I've always been an optimist. During challenging times over my professional career, I've always looked over the horizon. Confidence in my skills was an ingredient or maybe it was my adaptability knowing I needed to 'adapt or die'. Looking back it was all that and more. However, the secret sauce
Some leaders prefer to always front the good news. A sign of a great leader is when he or she fronts difficult meetings or audiences. One of my favourite speeches is from Robert F Kennedy when he fronted a crowd of African-American fellow citizens in Indianapolis on the night that
Collective impact is a framework to tackle deeply entrenched and complex social problems. It is an innovative and structured approach to making collaboration work across government, business, philanthropy, non-profit organisations and citizens to achieve significant and lasting social change. Collective impact efforts are defined by the existence of a “common agenda”.
I have been asked to talk to 20 women emerging leaders in my organisation about Values Driven Leadership. My first thoughts were wow, how lucky am I to be asked, closely followed by OMG so how do I make this relevant and meaningful. I ring my advisor/coach Dad and explain what
Here is a little story from one of my favourite leadership practitioners, Max De Pree, that reminds us that what a leader does is important. I often found the CEO job a rather lonely life where every move is under someone’s observation. But rather than letting this develop into a
In a time when responsibilities of CEOs have become more complex, many leaders will say there will be common factors which provide ballast to a CEO's tool kit of skills - financial, strategic, tactical, relationship with the Chair, understanding of Shareholder expectations. One element which is often missed is the
As someone who was raised in Glen Innes, Auckland, I'm a big Blues fan - actually the perfect fan from a franchise perspective: businessperson, family man, former rugby player to a good level, faithful Aucklander, and the ability to pay for a season family pass to the games. As much as
Peter Fa'afiu: I sat down the other day and treated myself to watching The Godfather ...again! I must admit, I am a fan of the mob movies, but this one in particular. It remains a masterpiece in storytelling. Whilst the Corleone characters have always interested me, it is the character of Tom