The Thoughtful Leader Podcast with Ben Brearley

Ben Brearley

Short, sharp leadership advice for leaders and managers who care about the performance and job satisfaction of their teams.

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It’s a common problem for thoughtful leaders – taking on too much work to handle. Often, this comes from trying to help others more than we are trying to help ourselves. This is an admirable quality, but it can land us in hot water. In this episode, I look at some of the common causes of taking on too much, and of course, what we can do about them. Like the Show? Leave a Review On Apple Podcasts ✅ 👍 If you like this episode, please take a few minutes to leave a review on Apple Podcasts (Note: you have to scroll to the bottom to leave a review). Your review really helps me to reach a wider audience of thoughtful leaders, so we can improve workplaces around the world. I appreciate you taking the time! 🙏 Book Your Discovery Coaching Session I invite you to a 90-minute Discovery Coaching Session, where we will: Get clear on your most important goals and what is most important to you Identify blockers and limiting beliefs that are holding you back; and Develop key actions you can take to move forward and make progress. You will leave the Discovery Coaching Session with a sense of clarity, purpose and practical steps to move you forward. 👉 Click here to learn more and apply for your Discovery Coaching Session. 👈 Show Links:  Article: Taking On Too Much? Here’s Why. Article: Don’t Have a Clear Team Purpose? Here’s Why You Need One. Podcast: Thoughtful Leader Podcast #81: The Power of Setting a Direction for Your Team (and how to do it). Podcast: Thoughtful Leader Podcast #80: What to Do When You Have Too Many Priorities. Article: Is Optimism Bias Sabotaging Your Leadership? Article: How Short Term Thinking Leads to Bad Leadership. Podcast:  Thoughtful Leader Podcast #92: Struggling to Say No? Try These 5 Ways! Resource: UK Government guidelines and calculators. Coaching: Apply for your Discovery Coaching Session.

Dec 1

16 min 26 sec

There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all approach to leadership. Every team is made up of different individuals with varied goals, motivations and personalities.  As a result, you can’t just treat every team you lead the same way. To make matters more complex, every organisation is different too.  However, all is not lost. In my experience, there are a few main factors that I take into account when leading people, and in this episode I’m going to share them with you! Like the Show? Leave a Review On Apple Podcasts ✅ 👍 If you like this episode, please take a few minutes to leave a review on Apple Podcasts (Note: you have to scroll to the bottom to leave a review). Your review really helps me to reach a wider audience of thoughtful leaders, so we can improve workplaces around the world. I appreciate you taking the time! 🙏 Book Your Discovery Coaching Session I invite you to a 90-minute Discovery Coaching Session, where we will: Get clear on your most important goals and what is most important to you Identify blockers and limiting beliefs that are holding you back; and Develop key actions you can take to move forward and make progress. You will leave the Discovery Coaching Session with a sense of clarity, purpose and practical steps to move you forward. 👉 Click here to learn more and apply for your Discovery Coaching Session. 👈 Show Links: Article: What Leadership Style Should You Use and When? Article: Tailoring Your Leadership Approach: Key Factors to Consider. Article: 3 Simple Tips For Successfully Managing Experienced People. Article: Risk & Reward: How to Provide Development Opportunities For Your Team. Podcast: Thoughtful Leader Podcast #132: Would You Rather Be Liked or Respected? Leadership Coaching: Apply for your complimentary coaching session here.

Nov 22

15 min 39 sec

Many of us are still caught in the busyness mindset – where we feel like we should be rushing around busy all day. However, in my experience, I’ve found that this is not a great way to show up as a leader. Doing less is the key, allowing us to focus our effort to our most important priorities.  In this episode, I look at some of the key benefits of doing less, and some ways that you can make it happen in your work environment.  What steps can you take to start doing less today? Book Your Discovery Coaching Session I invite you to a 90-minute Discovery Coaching Session, where we will: Get clear on your most important goals and what is most important to you Identify roadblocks that are holding you back; and Develop key actions you can take to move forward and make progress. You will leave the Discovery Coaching Session with a sense of clarity, purpose and practical steps to move you forward. 👉 Click here to learn more and apply for your Discovery Coaching Session. 👈 Like the Show? Leave a Review On Apple Podcasts ✅ 👍 If you like this episode, please take a few minutes to leave a review on Apple Podcasts (Note: you have to scroll to the bottom to leave a review). Your review really helps me to reach a wider audience of thoughtful leaders, so we can improve workplaces around the world. I appreciate you taking the time! 🙏 Show Links:  Article: Why Doing Less Is Better Leadership. Podcast: Thoughtful Leader Podcast #81: The Power of Setting a Direction for Your Team (and how to do it). Podcast: Thoughtful Leader Podcast #58: Why Leaders Should Do More Planning (and Why They Don’t). Leadership coaching: Apply for your complimentary Discovery Session. 

Nov 16

16 min 39 sec

Many people “Like” all the nice leadership quotes on social media, and there seems to be an overwhelming amount of agreement of what constitutes good leadership.  So why do we continue to see bad leadership happening in our workplaces? In this episode, I take a look at some of the causes of bad leadership that I notice, and some steps thoughtful leaders can take to try to avoid them and make their organisation a better place to work. Show Links:  Leadership Coaching: Get in touch and apply for your complimentary Discovery Coaching Session.

Nov 9

15 min 47 sec

Many thoughtful leaders suffer from the common problem of putting their own needs last, and focusing on everyone else first.  This is admirable, but over time, this can lead to a situation where you are working on everyone else’s priorities and sacrificing your own time and effort. It’s hard to lead effectively in this situation! In this episode, I look at some good ways to start putting yourself first and setting boundaries, so you can lead effectively and show up as the best leader you can be, each day. Book Your Discovery Coaching Session I invite you to a 90-minute Discovery Coaching Session, where we will: Get clear on your most important goals and what is most important to you Identify blockers and limiting beliefs that are holding you back; and Develop key actions you can take to move forward and make progress. You will leave the Discovery Coaching Session with a sense of clarity, purpose and practical steps to move you forward. 👉 Click here to learn more and apply for your Discovery Coaching Session. 👈 Like the Show? Leave a Review On Apple Podcasts ✅ 👍 If you like this episode, please take a few minutes to leave a review on Apple Podcasts (Note: you have to scroll to the bottom to leave a review). Your review really helps me to reach a wider audience of thoughtful leaders, so we can improve workplaces around the world. I appreciate you taking the time! 🙏 Show Links: Article: How to Put Yourself First: A Guide For Leaders. Podcast: Thoughtful Leader Podcast #80: What to Do When You Have Too Many Priorities. Article: Setting Boundaries at Work: Why It’s Crucial. Leadership Coaching: Get in touch and let’s start a conversation. 

Nov 2

15 min 23 sec

Many thoughtful leaders have a habit of overthinking things.  It’s great to be thoughtful, but too much thinking can turn into a lack of action. You can also tie yourself in knots trying to come up with the perfect plan or strategy, when simply getting on with the task might be a better use of your time. However, we don’t overthink things because we like it. We do it for a reason. In this episode, I take a look at why you might be overthinking and some steps in place to try to reduce this behaviour so you can get on and start taking action! Book Your Discovery Coaching Session I invite you to a 90-minute Discovery Coaching Session, where we will: Get clear on your most important goals and what is most important to you Identify blockers and limiting beliefs that are holding you back; and Develop key actions you can take to move forward and make progress. You will leave the Discovery Coaching Session with a sense of clarity, purpose and practical steps to move you forward. 👉 Click here to learn more and apply for your Discovery Coaching Session. 👈 Like the Show? Leave a Review On Apple Podcasts ✅ 👍 If you like this episode, please take a few minutes to leave a review on Apple Podcasts (Note: you have to scroll to the bottom to leave a review). Your review really helps me to reach a wider audience of thoughtful leaders, so we can improve workplaces around the world. I appreciate you taking the time! 🙏 Show Links Article: How Being a Perfectionist Leader is Killing Your Leadership. Podcast: Thoughtful Leader Podcast #123: Common Leadership Fears and How to Challenge Them. Article: How Leaders Can Survive & Thrive Working “In the Grey”. Article: The Importance of Planning and Why Leaders Can’t Ignore It. Article: Is Passive Leadership Destroying Your Team’s Motivation? Article: Overthinking Things? How Thoughtful Leaders Can Stop It.

Oct 26

13 min 35 sec

Wellbeing is no joke. Working long hours and experiencing stress and pressure is still seen as a badge of honour in many workplaces, but it’s time we put a stop to it.  And the best people to make a change are leaders in our organisations! In this episode, I take a look at some simple ways to support wellbeing for your people, to improve motivation, productivity and help people work more effectively rather than heading for burnout. Book Your Discovery Coaching Session I invite you to a 90-minute Discovery Coaching Session, where we will: Get clear on your most important goals and what is most important to you Identify blockers and limiting beliefs that are holding you back; and Develop key actions you can take to move forward and make progress. You will leave the Discovery Coaching Session with a sense of clarity, purpose and practical steps to move you forward. 👉 Click here to learn more and apply for your Discovery Coaching Session. 👈 Like the Show? Leave a Review On Apple Podcasts ✅ 👍 If you like this episode, please take a few minutes to leave a review on Apple Podcasts (Note: you have to scroll to the bottom to leave a review). Your review really helps me to reach a wider audience of thoughtful leaders, so we can improve workplaces around the world. I appreciate you taking the time! 🙏 Show Links:  Beyond Blue Australian research study: The State of Workplace Mental Health in Australia. American Institute of Stress statistics Meditation statistics by TheGoodBody Headspace: Meditation app Podcast: Thoughtful Leader Podcast #80: What to Do When You Have Too Many Priorities Article: 1 to 1 Meetings: Let’s Make Them Better Article: The myth of multi-tasking Leadership coaching – apply for your complimentary coaching session.

Oct 19

15 min 53 sec

In this episode I had the pleasure of interviewing Ben Alexander, the retired Australian international Rugby player. Ben played for the Wallabies 72 times and also retired as the ACT Brumbies’ most capped player with 152 games. Ben is now the co-owner of Canberra pub ‘The Dock’ (Instagram: thedockcbr) and co-founder of meal tracking service Alfred (IG: the.alfred.app). The father of 3 is also on the ACT Brumbies Board, and The Dock was recently named ‘Canberra’s best pub’. Ben started Alfred while he was playing, after getting frustrated with the current meal tracking apps, and designed Alfred to be the first meal tracking app that can “help do the work of tracking your food for you”, and launched it in the Apple App Store late last year. Ben is also a keen blogger and parkrunner. I’m a big Australian Rugby fan so it was an honour and a pleasure to interview Ben and gain some insights from his international sporting career, as well as his life after Rugby. We talk about accountability and culture within a team, motivation and also how sleep tracking and food tracking can help you bring your best self to the table every day, without needing to be a professional athlete! Show Links:  Ben Alexander’s Blog: https://benalexander.substack.com/ The Dock Pub in Canberra: https://thedockkingston.com.au/ Alfred Meal Tracking App Oura Ring for sleep tracking The ACT Brumbies Rugby Club The Wallabies (Australia Rugby Team) Instagram Robbie Deans, former Wallaby Coach: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robbie_Deans Michael Cheika, former Wallaby Coach: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Cheika The All Blacks (New Zealand Rugby Team Instagram)

Oct 12

35 min 11 sec

It’s nice to be optimistic, but what happens when we go too far? In this episode, I take a look at optimism bias and the impact it can have on our leadership. Of course, I’ll also offer some ways that you can try to reduce the impact of optimism without turning you into a negative thinker! Be sure to leave a comment below and tell me about your experiences with people being too optimistic in your workplace. Book Your Discovery Coaching Session I invite you to a 90-minute Discovery Coaching Session, where we will: Get clear on your most important goals and what is most important to you Identify blockers and limiting beliefs that are holding you back; and Develop key actions you can take to move forward and make progress. You will leave the Discovery Coaching Session with a sense of clarity, purpose and practical steps to move you forward. 👉 Click here to learn more and apply for your Discovery Coaching Session. 👈 Show Links:  Apply for a complimentary Leadership Coaching session. Article: Is Optimism Bias Sabotaging Your Leadership? Article: Following Orders When You Don’t Believe In the Direction.  Article: Why You Need Your Team to Speak Up (and How to Make it Happen). Article: De Bono’s Thinking Hats. Article: What Is Risk Management? – APM.

Oct 5

14 min 15 sec

In this episode, I interview Justin Peters, a young leader who went from being an intern at one of his first employers to being the Program Manager for the entire internship program. We discuss many topics including the challenges of transitioning into a leadership position and the best ways to support new leaders to grow their confidence and experience. Justin also hosts the Struggle is Real podcast, which helps young adults learn to overcome life challenges that aren’t really covered in traditional education programs. You can contact Justin and follow his work at the links below. Like the Show? Leave a Review On Apple Podcasts ✅ 👍 If you like this episode, please take a few minutes to leave a review on Apple Podcasts (Note: you have to scroll to the bottom to leave a review). Your review really helps me to reach a wider audience of thoughtful leaders, so we can improve workplaces around the world. I appreciate you taking the time! 🙏 Show Links:  Justin’s Website: https://justinpeters.co/thestruggleisreal/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/justinleepeters/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/justinleepeters/ Linktree: https://linktr.ee/justinleepeters

Sep 27

30 min 55 sec

Passive aggressive behaviour can be quite common in the workplace, as many of us work in a relatively polite society. Passive aggressive behaviour is a way for people to say “No” and push back on you, without direct confrontation. Needless to say, it can also be one of the most frustrating behaviours to encounter in the workplace! Leaders are likely to run into this behaviour because we are in the business of making change… and many people don’t like change. In fact, they’d rather that you just left them alone! In this episode, I’ll take a look at some common signs of passive aggressive behaviour and what you can do about it. Like the Show? Leave a Review On Apple Podcasts ✅ 👍 If you like this episode, please take a few minutes to leave a review on Apple Podcasts (Note: you have to scroll to the bottom to leave a review). Your review really helps me to reach a wider audience of thoughtful leaders, so we can improve workplaces around the world. I appreciate you taking the time! 🙏 Book Your Discovery Coaching Session I invite you to a 90-minute Discovery Coaching Session, where we will: Get clear on your most important goals and what is most important to you Identify blockers and limiting beliefs that are holding you back; and Develop key actions you can take to move forward and make progress. You will leave the Discovery Coaching Session with a sense of clarity, purpose and practical steps to move you forward. 👉 Click here to learn more and apply for your Discovery Coaching Session. 👈 Show Links:  Article: Seeing Passive Aggressive Behaviour at Work? Let’s Deal With It. Article: Seeing Resistance to Change In Your Team? Do This. Podcast: Thoughtful Leader Podcast Episode #50: Are You Avoiding a Difficult Conversation? Coaching: Apply for Your Discovery Coaching Session.

Sep 21

16 min 10 sec

We often think that only “bad” leaders fall into displaying poor leadership behaviour. In reality, I believe that depending on the situation, we all have the potential to do things we’re not proud of in leadership. This doesn’t make us bad people or even bad leaders, it makes us human! So what should you do if you’re slipping into bad leadership habits that you would like to change? It’s all about identifying the pay off (what you’re getting out of the behaviour) and then challenging the belief underneath. Listen to this episode to learn more about how to get yourself back on the right leadership track. Book Your Discovery Coaching Session I invite you to a 90-minute Discovery Coaching Session, where we will: Get clear on your most important goals and what is most important to you Identify blockers and limiting beliefs that are holding you back; and Develop key actions you can take to move forward and make progress. You will leave the Discovery Coaching Session with a sense of clarity, purpose and practical steps to move you forward. 👉 Click here to learn more and apply for your Discovery Coaching Session. 👈 Like the Show? Leave a Review On Apple Podcasts ✅ 👍 If you like this episode, please take a few minutes to leave a review on Apple Podcasts (Note: you have to scroll to the bottom to leave a review). Your review really helps me to reach a wider audience of thoughtful leaders, so we can improve workplaces around the world. I appreciate you taking the time! 🙏 Show Links:  Book your complimentary Discovery Coaching Session. Article: Bad Leadership (and How to Avoid It).

Sep 14

10 min 29 sec

Coaching can be a really powerful way to help your people improve. It also shows that you’re interested in committing significant time to their personal and professional development.  In this episode, I run through some advice to help you coach your people, including when coaching might be appropriate, and when it might not be. I also introduce a simple model you can use for coaching, to help you and the person you are coaching achieve a positive outcome from the experience. Coaching Model Book Your Discovery Coaching Session I invite you to a 90-minute Discovery Coaching Session, where we will: Get clear on your most important goals and what is most important to you Identify blockers and limiting beliefs that are holding you back; and Develop key actions you can take to move forward and make progress. You will leave the Discovery Coaching Session with a sense of clarity, purpose and practical steps to move you forward. 👉 Click here to learn more and apply for your Discovery Coaching Session. 👈 Like the Show? Leave a Review On Apple Podcasts ✅ 👍 If you like this episode, please take a few minutes to leave a review on Apple Podcasts (Note: you have to scroll to the bottom to leave a review). Your review really helps me to reach a wider audience of thoughtful leaders, so we can improve workplaces around the world. I appreciate you taking the time! 🙏 Show Links:  Article: Coaching Employees? Try These Tips. Podcast: Thoughtful Leader Podcast #47: Why Building Your Team’s Confidence Should Be a Priority. Article: 1 to 1 Meetings: Let’s Make Them Better. Article: Backcasting. Work With Me Here: Leadership Coaching.

Sep 7

14 min 54 sec

Leaders often need to introduce process and structure into their teams. So it can be really frustrating when your people won’t follow what you’re trying to introduce! In this episode, I look at some of the major reasons why people aren’t following your process. And as usual, I’ll provide some ideas of what you can do about it, to have your people follow your lead. Book Your Discovery Coaching Session I invite you to a 90-minute Discovery Coaching Session, where we will: Get clear on your most important goals and what is most important to you Identify blockers and limiting beliefs that are holding you back; and Develop key actions you can take to move forward and make progress. You will leave the Discovery Coaching Session with a sense of clarity, purpose and practical steps to move you forward. 👉 Click here to learn more and apply for your Discovery Coaching Session. 👈 Like the Show? Leave a Review On Apple Podcasts ✅ 👍 If you like this episode, please take a few minutes to leave a review on Apple Podcasts (Note: you have to scroll to the bottom to leave a review). Your review really helps me to reach a wider audience of thoughtful leaders, so we can improve workplaces around the world. I appreciate you taking the time! 🙏 Show Links:  Article: People Won’t Follow Your Process? Do This! Article: Team Won’t Follow Instructions? Ask These Questions. Podcast: Thoughtful Leader Podcast #42: Moving Your People Along the Motivation Spectrum. Coaching Discovery Session Application: Click here.

Aug 31

13 min 50 sec

Daily commitments are a powerful tool that I use with some of my coaching clients. Commitments are a great way to shift mindset and help you show up the way you want to every day. For leaders this is extremely valuable, because we are often in challenging situations where our people are relying on us to remain calm, composed and motivated. After all, we want to role model the right behaviours! In this episode, I discuss the benefits of daily commitments, how you can develop some for yourself and then what to do with them. Try them out, they can make a big difference to your mindset and create a better tone for your day. Daily Commitment Questions: “If I reached the end of my life, what is something I would regret if I hadn’t done it?” “How do I want to be each day at work (or home, or wherever)?” “What behaviour, mindset or attitude will help me to reach my goals?” “What do I want to be really proud of, in my role / in my life / at the end of my life?” Book Your Discovery Coaching Session I invite you to a 90-minute Discovery Coaching Session, where we will: Get clear on your most important goals and what is most important to you Identify blockers and limiting beliefs that are holding you back; and Develop key actions you can take to move forward and make progress. You will leave the Discovery Coaching Session with a sense of clarity, purpose and practical steps to move you forward. 👉 Click here to learn more and apply for your Discovery Coaching Session. 👈 Like the Show? Leave a Review On Apple Podcasts ✅ 👍 If you like this episode, please take a few minutes to leave a review on Apple Podcasts (Note: you have to scroll to the bottom to leave a review). Your review really helps me to reach a wider audience of thoughtful leaders, so we can improve workplaces around the world. I appreciate you taking the time! 🙏 Show Links:  Article: How Daily Commitments Can Improve Your Leadership. Podcast: Thoughtful Leader Podcast #128: Is a Lack of Confidence Showing In Your Leadership? Article: How Leaders Can Stay Motivated, When They Don’t Feel Like It. Coaching: Book Your Complimentary Discovery Coaching Session.

Aug 24

12 min 57 sec

Ever wanted to improve engagement in your team, and make work more interesting at the same time?  Well, you’re in luck! In this episode, I interview Lauren Dixon who is the founder of Wizard Innovation Labs.  Lauren is an ex-corporate consultant who wants to make work better for all kinds of teams. She founded Wizard Innovation Labs in 2020 to help teams be more innovative and effective through unlocking people’s creativity and performance. You’ll most often find her – Sharpie in hand – facilitating a creative problem solving workshop, or coaching leaders through understanding how to better understand the individuals on their teams. It’s a great interview – see if you can implement some of Lauren’s ideas in your team! And you can learn more about Lauren at the links below. Like the Show? Leave a Review On Apple Podcasts ✅ 👍 If you like this episode, please take a few minutes to leave a review on Apple Podcasts (Note: you have to scroll to the bottom to leave a review). Your review really helps me to reach a wider audience of thoughtful leaders, so we can improve workplaces around the world. I appreciate you taking the time! 🙏 Show Links:  Online collaboration solutions: Mural and Miro. Quick video recording and sharing tool: Loom. Learn more about and follow Lauren: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/wizard-innovation-labs/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wizardinnovationlabs/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/wizardteamlabs Podcast: https://anchor.fm/work-upgraded/

Aug 18

27 min 8 sec

Many leaders struggle with the balance between wanting their people to like them and getting the respect they need to perform their leadership role effectively. So which is it? Is it better to be liked or respected? And is it reasonable to want both? In this episode I look at both sides of this issue and look at the pros and cons of each! Want to Feel More In Control of Your Leadership Situation? 😎 Join the New Group Coaching Program If you struggle with your workload and feel like you’re not in control in your leadership role, then join the upcoming Group Coaching Program. Group coaching is a great way to benefit from coaching and learn from other leaders at the same time. To learn more and apply for your place in the program, click here: Group Coaching – Apply Now. Like the Show? Leave a Review On Apple Podcasts ✅ 👍 If you like this episode, please take a few minutes to leave a review on Apple Podcasts (Note: you have to scroll to the bottom to leave a review). Your review really helps me to reach a wider audience of thoughtful leaders, so we can improve workplaces around the world. I appreciate you taking the time! 🙏 Show Links:  Article: Would You Rather Be Liked or Respected? Article: Don’t Know Your Employees? Here’s Why You Should. Group Coaching Program: Group Coaching to Tackle Overwork, Overwhelm & Stress.

Aug 10

13 min 42 sec

It’s frustrating when you ask your people to do something and they just can’t seem to get on board. Your first instinct might be to think they are incompetent or lazy. However, I’ve found that hardly anybody comes to work looking to do a bad job – there is usually more to the situation. In this episode, I’ll take a look at some of the questions you can ask yourself about your people, to see whether you can narrow down the source of the problem. Want to Feel More In Control of Your Leadership Situation? Join the New Group Coaching Program If you struggle with your workload and feel like you’re not in control in your leadership role, then join the upcoming Group Coaching Program. Group coaching is a great way to benefit from coaching and learn from other leaders at the same time. To learn more and apply for your place in the program, click here: Group Coaching – Apply Now. Like the Show? Leave a Review On Apple Podcasts ✅ 👍 If you like this episode, please take a few minutes to leave a review on Apple Podcasts (Note: you have to scroll to the bottom to leave a review). Your review really helps me to reach a wider audience of thoughtful leaders, so we can improve workplaces around the world. I appreciate you taking the time! 🙏 Show Links: Article: Team Won’t Follow Instructions? Ask These Questions. Article: How to Create a Skills Matrix and Improve Your Team. Podcast: Thoughtful Leader Podcast #47: Why Building Your Team’s Confidence Should Be a Priority. Group Coaching Program: Group Coaching to Tackle Overwork, Overwhelm & Stress.

Aug 3

13 min 19 sec

Some leaders consider regular 1 to 1 meetings with their team members to be a waste of time and effort. After all, there are lots of other things that could be done instead of adding another regular meeting to your schedule.  This perception often results in 1 to 1 meetings being held less frequently, on a monthly basis or even less. This isn’t very much over the course of a whole year! 1 to 1 meetings can be a valuable point of engagement with your team, especially if you focus on making them useful. In this episode, I share some of my ideas to improve your 1 to 1 meetings to both you and your team members can get the most out of them. Feeling Overworked and Overwhelmed? 😫 Join the Group Coaching Program If you struggle with your workload and feel like you’re not looking after yourself in your leadership role, then join the upcoming Group Coaching Program. Group coaching is a great way to benefit from coaching and learn from other leaders at the same time. To learn more and apply for your place in the program, click here: Group Coaching – Apply Now. Like the Show? Leave a Review On Apple Podcasts ✅ 👍 If you like this episode, please take a few minutes to leave a review on Apple Podcasts (Note: you have to scroll to the bottom to leave a review). Your review really helps me to reach a wider audience of thoughtful leaders, so we can improve workplaces around the world. I appreciate you taking the time! 🙏 Show Links: Article: 1 to 1 Meetings: Let’s Make Them Better. Podcast: Thoughtful Leader Podcast #63: “I Don’t Have Time”: Taking Back Control of Your Leadership. Article: Risk & Reward: How to Provide Development Opportunities For Your Team. Article: How Leaders Can Identify Mental Health Issues. Article: 5 Questions to Ask An Unmotivated Team Member. Group Coaching Program: Group Coaching to Safeguard Your Wellbeing and Tackle Overwhelm.

Jul 26

16 min 17 sec

It’s never pleasant when your people aren’t getting on board with what you’re trying to do. But leaders are in the business of making change, and resistance is a natural part of the process. Whether you are trying to introduce a new process, change the structure of your organisation or trying to get your people to think differently, you’ll likely find people who are resistant to it. Change brings uncertainty, which breeds fear of the future, and of the unknown.  In this episode, I discuss some of the ways that resistance to change can show up in our workplaces and of course, some ways that you can overcome it to be successful in your change efforts. Overworked and Overwhelmed? 😫 Join the Group Coaching Program If you struggle with your workload, and feel overwhelmed in your leadership role, then join the upcoming Group Coaching Program. Group coaching is a great way to benefit from coaching and learn from other leaders at the same time. To learn more and apply for your place in the program, click here: Group Coaching – Apply Now. Like the Show? Leave a Review On Apple Podcasts ✅ 👍 If you like this episode, please take a few minutes to leave a review on Apple Podcasts (Note: you have to scroll to the bottom to leave a review). Your review really helps me to reach a wider audience of thoughtful leaders, so we can improve workplaces around the world. I appreciate you taking the time! 🙏 Show Links:  Article: Seeing Resistance to Change In Your Team? Do This. Podcast: Thoughtful Leader Podcast #65: How to Deal With Uncertainty & Working “In the Grey”. Article: Motivation at Work: Moving Your People Along the Motivation Spectrum. Group Coaching Program: Group Coaching to Safeguard Your Wellbeing and Tackle Overwhelm.

Jul 20

15 min 18 sec

It’s very common for leaders to feel a lack of confidence sometimes, and it’s nothing to be ashamed about. But ideally, we’d like to be perceived as self-assured and confident most of the time, so people want to follow us! In this episode, I look at some of the common signs of a lack of confidence that I see in leaders, so that you can try to avoid them. Sometimes it’s as simple as creating a shift in language and behaviour that can make us seem much more confident. If you like this podcast, be sure to leave a review on Apple Podcasts here – I really appreciate it! Show Links: Article: How a Lack of Confidence Shows In Your Leadership. Podcast: Beating Leadership Imposter Syndrome. Article:  Setting Boundaries at Work: Why It’s Crucial. Resource: Leadership Coaching to Improve Your Confidence.

Jul 13

13 min 45 sec

Ever struggled working in a tough role in a challenging workplace? How about working for a horrible boss? If the answer is yes, then this episode is for you! This week, I interview Reshad Oberlander, an experienced leader and host of the excellent Weekly Leadership Experience podcast. In this interview, Reshad shares his experience working in toxic workplaces, and how he has managed to bounce back and keep leading despite the setbacks. Reshad is a leadership super junkie with more than 17 years of award-winning leadership experience in a number of industries. He hosts the podcast “The Weekly Leadership Experience” where he shares content designed to challenge, inspire, and grow your leadership. Reshad wants to help leaders grow themselves and their teams to be more effective and avoid the mistakes in leadership that he has made or seen. Reshad is a “Canameristralian” and lives in Edmonton, Alberta with his wife, two daughters, and Zeus the Weimaraner. Check out Reshad’s podcast at the link below – as well as the links to resources we discussed during the episode! Follow Reshad Oberlander: Website: www.reshadoberlander.com Podcast: www.reshadoberlander.com/podcast Instagram: www.instagram.com/reoberlander Facebook: www.facebook.com/reoberlander  LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/reoberlander/ Twitter: www.twitter.com/reoberlander Show Links:  Book – The No Asshole Rule: https://www.amazon.com/Asshole-Rule-Civilized-Workplace-Surviving/dp/1600245854 Tea with Gary Vee: https://www.instagram.com/tv/CAYmbf7FUsK/?utm_medium=share_sheet

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Jul 6

38 min 22 sec

Thoughtful leaders sometimes get caught in the trap of trying to shelter their people from harm. While this can be a good thing, it can also slow the growth and development of your team members if they never need to fight their own battles or solve their own problems. In this episode, I look at protective leadership, some of the common causes and then the situations where I see it occur most commonly. You can use these scenarios to see whether you may need to adjust your own approach to your team! Like the Show? Leave a Review On Apple Podcasts ✅ 👍 If you like this episode, please take a few minutes to leave a review on Apple Podcasts (Note: you have to scroll to the bottom to leave a review). Your review really helps me to reach a wider audience of thoughtful leaders, so we can improve workplaces around the world. I appreciate you taking the time! 🙏 Show Links:  Article: Protective Leadership: Is It Holding Your Team Back? Podcast: Thoughtful Leader Podcast #47: Why Building Your Team’s Confidence Should Be a Priority. Article: 10 Simple and Effective Tips For Giving Feedback. Leadership Coaching: Apply for Your Discovery Coaching Session Here.

Jun 27

13 min 2 sec

Trust is a vital ingredient in a productive, cohesive team. When people in a team trust each other, they feel like they are in a safe environment, free from blame.  People in a trusting team are much more likely to show commitment to the team and to feel compelled to do a great job. For leaders, trust is important because they need to believe that their team members will be able to get the job done and work well with others.  However, trust goes both ways. Not only do you need leaders to trust the team members, team members also need to trust the leadership. A low trust environment can destroy confidence as people believe their boss is out for themselves and don’t have their best interests at heart. Compared with people at low-trust companies, people at high-trust companies report: 74% less stress, 106% more energy at work, 50% higher productivity, 13% fewer sick days, 76% more engagement, 29% more satisfaction with their lives, 40% less burnout. – Article: The Neuroscience of Trust, Paul J. Zak In this episode, I talk about a simple trust model to help you think about it differently, some good ways to build trust in a team and why it matters. Book Your Discovery Coaching Session I invite you to a 90-minute Discovery Coaching Session, where we will: Get clear on your most important goals and what is most important to you Identify blockers and limiting beliefs that are holding you back; and Develop key actions you can take to move forward and make progress. You will leave the Discovery Coaching Session with a sense of clarity, purpose and practical steps to move you forward. 👉 Click here to learn more and apply for your Discovery Coaching Session. 👈 Show Links:  Article: Why Building Trust Is Better Than Authority. Podcast: Thoughtful Leader Podcast #53: Why Trusting Your People Is Your Best Strategy. The Trust Equation: https://trustedadvisor.com/articles/the-trust-equation-a-primer. Article: The Neuroscience of Trust, Paul J. Zak Leave a Review on Apple Podcasts here!

Jun 21

17 min 45 sec

Work doesn’t always go smoothly, or to plan. As leaders, we are often put in situations where we are under stress and having to work through uncertainty. Leaders need to be able to keep calm, make good decisions and move forward. That’s why in this episode, I run through some good ways to help yourself stay calm in times of trouble, stress and uncertainty. After all, a calm leader looks more confident and capable, and is more likely to have people want to follow them! Like the Show? Leave a Review On Apple Podcasts ✅ 👍 If you like this episode, please take a few minutes to leave a review on Apple Podcasts (Note: you have to scroll to the bottom to leave a review). Your review really helps me to reach a wider audience of thoughtful leaders, so we can improve workplaces around the world. I appreciate you taking the time! 🙏 Show Links: Article: How to Stay Calm at Work: 5 Tips for Leaders. Podcast: Thoughtful Leader Podcast #58: Why Leaders Should Do More Planning (and Why They Don’t). Article: 5 Ways to Say No Without Getting Fired. Leadership Coaching: >>> Click Here to Learn More About Working With Me. Meditation and Mindfulness – Headspace: https://www.headspace.com/

Jun 15

12 min 56 sec

Fear is a natural part of leadership, because leaders are always pushing forward, trying to make change and improve their workplaces. They are taking on responsibility and dealing with difficult situations every day. Thoughtful, introspective leaders can be vulnerable to fear because they tend to be aware of their feelings and emotions. Instead of ignoring them, they may feel that this means something is wrong. However, it’s impossible to avoid all fear in your leadership role, and it’s how we respond to them that really counts. In this episode, I discuss some common fears of thoughtful leaders and some ways to try to reduce their impact on your leadership. Like the Show? Leave a Review On Apple Podcasts ✅ 👍 If you like this episode, please take a few minutes to leave a review on Apple Podcasts (Note: you have to scroll to the bottom to leave a review). Your review really helps me to reach a wider audience of thoughtful leaders, so we can improve workplaces around the world. I appreciate you taking the time! 🙏 Book Your Discovery Coaching Session I invite you to a 90-minute Discovery Coaching Session, where we will: Get clear on your most important goals and what is most important to you Identify blockers and limiting beliefs that are holding you back; and Develop key actions you can take to move forward and make progress. You will leave the Discovery Coaching Session with a sense of clarity, purpose and practical steps to move you forward. 👉 Click here to learn more and apply for your Discovery Coaching Session. 👈 Show Links:  Podcast: Thoughtful Leader Podcast #83: Handling Emotions in Leadership. Article: Got a Case of Leadership Imposter Syndrome? Try This. Resource: Clifton Strengths assessment. Article: How to Lead People Who Don’t Want Your Leadership. Article: Why is Leadership Important? Here’s a Reminder.

Jun 7

15 min 47 sec

One of the most frustrating parts of workplace life happens when people aren’t communicating effectively. After all, it’s easy for communication to break down in the hustle and bustle. In this episode, I look at some of the common causes of communication issues and of course, some ways that you can avoid them in your team and workplace. As usual, leaders have a huge part to play in how communication flows, which can have a dramatic effect on just how productive your workplace is! Book Your Discovery Coaching Session I invite you to a 90-minute Discovery Coaching Session, where we will: Get clear on your most important goals and what is most important to you Identify blockers and limiting beliefs that are holding you back; and Develop key actions you can take to move forward and make progress. You will leave the Discovery Coaching Session with a sense of clarity, purpose and practical steps to move you forward. 👉 Click here to learn more and apply for your Discovery Coaching Session. 👈 Show Links:  Article: Communication Breakdown: 5 Common Causes and How to Avoid Them. Article: 5 Communication Skills Every Leader Needs. Podcast: Thoughtful Leader Podcast #37: Communication Mistakes That Will Damage Your Leadership.

Jun 1

16 min 31 sec

It’s inevitable that at some point in your leadership career, you’re going to come across a colleague that you just don’t see eye to eye with. In this episode, I cover the various causes of poor working relationships and some ways to fix it so that you can work together productively, even if you don’t become amazing friends. After all, it’s much nice to come to work without the stress and awkwardness of a difficult colleague. Book Your Discovery Coaching Session I invite you to a 90-minute Discovery Coaching Session, where we will: Get clear on your most important goals and what is most important to you Identify blockers and limiting beliefs that are holding you back; and Develop key actions you can take to move forward and make progress. You will leave the Discovery Coaching Session with a sense of clarity, purpose and practical steps to move you forward. 👉 Click here to learn more and apply for your Discovery Coaching Session. 👈 Like the Show? Leave a Review On Apple Podcasts ✅ 👍 If you like this episode, please take a few minutes to leave a review on Apple Podcasts (Note: you have to scroll to the bottom to leave a review). Your review really helps me to reach a wider audience of thoughtful leaders, so we can improve workplaces around the world. I appreciate you taking the time! 🙏 Show Links: Podcast: Thoughtful Leader Podcast #50: Are You Avoiding a Difficult Conversation? Article: 3 Ways That Leaders Can Improve Cross Team Collaboration. Article: Setting Boundaries at Work: Why It’s Crucial. eBook: The Difficult Conversations eBook.

May 24

16 min 30 sec

Sometimes even the best of us will go down the road of weak leadership… even if we don’t mean to. Leadership is complex and can be difficult and sometimes we’ll run the other way when we come up against our fears. We might take the easy road instead of the more difficult path. But what might that mean in the long run? Could our problems get even worse? In this episode, I’ll discuss some of the misconceptions of weak leadership, as well as some of the key signs of weak leadership and what you can do about it. Book Your Discovery Coaching Session I invite you to a 90-minute Discovery Coaching Session, where we will: Get clear on your most important goals and what is most important to you Identify blockers and limiting beliefs that are holding you back; and Develop key actions you can take to move forward and make progress. You will leave the Discovery Coaching Session with a sense of clarity, purpose and practical steps to move you forward. 👉 Click here to learn more and apply for your Discovery Coaching Session. 👈 Like the Show? Leave a Review On Apple Podcasts 👍 If you like this episode, please take a few minutes to leave a review on Apple Podcasts (Note: you have to scroll to the bottom to leave a review). Your review really helps me to reach a wider audience of thoughtful leaders, so we can improve workplaces around the world. I appreciate you taking the time! 🙏 Show Links:  Article: Weak Leadership: Are You Doing It? Podcast: Thoughtful Leader Podcast #28: Why Softly Spoken Leaders Make a Big Impact. Article: Avoiding a Difficult Conversation? Ask Yourself These 3 Questions.

May 17

11 min 49 sec

Collaborative and inclusive leadership can be great when used in moderation. But what happens when leaders collaborate too much? Many thoughtful leaders fall into the collaboration trap because they value the input and opinions of others. They care about giving people a chance to make their opinions count. This is generally a good thing… but it can come with some issues. In this episode, I’ll cover the pitfalls of the collaborative and inclusive leadership style and look at some ways to avoid them in your leadership. After all, it’s good to be collaborative, but only when it serves you and your team, not when it creates bigger problems! Book Your Discovery Coaching Session I invite you to a 90-minute Discovery Coaching Session, where we will: Get clear on your most important goals and what is most important to you Identify blockers and limiting beliefs that are holding you back; and Develop key actions you can take to move forward and make progress. You will leave the Discovery Coaching Session with a sense of clarity, purpose and practical steps to move you forward. 👉 Click here to learn more and apply for your Discovery Coaching Session. 👈 Like the Show? Leave a Review On Apple Podcasts ✅ 👍 If you like this episode, please take a few minutes to leave a review on Apple Podcasts (Note: you have to scroll to the bottom to leave a review). Your review really helps me to reach a wider audience of thoughtful leaders, so we can improve workplaces around the world. I appreciate you taking the time! 🙏 Show Links: Article: Collaborative Leadership: Are You Using It Too Much? Podcast: Thoughtful Leader Podcast #44: Directive Leadership: What It Is and When You Should Use It. Article: Thoughtful Leader Podcast #104: Why Leaders Must Set Boundaries at Work. Article: 4 Ways Leaders Damage Accountability in the Workplace.

May 10

13 min 42 sec

In this episode I interview Michael Watts, who is a consultant focused on helping business incorporate more purpose into their operations. In our conversation we cover what we mean by “Purpose for Profit” and how leaders can start to use a purpose-driven approach to improve engagement within their teams and organisations. You can get in touch with Michael by clicking the show links below, but don’t forget to leave a review if you like the podcast! Like the Show? Leave a Review On Apple Podcasts ✅ 👍 If you like this episode, please take a few minutes to leave a review on Apple Podcasts (Note: you have to scroll to the bottom to leave a review). Your review really helps me to reach a wider audience of thoughtful leaders, so we can improve workplaces around the world. I appreciate you taking the time! 🙏 Show Links:  ToBe Advisory website Michael Watts LinkedIn Profile.

May 3

31 min 49 sec

Wouldn’t it be amazing if everyone in our teams were super high performers? You know, go-getters who are striving to improve their career and going over and above all the time? Well, maybe. But maybe there are other people in our teams who play a valuable role that we are actually overlooking. In this episode, I take a look at some of the types of team members who deserve some appreciation, but sometimes aren’t the first people we think about. Book Your Discovery Coaching Session I invite you to a 90-minute Discovery Coaching Session, where we will: Get clear on your most important goals and what is most important to you Identify blockers and limiting beliefs that are holding you back; and Develop key actions you can take to move forward and make progress. You will leave the Discovery Coaching Session with a sense of clarity, purpose and practical steps to move you forward. 👉 Click here to learn more and apply for your Discovery Coaching Session. 👈 Like the Show? Leave a Review On Apple Podcasts ✅ 👍 If you like this episode, please take a few minutes to leave a review on Apple Podcasts (Note: you have to scroll to the bottom to leave a review). Your review really helps me to reach a wider audience of thoughtful leaders, so we can improve workplaces around the world. I appreciate you taking the time! 🙏 Show Links:  Article: Show Appreciation For These 5 Underrated Employees. Article: Why Softly Spoken Leaders Make a Big Impact.

Apr 26

11 min 56 sec

Do you ever wish your team members were more resilient? You know, putting up with the problems and striving forward with even greater motivation?  Well, it’s not enough to wish people were more resilient. And you can’t just blame them for feeling bad in a chaotic and complex work environment. Leaders need to set the right conditions for resilience to happen. In this episode, I talk about some of the key ways that I believe you can create resilience in a team, and have your people feeling more able to cope with the challenges that come. Book Your Discovery Coaching Session I invite you to a 90-minute Discovery Coaching Session, where we will: Get clear on your most important goals and what is most important to you Identify blockers and limiting beliefs that are holding you back; and Develop key actions you can take to move forward and make progress. You will leave the Discovery Coaching Session with a sense of clarity, purpose and practical steps to move you forward. 👉 Click here to learn more and apply for your Discovery Coaching Session. 👈 — Like the Show? Leave a Review On Apple Podcasts ✅ 👍 If you like this episode, please take a few minutes to leave a review on Apple Podcasts (Note: you have to scroll to the bottom to leave a review). Your review really helps me to reach a wider audience of thoughtful leaders, so we can improve workplaces around the world. I appreciate you taking the time! 🙏 Show Links:  Article: Why Being Resilient Will Kill You. Video: Video: Suffering from Uncertainty in Your Leadership? Do This! Article: Meaningful Work, the #1 Motivator (and How to Provide it in Your Team). Article: How Leaders Can Build a Resilient Team. Podcast: Thoughtful Leader Podcast Episode 42: Moving Your People Along the Motivation Spectrum.

Apr 18

15 min 20 sec

If you’ve ever encountered tricky behaviour or performance issues in your team, it’s not pleasant. Sometimes leaders will wait until the problem “sorts itself out” or goes away, instead of taking action to fix it. The only problem with this approach is that these issues hardly ever go away by themselves. It often takes some powerful and courageous leadership action to make progress. In this episode, I’ll discuss four of the powerful actions you can take to address the issues in your team, rather than waiting for them to go away on their own. There is no silver bullet solution for these problems either – you might have to try some different approaches and see what works. Your team is different from everyone else’s. But the 4 leadership actions presented in this episode are usually what it takes to make a positive change. Book Your Discovery Coaching Session I invite you to a 90-minute Discovery Coaching Session, where we will: Get clear on your most important goals and what is most important to you Identify blockers and limiting beliefs that are holding you back; and Develop key actions you can take to move forward and make progress. You will leave the Discovery Coaching Session with a sense of clarity, purpose and practical steps to move you forward. 👉 Click here to learn more and apply for your Discovery Coaching Session. 👈 — Like the Show? Leave a Review On Apple Podcasts ✅ 👍 If you like this episode, please take a few minutes to leave a review on Apple Podcasts (Note: you have to scroll to the bottom to leave a review). Your review really helps me to reach a wider audience of thoughtful leaders, so we can improve workplaces around the world. I appreciate you taking the time! 🙏 Show Links:  Article: 4 Powerful Leadership Actions to Fix Your Workplace Issues. Podcast: Thoughtful Leader Podcast Episode 48: The Perils of Passive Leadership. Article: Avoiding a Difficult Conversation? Ask Yourself These 3 Questions.

Apr 11

15 min 48 sec

Many people think that being strategic is just for company CEOs and executives, but this isn’t necessarily the case. In this episode, I’ll introduce some of the top strategic skills that I believe make for better leadership. You might not feel like you have a strategic bone in your body, but it really doesn’t need to be too complicated. In my opinion, strategy can be summed up by knowing where you want to be, developing an approach to getting there and having a framework for deciding what to do as things happen along the way. Being strategic can help every leader achieve their goals and identify a better way to get from point A to point B! Like the Show? Leave a Review On Apple Podcasts ✅ 👍 If you like this episode, please take a few minutes to leave a review on Apple Podcasts (Note: you have to scroll to the bottom to leave a review). Your review really helps me to reach a wider audience of thoughtful leaders, so we can improve workplaces around the world. I appreciate you taking the time! 🙏 Book Your Discovery Coaching Session I invite you to a 90-minute Discovery Coaching Session, where we will: Get clear on your most important goals and what is most important to you Identify blockers and limiting beliefs that are holding you back; and Develop key actions you can take to move forward and make progress. You will leave the Discovery Coaching Session with a sense of clarity, purpose and practical steps to move you forward. 👉 Click here to learn more and apply for your Discovery Coaching Session. 👈 Show Links: Podcast: Thoughtful Leader Podcast #58: Why Leaders Should Do More Planning (and Why They Don’t) Article: How to Influence People to Achieve Your Leadership Goals. Article: 5 Strategic Skills to Improve Your Leadership.

Apr 5

15 min 27 sec

When you’re in a tough leadership role, it can be easy to slip into a victim mindset. Nothing is your fault, you can’t do anything to fix the workplace problems and you end up being passive in your approach. This is obviously damaging for leaders because they slip into complacency and inaction. So what can we do about it? In this episode, I discuss this mindset challenge and some common situations that can bring it on. Book Your Discovery Coaching Session I invite you to a 90-minute Discovery Coaching Session, where we will: Get clear on your most important goals and what is most important to you Identify blockers and limiting beliefs that are holding you back; and Develop key actions you can take to move forward and make progress. You will leave the Discovery Coaching Session with a sense of clarity, purpose and practical steps to move you forward. 👉 Click here to learn more and apply for your Discovery Coaching Session. 👈 Leave a Review on Apple Podcasts 👍 If you like this episode, please take a few minutes to leave a review on Apple Podcasts (Note: you have to scroll to the bottom to leave a review). Your review really helps me to reach a wider audience of thoughtful leaders, so we can improve workplaces around the world. I appreciate you taking the time! 🙏 Show Links: Podcast: Thoughtful Leader Podcast #87: How to Fix Behaviour Issues In Your Team Article:  Seeing Performance Issues In Your Team? Try These Things. Article: 4 Ways Leaders Damage Accountability in the Workplace. Article: Do You Have a Victim Leadership Mentality?

Mar 28

11 min 24 sec

Continuous improvement is obviously very popular these days. Why wouldn’t you want your team to keep improving? But there is more to team improvement than just boosting performance to make you look good. In this episode, I look at some less obvious reasons why improving your team is something that all smart leaders should do. It can make the difference between leading an engaged, motivated team and having a team that simply stands still. Book Your Discovery Coaching Session I invite you to a 90-minute Discovery Coaching Session, where we will: Get clear on your most important goals and what is most important to you Identify blockers and limiting beliefs that are holding you back; and Develop key actions you can take to move forward and make progress. You will leave the Discovery Coaching Session with a sense of clarity, purpose and practical steps to move you forward. 👉 Click here to learn more and apply for your Discovery Coaching Session. 👈 -- 👍 If you like this episode, please take a few minutes to leave a review on Apple Podcasts (Note: you have to scroll to the bottom to leave a review). Your review really helps me to reach a wider audience of thoughtful leaders, so we can improve workplaces around the world. I appreciate you taking the time! 🙏 Show Links: Article: 5 Reasons Smart Leaders Keep Chasing Team Improvement. Article: Motivation at Work: Moving Your People Along the Motivation Spectrum. Article: Risk & Reward: How to Provide Development Opportunities For Your Team.

Mar 21

12 min 18 sec

Leadership situations are often complex, because they involve people and competing priorities. Each leadership challenge involves multiple dimensions that need to be considered. Even when you think there is a simple solution, there are often complexities that arise when we analyse the situation from different perspectives.  In this episode, I discuss a helpful model for assessing your leadership challenges from 3 perspectives: Rational, Emotional and Political. I’ll walk through these 3 aspects to help you view your workplace in different ways. Hopefully, you can use these perspectives to successfully overcome your next leadership challenge! Book Your Discovery Coaching Session I invite you to a 90-minute Discovery Coaching Session, where we will: Get clear on your most important goals and what is most important to you Identify blockers and limiting beliefs that are holding you back; and Develop key actions you can take to move forward and make progress. You will leave the Discovery Coaching Session with a sense of clarity, purpose and practical steps to move you forward. 👉 Click here to learn more and apply for your Discovery Coaching Session. 👈 — 👍 If you like this episode, please take a few minutes to leave a review on Apple Podcasts (Note: you have to scroll to the bottom to leave a review). Your review really helps me to reach a wider audience of thoughtful leaders, so we can improve workplaces around the world. I appreciate you taking the time! 🙏 Show Links:  Article: The Impact and Importance of Emotions in Leadership. Article: Stakeholder Management Tips For the Everyday Leader. Article: Tricky Leadership Situation? Consider These 3 Dimensions.

Mar 14

12 min 39 sec

Many leaders need to deal with a tricky situation – balancing the needs of their boss with that of their team. In this episode, I take a look at why this can be difficult, and how failing to balance both aspects can be bad for your leadership and the workplace itself.  Book Your Discovery Coaching Session I invite you to a 90-minute Discovery Coaching Session, where we will: Get clear on your most important goals and what is most important to you Identify blockers and limiting beliefs that are holding you back; and Develop key actions you can take to move forward and make progress. You will leave the Discovery Coaching Session with a sense of clarity, purpose and practical steps to move you forward. 👉 Click here to learn more and apply for your Discovery Coaching Session. 👈 — 👍 If you like this episode, please take a few minutes to leave a review on Apple Podcasts (Note: you have to scroll to the bottom to leave a review). Your review really helps me to reach a wider audience of thoughtful leaders, so we can improve workplaces around the world. I appreciate you taking the time! 🙏 Show Links:  Article: Should You Focus On Managing Your Boss Or Your Team? Podcast: Avoiding a Negative Team Culture.

Mar 7

11 min 5 sec

Ever had an influential stakeholder who blocked what you were trying to do? What about one who supported you and removed the roadblocks along the way? Leadership always involves gaining support from the key people around you, whether it’s your boss, other colleagues or senior executives within the organisation. Leaders who ignore this aspect of leadership can come unstuck as they experience opposition to their ideas and have trouble moving things forward. In this episode, I discuss some simple steps to take to help you manage your key stakeholders so you can get your work done more easily. Stakeholder Matrix Stakeholder Management Matrix – use this to map your stakeholders. Book Your Discovery Coaching Session I invite you to a 90-minute Discovery Coaching Session, where we will: Get clear on your most important goals and what is most important to you Identify blockers and limiting beliefs that are holding you back; and Develop key actions you can take to move forward and make progress. You will leave the Discovery Coaching Session with a sense of clarity, purpose and practical steps to move you forward. 👉 Click here to learn more and apply for your Discovery Coaching Session. 👈 — 👍 If you like this episode, please take a few minutes to leave a review on Apple Podcasts (Note: you have to scroll to the bottom to leave a review). Your review really helps me to reach a wider audience of thoughtful leaders, so we can improve workplaces around the world. I appreciate you taking the time! 🙏 Show Links:  Podcast #70: How Team Alignment Will Help You Get On (and Stay On) the Right Track. Article: How to Influence People to Achieve Your Leadership Goals. Shownotes: https://www.thoughtfulleader.com/109/

Feb 28

18 min 52 sec

Many leaders (especially the thoughtful ones) struggle to find the right balance between being too kind or lenient with their teams, and making them stand on their own two feet. In this episode, I pose 3 simple questions to help you work out whether you are being too kind to your team members, or whether perhaps you could benefit from taking a bit of a harder position with them. Book Your Discovery Coaching Session I invite you to a 90-minute Discovery Coaching Session, where we will: Get clear on your most important goals and what is most important to you Identify blockers and limiting beliefs that are holding you back; and Develop key actions you can take to move forward and make progress. You will leave the Discovery Coaching Session with a sense of clarity, purpose and practical steps to move you forward. 👉 Click here to learn more and apply for your Discovery Coaching Session. 👈 — 👍 If you like this episode, please take a few minutes to leave a review on Apple Podcasts (Note: you have to scroll to the bottom to leave a review). Your review really helps me to reach a wider audience of thoughtful leaders, so we can improve workplaces around the world. I appreciate you taking the time! 🙏 Show Links:  Article: Struggling as a Kind Leader? Ask Yourself These 3 Questions.

Feb 21

11 min 5 sec

What is the difference between leadership and management? Does it matter? And who cares? Well, in this episode, I answer all of these questions and provide some advice for those people who would rather be more “leader” and less “manager”. I also discuss some of the negative stigma around management and some of the ways that you can add more aspects of leadership to your role, no matter where you sit in your organisation. 👍 If you like this episode, please take a few minutes to leave a review on Apple Podcasts (Note: you have to scroll to the bottom to leave a review). Your review really helps me to reach a wider audience of thoughtful leaders, so we can improve workplaces around the world. I appreciate you taking the time! 🙏 Book Your Discovery Coaching Session I invite you to a 90-minute Discovery Coaching Session, where we will: Get clear on your most important goals and what is most important to you Identify blockers and limiting beliefs that are holding you back; and Develop key actions you can take to move forward and make progress. You will leave the Discovery Coaching Session with a sense of clarity, purpose and practical steps to move you forward. 👉 Click here to learn more and apply for your Discovery Coaching Session. 👈 Show Links:  Article: Leadership vs. Management: What’s the Difference? Podcast: Thoughtful Leader Podcast #65: How to Deal With Uncertainty Working “In the Grey”. Podcast: Thoughtful Leader Podcast #81: The Power of Setting a Direction for Your Team (and how to do it). Article: How Negative Leadership Behaviour Shapes Team Culture. Show notes: https://www.thoughtfulleader.com/podcast/107/

Feb 14

16 min 17 sec

It can be super frustrating when your team members aren’t working well together. Maybe you’re seeing too much conflict, or perhaps people just aren’t helping each other out the way you’d like.  Whatever the case, “team work makes the dream work”, so try these simple tips to help you bring out that spirit of togetherness that you’re probably craving in your team. Book Your Discovery Coaching Session I invite you to a 90-minute Discovery Coaching Session, where we will: Get clear on your most important goals and what is most important to you Identify blockers and limiting beliefs that are holding you back; and Develop key actions you can take to move forward and make progress. You will leave the Discovery Coaching Session with a sense of clarity, purpose and practical steps to move you forward. 👉 Click here to learn more and apply for your Discovery Coaching Session. 👈 — 👍 If you like this episode, please take a few minutes to leave a review on Apple Podcasts (Note: you have to scroll to the bottom to leave a review). Your review really helps me to reach a wider audience of thoughtful leaders, so we can improve workplaces around the world. I appreciate you taking the time! 🙏 Show Links: Article: 5 Ways to Encourage Teamwork Today. Podcast: Thoughtful Leader Podcast #42: Moving Your People Along the Motivation Spectrum. Article: Why Building Confidence is Critical for Thoughtful Leaders. Shownotes: https://www.thoughtfulleader.com/podcast/106/

Feb 8

14 min 24 sec

Delegation is often seen as the saviour of leaders who are struggling with their workload.  “You just have to delegate more” is common advice for these leaders. While delegation is a useful tool and it can really help leaders control their workload and get more done, it also has its downsides.  In this episode, I’ll look at some of these potential downsides and give you some aspects to consider when you think about delegation. Book Your Discovery Coaching Session I invite you to a 90-minute Discovery Coaching Session, where we will: Get clear on your most important goals and what is most important to you Identify blockers and limiting beliefs that are holding you back; and Develop key actions you can take to move forward and make progress. You will leave the Discovery Coaching Session with a sense of clarity, purpose and practical steps to move you forward. 👉 Click here to learn more and apply for your Discovery Coaching Session. 👈 -- 👍 If you like this episode, please take a few minutes to leave a review on Apple Podcasts (Note: you have to scroll to the bottom to leave a review). Your review really helps me to reach a wider audience of thoughtful leaders, so we can improve workplaces around the world. I appreciate you taking the time! 🙏 Show Links: Article: The Downsides of the Delegating Leadership Style. Online Course: Time Management For Leaders Online Course. Podcast: Thoughtful Leader Podcast #18: How to Delegate to Improve Your Team. Shownotes: https://www.thoughtfulleader.com/podcast/105/

Jan 31

10 min 7 sec

Workplaces are busy, and different people have their own priorities that they are focused on. That's why to be productive and effective, leaders need to carve out their own space. Setting boundaries is critical because if you're not working towards you or your team's priorities, then you're probably working on someone else's! Boundaries prevent us from being stepped on, run over or controlled by the people around us. Setting boundaries can take courage, because you may need to push back on others and have a negotiation. But failing to do so will often leave you in a position where you can't do your best leadership. Book Your Discovery Coaching Session I invite you to a 90-minute Discovery Coaching Session, where we will: Get clear on your most important goals and what is most important to you Identify blockers and limiting beliefs that are holding you back; and Develop key actions you can take to move forward and make progress. You will leave the Discovery Coaching Session with a sense of clarity, purpose and practical steps to move you forward. 👉 Click here to learn more and apply for your Discovery Coaching Session. 👈 Show Links:  Article: Setting Boundaries at Work: Why It's Crucial. Leadership Coaching: Leadership Coaching. Shownotes: https://www.thoughtfulleader.com/podcast/104/

Jan 25

15 min 36 sec

As part of my coaching, I wanted a simple model I could use as a reference to help leaders target strengths and shortcomings in their leadership. So, I came up with the MORE model of leadership which stands for Myself, Others, Results-Focus and Effectiveness. The model is simple, but I think it covers most (if not all) of the most important aspects of leadership. I included it in this episode because I believe this can also be a good tool for leaders to see whether they have the various aspects covered, or if there are any gaps that warrant their attention. You can see the MORE leadership model here:  What do you think of it? Let me know in the comments below! If you like this episode, be sure to leave a review on Apple Podcasts - I really appreciate it because it helps all the thoughtful leaders out there find it! Book Your Discovery Coaching Session I invite you to a 90-minute Discovery Coaching Session, where we will: Get clear on your most important goals and what is most important to you Identify blockers and limiting beliefs that are holding you back; and Develop key actions you can take to move forward and make progress. You will leave the Discovery Coaching Session with a sense of clarity, purpose and practical steps to move you forward. 👉 Click here to learn more and apply for your Discovery Coaching Session. 👈 Show Links: Leadership Coaching Page. Shownotes page: https://www.thoughtfulleader.com/podcast/103/

Jan 18

14 min 30 sec

Not all leaders are born equal. Some people will have personal qualities that will help them succeed in leadership positions better than others. However, the good news is that leadership qualities can develop over time, along with our personality. That means we don't need to be born with them, we can take steps to incorporate them into our leadership even if they might not come naturally. In this episode, I look at the top 5 qualities that I believe make for the best leaders in today's organisations, and what you can do to bring them into your leadership. Be sure to check out the Leadership Confidence Online Course & Coaching Program for great ways to boost your confidence in your leadership role. 🏆🏆🏆 If you like this episode, please leave a review on Apple Podcasts here, I really appreciate it! 👈👈 Show Links:  Article: 5 Leadership Qualities You Need to Succeed Podcast Episode: Handling Emotions in Leadership Build Your Leadership Confidence: Leadership Confidence Online Course & Coaching Program

Jan 11

21 min 52 sec

Some workplaces operate with a culture of "command and control" and toxicity that can have our team members quaking in fear. In this episode, I talk about the concept of Psychological Safety and how creating a safe culture can help to improve performance and the willingness to try new things. What are you going to do to help your people feel safe and enjoy coming to work each day? If you like this episode, please leave a review on Apple Podcasts here, I really appreciate it! 👈👈 Show Links: Article: How to Build Psychological Safety at Work Article: Why Formal Authority Won’t Solve Your Leadership Problems Shownotes: https://www.thoughtfulleader.com/podcast/101/

Jan 2

16 min 19 sec

The sad reality in many workplaces is that leaders keep working harder and for longer, putting the needs of their organisations and bosses ahead of their own. Self-care is critical for leaders, because you will never be able to support or lead anyone effectively if your own mindset is not where it should be. In this episode, I cover some of the problems I see in our workplaces, why leaders don't look after themselves, and of course some good ways to look after your own self-care. This is the last episode for 2020, so I want to help you head into 2021 with a great frame of mind for you to be able to create a lasting positive difference in your workplace. If you are interested in leadership coaching to give yourself a great start to 2021, you can contact me here. I would love to hear from you and have a conversation about how I can help. You can read more about my leadership coaching services here: Leadership Coaching 👈 Show Links: Article: Self Care at Work: Why Leaders Need It Most. Article: Too Many Priorities: What to Do When You're Asked to Do It All.

Dec 2020

16 min 55 sec

Have you ever wondered what the main parts of leadership are? Me too! That's why in this episode, I'm going to take you through what they are. It's important that we keep these components in balance, because when we focus too much on one area, other parts of our leadership tend to suffer. Listen to this episode to find out more about the components and let me know what you think in the comments below! Show Links: Article: Balancing the Four Essential Leadership Components. eBook: The Difficult Conversations eBook. Interested in Leadership Coaching? Go here: Leadership Coaching. Shownotes page: https://www.thoughtfulleader.com/podcast/99/

Dec 2020

11 min 42 sec