Follow Me On Twitter

I’ve finally taken the dip into TAAS – Twitter As A Service. Rather than signing up a long time ago and tweeting about nothing, I’ve built up a large bank of online resources that I can share through Twitter, as well as tweeting regular tips for leaders and high performers. You can find me on Twitter @PeterMcLeanJ

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I’m far from a Luddite (I trained in IT early on in my career(s)), but I didn’t want to waste time on something that wouldn’t benefit my clients. I feel the time is now here.

Plus, of course, there’s always “The Conversation”, so I hope you’ll follow along and join in. I’ll keep twittering as people indicate they like it. Plus, I might need people to show me how to do stuff!

For tweets and tips for #leaders and more, join me on Twitter @McLeanPeterJ Click To Tweet

Peter J. McLean

War is Hell!

A Poem for ANZAC Day

War’s Hell! Lest We Forget



Crack’d leather trimmed the worn thin box

Above the old TV

Hands reached out and opened the locks

What secrets lay to see


Like treasure hid beneath the ground

By peoples from the past

The medals gleamed and beckoned ’yond

The stories they held fast


“Your Grandad got those in the war”,

Said Dad with reverie

“He joked ’twere trucks he hid under

But these were won brave-ly.”


Grandad and his oxygen tanks came

Up to our house as kids

When Mum and Dad took care of him

While he was on the skids


Eight of us sat ’round the table

Five kids, Mum, Dad and Grand-

Dad Ken shared a joke as able

But war he couldn’t stand


His face like worn leather creas’d

With a larrikin smile

“You do what you want,” said he, pleas’d

“You go that extra mile!”


My daughter at ANZAC’s Assembly

Sings a song with her friends

“Lest We Forget”. We all get teary

To words a teacher penn’d


To all then cries a Viet Vet

“God saved me! War is Hell!”

“Thank God I never killed and yet

Of Greater Peace I’ll tell!”


’Cause it’s not war we celebrate

When ANZAC Day now falls

But Grandads, fathers, all the great

Whose lives did give for all


“War is Hell!” So our hands we reach

For treasures hid and set

Our hearts ’twards those died on the beach,

“War’s Hell!”, Lest We Forget


– Peter J. McLean,, 2016


Your Gifts as a Leader Workshop

I’m excited to be running a half day Leadership Workshop, “Your Gifts As a Leader”, through the Project Management Institute of WA on Wednesday May 25, 2016 in Perth.

This is a unique half day format leadership workshop, incorporating unique feedback processes that I have developed which will help you to determine your best leadership self, your driving purpose and how to maximise your gifts for leadership – all based on my original Gifted Leadership™ model that has been so successful increasing the power and effectiveness of leaders.

Details and registration are here at WAPMI’s registration page. You need to be registered with the PMI WA website in order to complete the registration (which you can do on their site), but I am told you do not need to be a full PMI member to attend.

I won’t be offering this leadership development in this half day format again this year, so now’s the time if you want to take advantage of fantastic development for a small investment. It will be a highly participative morning, that has proven a hit with previous seminar attendees.

Learn more and register here.

I’ll email more info after you register, plus there’ll be some further discounted development opportunities for attendees only.

Look forward to seeing you there!

Peter J. McLean

When Corporate Leaders Lose Focus

For Corporate Leaders, it’s never enough to consider the “big picture”, while letting impactful daily needs slip by.


I was meeting with one of the top execs at one of Western Australia’s larger organisations recently. This organisation is in the middle of a months-long strategic consideration of being acquired, or at the least, significantly restructured due to changing needs and conditions.

The problem is: they’re letting the ship sink while they consider their long-term buyout and growth options.


Trump, Hillary and the US Primaries

In the middle of 2015, the President of an international organisation head-quartered in the US was visiting Perth and I was talking with him about the upcoming US Presidential election.


During our conversation, this international leader exclaimed from his perspective how damaging Hillary Clinton (who had already announced her intent to run for POTUS) would be for the US and that he couldn’t imagine her winning the race. I replied that I could see it, “If she promises everything and anything that so much of the people want, regardless of her history and character, and if the Republicans come across as angry and bigoted.”

That was before “The Donald” entered the race.

Oh, boy, somebody give me a cloak and staff and call me a prophet!


Easter Tragedies Continue

Following my recent post offering my share of wishes for those affected by last week’s bombings in Brussels, I must follow with my condolences and prayers to those multitudes harmed by bombings in Lahore, Pakistan, aimed at Christian Easter celebrations and killing at least 72, with hundreds injured.

So many parts of the world continue to suffer more terrorist-related injury and violence than the Western world.

I’m grateful that my family and I reside in Australia, a country still relatively unmarred by such extremism and hope that that same safety can come to other those other countries in time, and that we can use our own relative security to help others.

Peter McLean

Recent Speaking Testimonial

A testimonial from my recent presentation at PMI Western Australia:

James_Watson_President_PMIWAI tasked the events team with providing our membership with world-class speakers for our monthly meetings. I especially wanted a wow factor for our first meeting to set the bar high.

I was very pleased to hear that our Events Team had secured you as a speaker, as your reputation as an accomplished speaker preceded you. You certainly lived up to your reputation.

Leadership is a critical success factor for Project Managers, you brought out the key issues that PM’s must face as leaders…. The feedback from members was very positive, as you would have gathered from the large number of questions that you fielded, and the follow-up questions after the meeting.

Thank you very much for speaking at our event, and providing the wow factor!

James Watson – President, WA Project Management Institute

March 2016

Celebrate Your Successes

How You Can Stoke Your Attitude Towards Positive Success

It’s all too easy to just put your successes behind you, but high performers I have studied all took the time to celebrate, appreciate and remember their successes.


It’s true of organisations and individuals: we tend to dismiss our successes. Oh, we may have a momentary celebration, even a party if it’s a big success, but all too often people forget the lessons of their best moments and then wallow in their current miseries and challenges.

But there’s a way that you can focus on your successes that builds confidence, enables strategy and creates further opportunity for achievement.


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