Improving for yourself or others?

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blind%20spotUndertaking any kind of 360° feedback can be scary.  Who wants to look at not only how they rate themselves but what other people really think of them?  That niggling voice in the back of your head might ask “What if everyone hates me?”

Well, chances are they don’t – but you may be surprised with the results. Continue reading

The 18/40/60 phases of approval driven thinking

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john maxwellI read a brilliant insight around approval driven thinking and it’s stages as it relates to your age from John Maxwell in his excellent book called the Five Levels of Leadership.  He discussed in depth how approval driving thinking i.e. the need to please takes you away from being your best you.  He equated the approval stages you go through to certain ages which I have interpreted with my own perspective in the following way: Continue reading

How do you give back?

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light_bulb_memoryEvery week I receive several requests from friends, colleagues and organisations to provide donations to non-profit organisations and charities. I am personally, and within our business fortunate to be in the position where I am able to provide cash donations to the causes I believe are worthwhile.

It wasn’t until a few months ago when I joined the committee for one of our children’s sporting clubs that I realised that there were other ways I could contribute so much more.

It is very easy for us to open our wallets and give a cash donation to non-profit organisations and charities we believe in, or have a personal connection with, regardless of whether this donation is large or small. The reality is that Continue reading

The real value behind any success (and failure)

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airbus 1024x768_SydneySince commencing on our journey with BRS, we have been lucky enough to have a lot of success.  This includes reaching ambitious targets, delivering great client work, achieving our desired culture, challenging ourselves to be better every day as well as winning a number of great awards.

The other side to this has also been the failures or what I like to call learning’s.  There have been many over the journey!  Perhaps too many to recall!  These include the wrong recruitment decisions, wrong partners and clients, growth in areas that we should have not pursued and a lack of focus on what is important which has meant we have been distracted at times.

What is interesting is Continue reading

The BRS culture difference

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Happy-AngryI have recently begun an internship at BRS and am already experiencing what I can only describe as a positive “culture shock”. BRS has, what is described in Human Synergistics as, a “constructive culture”. Constructive culture is broadly broken down into the following elements/traits: achievement, self-actualising, humanistic-encouraging and affiliative. This culture feels like a completely foreign corporate environment to me: the culture is accepted and embodied by all staff members; everyone enjoys, and feels empowered to do, the work they are doing; feedback is shared within the team regularly and, most importantly, constructively; the team works harmoniously; productivity is very high; and consequently, everyone actually has a work/life balance.

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Learning how to say “no”!

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sayNOWhen you start your career as a graduate you find yourself constantly saying yes. Putting your hand up for everything, as you strive to prove yourself within your organisation. You are young, energetic, full of ideas and willing to have a go and take on tasks that are going to challenge you. You look forward to being given opportunities that will allow you to grow and develop as you find what you are passionate about. It is also these same qualities that I look for when hiring new graduates and interns. You must demonstrate your Continue reading

Like moths to a lightbulb – the reactive nature of many leaders

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moths lightbulbI wrote a recent blog that talked about the chasing of revenue that many organisations pursue to the detriment of focussing on profit.  It provoked good interest from our blog followers including a regular blog follower and client called Adam who always has some great insights and comments with respect to the topics we raise.

One of the comments he mentioned that really struck a chord with me is Continue reading

Giving up the power trip – the courage to be vulnerable

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red balloonsIn May 2012 I went through my very first Life Styles Inventory survey (LSI) and became an accredited practitioner with Human Synergistics at the same time. Having access to and a deep understanding of these tools has been a complete game changer for me in my professional life as a coach and facilitator, but even more amazingly it has changed how I am in my personal life… I am finally learning to take the pressure off and give up the power trip!

When I first received my LSI 1 results (my own thinking) I was not at all surprised to see Continue reading

Work Hard or Play to Strengths?

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strengths_zone2I love the saying play to your strengths, as PLAY is exactly what it feels like when you are doing what you love and what you are good at.  It is energising, rewarding and you have that awesome sense of accomplishment.  Sadly for many, this feeling is rare in their 9-5 jobs.

Wouldn’t it be great to have more of that feeling of playing to our strength at in our day to day work lives? Do more of the things that we love and are good at.  Imagine if we gave that gift of being able to play to strengths to our employees.  As energy levels rise and passion increases, so would productivity.

Too often when a team or an individual is under performing, we focus on Continue reading

Creating business opportunities by disrupting industries

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innovation8Since leaving corporate life four and a half years ago, I have been very focused on building a great business in BRS.  It has been a business focused on a niche in our key industries of government, infrastructure and government providing specialised services to organisations, projects and people.

We have enjoyed building this business and it has been very successful.  Great clients, opportunities to learn and grow and terrific outcomes achieved.  On top of this, we have built a high performance culture, strong team and entrepreneurial approach to future opportunities.

What has occurred as we have built our business is the shift in thinking about what is possible.  A little over eighteen months ago, we had the choice to either Continue reading