April 29, 2019

April is Stress Awareness Month, so I wanted to check in and see how things are with you? I know it's been a while. Stress comes in different forms ...

October 24, 2018

I was privileged to speak recently at the Foster Care Queensland Conference. It’s a significant affair – 800 people from agencies, suppliers and many carers themselves. So it was no surprise that about 70% of this crowd identified as big Bananas.

Whatever your job, ther...

September 23, 2018

One of the reasons I love training is the chance to meet so many different people with different perspectives, which often challenge my own thinking and always teach me something new. This is intensified each time I run a public speaking workshop as participants often...

August 4, 2018

It’s a huge responsibility to hire people. And when you’re a small business owner, many of us don’t have the luxury of formal training in interview skills – you’re just supposed to pick it up as you go along.

So you write your job description and think about what you ne...

July 12, 2018

The trouble with any kind of behavioural or personality profiling is that the natural tendency to label someone, whether it is an ENTJ, a Red, an Eagle or an Apple. 

The secret is that while we can have some fun with it laughing at different traits, the labelling simply...

July 6, 2018

A mate of mine, who is slightly right of Genghis Khan, was complaining to me the other day that in this lefty idealist world he could barely open his mouth without being called a racist.

And perhaps he’s right. The word racism has been taken to a new level.

It used to be...

July 4, 2018

Small teams are better than large ones. Flight Centre allows no more than 7 in a team, and Jeff Bezos from Amazon says unless a team can be fed with two pizzas, the team is too large. (Mind you, the size of a pizza in the USA could feed a small village).

Small teams are...

June 22, 2018

You’re excited. You’ve got the job you were gunning for and now you’re heading into your first week as leader of your new team. You don’t know anything much about them – who’s going to be a problem and how will you handle them?

Well, as the song goes, before you accuse...

May 31, 2018

When we learn more about ourselves and others we have the choice to connect. What is stopping us getting through to this person?