Entries by Phillip

5 Benefits of Executive Coaching

Executive coaching is an important tool of leadership development because it allows those in positions of leadership the opportunity to become responsible for their own learning and development. It differs from other leadership development programs in that it can be a much more collaborative experience between participant and coach. Executive coaching provides an individually tailored […]

5 Reasons Why Leadership Development is Important

Now more than ever, we are seeing the continued importance of conducting leadership development training. As industries, tools, and technologies continue to revolutionise, organisations must have the staff and leaders in place with the skills to implement the strategies needed to face these changes. Strong leaders are essential for growth and success and taking the […]

Trust is the Key to Healthy and High Performing Teams

A lack of trust in a relationship can be distressing – in teams it can be devastating. It can take a huge personal toll and in teams it can light the fuse of self-destruction. Relationships fracture, shaming and blaming are prevalent, productivity goes out the window, reputations are soiled, and people leave. While not all […]

Five Reasons Why Executive Coaching Is Critical During Turbulent Times

Executive coaching has been used as an important tool for leadership and business growth. Prior to COVID-19 lockdowns leadership coaching was seen as something important for those on the C-Level journey. However, with COVID-19 restrictions on many businesses, we have seen significant changes to working conditions, with working from home top of that list. With […]

Safety Leadership Characteristics in a Post COVID-19 Workplace

COVID-19 restrictions have disrupted business as usual operating conditions for almost every business. Businesses have faced the difficult task of having to adopt new practices for safe work as a result of the Coronavirus. Furthermore, everyone has had to make significant adjustments to how we move about in public and in many cases, adapting to […]

3 Reasons Why Setting Leadership Objectives Is Important

When an organisation has clear goals and objectives, it provides everyone with a better understanding of what they, as an individual, and as part of a team, are aiming to achieve. That’s why so often we see a focus on mission statements and functional plans that align with the overarching strategic objectives of an organisation. […]

Five Reasons You Should Invest Time In Building Your Team’s Skills

In a recent article, we spoke about the Five Benefits of Leadership Development You Need to Know About. We’ve already taken a closer look at one of the benefits outlined in that article – better communication. Now we will continue to explore how leadership development plays a pivotal role in the creation of each of […]

Leading Through Trust Series: Safety

Why building psychological safety in teams in your most important job! In previous posts of this six-part series, we have explored Trust, Transparency and Relationships. What is it and why you should care Psychological safety has become more prominent in recent times, partially at least due to a study done by Google on its own […]

Leading Through Trust: Understanding

In Part One of this six-part series, we explored trust in the context of organisations and in society generally, and how hard it can be; sometimes, this is despite trust being at the heart of every relationship, whether in our personal lives or at work. I also introduced a model based on the best available […]

Building Psychological Safety

Do you sometimes wonder how you might be able to build stronger relationships with your team, foster an open and innovative culture, or generally just get stuff done? In this post, we’re going to look at how to build psychological safety. In Part One of this six-part series, we explored trust in the context of […]

Vulnerability in Leadership: More than just a Buzzword? (Part 2)

In part 1 of this two-part article, “Vulnerability in Leadership: More than Just a Buzzword“, I discussed vulnerability as a key leadership strength.  It’s an idea and principle that is increasingly referenced in leadership literature and in organisations. Despite this growing awareness, vulnerability is still usually associated with weakness. That’s unfortunate – because vulnerability is […]

Exploring Transparency

In Part One of this six-part series, we explored trust in the context of organisations and in society generally, and how hard it can fee; sometimes, this is despite trust being at the heart of every relationship, whether in our personal lives or at work. Perhaps alarmingly, 82% of people say they don’t trust their […]

Vulnerability in Leadership: More than just a buzzword?

It’s hard to imagine vulnerability being spoken about quite as much – or in the same way – in the past as it is today. Thirty, twenty or even ten years ago, it was almost always referenced in the context of a weakness, or ‘exposing our underbelly’. Sadly today, despite what we might say, it […]

Why Can Trust be So Hard?

And Why Should We Care about Answering the Question? Generally, in organisations and society, we don’t do too well with trust. Yet trust is at the heart of every relationship, and it’s especially critical in the workplace. In fact, the primary factor affecting employee turnover is whether or not a trusting relationship was developed between […]

Tis the season for reflection

Dare to lead in 2019 As we race towards the end of 2018, it is timely to reflect on the year. We have seen many challenges and change here and around the world. During times of change, whether large scale or in our own life, it’s important to connect with what is core. This principle […]

Understanding the Coachability Index

As an executive coach, a standard practice in assessing a fit between the coach and coachee is what is commonly called a ‘chemistry check’. As the name indicates, it allows a coach and coaching client to work out if there is a fit regarding trust, rapport and coaching expertise and experience. Just as the coachee […]

Fine leaders, happy staff key to success

Source: Herald Sun by Helen Carter I’d like to share with you an article that appeared in the Herald Sun newspaper recently: When Phillip Ralph asks his clients what they think their number one priority is for their business or workplace, they usually say “getting results”. “I suggest their top priority should be focusing on […]

The “Silence Breakers”

The #MeToo Movement Time magazine has named “The Silence Breakers,” representing people who came forward to report sexual misconduct, as its Person of the Year. On Wednesday, the magazine named the #metoo movement — or the “Silence Breakers” as the “Person of the Year,” a nod to the millions of people who came forward with their stories […]

Why We All Need a Tribe

Like you, I am a part of many groups, teams, membership bodies and communities of practice. They all offer something different. For some, I receive more than I give, while for others, the opposite is true. One of my ‘tribes’ (see our happy group photo from last years Christmas lunch) stands out however as being […]

Becoming a ‘Choice Architect’

The desire to do – and be – our best is an innate driver for most people. While I say ‘most people’, I actually believe it is important to all human beings. Different People, Different Pathways However, life’s journey takes us down many different paths. Some of those paths nurture our desire and ability to be […]

Influencing Without Authority – Masterclass

Learn how to influence key people to achieve your goals To be successful at your job, you must be able to: (1) “sell” an idea or project, (2) persuade coworkers or peers to provide support and/or resources, or (3) get people to do something that they may not necessarily want or need to do. However, […]

10 Year Annivesary

The Leadership Sphere was founded in 2007 by Phillip Ralph after spending six years leading program delivery across 40 countries and 40,000 staff for the ANZ bank’s Breakout and Cultural Transformation program. The experience and learnings gained in being part of a globally successful program that focussed so widely and deeply on being ‘the bank […]

You May Hate Planning, But You Should Do it Anyway

Some of the smartest people that I have ever met struggle with convincing themselves to do one thing: plan their work. They’re off the charts in terms of analyzing all sorts of things from manufacturing processes to stocks to nuclear particles. But when it comes to their own time management or laying out a plan […]