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2 03, 2021

Collaborative Overload?


According to Harvard Business Review, managers and employees are spending 50% more time in collaborative activities (virtual and face to face meetings, phone calls, e-mail) compared with 20 years ago. While collaboration and information sharing are vital in today’s interconnected world, it is important to ask if all of this collaboration is adding value. Collaborative activities account for up to 80% of some employees’ time – is the remaining 20% sufficient time to allocate to critical work they are personally responsible for delivering? When there is over-reliance on collaboration, the ‘best’ collaborators may get sucked into an energy sapping vortex of [...]

Collaborative Overload?2021-03-02T13:08:26+00:00
25 01, 2021

First, Make Sure You’re a Team, Then Set Yourselves Up for Success


‘We’re all in this together’ is a common slogan around Covid19 and I’ve seen it previously used referring to the economy, the environment, climate change and so on.  It’s put me thinking about the workplace and what ‘we’re all in this together’ means in the work context. For many ‘we’re all in this together’ is seen as synonymous with a call to teamwork.  Indeed we hear so much about teamwork and collaboration and the benefits accruing to organisations that get this right.  A quick check in the Harvard Business Review site yields 2,448 results - undoubtedly there are real benefits - [...]

First, Make Sure You’re a Team, Then Set Yourselves Up for Success2021-01-25T22:17:41+00:00
9 12, 2020

The Pitfalls of ‘Whether or Not’ Decisions


I was coaching a client some time back who was trying to decide if he would move on from his current role or stay put. We did an exercise where he explored the downsides of staying, the upsides of moving on and the upsides of staying – it seemed very clear that the energy and upsides around moving on were way stronger than those for staying in current role. Now he was the Managing Director of his current organisation and I had noticed that his face lit up whenever he talked about the work the organisation did, the people they took [...]

The Pitfalls of ‘Whether or Not’ Decisions2021-01-25T22:20:34+00:00
18 11, 2020

From Executive Coaching to Committed Partnerships


We’ve been using the time since the onset of Covid19 to think anew about how we bring value to our executive coaching clients. Client circumstances vary all the way from business closure/redundancies to pivoting their business to those who are experiencing significant growth and opportunity in these times. What is true for all is that change, whether planned or not, is engulfing them right now. We’ve been asking clients how we help them most and we’ve been reading current research and upskilling ourselves. And it seems to us that the coaching landscape is changing rapidly. Peter Hawkins talks about Coaching the [...]

From Executive Coaching to Committed Partnerships2020-11-18T17:27:22+00:00
16 11, 2020

What’s Your Leadership Purpose? 6 Questions to Get You Thinking!


What’s the difference you’re seeking to make in the world? As you go about your daily work and life do you have an over-arching intention? A commitment that enriches your day? An intent unique and precious to you? A purpose that when you’re honouring it you feel energised, decisions come easier, you’re buzzing, you’re pumping on all cylinders? And, when things go wrong, a purpose that endures and guides you, fuelling your resilience and persistence to prevail? Usually the wording of an intention looks very simple – something like ‘To ignite creativity’ ‘To connect and reach out’ ‘To ask questions and [...]

What’s Your Leadership Purpose? 6 Questions to Get You Thinking!2020-11-16T19:02:06+00:00
3 11, 2020

The Power of Core Values for Leadership


As I use this Covid19 time to ‘sharpen the saw’ as Stephen Covey exhorts us, I’m loving reading the latest edition of The Leadership Challenge by Kouzes & Posner. They’ve been researching for decades now on how to make extraordinary things happen in organisations. There’s so much talk all the time around organisational values and they’re important of course – provided that they’re real and not of the vanilla variety that we see so often accompanying organisational mission statements. What’s really bowled me over is Kouzes & Posner’s research showing the vital importance of our personal values as leaders – in [...]

The Power of Core Values for Leadership2020-11-05T12:47:05+00:00
16 03, 2018

International Women’s Day


To mark International Women’s Day 2018, we at Mojo For Leaders have combined our years of experience, training and research and our work with some amazing, inspirational female leaders to put together what we feel are the most valuable lessons in leadership for women. Here goes. You have power. Don’t be afraid of your power. Don’t be afraid of your vulnerability. Showing up fully owning both will make you a true force for positive change! Make friends with your internal critic! She(he) is there to serve a purpose. Understand that purpose and don’t let their voice drown out the  other positive, [...]

International Women’s Day2020-11-03T18:49:30+00:00
31 05, 2017

Leadership and Beyond


I was very fortunate to attend IMI & UCC’s Masterclass Series last week where Manfred Kets de Vries shared his thoughts and research on Leadership.  He immediately sparked my interest with his term the “authentizotic” organisation which in his words is an organisation where “people find meaning in and are captivated by their work”.  With this principle in mind what is the role of the leader and how do they create and build these types of organisations? Therein started a journey of exploration of the psychology of people and our “inner theatres”.  What is our “inner theatre” and what influences [...]

Leadership and Beyond2020-11-03T18:52:11+00:00
18 04, 2017

Mojo For Leaders Top Recommended Reads for Leadership


We've been asked to share our top 5 recommended reads for leadership but I am afraid we could only cut down our list as far as 6! Here are our 6 - we would love to hear what yours are.... 1. The Answer to How is Yes- Acting on What Matters by Peter Block. People keep asking ""How?"" as a defence against living their life, says best-selling author Peter Block. In this witty, insightful award-winning book, Block shows that many standard solutions and improvement efforts, reinforced by most of the literature, keep people paralyzed. Here he places the ""how to"" craze [...]

Mojo For Leaders Top Recommended Reads for Leadership2020-10-01T16:55:52+01:00