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8 Ways to Create Impact After a Leadership Program

It’s always a buzz to see people complete a leadership program. Sometimes the program is a year long, sometimes just a couple of days. I love seeing people achieve new knowledge and skills. You have a choice when you complete a leadership program. You can either sigh...

Bringing Your Team to Life – One Stage at a Time

I find any groups of people or teams fascinating to be a part of and or to watch as they make their way towards achieving visions and goals together that wouldn’t be possible on their own. I’ve been involved in many conversations with leaders as they talk about their...

Leadership Field Visits – How to Achieve the Best For You

We often build field visits into our leadership programs. We research, identify and line up a field visit that we think aligns best to the needs of participants. This can be in the same industry or in a totally unrelated industry. These field visits provide access to...

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8 Ways to Create Impact After a Leadership Program

8 Ways to Create Impact After a Leadership Program

It’s always a buzz to see people complete a leadership program. Sometimes the program is a year long, sometimes just a couple of days. I love seeing people achieve new knowledge and skills. You have a choice when you complete a leadership program. You can either sigh...

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Bringing Your Team to Life – One Stage at a Time

Bringing Your Team to Life – One Stage at a Time

I find any groups of people or teams fascinating to be a part of and or to watch as they make their way towards achieving visions and goals together that wouldn’t be possible on their own. I’ve been involved in many conversations with leaders as they talk about their...

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8 Ways to Get the Best From Your Next Leadership Program

8 Ways to Get the Best From Your Next Leadership Program

Congratulations, you’ve gained a place in a leadership program. This is a BIG deal! If you pay for it yourself you have a financial stake and this should drive you to participate well and gain the most you can. If your enterprise or industry has invested in you then...

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Key Ways to Maximise Your Mentoring Experience

Key Ways to Maximise Your Mentoring Experience

Having a mentor to believe in you, support you, guide and challenge you can be rewarding. Mentoring can make you aim high and achieve high. I have supported the matching of many mentoring partnerships both in and outside leadership programs. We have written materials...

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The Tool of Open Space Technology Facilitation

The Tool of Open Space Technology Facilitation

About 20 years ago I found myself at a national conference. As part of this, I participated in my first Open Space Technology session and loved it. And I wasn’t the only one. Many people shared they loved the experience, felt they were heard, worked on something of...

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The 7 Steps of World Café Facilitation

The 7 Steps of World Café Facilitation

There are loads of facilitation tools and techniques available. A key part of your role as a facilitator is to select which to use to achieve the best outcomes. We often use and are often asked about designing sessions based on the principles of The World Café...

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Tools for First Time Facilitators

Tools for First Time Facilitators

Facilitation tools go well beyond talk time. When used well they can draw out conversation, opinions, feelings, priorities, inspiration, experiences, stories, issues and motivation. They can take the focus off the ‘directed nature’ of a session and place ‘çontrol’...

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Top Traits of Effective Facilitators

Top Traits of Effective Facilitators

We are often asked what it takes and how long it takes to become an effective and sought after facilitator. And then it’s usually followed with “Do you think I would make a good facilitator?” To help answer this question, I’ve put together my list of top traits. They...

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The 5 Key Principles of Effective Facilitation

The 5 Key Principles of Effective Facilitation

Have you ever wondered how to get started as a facilitator? Or maybe you’ve been asked to facilitate an issue, new project or change in your workplace or team. If you have, then please forgive yourself if you headed straight into the drafting of an agenda with...

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5 Ways to Celebrate With Your Team

5 Ways to Celebrate With Your Team

“Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.”  Amy Poehler  People are our greatest asset. So much more can be achieved when we work together than we ever could alone. Whether you work...

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Stepping Into Leadership Without Being Bossy

Stepping Into Leadership Without Being Bossy

Are you interested in making a difference in the world? Do you see things – even small things that you know could change your world or that of your career or business? Then it’s likely stepping into leadership will benefit others as well as yourself. Right now, I want...

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How to Thrive When Adversity Hits

How to Thrive When Adversity Hits

If you haven’t already, then I can guarantee you that at some time in your life you will face adversity. Not all change we experience we choose for ourselves and it’s at these times that it pays to be as prepared as you can be. And I mean to be both physically and...

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How to Fast Track Your Career or Business

How to Fast Track Your Career or Business

I want to share with you a real life and real time truth today. When I work with people in jobs and those who have their own business, many will ask me -How do I fast track my career? or How do I increase the profile of my business? And they often ask, can you help me...

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Become a Stand-Out Leader Today

Become a Stand-Out Leader Today

Have you ever thought about what makes a stand out leader? And if you have, how you stack up? In my work as a leadership specialist, I see people put up their hands to lead without really knowing what it takes to even be a leader. True. Doesn’t make any sense does it?...

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Do you think First Impressions Count?   

Do you think First Impressions Count?   

Yes, absolutely, first impressions count! As a leader, it is important that you are aware of the impression you give. And it's so important that this is the authentic you and is the impression you want others to have of you. It's also important that you own this from...

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Our Business in the Cotton Industry  

Our Business in the Cotton Industry  

I’m often asked how we got to work in the Cotton industry, what’s it like and is it different to other sectors? I think these questions are super relevant for others in business as we had no prior experience with Cotton and didn’t know what a boll was (we pronounced...

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5 Ways to Nurture A Future Mindset

5 Ways to Nurture A Future Mindset

“Leaders at all levels need a fresh take on how to approach the future and how to lead into it to prepare themselves and their teams for a next normal where certainty is off the table and moving forward means working with the flow without blowing in the wind.” Maggie...

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5 Ways to Create an Open / Growth Mindset

5 Ways to Create an Open / Growth Mindset

Keeping an open or growth mindset can be harder than you think. It’s about utilizing your human capital assets. And to do this, you need to know how. It’s time to get intentional about putting open or growth mindsets into action.The growth mindset concept was...

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5 Ways to Get Back into the Face to Face Game

5 Ways to Get Back into the Face to Face Game

Clients and colleagues are telling me that they are now getting back to participating in Face to Face meetings, forums, training and events. This means we are getting back to meeting people, sharing who we are, buying in (or not) to the ideas of others and...

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6 Ways to Increase Your Leadership Care and Connection

6 Ways to Increase Your Leadership Care and Connection

“If you attend to the emotional nature of the folks you’re working with, they’re much more likely to attend to the nature of the work.” Doug Conant   There’s a lot of chatter going on about workforce planning at the moment. About attracting, recruiting, and retaining...

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6 Ways for Leaders to Set Boundaries and Stick to Them

6 Ways for Leaders to Set Boundaries and Stick to Them

“You have to be able to set boundaries, otherwise the rest of the world is telling you who you are and what you should be doing.” OprahBoundary riding (ooops) I mean boundary setting is a really important leadership skill. The setting of your boundaries is linked to...

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5 Tips for your next Zoom

5 Tips for your next Zoom

Stepping in to lead a ZOOM call is an art. It takes energy to create a visible presence. Do you know that many people are fearful of meeting this way? As someone who leads online meetings, it falls to you to consciously use tips and tools to ensure engagement and...

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Clarity Comes Before Confidence   

Clarity Comes Before Confidence   

Clarity comes before confidence is a simple concept. Or is it?   Try putting it into practise and you will find that it's not as easy as it first sounds. Master the simplicity of it and you will be well on your way to building success in both your work and personal...

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10 Top ZOOM Engagement Tips   

10 Top ZOOM Engagement Tips   

You’ve been told to get everyone together and host a ZOOM meeting. Doesn’t sound too difficult, does it? Setting up a ZOOM account is easy. Sending out a calendar invite is simple. What’s not so easy is how to navigate and facilitate a group of people to get the best...

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How to Have Difficult Conversations – 10 Steps

How to Have Difficult Conversations – 10 Steps

Do you put off having difficult conversations - at work and at home? If you do, read on as there is a lot more to mastering difficult conversations than you think. It's not good enough to have a 'chat' and think you have dealt with 'it'. You need to get your head...

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Great Leaders Self Reflect

Great Leaders Self Reflect

I've been reflecting.... While working with a group of leaders in agriculture last week we spoke about the importance of self reflection. It was a newish idea for many and for others it isn't something they have consciously practised or built as a leadership habit....

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Create Your Own Leadership Heroes List

Create Your Own Leadership Heroes List

I have always loved reading, watching and learning from others who are successful. My bedside table always has at least one biography on there. If you know me well, you likely know I’m a bit of a sticky beak – a nice one – always interested in other people’s lives –...

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