Taking a 2 Week Writing Break

Writer-at-work-signI’m taking a 2 week writing break starting this weekend. I won’t be taking a break from writing, but will be taking a break from substantive blogging, in order to concentrate on some major writing and creative projects. I’ll be posting new articles again from the week commencing Monday 23rd of March, with topical and strategic posts AND including the beginning of a series of articles in response to my most recent reader survey.

In the meantime, I’ll reblog some of my more popular posts for readers to peruse.

All of my client work (and life!) will continue as normal, if you need to contact me.

Stay tuned for further announcements.

Cheers!

Peter McLean

Early Bird Discount Ends Monday

The early bird discount for our April 20-21 Perth Authentic Speaking Executive Leaders Workshop ends this Monday March 2.

This is a transformative Public Speaking and Communications Development Experience for Leaders. It is my proven system that yields fantastic results for leaders and speakers at all levels of experience.

Further details are at http://www.authenticspeaking.com.au/viewStory/Executive+Leaders+Speaking+Workshop. Or, contact me for more information.

Places are very strictly limited, so sign up now to avoid disappointment.

Peter J. McLean www.lamplighter.com.auwww.authenticspeaking.com.au

Don’t Miss My 2015 Reader Survey

imagesMy  2015 reader survey closes in just one hour!

Complete the survey and you will be helping yourself by informing me about the kinds of articles, information and services I can provide to serve your needs and interests.

Take my 2015 Reader Survey here at http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/2003235/2015-Reader-Survey

The survey will stay open until the 20th of February, 12 pm (UTC +8 hrs). I’ll be posting a summary of the results next month for your interest.

Last time, a grand total of one of my readers completed the survey – and got more of what they wanted. Others started and didn’t complete it. And yet others said afterwards, “If I’d noticed, I would have completed the survey. Wish I had!” So make sure you have your say too.

I look forward to reading your responses and sharing the results!

Peter J. McLean

How the Oscars Could Help Your Leadership

cate_blanchett_oscars_2014_winner_best_actress_blue_jasmine_19h83ba-19h83biIt’s Oscar season and that means lots of glitzy, glamorous people speaking seemingly endlessly and dully about how their film is so important, they’re so privileged to be part of this group and they’re making the world a better place and really ‘giving back’ – helping the poor and downtrodden and all that – as they show off their $100,000 necklaces, $200,000 dresses and most recent botox-enhanced features.

One thing you must admit is that Hollywood definitely knows how to promote itself and make stars out of pretty average people.

Hold Your Own Oscars

Holding your own ‘Oscars’ for your business or industry can be a way of making stars out of your people and your leadership. The annual Awards Dinner Night or even the Grand Ball should be considered by any reasonably large organisation. It serves as a reward and recognition for your people and also gives you the chance to lead from the stage.

Here are some thoughts to increase the impact of your own ‘Oscars’:

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Don’t Miss My 2015 Reader Survey

imagesIt’s time for my 2015 reader survey! It’s been 5 months since my first reader survey and I want to shift it earlier into the year in order to plan for 2015.

By completing the survey, you will be helping yourself by informing me about the kinds of articles, information and services I can provide to serve your needs and interests.

So, please take my 2015 Reader Survey here at http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/2003235/2015-Reader-Survey

The survey will stay open until the 20th of February, 12 pm (UTC +8 hrs). I’ll be posting a summary of the results next month for your interest.

Last time, a grand total of one of my readers completed the survey – and got more of what they wanted. Others started and didn’t complete it. And yet others said afterwards, “If I’d noticed, I would have completed the survey. Wish I had!” So make sure you have your say too.

I look forward to reading your responses and sharing the results!

Peter J. McLean

You Don’t Deserve to Be In Business If…

Some observations from recent interactions with clients, suppliers, colleagues and events at large:

  • If you have established a relationship with a supplier or potential supplier and then are rude enough to never answer their calls, then I don’t care how you busy you are: you deserve to die the slow agonizing business death that will come your way. People won’t want to return your calls when you can’t manage your communications and respect them enough to at least send through a quick response.
  • If you’re constantly overwhelmed, then you need to hire extra help or change the way you operate. A week is understandable. 6 months is not.
  • If you’re afraid of responding to people, then you need to reconsider your line of work. Take up crochet.
  • If you think you’re so above it that you don’t need to consider others as worthy of respect and courtesy, then it’s just because you spend too much time alone or with obsequious sycophants. (See my video post here.)
  • The best leaders and business people are very prompt and courteous in their dealings with others.
  • Microsoft offers splendid service via their Chinese call centres. Even if it’s for a slight technical issue, they call Australia within 20 minutes of email enquiries. They should be trumpeting that service from the rooftops – it will make a huge difference to market perceptions and beats the likes of Australian service centres and most Australian companies by a country mile.
  • Tony Abbott needs some help learning how to speak in public. Apparently in private he’s engaging, fluent, intelligent, articulate. Very little of that comes across in his public speaking. He also needs to seek some advice from his own ministers (really, knighting a prince?).
  • Apple has wiped the floor with the rest of the competition in the last quarter. It’s about time the others learned that locking fans into an ecosystem is about offering something attractive and seamless, not something bloated and jerky.
  • The hosts of Australian reality TV shows – like I’m a Celebrity: Get Me Out of Here – should hang their heads in shame for contributing to the most vapid, egotistical and sordid degradation of our culture since the advent of bordellos.
  • Airlines should use this period of low fuel prices to totally revamp how they conduct business, so that when prices rise again they’ll be able to make a profit and not have their planes falling out of the sky.
  • If you don’t identify, use, develop and keep talented people then you need help – it’s a core discipline, strategy and necessity for any leader of merit.
  • If you don’t realise that talented people can also be secured while not being salaried employees of your company, then you’re blind to the endless possibilities our world presents.
  • ISIS knows how to recruit people to their cause. They need to be stopped by others attracting those people in different ways before they become involved.
  • Government will never become more productive until it learns not how to cut costs, but how to invest in significant change and development. And it will never do that as long as it maintains its system of Job Levels, Selection & Job Criteria tied to those levels and systemic protection of organisational structures. So, don’t hold your breath!

© 2015 Peter J. McLean

Authentic Speaking Executive Leaders Workshops 2015

President Obama wishes he had it without a teleprompter. Prime Minister Abbott wishes he had it in public. You’ll wish you had it everywhere: The ability to speak persuasively, powerfully, fluently and articulately while conveying genuine presence across all of your leadership situations – speaking publicly, on the media, in the board or team room and with your staff and stakeholders.

Communication is crucial for leaders. While it doesn’t create your character, your ideas or your passions, without the ability to speak convincingly you can’t convey that character, arouse attention and fascination with your ideas and stir up equal passion in others in public settings. That’s one of the reasons why Prime Minister Abbott currently faces a challenging time in the media and in his party – because of his failure to communicate with his people and the people of Australia.

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3 Ways You Can Crush It in 2015

2014-2015-300x131If you want to “crush it” in 2015, there are three important things that you need to do for your leadership, your work and your life:

1. Believe That What You Do is Valuable

I work with execs, senior leaders and respected, long-lived professionals. I’ve coached millionaire CEOs and seen highly respected leaders at work and in private. The people reading this blog are not young twenty-somethings starting out in life, but are generally more seasoned individuals. Common to many, if not most, of professionals is that they suffer from a variation of what Clance and Imes first labelled the “Impostor Syndrome”: the belief, the feeling that someone would find out that at some level they are a fraud or not worthy of their status.

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