Entries by Phillip

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 […]