NAIDOC Week is a time to celebrate First Nations people's culture and connection to Country and waters.
During National Reconciliation Week (27 May-3 June 2022), we all need to remember that every time we gather, we meet on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Lands. In our genuine acknowledgement of Country, we show that we know and recognise that we are on First Nations Lands.
Over recent years I have witnessed an upward trend of planning in 12 month cycles.
When coming together digitally with leaders in your organisation, the meeting often becomes very task focussed. With the past couple of years demanding a significant increase in video conferencing as our default meeting platform, it's time that we re-introduce the human element of connection.
Whilst we all navigate the ups and downs of Covid as leaders, being flexible is vital.
Your organisation’s Vision is a beacon, encouraging others to follow. Not to be confused with goals or values, it represents your organisation’s unique destination.
At the end of each year, I like to reflect on past successes and challenges – to learn from them and take this wisdom forwards. I do 2 things – firstly I create a visual diagram (as below) which helps me to focus and organise my thinking. My ‘big’ learnings usually cost me emotionally as I debate with myself how best to proceed, thinking through options, taking the impact on myself and others into account, then making and implementing a decision. So why not gain a continuous benefit from this effort?
Out on my early morning walk recently, I was fascinated to discover a small army of green ants dragging their dinner, a piece of a large dead earth worm, up a tree – straight up, vertically – no mean effort.
Most of us work in teams, sometimes multiple teams, both within our workplace and across other organisations. When things go smoothly, we tend not to notice – but when the team is not working well, it causes all sorts of problems.
This is a question that I frequently ask leadership training participants and those I mentor. The responses are always geared towards people spending a much higher percentage of their time in management rather than leadership – this includes CEOs and very senior leaders. There is no ideal formula, rather I suggest knowing how you are spending your time and making sure that, the more senior you are, the more time you are spending in leadership activities.