any further changes and before I go into ‘difficult’ meetings.

KarenEpworth Healthcare

Our organisation has a uses variety of facilitators and formats for planning sessions, and we found the guidance and techniques used by TLS first rate. Roderick gave us space where we needed it and pushed us through to nail our outcomes when we needed it.

Warrick JordanThe Wilderness Society Inc

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“The Leadership Sphere is inspired by a desire

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to build a capability to become all they can be.”

 – Phillip Ralph, Director