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La 050: What's Your Influencing Style? (And Why it Matters)

Holding on tightThe Captain's voice bing-bonged into the silence and calmly informed us to assume the brace position. The stewardess asked us to sit down and brace.

Forty seconds later everyone began scrambling to their feet. An old man blocked the aisle as he opened the overhead locker seeking his carry on. The stewardess asked him nicely, to forget his bag and move to the front of the plane.

Minutes later more than half the passengers who were still on board were informed that they had just died in a...

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Diligence Means Success

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Imagine being 10 times richer than Bill Gates and Warren Buffet combined! Not possible? But it is!

There’s plenty of books on Bill Gates and Warren Buffet, to discover how they made their fortunes. All you have to do is create the next critical component of everyone’s lives, or invest in absolutely the right thing at exactly the right time. The track records and phenomenal success of these businessmen are inspiring, yet how can we apply this to our own lives? Yet, there’s...

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LA 072: Hacking Neuroscience to Re-Inspire Your Get Up and Go

We all want an inspirational leader. Someone to look up to, to give us hope and direction. A leader who engages us as individuals and treats us well, but most of all makes us want to be better.

But what if that leader is you? And today you're feeling a bit blah. Everything's sort of "meh" and you'd like to just hang in there for the time being and let Future Self take responsibility for that.

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We all go through phases in life when our mood is uplifting, positive, dynamic and we feel like we...

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Are Tech People Special?

We focus on developing tech people - that is, we work with nerds, geeks, scientists and engineers because that's our background and we speak your language. But we also speak business - and bridge the worlds of Technology and Business.

Joe nerd cublicle1.pngIn short (TL: DR)

We know that Tech people are special and that they are the future success of your business and the global economy. We also know that we can never ever teach the marketing, finance, and HR folk how to "do" the tech side of the business, but we...

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The EDGE Development Framework - How to Guarantee Business Impact and ROI from Learning and Development

The AdvantEDGE development process or framework evolved from my doctoral research into the best way to develop managerial and leadership competence.

The way we develop competence, our ability to do something effectively goes through four key stages.

And we can plot these four stages on a simple 2 x 2 matrix

The vertical axis is our competence in something, and the horizontal axis is our consciousness of being able to that thing.

Essentially, it’s about how well we know how we do...

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LA 071: How to Manage Uncertainty with Command Intent

Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.

Mike Tyson's excellent response to a reporters questions before his fight with Evander Holyfield.

And isn't that just true about all of the best-laid plans we make?

No plan survives contact with the enemy

Attributed to Helmuth von Moltke in the 19th century.

All such quotes ring true because you know that it concurs with your own experience.

On June 6th 1944 the long-planned sea and airborne invasion of France began and the months...

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LA 030: What's the difference between coaching, mentoring, counselling, training and managing?

Coaching versus mentoring versus counselling

“There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who transform a yellow spot into the sun” – Pablo Picasso

Let’s, however, take a look at the main similarities and differences, as this may be helpful for you in establishing the style you would prefer someone works with you.

There is considerable overlap between these development approaches with each having a performance, direction, support or personal well-being focus in the context of theorganization, your...

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LA 070: When to be Agile and When to Keep on Keeping on

How do we find our purpose to listen to wisdom to rightly choose when to be agile and change and when we should keep on the same track?

Wisdom Tenacity and Agility

I was at my wits end. Burned out and utterly lost in a quagmire of my own making.

I'm uncertain as to what came first. Was I burning out and thus started to get stressed and failing to close business or was my failure to close business causing the stress that made me burn out? Whatever, the upshot was that times were tough, the...

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LA 069: The Secrets to Being an Exceptional Presenter - Getting to KNOW your Audience Part 2 - OW

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I didn't recognise the number but I was expecting a call and thus began another 5 minute rude interruption.

We all get them. We all hate them. And yet companies persist in using telemarketing and tired sales scripts.

This one was especially bad. It was someone trying to sell me a meeting arrangement service using LinkedIn. Essentially, they would trawl LinkedIn for (their words) "hot" prospects and arrange a meeting with them for me.

I wasn't interested and informed them. But this one was...

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LA 036: 6 Premortem Questions for the Perfect Presentation

6 questions for the perfect presentations

Welcome to this edition of the Leadership AdvantEdge Podcast and my purpose this week is to help you confidently make your next meeting or presentation perfect, and not be anxious about it. To do that, today,I'm going to share with you how to do a premortemonyour meeting or presentation by asking yourself six questions.

Here I amsharing a PDF and a Word template that you can download and use to plan your next presentation or meeting premortem and make it perfect. Presentation Skills and PIMP...

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