Hard Work Is Not Enough: the unwritten guidelines to career success

I moderated an American Chamber of Commerce panel event at the Hilton Hotel in Sydney featuring former Qantas Chairman Margaret Jackson, Telstra Group Executive Brendon Riley, and leading technology executive and entrepreneur Jamila Gordon (who also happens to be my wife).

The Growth of Team Coaching: reflections from MC’ing the ICF Conference

icf-83The International Coach Federation Australasia Conference wrapped up a week ago, and my sense as Master of Ceremonies was that the 250 coaches and HR professionals who converged on the Gold Coast found it to be a rich and engaging experience, with a wonderful quality and diversity of speakers, and dynamic conversations everywhere.

Flex your leadership style: to suit different situations

When executives face a challenge (or opportunity), their thoughts typically turn to questions such as “Do I have the right team?” and “Have we clearly defined the problem?” While these are important to consider, there is another question that is absolutely crucial … and often overlooked:

“What is the nature of the system we’re operating in?”

Failing to ask this question – or getting the answer wrong – has ended careers and brought down companies.

Hiring Without Bias

Whether conscious or unconscious, hiring bias is real…and its a real problem. Study after study has shown that people tend to hire candidates who remind them of themselves, rather than the person best qualified for the job.