Leadership is the art of empowering others to help create your vision of the future

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Taking Risks as a Leader

I am well aware of how taking risks can lead to disaster.

Years ago, when I was still a young engineer, I had to smuggle 500 kg of explosives out of Tripoli, the capital of Libya.

The reason was that the Americans were going to bomb the city. Understandably, Tripoli was in a state of turmoil. Threats were made that expatriates would be used as human shields to deter bombing. I was very anxious. Being caught with explosives  was dangerous. I could have been shot! 

It took three Toyota pick-ups to load all the explosives and hide them under garbage. I could not tell the drivers. Eventually we made it through many check points and into the desert. 

I had to go through all this nonsense because some irresponsible people had been storing explosives in the middle of a city. 

The extremely distressing explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, is a stark reminder that nothing much has changed from 50 years ago. 

Leadership

A Problem In The Boardroom

We all have blind spots. Ignoring them can be very costly. In this example, I show that even at the top of organisations, professionals need to have the courage to look at their behaviours and address disruptive issues they would prefer to ignore.

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Stress

Seven Ways to Manage your Stress

A business friend once told me that, unfortunately, it took a heart attack at the age for 40 to make him realise the way most of us do business is not healthy.

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QUESTIONS

    • How can you protect your career?
    • How can you minimise the risk of making the wrong choices?
    • How can you build an effective business network that will allow you to find other work when needed?
    • How do you become more valuable to your employer?
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Do you Wish You Could Negotiate Better?

Negotiation and communication are perhaps the most important skills we need in business to get our needs met, while successfully maintaining our relationships.

Typically, we learn these skills during childhood by copying adults, often our parents, and our peers. Unfortunately, these people may not be very skilled.

In business, the consequences can be staggering: Most people do not know how to communicate and to negotiate!

Without these two skills, it is impossible to be an effective leader.

Unable to get their needs met, they live in a constant state of anxiety.

The process is straightforward but difficult to use on your own:

1. Assess the current environment and the reasons why the communication and negotiation skills need to be upgraded.

2. Find the deep-seated beliefs, values, attitudes and behaviours that lead to poor communication and unsuccessful negotiations.

3. Adopt quickly, new beliefs, values, attitudes and behaviours that lead to excellent communication and successful negotiations.

4. Learn to communicate and negotiate while being deeply aware of the environment and how it reacts.

5. Learn to influence the environment according to your values, beliefs and desires.

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If you could, would you Be More Creative
in Your Role?

Today, more than ever, people are looking to change the way things are done. We often see the words ‘disrupt’ or ‘a disruptor’ in business literature. 

Creativity will become one of the most important priorities when the global economy starts again. It is likely that the governments of the world will foster innovation much more than previously.

Do you want to become more creative and have more innovative ideas throughout the day?

Changing your mindset is easy, once you know how to do it. Great ideas and insights will spring into your mind like never before.