Needing to be liked is a symptom of a deeper issue - conflict aversion. This affects everything you do as a leader.
How would you know if you, or your people, had a problem with this?
Overcoming it is key to any successful leader’s career.
Download Marty’s daily reflection discipline that will enable you to put the theory into action.
If you want your organisation to deliver outstanding results, as a leader you must adopt a mantra of “excellence over perfection”.
Download the 6 key strategies that you can implement TODAY to engender a culture of excellence.
If you want to be successful as a senior leader, you first have to build a team of successful individuals.
A key part of this is recognising when someone is not going to be successful in their current role, and freeing them up to be successful in another organisation. From there, it’s all about culture and team dynamics.
Download the high performing team checklist, and rate your team honestly. This will help you see your biggest opportunities for improvement!
This cheatsheet was created to give you a baseline for how to look at the leadership challenge.
Save it to your desktop and refer to it when things get tough - it will help you look at the bigger picture and not get bogged down in the details.
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To be an outstanding leader, you need to understand power; what it is, and how to use it. Knowing what the different types of power are, and having awareness of what power you are using when, is fundamental to building a high performing team, that delivers discretionary effort for its leader.
Here are some rules of thumb for exercising the different types of power as a leader in your organisation.
One of the most critical skills for a leader is the ability to challenge, coach and confront his or her people. This requires many direct, honest, empathetic conversations. Many leaders never master this, and spend most of their careers avoiding confrontation, only having a difficult conversation when it is virtually impossible to avoid.
Download Marty’s five lenses to view feedback through, which will help you turn the uncomfortable into the comfortable.
Many leaders fail to work at the right level. When you are promoted, there is a subconscious tendency to remain at the old level, trying to do the same things that you did before. But just because you were successful at that level, and as much as it might feel comfortable to stay there, this is a sure fire way to kill your career, and disempower the people around you.
Download Marty’s five-point plan for how you ensure your transition to the next level is successful.
It is accepted, almost universally, that enormous value comes from having a diverse team. So how can it be so hard to put in place a more diverse workforce?
It takes time, effort, and the right approach through every level of the business. Let these nine tips guide you in fostering diversity in your organisation.
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There are some important things that leaders need to do if they are to have personal credibility around their organisation’s values (The Values).
If you are not in a position (as CEO or a senior executive) to either cast or influence what The Values are, it is even more important that your own values are solid, and can be recognised through your behaviours, not just your words.
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Building a career that challenges and satisfies, without experiencing the deep dissatisfaction that comes when you spend a lifetime heading towards the wrong goals, is more difficult than it sounds.
The following six pointers should help to guide your thinking.
Download Marty’s Six Strategies to Beat the Peter Principle.
Collaboration, when managed properly, can generate enormous benefits for an organisation. However, it can also lead to slower decision making processes, clouding accountability structures, and proliferating the amount of time we all spend in meeting rooms.
Here’s a brief guide for setting up a successful framework for collaboration, while managing the balance of the potential downside.
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If you are a CEO or executive trying to work out how best to work with a board, these rules of thumb should help you to develop an approach that suits your context.
And, for those of you who sit on Boards as non-executive directors, there may even be some lessons in this for you!
We often take for granted that when people join our team, they will intuitively know what to do, and will seamlessly assimilate into the culture, becoming productive almost immediately.
In this downloadable, I outline five ‘traps for young players’ that you may wish to avoid when bringing new people into your organisation.