nLIVEn - Blog - The Lego Master

Have You Met The Lego Master?

We all have a purpose in life. We are not here to simply “survive” or “get by.” Each one of us have talents and abilities that make us unique and special. But do we know what those talents are? Some of us have found our purpose and are using those talents, while others are unsure […]

Great Delegating Is Like A Great Game Of Tennis

Tennis is my game of choice when it comes to sport. I also find tennis is a useful metaphor for how we need to play – both in business and life. Firing off lots of email messages to people in your team/s is like blindly hitting tennis balls – you don’t know whether your balls actually […]

Cone of Silence

Do you need to retreat to the ‘cone of silence’ more often?

Former Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, says she wishes she did. Gillard, now chair of the Global Partnership for Education, recently told a Melbourne audience that three leadership lessons had crystalised for her during her short-lived time as prime minister: the importance of having a sense of purpose, knowing the difference between what she termed “the urgent and […]

nLIVEn - Blog - Found Your Purpose

Have You Found Your Purpose?

Have you found your purpose in life? Many people have asked me how I found my purpose. While I am happy to be doing what I love to do, it didn’t happen overnight. It was more of a gradual realization. Planting Seeds It happened for me in 3 stages, with the first being when I […]

The Why CEOs Fail Toolkit

The Why CEOs Fail Toolkit is a personal set of resources specifically designed to help you apply five lessons for becoming a better CEO. In the special report entitled “Why CEOs Fail”, I outline a handful of practical steps you can take to avoid becoming the bottleneck when growing your business. You may have found […]

Uncollapsing Marketing and Sales

One of the things I observe executives and business owners alike find difficult to do is to simply and confidently explain the difference between sales and marketing. At nLIVEn, we distinguish the difference as follows: Marketing: primarily responsible for lead generation more specifically, to generate leads that translate into revenue (as my colleague Brett Bonser from Align.me pointed […]

Coaching is training or development in which a person called a coach supports a learner in achieving a specific personal or professional goal.

Coaching 202 – Understanding the three kinds of Professional Coaching

In Coaching 101, I provided an introduction to Professional Coaching, explaining what it is and how it helps people. In brief: Coaching is training or development in which a person called a coach supports a learner in achieving a specific personal or professional goal. Coaching is something that parents, teachers, tutors, managers, consultants and board […]

Are You a Change Taker, or a Change Maker?

Change is a part of life, and in today’s world change happens faster than ever. This break-neck pace of change can be overwhelming to CEOs who resist it, and in order to be effective in our roles, we have to learn to competently and comfortably manage and adapt to change. Individuals will need to adapt, […]

How to Harness Untapped Potential

How to Harness Untapped Potential

People say that running a business is a lonely journey. But that’s the case only if you let it be. To run a successful organisation, it’s your responsibility to surround yourself with other people, with different mindsets, talents, strengths and ambitions. And it’s also your responsibility to harness their leadership potential… natural or otherwise. Understanding […]

Coaching 101

Coaching 101 – An introduction to Professional Coaching

Coaching is training or development in which a person called a coach supports a learner in achieving a specific personal or professional goal. Coaching is something that parents, teachers, tutors, managers, consultants and board members do day-to-day when they invest time in improving other people’s performance. There are a couple fundamental differences between coaching and […]

Promoting Performance

Promoting Performance – Leveraging Teams

As CEOs, our job is to keep our businesses healthy, which means growing, evolving, adapting and coming up with creative solutions to problems, leading to success and profit. Yet at times, it is undeniable that we ourselves or our respective organisations get stuck. This is perfectly natural, and rather than panic when this happens we […]

How To Encourage Engagement

The idea of employee engagement has become a hot topic yet largely elusive concept in recent years, popularized by the Gallup Organisation and their strengths based approach to talent development. To deliver excellent outcomes, CEOs need to be able to encourage engagement at all levels of the organization on every task and project. I know […]

Your Life As Art

Your Life As Art

If you are a person with formal authority in your organisation, it is likely that you have a vision for the enterprise, or at least your “corner” of it. That’s great (and essential) but it also becomes easy to see those working for you as an extension of you. They become part of your own […]

Keeping Your Promises

This one might sound like a no-brainer, but it is still an effective and yet (too often) overlooked step. By showing that you can keep your word, you build up a culture of trust. We have all seen business owners and executives who might have great intentions, but are not reliable enough to follow through […]

Inverting the Pyramid

When you think about a typical organisation chart, it looks like a pyramid, with the people in senior leadership and management positions at the top of the pyramid. As you work your way down, you’ll find customer service staff and administrative employees at the bottom. In other words, the “big wigs” are at the top, […]

Weeding The Garden

The average workday is 8 hours, which equates to 40 hours a week. However, for many employees and managers alike, the hours worked per week can quickly exceed 50 or 60.  As a result, many people spend more time with their co-workers than they do with their own families. A University of Michigan survey found […]

Do You Suffer from a Lack of Focus?

You would not be the first executive I have diagnosed with Executive Attention Deficit Disorder (EADD) – a condition I coined for the negative cumulative effect of having to constantly make important decisions that periodically affects executives and entrepreneurs alike. You may recognise some of the following feelings associated with a loss of focus; frustration, […]

Asking Forgiveness

Are you an unnatural leader? In the previous blog we talked about recognizing the face of an unnatural leader. We may all have a certain vision of what they look like, but if you look in the mirror, you will see one there as well. We ALL have the ability to become unnatural leaders. The […]

Do You Recognise the Face of an Unnatural Leader?

In my special report “Untapped”, I introduce the idea of an “Unnatural Leader”. It is a concept that I coined as a result of coaching and mentoring hundreds of CEOs and Managing Directors over the past fifteen years on how to harness more of the leadership potential within their organisations. One of the spoken (or […]

Why “Clarity” is Crucial to Your Success as a CEO

Clarity is an extremely important concept. It is one many CEO’s and executives don’t focus on until it is too late. Without clarity a CEO will quickly find himself and his organisation in trouble. Lacking clarity is a leadership failure, but it is a temporary one. It is one which can be easily resolved and […]