The carrot or the stick?

For decades organisations have focused on the power of reward and punishment as a way to get their people moving in the right direction.  You’ve probably seen it in action. The rewards: “If you meet the deadline I’ll let shout you lunch,” “Get this done by 2 o’clock and you can knock off early” or “If you do…

The Best Leaders Put Others First

Within some corporate structures, the leader is at the top of the pyramid, on higher rung than others, without peer. The financial bottom line can make these structures appear successful and model-worthy at first, but their profit is gained at the expense of the well being of everyone else who makes up the organisation. Typically,…

The 250 Most Influential Women Leaders

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Talent and the Brain – it Grows!

The War for Talent. Something of a buzz phrase for many years and a phrase that will be around for some time yet. Globally, we are still figuring out how to find, engage and retain great talent in the market. Why does it seem so hard? Let me give you some insights into how to…

Sweat the Small Stuff in 2016

Women still occupy less than 16% of all board level positions, even though the need for greater gender balance is garnering a lot of attention these days. While setting benchmarks and other goals and developing strategies to recruit more women into the leadership pipeline is a welcome start, if we truly want to increase gender…

Struggle for Authenticity

Have you ever been in a situation where you were asked for your opinion on something, however in order to be viewed in a certain way, you either amended or hid your true feelings? I think we have all done this to some degree whether subconsciously or otherwise. Why do we do this? The answer…

Soul of Leadership

I read the Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra a number of years ago and I was instantly a huge fan! When I saw that he had just launched a new book on leadership, I couldn’t wait to get my hands onto it. Well, I like to get my hands on most leadership…

Single Parenting and Leadership

Parenting is the most challenging job you will love. It also takes a lot of leadership. For those who don’t know me, I am a full time solo parent of a 14-year-old daughter. Yes deep breath. It is wonderful and challenging. It is also very tough. Thing is, I know many single parents; men and…

Self Awareness Versus Success

What would I tell my younger self? Don’t you think this is a great question? Maybe Party Less? Learn more? Why is it when we leave school or university, we spend so much time and energy trying to be successful? Making our way up the career ladder? I am not painting everyone with the same…