‘Management 101’ – in two words

Recently, a newly promoted friend was having a chat about ‘management 101’ – the how to get your head around being a manager for the first time type of conversation. Halfway through the chat, my friend stopped and asked a very interesting question regarding the best way to communicate with their new team members. "What's the best phrase or couple of words I could use to really show I want to be a good, caring, leader?", they asked. It's a fascinating question and one that got me thinking. ...
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A maker of men

The tributes to Australian rules coach Allan 'Yabby' Jeans this week have focused on his legacy not only as a coach but as an exceptional leader. I often blog about leadership and read widely about leadership best practice. Well, throw away your leadership books - and read, and watch, and then listen to these tributes to Allan Jeans on Melbourne's 3AW website to start with, then read and watch some of the links to some great examples of journalism. Bookmark the video. Watch it over and over a...
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How a wrong number was a good reminder of great leadership

Earlier today I had a call from a colleague I used to work for and with in my previous role in Canberra. It was an, admittedly, unexpected call – he’d somehow still had my mobile in his speed dial and had meant to ring my successor. As it turned out, I was glad he got the number wrong! It was a brief chat and a chat that had all the qualities of why it’s easy to recognise good leaders: Humility, quiet humour, and a genuine desire not to talk about themselves but about you, people you both ...
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Seagulls can’t eat chips if you don’t take the chip out of the bag!

This post is prompted by a discussion last night on Channel 10?s Before the Game and the conversation around a footballer’s recent tweet. My friend Trevor Young (@trevoryoung) and I were having a natter on Twitter about what had happened and that the media, days later, were still talking about it. The issue and content of the tweet is irrelevant – it’s the lesson that can be learned. Trevor rightly said The ultimate irony of course is the media loves this controversy – gives ‘em someth...
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Reviewed – Barassi

At the outset, let me declare I’ve been a Melbourne Football Club supporter since I can remember. Flower, Grinter, Stynes. I wore number 2 on my school footy jumper and treasured the autographed photo from Robbie Flower. Barassi was a name spoken with the same reverence as Ted Whitten. That said, I knew little of the history of the Dees, less, to be honest about Norm Smith. I am therefore very glad I read Peter Lalor’s book, simply entitled ‘Barassi’. This book isn’t about one man; though it i...
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CEOs – leading – or waiting for the press clips when it’s too late?

Some months ago I posted the article below and for some reason it's come up as one of the most read pieces on my blogs in the last few weeks - I'm not sure why, but it has. It's a long article but some months later, I think the issues it raises are just as valid as even, if not more. Even in the last six-eight months since the Media140 conference in Canberra, Twitter has become more important for the dissemination and positioning of critical information, which if led properly and imp...
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Reviewed – Soldier

General Colin Powell, is, arguably, one of the most well-known Americans of the past decades - a solider, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, National Security Advisor, and then, eventually, Secretary of State. The biography on him, by Karen deYoung, is, to be honest, very long - but that's not necessarily to its detriment. It's as much a history of America and American politics, of American military history and of the Byzantine world of Republican politics in the first term of President Geo...
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Respect

Respect. It's something we offer of ourselves to people who deserve, for whatever reason, a mark, an acknowledgement, a recognition, of their role and who they are. Sometimes, it comes begrudgingly. Sometimes it is not offered at all - as, it could be argued, we saw yesterday with the interview of the Prime Minister on 2GB. It was further reinforced when I went to the rugby here in Melbourne last night and listened in the background to a Dad telling his son on the way in "we call the referee '...
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PowerPoint-less?

It's not personal at all. I am a good Word for Windows person. Autocorrect and I have had a strong, close, mutually beneficial working relationship for years - mind you when you're writing 'organisational communication' often for your degree, you'd hope so! I have got Excel to the point where my personal and work budgets work (well, the former kinda!); and in a galaxy far far etc a long time ago, I used Access databases, too. But I have a confession. A confession of a speechwriter, who wrote ...
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Twitter – just a modern-day town square. Or whatever you think it is.

Okay - here's a suggestion, an idea, a challenge - something that's sure to raise the ire of some people: There are no great secrets about Twitter - no world-changing mass movement of communication, no new age of Twitter- aquarius. It's just a thing we use to talk - briefly - and pop out our thoughts (and occasionally - links). It's not the first, or second, or third or whatever - coming of a better world - and no matter how much you may wish for the good old days of Twitter before those horr...
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