Leadership Toolbox

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Why You Need To Practice Strategically Flexible Leadership

Reading Time: 5 minutes The old practice of business leadership is to use one approach no matter what the situation is or who is involved. It’s the “if all you’ve got is a hammer, everything looks like a nail” style of leadership.  A newer style of leadership is situational, where you pick from one of four approaches, based on …

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Why Are We Ignoring The Need For Strategically Flexible Leadership?

Reading Time: 3 minutes Since early 2020, all of the focus about flexible work seems to be on what arrangements need to be made for workers to get things done, and not on how they need to be led. That needs to change. Here I introduce an approach I have called Strategically Flexible Leadership, which I believe addresses the …

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Leadership toolbox: how to use change stories to transform your reality

Reading Time: 6 minutes Our change stories can make or break us as we navigate change. I’ve written previously about how we humans are sense-making machines. We always seek out a story that explains what we are experiencing. And if what is happening doesn’t come with a story that makes sense to us, we’ll make up one that does! …

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Leadership Toolbox: how to create psychological safety at work

Reading Time: 6 minutes Have you ever wondered why some teams thrive in difficult times? Their leaders have learned how to create psychological safety. Team members and the manager trust one another, freely share knowledge, admit mistakes and generate creative and innovative ideas at the drop of a hat. Other teams and managers spend their time covering up mistakes, …

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Leadership toolbox: how to build self-awareness

Reading Time: 8 minutes Self-awareness is a key life and leadership skill. At its most basic level, self-awareness is about developing your knowledge and understanding of yourself, and being able to access that knowledge and understanding in real-time to help you better navigate your life. Its benefits include: greater self-confidence heightened sensitivity to thoughts, emotions and feelings improved critical …

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Leadership Toolbox: what we need to know for living with complexity

Reading Time: 13 minutes Note: This article was originally published on 23rd March 2020. There’s a lot going on in the world right now. We are seeing a massive global response to the COVID-19 virus, the likes of which we don’t often see. For more than a year now, we’ve been experiencing rapid change, both in the spread of …

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