Entries by Phillip

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 […]

Leadership Skills – My Top 10

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, […]

Immutable Challenges You Should Know About

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 […]

Getting Ready for the ‘Planning Season’ – Part 1

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 […]

Influencing Without Authority

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 […]

Design Thinking – Trick or Treat?

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 […]

TAKEONEDAY 2016 – Auckland, NZ

ONE DAY IS ALL IT TAKES TO KEEP GETTING BETTER. ***EARLY BIRD TICKETS CLOSE IN 5 DAYS*** 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 […]

A simple tool that may just save you

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‘ […]