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Getting out of Kansas

At a big four bank one of the staff made a revealing observation to me, “I have been here two years and I am still doing the same things and I haven’t developed at all.” Aside from disputing that you could be in an organisation for two years and have experienced no improvement the real [...]

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Who is Coaching You?

As part of my role at Port Power I would coach the coaches(there was nine) most weeks. Sometimes it would be just bouncing ideas off me and at other times it would be a conversation around how to approach a particular issue in a constructive way. I personally have two people who I view as [...]

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Boosterism

I look forward to my weekly cricket lessons and I have a great coach however sometimes he praises me or tries to protect me after I have just edged a delivery through the slips with a, “Great shot, that’s four.” I reply, “You don’t think a chest high edge to first slip is probably out?” [...]

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Feedback

“We need very strong ears to hear ourselves judged frankly, and because there are few who can endure frank criticism without being stung by it, those who venture to criticize us perform a remarkable act of friendship, for to undertake to wound or offend a man for his own good is to have a healthy [...]

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The FAST Track to Excellence

Yesterday we presented the First Australlians Standing Tall program (a version of PX2) to 30 indigenous teenagers from all over SA at Mawson Lakes, Adelaide. The themes were that we sometimes limit ourselves by the way we think, that the self image can act like a regulator of our performance and our ability to tap [...]

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Belief Based Safety

Frequently people are incredulous when they hear of a story in which output was put ahead of the safety of others. Intellectually we understand it, however many of us struggle to believe it can happen outside of England in 1720. Usually when it happens it is a clear sign of what we really value. Schneider [...]

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It’s All About You

Quotes from participants of He Tangata , It’s All About You “Really enjoyable…excellent…great tools for work,family and life in general.” “Very insightful and thought provoking…and really worthwhile.” Well worth attending…and  very good to help to talk to people in a positive way…” “…I learnt a lot…interesting and mindopening program.” The two day “It ‘s All [...]

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Difficult Conversations

Sometimes with staff, peers or family members we need to raise an issue and we know it is going to cause a little angst with the other person for a range of reasons starting from they genuinely don’t believe it, to they do not want to believe it to, and ,sometimes, they have strategic reasons [...]

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Still Predicting the Future

Extract from “In Search of The Tipping Point” (Yet to be published) “Humans are tribal animals, we are hard wired to fit in with our tribe. We read the signals about what it takes to fit in and we adapt our behaviour accordingly. This is a survival strategy. If we cannot do this we either [...]

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ANZAC DAY

Below is an extract from a diary I kept when coaching in the VFL. ANZAC DAY – Extract from “A Year in the VFL.” …Earlier Dave(the senior coach) and I spoke about the use of war stories and metaphors in an ANZAC pre match address and neither of us thought it appropriate for us personally. [...]

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