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Welcome to my thoughts and insights around personal development. You will find pieces about leadership, self reflection and the hospitality industry. There is also recommend reading and various exercises and resources to assist with growing your awareness. Take some time to enjoy and I look forward to receiving your feedback.
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Quote of the week"Good fortune follows honesty. Fame follows sacrifice. Education follows practice. Intelligence follows hard work." Subhashita
- The leadership conversations you have to have
Susan Scott wrote about changing the world one conversation at a time in her book Fierce Conversations – we all know them, the talk we should have with someone but it sits there unsaid. In this TED talk she turns her attention to leadership. Her 19 minute talk is humorous but with a deadly serious …Planning projects – getting the critical path right
Understanding Critical Path – A great reminder from Seth Godin that when dealing with complicated projects we have to be really clear about what has to be done, by who, by when and make sure we are supporting the people who are delivering it and not getting in their way.The secrets to long term success – Sir Alex Ferguson
Sir Alex Ferguson was the most decorated football manager in English football history winning 38 domestic and international titles. He managed Manchester United for 26 seasons. In the October edition of the Harvard Business Review, a Harvard Business school professor, Anita Elberse, collaborates with Ferguson to discover the fundamentals of his highly successful approach to management. I was …The contradiction: intitiative vs. script and control
A great blog from Seth Godin. The closer you get to the front, the more power you have over the brand For me I really read in it one of the contradictions often faced in hospitality and the way we run our businesses. We want out people to serve guests and take initiative, but we put …A great quote reminding us that we must invest in leading ourselves
“Control is not leadership; management is not leadership; leadership is leadership. If you seek to lead, invest at least 50% of your time in leading yourself—your own purpose, ethics, principles, motivation, conduct. Invest at least 20% leading those with authority over you and 15% leading your peers.” Dee Hock (Founder and CEO Emeritus, Visa)Are you a manager or a leader? Test yourself
A subject that is often discussed and debated. This short blog by Vineet Neyar provides three simple tests for someone to assess whether they have moved from management to leadership. Click though to the article and learn more about the tests he describes. Counting value vs. creating value Circles of influence vs. circles of …Coaching: how it is viewed, used and the benefits
What CEOs really want from coaching If you are unsure how coaching is viewed and used and what its benefits are, this article by Gretchen Gavett summarising recent research by Stamford University/The Miles Group Survey gives some useful insights to how 200 CEOs, Board Directors and other senior directors view the subject.The importance of expressing emotions
Doug Sundheim explains that Good Leaders Get Emotional This is a good reminder that expressing our feelings and showing emotion is part of being authentic and an important ingredient of leadership. We often believe that to be effective and in control feelings have to be hidden, but the reality is that by hiding emotions and not …Formidable leadership – Seth Godin says it so well
Choosing to be formidable “Formidable leaders find the tough questions, and then, instead of being afraid to ask them, eagerly decide to seek out the answers. They dig in deep to the details that matter and ignore the ones that merely distract. They bite off more than others can chew but consistently avoid biting off …Conflict and Trust
“In talking about conflict we often talk about spending time resolving the conflict. If we spend the same amount of time building trust the result will be less conflict” Keith Ayers from Integro Learning said this during a webinar he was giving on using Everything DiSC Comparison reports to work through conflict between two individuals. …