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Does work have you feeling depressed?

Posted by Phil Owens
Phil Owens
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on Tuesday, 07 January 2014
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I read yesterday that the 6th of January is the most depressing day of the year for Australians, because it is when most people start back at work after the Christmas break.

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Have you earned it?

Posted by Phil Owens
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on Tuesday, 20 August 2013
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Have you earned the right to serve your customers, or do they have to earn the right to be served by you?

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Global problems need specific solutions

Posted by Phil Owens
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on Wednesday, 06 March 2013
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Most of the problems we face in business and in life occur because we get stuck in abstract or global views of issues.

When we are certain that there are clear, concrete steps for achieving an outcome, we are able to take each step in the correct sequence to get our outcome.

In this way, ‘marketing plans’ are a great example of how we can break down a global concept (‘growing the business’ or ‘changing behaviour’) into a series of strategies and tactics which can be completed, one at a time., to get to the planned result.

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The key to leadership flexibility

Posted by Phil Owens
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on Monday, 21 January 2013
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When coaching clients, they often describe a desire to have 'better leadership flexibility' - or to see it in their staff.  Understanding leadership flexibility and how to create it is critical in business - and it is not as hard as most people think!

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Coaching that harms

Posted by Phil Owens
Phil Owens
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on Thursday, 29 November 2012
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I am working with a number of clients around the world as an executive coach.  People seek me out as a coach because they are looking for help – rather than harm.  Unfortunately, I am often seeing the tail of what has been ‘left’ from previous coaching experiences, or indeed even therapy, that has been harmful to the client.

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5 Core 'C's of taking great decisions

Posted by Phil Owens
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on Thursday, 30 August 2012
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Decision Making is one of the critical roles of leaders and managers.

It is also something that is often not done very well, or done for the wrong ‘reasons’.

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intent

Posted by Phil Owens
Phil Owens
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on Thursday, 19 July 2012
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Behind every behaviour is an intent.

 

When you sit in a meeting and there is someone up the back that behaves in a passive aggressive manner, you can wonder why they are behaving in that way.  Do they really WANT to annoy everyone and cause collaboration and performance to collapse?

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It defines you

Posted by Phil Owens
Phil Owens
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on Thursday, 12 July 2012
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How we define ourselves often sets the boundaries of what we believe is possible for us.  What if you could change your label and change your life?


I met with a client this week who reminded me of one of the ‘pitfalls’ of assessment.  At one point in a discussion, they came out with “I’m not very good like that BECAUSE I am an ENFP”.  I have had other clients say “Oh, but I’m a DI”.


In other words, they are using the outcomes of assessment tools that describe preferences to defend their behavioural rigidities or incapacities.  They become excuses as to why they can't live up to their potential.

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Success secrets

Posted by Phil Owens
Phil Owens
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on Thursday, 21 June 2012
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Success - we all have our own personal definitions of what 'success' means to us, and what it would look like in our lives, our careers and our relationships.  Helping people become successful in their lives is what I do.  It is my passion and my craft.  

As I reflected this week on some of the great people I have had the privilege to work with, I pondered the question "What makes people successful".  Here are a few thoughts for a rainy Melbourne morning, I would love to hear any others that you have:

Successful people have high standards.  The 'not negotiables' for successful people are really clear and revolve around how they treat themselves and others.  Successful people value themselves and others, and set clear rules and very high standards for themselves in terms of caring, sharing, ethics and values.  People with highly flexible morals, ethics or personal standards are looking for the 'short cut' rather than the 'short path' to success.

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The sound-bite of success

Posted by Phil Owens
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on Thursday, 10 May 2012
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"We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too. "

President John F. Kennedy, September 12, 1962, at Rice University, Houston, Texas

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Will you risk it?

Posted by Phil Owens
Phil Owens
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on Thursday, 26 April 2012
in Leadership

I was coaching a client on their approach to decision making. In their risk-averse organisation, decisions were rarely taken, and this was leading to a high level of frustration in my client, who was really keen to get things done.

Taking decisions as a manager or leader involves a certain amount of risk. We can never have all the information. In fact, we take decisions where we cannot know all the information, because the knowledge of the success or failure of the decision we take exists only in the future.

As I worked with this client, I outlined how the process of taking decisions is really about risk and reward. In the human brain, we are more sensitive to avoiding risk than to seeking reward. This makes sense as a survival strategy, but in terms of making quality decisions will often reduce decision making to risk avoidance. In organisations that are ‘defensive’, this need for survival skyrockets and can bring decision making to a stand-still.

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My WORST ever client!

Posted by Phil Owens
Phil Owens
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on Thursday, 22 March 2012
in Leadership

I have just returned from working in Europe, where I spent a fair bit of time with one particular client - possibly the worst client I will ever have.

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Play it again, Sam!

Posted by Phil Owens
Phil Owens
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on Tuesday, 07 February 2012
in Leadership

Here is a precautionary tale of how not to treat your customers, along with some ‘suggestions’ of where some coaching interventions could make a difference.

This story is true, only the names have been changed to protect the innocent/ignorant.

Colin bought himself a near-new demonstrator car from a well-known local dealer. He dealt with Sam the salesman, and was really happy with the experience. Soon after the purchase, a strange noise emerged from the front of the car.

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