Leading Globally: Four International Business Leaders Share Their Insights

The opportunities for exporting or going global are obvious, such as entering new markets, better positioning, spreading risk, and achieving growth and scale.  There are any number of challenges that a bank adviser will tell you such as exchange rates and fluctuations, payment terms, logistics time frames, legal requirements, customs and tariffs.  But what about theContinue reading “Leading Globally: Four International Business Leaders Share Their Insights”

A Matrix to Understand Winning Cultures

In my experience, many leaders look for a silver bullet to achieve a winning culture.  Many are often frustrated because they are doing so many of the right things but still feel they don’t have the winning formula – but there is no one thing.  The reality is, is that building a culture is aContinue reading “A Matrix to Understand Winning Cultures”

No8 Wired – Enabling a Culture of Innovation

We like to think that as kiwis we are pretty innovative and draw this back to our heritage as pioneers (both Maori and Pakeha) on the land solving problems by using what they had around them, invariably a spare piece of number 8 wire. Perhaps it is simply as atomic scientist Ernest Rutherford said “WeContinue reading “No8 Wired – Enabling a Culture of Innovation”

You Can’t Outsource Leadership

I recently had an occurrence where a client asked me to come and start coaching one of their staff members.  As I do with many organisations, I assist the CEO by coaching some his team to be better leaders, giving them parallel coaching guidance, tools and techniques to help develop their leadership skills. However onContinue reading “You Can’t Outsource Leadership”

Timeless Advice for New Leaders

My eldest daughter just got appointed to her first leadership role which is fantastic.  So I thought I would jot down a few key guiding ideas for her (and others) to consider, because making the transition from being a team member to being a leader is never easy. New managers are often under-prepared for theContinue reading “Timeless Advice for New Leaders”

Oh Crap…! Leading in a Crisis

We have all had those days – when the crap hits the fan and we are leading in a crisis.  Some of my examples when leading organisations have been:  A soldier accidentally shooting himself in the leg when training on the range; getting called at two in the morning and told we need 100 troopsContinue reading “Oh Crap…! Leading in a Crisis”

Business Leadership Lessons from the Infantry

I left the military ten years ago having served 24 years in the infantry, including six operational tours of duty to different conflict zones.  I have been in the public and private business sectors since then.  I find it interesting that I often utilise key principles or concepts I learnt in the infantry to helpContinue reading “Business Leadership Lessons from the Infantry”