Entries by Phillip

Leadership Skills for Dealing with Uncertainty

Dealing with crisis and uncertainty is incredibly stressful for individuals at all levels of an organisation. For leaders, this poses the added challenge of needing to assuage fears and provide a sense of stability for their teams. Navigating change can make us doubt our effectiveness as leaders, but it is important that we learn to […]

Why Focusing on Performance is Destructive

Questions Leaders Struggle With Over the last several years, I have asked a series of questions of leaders:  What is performance?  What is organisational health?  Where do you think most leaders and organisations focus – performance or health?  Almost without exception, leaders can answer the first question about performance, but usually in very narrow terms. […]

Coaching Trends to Support Your Leaders During Times of Uncertainty

When navigating uncertainty or change management, we rely heavily on our leaders to guide us through with minimal negative impact. It is important to remember that it is during such challenging times that we must also ensure that support is given to them as well. A great number of unprecedented challenges have been overcome in […]

High Performance Training and Development Trends for Building Trust During Times of Uncertainty

In today’s rapidly developing business environment, the idea of what a high performance team looks like is also evolving. Increasingly, we are seeing more and more teams becoming dispersed geographically as the possibility of remote operations for organisations becomes commonplace. Building high performance teams can be difficult. For these teams it is more important to […]

Leadership Training and Development Trends for High Performance During Times of Uncertainty

In the 12 months since the world was thrown into a near complete shut down due to the spread of COVID-19, the shift in how leadership training is delivered continues to evolve. As we begin the slow return to normalcy, it is worth taking the time to reflect on how the changes we have adapted […]

Great Leaders Understand – Clear is Kind and Unclear is Unkind

The adage ‘Clear is Kind, Unclear is Unkind’ is a relatively new concept in the world of leadership development, but has fast become adopted by many thanks to the work of Brene Brown, pioneer and expert in vulnerable leadership. In her book, Dare to Lead™, Brown talks a great deal about the importance of communicating […]

3 Important Skills Needed for Change Leadership

Change is an inevitable factor of life, and certainly of business. It is not enough for executives to be able to determine what must change, they must also have the skills to make those changes successful and sustainable. Having the ability to drive change is an integral skill that leaders must develop, as it perhaps […]

When is the Best Time to Invest in Executive Coaching?

Executive coaching is tailored leadership development for senior executives, other leaders, and high potential talent. Unlike other leadership development programs, executive coaching is a one-on-one partnership between leader and coach that addresses the leader’s specific goals and challenges. It offers the opportunity to explore and develop the skills that you aspire to possess to be […]

What Does Leadership Look Like In 2021?

Businesses across every industry were forced to make dramatic changes to the ways in which they operate over the past year. Business leaders, managers and their teams have had to adapt rapidly to (in many cases) entirely new procedures. Our senior managers and HR leaders have been at the forefront of implementing these changes to […]

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 […]