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I help executives, managers & team leaders to influence human behaviour and in essence get more out of individuals and teams in terms of execution and results, sustainably. I help both leaders and employees improve excellence, energy & productivity in the workplace.

I do this by teaching three specific skill sets:

1. Dealing with having too much to do

2. Staying cool under pressure

3. Influencing Behaviour -(Presenteeism, Absenteeism, Underperforming staff, Constructive Feedback)

Leadership

Building Flexible Leaders In Turbulent Times: A Prerequisite To Organisation Success

Whether it's an internal or external threat of a departmental move, change of management, an upcoming upheaval in organisational structure, or location or even future existence, leaders and employees are consistently facing turbulent times at work. The chaotic complexity this presents when performing on the job requires individuals to stay cool and flexible under pressure so that they can bend an...

Leadership

What Should You Do When Someone Pulls Your "Trigger"?

You have heard me share in previous articles on how negativity and unconscious fear activates the part of your brain that is not supportive of solutions, best decision making and creative of ideas. This is specifically referring to the part of the brain called the amygdala. Too often, when a leader withdraws and ignores their emotions, they disrupt their ability to make good decisions, getting...

Human Resources

Revealed: The # 1 Secret For Team Success

Why should we be concerned about how our staff feels at work? Surely there are more important issues to turn our attention to such as sales or marketing and operations, than team feelings and emotions? The truth is our brains are wired to process emotions in order of significance. Fear and inherent threat take top priority. If leaders are not aware and do not deal with strong "away states" in ...

Leadership

Your 2015 Game Plan

We are wired towards having goals and more importantly, actually achieving them. The nature of our biochemistry is to set and pursue a target, reach a metric or attain an outcome. I believe the number one reason why people become misaligned with their goals is that they don't make progress towards them. This may be because of the following reasons: A) An individual’s sponsoring thoughts or ...

Leadership

My 25 Best Quotes To Inspire Epic Personal Performance

I’d like to leave my final thoughts with you for 2014 by sharing 25 of the most liked quotes from my articles this year… Please use them around your office, with your teams or post them up on your wall as a reminder to create epic results in your own personal performance and with your teams… 25 quotes to Inspire Epic Performance 1. Leaders within an organization are called to be thermosta...

Home Based Business

Work Productivity: Are Your Environments Inspiring Or Expiring You?

In last week's blog, I touched on how to continue improving our work productivity by investing into one of our key assets - focus. Today I want to share specifically on our other key asset, energy, and the idea of environment. Everything in your life right now can be classed as an environment, which has either a low or high level of energy to it -- your mindset, your office, your phone, your hom...

Leadership

Overwhelmed at Work? Secrets on How To Maximise Your Focus

If you’re feeling as though you’re drowning amidst the emotion of being overwhelmed, you’re not alone. For many, each day involves a tremendous volume of work. I believe we all have the ability to increase our capacity and fast track our execution and the results we deliver each day if we invest into two key assets: our asset of focus and our asset of energy. I want to share specificall...

Leadership

How to Build Leaders In Your Workplace

Newly promoted managers and leaders find themselves in a position of leadership, yet often face the immense challenge of the more defining aspect of it - having influence, the ability to get people to engage or participate, and have people following and listening to you because they want to, not because they have to. I believe one of the most important leadership qualities common among great ...

Leadership

Developing A Leadership Mindset

I believe all of us are called to be leaders in many different arenas of life. Being a leader is less title and more mindset. My personal belief is that the word leader is a verb not a noun. We don’t wake up one day a leader, but rather we are always becoming leaders… Be ‘Process’ Not ‘Results’ Orientated An aspect of developing a leadership mindset with your team, your personal per...

Leadership

The Rules Of Engagement

The effectiveness of our communication is in the response we get. I’ve noticed despite having the right intentions, our intent can be completely misread when communicated poorly and we will often experience resistance to our goals and ideas. Have you ever… - Tried to introduce someone new to your team over a teleconference -- did it go the way you planned? - Tried to sell your idea and bee...

Leadership

How Does Mindfulness Make You A Better Leader?

If you were to ask me “Ben, what's one of the most paramount things you have ever learnt?” I would say “to cultivate the art of mindfulness and practicing being present as a way of living”. Mindfulness, I believe, is no longer an ancient eastern idea derived from Buddhist Anapanasati, but rather something critical to every human being. It is often missing as we journey through times of ma...

Leadership

How To Avoid The "Waiting For Motivation" Trap

Do you have a project or idea on the horizon but are waiting for that spark of motivation to ignite? Maybe you have a goal sitting in the pipeline and it seems monstrous, overwhelming or quite complex and from the outset, you fidget, delay or ignore it… Procrastination in the pursuit of motivation towards our goals, ideas and ambitions is what costs us many waking hours, keeps us burning the m...

Leadership

The Language Of Influence

Do you ever have those conversations with people and you feel like you just can't get through to them? Maybe you have consistently under performing employees, despite persistent encouragement… Teams that cooperate but don't collaborate… What is important to understand here is the crucial factor of rapport. Whether it’s in the office or at home, rapport is a key principle for success in all...

Leadership

How To Perform Under Pressure

“I just froze… and no matter how hard I tried I couldn’t find an answer to that interview question. I am a bit annoyed that I wasn’t prepared, it cost me the job…” This was the comment of an employee I spoke with recently that went for a job interview. However, he is not the only one that can tell of an experience like this. Today many of us faced regular moments of pressure such as: ...

Leadership

Boost Your Productivity: 3 Powerful Thoughts For Scheduling Your Schedule

Infinite distractions, pressing deadlines, the sheer volume of work on your desk!!... I believe this is a challenge many individuals face and I want to share with you 3 crucial thoughts that will encourage you to go to another level of excellence in your life, not just at work but in how you feel after you leave the office. 1. Create Time Margins If everything gets invested into only one aspect ...

Business Management

Overcome The ‘Imposter’ Syndrome

Do you ever have those moments where you feel completely out of your league, like you’re trying to perform in a shoe size that’s much too big for you? Or maybe it’s just the daily pressure of thinking that your best is never good enough! All of us, not just an unfortunate 1 or 2 individuals, experience this tension between responsibility and pressure. It’s like the higher we climb the gre...

Leadership

How To Manage Difficult Conversations

Being able to manage and communicate a difficult conversation with an employee is a skill all high-performing managers must master. When speaking with leaders and managers, often the reason they tend to avoid these conversations is because in the past they have had a confronting and negative reaction from an individual they have challenged. Regardless, not engaging in these much needed conversati...

Leadership

How To Hold An Effective Meeting

Today we bring together the final piece of our goal setting series: Evaluate- How are we going in our commitment to our top priorities?     This requires teams and organizations to: 1. Review progress regularly Having a system in place to know how we are doing in reaching an outcome, gives us a goal that is now measureable. We need a regular reality check of where we are and where we s...

Leadership

What Actions & Behaviours Do Leaders & Teams Need To Embody To Accomplish Goals Most Effectively?

As we continue through our series on ‘Creating goals that teams will actually accomplish’, I want to share today about another crucial foundation to the goal setting framework: ACT  The actions and behaviours leaders and individuals need to embody to accomplish the goal most effectively.   1. Delegate control through facilitating performance I believe one of the biggest detractors to...

Leadership

PT. II – How To Create Goals That Your Teams Will Actually Accomplish

Last week we began a mini series on how to create goals that your teams will actually accomplish. I began to outline the importance of making a goal influenceable, predictable and measurable to increase engagement with teams and employees. Click here if you missed it. (go to link on my bio) I wanted to share with you today, the foundational framework of effective goal setting within teams: Cla...

Leadership

Removing Silo Mentalities

This week we close our mini series on ‘How to improve communication and behaviour in the work place’ with how to remove silo mentalities - if you missed: PT I: ‘Assumptions’  PT II: ‘Maps’  PT III: ‘Interdependent Communication Obstacles’  (Click the link in my bio to read these) PT. IV: Silo Mentalities: What is a Silo Mentality? The rise of silo mentalities in today...

Leadership

How To Create Goals That Your Teams & Organizations Will Actually Accomplish - Part I

Most teams and individuals experience frustration and apathy soon after setting a goal. Organizations expel huge amounts of energy, time, money and ideas in the pursuit of goals that in a matter of weeks, lose momentum for lack of engagement within the team. I believe that we can execute smarter when we keep the brain in mind. This means we know what motivates and engages employee behaviour towar...

Leadership

Improving Communication & Behaviour At Work PT. III - Interdependent Communication Obstacles

To continue our mini series on ‘How to improve behaviour and communication in the workplace’ we are going to explore the concept of ‘Interdependent communication obstacles’. If you missed Part I: ‘assumptions’ click here or Part II ‘Maps’ click here. There are 2 crucial obstacles that I believe are strong detractors of trust and a feeling of ‘safety’; the vital pillars to h...

Leadership

How To Improve Communication & Behaviour At Work PT. II

Last week we begun a mini series on understanding perception to improve behaviour and communication at work - if you missed Part 1 on ‘assumptions’ click here. This week we are surfacing the idea of ‘Maps’. The Map Is Not The Territory In team workshops I use a phrase called “the map is not the territory”. What this means is, we tend to develop “maps” in our minds that are not a...

Human Resources

How To Understand ‘Perception’ To Improve Behaviour & Communication At Work – Part I

We are about to launch into a 4-week series on how to understand ‘perception’ and people’s mentalities to better know how to improve behaviour and communication in the workplace.  This is important because when we know how to communicate better with ourselves and together as teams, we are more positive, resilient and intentional in how we manage different circumstances. We know how to avoi...

Leadership

How To Lessen The Rate Of Staff Dissatisfaction & Turnover

My last few blogs have been based around the 5 domains that our brains treat on the same plane as survival; status, certainty, autonomy, relatedness and finally, fairness. When these domains are triggered in a negative manner we draw upon the reptilian brain and we become threatened and begin to feel ‘unsafe’ in our environment. When these domains are driven in a negative way at work its hard...

Leadership

How To Become ‘World-Class’ At Utilising Your Time

I believe there are 3 levels that measure how we value of our most important commodity – time. The level at which you use your time will determine the proficiency and height of productivity in your tasks and projects. The three levels of using time Mediocre - these people are great at wasting time, they are happy to wait in line to get a seat at a restaurant, stay on hold for many minutes on ...

Leadership

High performance & emotions -the importance of adjusting our mental state

All organizations and leaders project an emotional climate that can either hinder or enhance performance. I believe emotions in the workplace are easily overlooked and undervalued when it comes to our personal performance, our performance at work and how we lead others. We experience 2 types of emotions: Survival zone emotions: Fear Anger Stress and uneasiness Performance zone emotions: Op...

Leadership

How to get the edge with your productivity

It’s not the amount of hours we work but the value we bring to those hours. We can learn to optimize peak performance by becoming congruent with our natural rhythms. This isn’t always easy because it requires that we schedule our priorities and not prioritise our schedule. One of the biggest mistakes we make is we see our daily ‘to-do list’ as an opportunity to take more action, to do mo...

Leadership

The science of ‘appreciation’ – how to boost employee moral

Our core needs If you read my previous blog on ‘How to leverage progress to boost employee motivation’ you might remember that there are 5 domains that our brains treat on the same plane as survival – here’s a quick recap on these domains: Much like our physiological needs such as water, food and shelter, there are also basic needs of the brain that if not consistently met will quickly ...

Human Resources

How to leverage ‘progress’ to boost employee motivation

Here’s the problem; we are great at setting strategic goals but often the problem is getting our teams to actually execute them – hindering progress. Most of the time it’s not because there aren’t enough goals set or that the team is incompetent at achieving them, but rather due to what we call the ‘execution gap’.  The importance of ‘Certainty’  Based on current brain scien...

Leadership

How to create high-energy atmospheres: 3 proven ideas leaders can use to inspire performance

All leaders are like thermostats. Their chief role is to be able to set the ‘temperature’ or culture of the work environment that enables a team to be able to flourish and produce a result. Below are 3 crucial behaviours that if modeled consistently will influence the ‘climate’ conducive to productive teams: 1. Give people your energy and not just your time (Develop ‘presence’) ...

Leadership

Mental dexterity. 3 things that emotionally strong people do

A hidden driver of high performing individuals is their mental dexterity or emotional fitness. Developing high levels of mental dexterity gives you greater confidence, meaning you are more likely to influence others and hold a higher degree of respect with your peers. It also helps you to become more adaptable and resilient in times of change and uncertainty, harnessing higher levels of self ef...

Leadership

How to motivate a staff member without using incentives

No human being you will ever meet does anything just for the sake of doing it. All human behaviour is motivated by a perception that what we are doing somehow meets one, or several, of our highest values. If an employee finds it hard to connect their professional responsibilities and what they are expected to do from day to day with the fulfillment of their highest values, how can we expect th...

Assembling Mentors, Advisors and Board Members

How to coach employees into peak performance

I’ve noticed there is one huge mistake that we make when it comes to solving problems with our staff and teams. We give our advice and solutions. As ironic as this may seem, one of the biggest challenges managers face is getting their staff motivated enough to find solutions to their own problems. According to recent research in the field of neuroscience, when people have their own insight, c...

Leadership

How to turn your team from passive followers Into proactive leaders

I believe our language patterns have the power to influence two things: what we see and how we feel. This, in turn, influences the results we get! Our words have the ability to hypnotize our view of reality and the opportunities that actually do exist. I remember recently browsing through the pantry looking for the salt and after looking for a good 10 seconds I began saying ‘its not here, I ...

Leadership

Building Flexible Leaders In Turbulent Times: A Prerequisite To Organisation Success

Whether it's an internal or external threat of a departmental move, change of management, an upcoming upheaval in organisational structure, or location or even future existence, leaders and employees are consistently facing turbulent times at work. The chaotic complexity this presents when performing on the job requires individuals to stay cool and flexible under pressure so that they can bend an...

Leadership

What Should You Do When Someone Pulls Your "Trigger"?

You have heard me share in previous articles on how negativity and unconscious fear activates the part of your brain that is not supportive of solutions, best decision making and creative of ideas. This is specifically referring to the part of the brain called the amygdala. Too often, when a leader withdraws and ignores their emotions, they disrupt their ability to make good decisions, getting...

Human Resources

Revealed: The # 1 Secret For Team Success

Why should we be concerned about how our staff feels at work? Surely there are more important issues to turn our attention to such as sales or marketing and operations, than team feelings and emotions? The truth is our brains are wired to process emotions in order of significance. Fear and inherent threat take top priority. If leaders are not aware and do not deal with strong "away states" in ...

Leadership

Your 2015 Game Plan

We are wired towards having goals and more importantly, actually achieving them. The nature of our biochemistry is to set and pursue a target, reach a metric or attain an outcome. I believe the number one reason why people become misaligned with their goals is that they don't make progress towards them. This may be because of the following reasons: A) An individual’s sponsoring thoughts or ...

Leadership

My 25 Best Quotes To Inspire Epic Personal Performance

I’d like to leave my final thoughts with you for 2014 by sharing 25 of the most liked quotes from my articles this year… Please use them around your office, with your teams or post them up on your wall as a reminder to create epic results in your own personal performance and with your teams… 25 quotes to Inspire Epic Performance 1. Leaders within an organization are called to be thermosta...

Home Based Business

Work Productivity: Are Your Environments Inspiring Or Expiring You?

In last week's blog, I touched on how to continue improving our work productivity by investing into one of our key assets - focus. Today I want to share specifically on our other key asset, energy, and the idea of environment. Everything in your life right now can be classed as an environment, which has either a low or high level of energy to it -- your mindset, your office, your phone, your hom...

Leadership

Overwhelmed at Work? Secrets on How To Maximise Your Focus

If you’re feeling as though you’re drowning amidst the emotion of being overwhelmed, you’re not alone. For many, each day involves a tremendous volume of work. I believe we all have the ability to increase our capacity and fast track our execution and the results we deliver each day if we invest into two key assets: our asset of focus and our asset of energy. I want to share specificall...

Leadership

How to Build Leaders In Your Workplace

Newly promoted managers and leaders find themselves in a position of leadership, yet often face the immense challenge of the more defining aspect of it - having influence, the ability to get people to engage or participate, and have people following and listening to you because they want to, not because they have to. I believe one of the most important leadership qualities common among great ...

Leadership

Developing A Leadership Mindset

I believe all of us are called to be leaders in many different arenas of life. Being a leader is less title and more mindset. My personal belief is that the word leader is a verb not a noun. We don’t wake up one day a leader, but rather we are always becoming leaders… Be ‘Process’ Not ‘Results’ Orientated An aspect of developing a leadership mindset with your team, your personal per...

Leadership

The Rules Of Engagement

The effectiveness of our communication is in the response we get. I’ve noticed despite having the right intentions, our intent can be completely misread when communicated poorly and we will often experience resistance to our goals and ideas. Have you ever… - Tried to introduce someone new to your team over a teleconference -- did it go the way you planned? - Tried to sell your idea and bee...

Leadership

How Does Mindfulness Make You A Better Leader?

If you were to ask me “Ben, what's one of the most paramount things you have ever learnt?” I would say “to cultivate the art of mindfulness and practicing being present as a way of living”. Mindfulness, I believe, is no longer an ancient eastern idea derived from Buddhist Anapanasati, but rather something critical to every human being. It is often missing as we journey through times of ma...

Leadership

How To Avoid The "Waiting For Motivation" Trap

Do you have a project or idea on the horizon but are waiting for that spark of motivation to ignite? Maybe you have a goal sitting in the pipeline and it seems monstrous, overwhelming or quite complex and from the outset, you fidget, delay or ignore it… Procrastination in the pursuit of motivation towards our goals, ideas and ambitions is what costs us many waking hours, keeps us burning the m...

Leadership

The Language Of Influence

Do you ever have those conversations with people and you feel like you just can't get through to them? Maybe you have consistently under performing employees, despite persistent encouragement… Teams that cooperate but don't collaborate… What is important to understand here is the crucial factor of rapport. Whether it’s in the office or at home, rapport is a key principle for success in all...

Leadership

How To Perform Under Pressure

“I just froze… and no matter how hard I tried I couldn’t find an answer to that interview question. I am a bit annoyed that I wasn’t prepared, it cost me the job…” This was the comment of an employee I spoke with recently that went for a job interview. However, he is not the only one that can tell of an experience like this. Today many of us faced regular moments of pressure such as: ...

Leadership

Boost Your Productivity: 3 Powerful Thoughts For Scheduling Your Schedule

Infinite distractions, pressing deadlines, the sheer volume of work on your desk!!... I believe this is a challenge many individuals face and I want to share with you 3 crucial thoughts that will encourage you to go to another level of excellence in your life, not just at work but in how you feel after you leave the office. 1. Create Time Margins If everything gets invested into only one aspect ...

Business Management

Overcome The ‘Imposter’ Syndrome

Do you ever have those moments where you feel completely out of your league, like you’re trying to perform in a shoe size that’s much too big for you? Or maybe it’s just the daily pressure of thinking that your best is never good enough! All of us, not just an unfortunate 1 or 2 individuals, experience this tension between responsibility and pressure. It’s like the higher we climb the gre...

Leadership

How To Manage Difficult Conversations

Being able to manage and communicate a difficult conversation with an employee is a skill all high-performing managers must master. When speaking with leaders and managers, often the reason they tend to avoid these conversations is because in the past they have had a confronting and negative reaction from an individual they have challenged. Regardless, not engaging in these much needed conversati...

Leadership

How To Hold An Effective Meeting

Today we bring together the final piece of our goal setting series: Evaluate- How are we going in our commitment to our top priorities?     This requires teams and organizations to: 1. Review progress regularly Having a system in place to know how we are doing in reaching an outcome, gives us a goal that is now measureable. We need a regular reality check of where we are and where we s...

Leadership

What Actions & Behaviours Do Leaders & Teams Need To Embody To Accomplish Goals Most Effectively?

As we continue through our series on ‘Creating goals that teams will actually accomplish’, I want to share today about another crucial foundation to the goal setting framework: ACT  The actions and behaviours leaders and individuals need to embody to accomplish the goal most effectively.   1. Delegate control through facilitating performance I believe one of the biggest detractors to...

Leadership

PT. II – How To Create Goals That Your Teams Will Actually Accomplish

Last week we began a mini series on how to create goals that your teams will actually accomplish. I began to outline the importance of making a goal influenceable, predictable and measurable to increase engagement with teams and employees. Click here if you missed it. (go to link on my bio) I wanted to share with you today, the foundational framework of effective goal setting within teams: Cla...

Leadership

How To Create Goals That Your Teams & Organizations Will Actually Accomplish - Part I

Most teams and individuals experience frustration and apathy soon after setting a goal. Organizations expel huge amounts of energy, time, money and ideas in the pursuit of goals that in a matter of weeks, lose momentum for lack of engagement within the team. I believe that we can execute smarter when we keep the brain in mind. This means we know what motivates and engages employee behaviour towar...

Leadership

Removing Silo Mentalities

This week we close our mini series on ‘How to improve communication and behaviour in the work place’ with how to remove silo mentalities - if you missed: PT I: ‘Assumptions’  PT II: ‘Maps’  PT III: ‘Interdependent Communication Obstacles’  (Click the link in my bio to read these) PT. IV: Silo Mentalities: What is a Silo Mentality? The rise of silo mentalities in today...

Leadership

Improving Communication & Behaviour At Work PT. III - Interdependent Communication Obstacles

To continue our mini series on ‘How to improve behaviour and communication in the workplace’ we are going to explore the concept of ‘Interdependent communication obstacles’. If you missed Part I: ‘assumptions’ click here or Part II ‘Maps’ click here. There are 2 crucial obstacles that I believe are strong detractors of trust and a feeling of ‘safety’; the vital pillars to h...

Leadership

How To Improve Communication & Behaviour At Work PT. II

Last week we begun a mini series on understanding perception to improve behaviour and communication at work - if you missed Part 1 on ‘assumptions’ click here. This week we are surfacing the idea of ‘Maps’. The Map Is Not The Territory In team workshops I use a phrase called “the map is not the territory”. What this means is, we tend to develop “maps” in our minds that are not a...

Human Resources

How To Understand ‘Perception’ To Improve Behaviour & Communication At Work – Part I

We are about to launch into a 4-week series on how to understand ‘perception’ and people’s mentalities to better know how to improve behaviour and communication in the workplace.  This is important because when we know how to communicate better with ourselves and together as teams, we are more positive, resilient and intentional in how we manage different circumstances. We know how to avoi...

Leadership

How To Lessen The Rate Of Staff Dissatisfaction & Turnover

My last few blogs have been based around the 5 domains that our brains treat on the same plane as survival; status, certainty, autonomy, relatedness and finally, fairness. When these domains are triggered in a negative manner we draw upon the reptilian brain and we become threatened and begin to feel ‘unsafe’ in our environment. When these domains are driven in a negative way at work its hard...

Leadership

How To Become ‘World-Class’ At Utilising Your Time

I believe there are 3 levels that measure how we value of our most important commodity – time. The level at which you use your time will determine the proficiency and height of productivity in your tasks and projects. The three levels of using time Mediocre - these people are great at wasting time, they are happy to wait in line to get a seat at a restaurant, stay on hold for many minutes on ...

Leadership

High performance & emotions -the importance of adjusting our mental state

All organizations and leaders project an emotional climate that can either hinder or enhance performance. I believe emotions in the workplace are easily overlooked and undervalued when it comes to our personal performance, our performance at work and how we lead others. We experience 2 types of emotions: Survival zone emotions: Fear Anger Stress and uneasiness Performance zone emotions: Op...

Leadership

Employee performance lagging? avoid this crucial mistake

A common challenge a manager faces is to consistently communicate with a ‘language of leadership’ that drives staff behaviour in the right direction. A manager becoming a catalyst to positive staff behaviour is crucial to increasing productivity in the workplace. When leaders evoke a positive ‘inner climate’ of thought and emotion in their employees, they persuade higher levels of creati...

Leadership

How to get the edge with your productivity

It’s not the amount of hours we work but the value we bring to those hours. We can learn to optimize peak performance by becoming congruent with our natural rhythms. This isn’t always easy because it requires that we schedule our priorities and not prioritise our schedule. One of the biggest mistakes we make is we see our daily ‘to-do list’ as an opportunity to take more action, to do mo...

Leadership

The science of ‘appreciation’ – how to boost employee moral

Our core needs If you read my previous blog on ‘How to leverage progress to boost employee motivation’ you might remember that there are 5 domains that our brains treat on the same plane as survival – here’s a quick recap on these domains: Much like our physiological needs such as water, food and shelter, there are also basic needs of the brain that if not consistently met will quickly ...

Human Resources

How to leverage ‘progress’ to boost employee motivation

Here’s the problem; we are great at setting strategic goals but often the problem is getting our teams to actually execute them – hindering progress. Most of the time it’s not because there aren’t enough goals set or that the team is incompetent at achieving them, but rather due to what we call the ‘execution gap’.  The importance of ‘Certainty’  Based on current brain scien...

Leadership

How to create high-energy atmospheres: 3 proven ideas leaders can use to inspire performance

All leaders are like thermostats. Their chief role is to be able to set the ‘temperature’ or culture of the work environment that enables a team to be able to flourish and produce a result. Below are 3 crucial behaviours that if modeled consistently will influence the ‘climate’ conducive to productive teams: 1. Give people your energy and not just your time (Develop ‘presence’) ...

Leadership

Mental dexterity. 3 things that emotionally strong people do

A hidden driver of high performing individuals is their mental dexterity or emotional fitness. Developing high levels of mental dexterity gives you greater confidence, meaning you are more likely to influence others and hold a higher degree of respect with your peers. It also helps you to become more adaptable and resilient in times of change and uncertainty, harnessing higher levels of self ef...

Leadership

How to motivate a staff member without using incentives

No human being you will ever meet does anything just for the sake of doing it. All human behaviour is motivated by a perception that what we are doing somehow meets one, or several, of our highest values. If an employee finds it hard to connect their professional responsibilities and what they are expected to do from day to day with the fulfillment of their highest values, how can we expect th...

Assembling Mentors, Advisors and Board Members

How to coach employees into peak performance

I’ve noticed there is one huge mistake that we make when it comes to solving problems with our staff and teams. We give our advice and solutions. As ironic as this may seem, one of the biggest challenges managers face is getting their staff motivated enough to find solutions to their own problems. According to recent research in the field of neuroscience, when people have their own insight, c...

Leadership

How to turn your team from passive followers Into proactive leaders

I believe our language patterns have the power to influence two things: what we see and how we feel. This, in turn, influences the results we get! Our words have the ability to hypnotize our view of reality and the opportunities that actually do exist. I remember recently browsing through the pantry looking for the salt and after looking for a good 10 seconds I began saying ‘its not here, I ...

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