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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Tom Moody Event Postponed Until Later Date

Just to advise any latecomers: the event with Tom Moody, scheduled for Feb 5, has unfortunately had to be cancelled until further notice.

Tom and I will be discussing a time for this event later in the year, when there will be less new year pressure for our attendees. We’re going to change the format too, in order to get even more people involved – so it will bigger and better for you.


Peter McLean

Book Review: Humble Inquiry

download (1)One of the pieces of advice I have for leaders and managers is to ask first, tell later. It’s too easy for people of all stripes to revert to telling their people first, only to discover later that they didn’t tell them anything approaching the right thing, because they hadn’t investigated properly in the first place.

Good researchers know that this is essential to their research in the first place: devising the ‘right question’ that needs to be answered.

In my consulting and coaching, I find that the questions I ask elicit more information and insight in just a couple of days than people working within a situation elicit over the course of years. I’m tempted to cue Ursula from The Little Mermaid: “It’s a talent that I always have possessed”, but the reality is I worked hard at developing this skill. And it’s still one that my wife says I underutilise!

Therefore, I enjoyed reading through a short work recently that seeks to tease out the nature of asking questions humbly, in all kinds of situations, in order to develop powerful, open-ended communication.

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Free Goal-Setting Guide – Last Call

Sydney FireworksI’m giving away FREE my eBook guide to setting your goals for a fabulous new year. Have a ‘better year than ever’, one that avoids the mistakes of yesteryear and forges a new path.

Achieve clear, meaningful goals.

As my gift to you, I am offering a free eBook: ‘The Lamplighter Guide to a Fantastic New Year’ workbook to help you have a great 2015! But you have to sign up by Friday morning, my time.

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Golden Globes, Actors and How Not to Speak

golden-globe-trophy-x-largeI always loved watching Awards nights as a kid – Academy Awards, Golden Globes, Emmys, Australia’s Logies. Not only was it fun seeing who would win, one expected to see one’s favourite actors and filmic artists get up and say something wonderful. After all, who doesn’t love hearing how happy people are about the help they’ve received along the way? It’s always a disappointment, however, for so many when they realise that their favourite actors really can’t speak well. Sure, they deliver movie lines with aplomb (on the twentieth take), but the modern actor, particularly, seems to wax ineloquent about the art and the importance and the voice of the gender and the blah blah blah. Thank you very much. Yes, I’ve heard it all before…

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7 Reasons to Come to the Tom Moody Leadership Event

Tom Moody with CupOn February 5 in Perth I’m running an exclusive event with Tom Moody, international cricket batsman, coach, commentator and international businessman. It will be a brilliant opportunity to get up close and personal with someone who knows how to create high performance in pressure-packed environments.

If you want to register for the event, visit the registration page at www.lamplighter.com.au/viewStory/TomMoody

Here are 7 Reasons Why You Should Come to the Tom Moody Leadership Event. (I tried to stop at 5, but had to keep going.)

  1. You’ll learn from the coaching and leadership challenges of sports how you can better lead in your circumstances. Sometimes it’s hard to understand your own situation until you see it reflected in an industry or domain outside of your own. Hearing and exploring the challenges at the élite level of cricketing will help you to develop better leadership in your environment.
  2. You’ll get access to the coaching and high performance expertise of one of the world’s highly respected, professional cricketing coaches. Tom knows how to lead in high pressure environments, where he’s been asked to turn a team – a business – around so that they become top-level professional performers. He has an eye for recruiting and developing talent in ways that you might not expect.
  3. You’ll see how top coaches assess their situation, identify their priorities and plan strategic development. Pulling together a winning team doesn’t happen just through deciding you’re going to win the next couple of games. It takes intelligent assessment, analysis and strategy to go for the finals and the championships.
  4. The world of élite sport has more challenges in common with your world than you think. Tom has worked in the business of élite sport, yes, but he has also worked in the top ranks of international corporate world, including the marketing and securement of high end projects. He understands firsthand how the lessons of cricket apply to the everyman world.
  5. You’ll have unfettered access to top coaching insight. There will only be a small group, ensuring that everyone has the ability to ask the questions that are pressing to them, but also to participate in a full line of conversation and exploration, rather than being cut off when the question is a little impolitic. This will be a fully confidential session – no journalists, no recordings of the conversation, so you can ask and say what you want and Tom and the group will be happy to oblige with fully open answers.
  6. Tom is a highly insightful manager of people. He can assess a group within a very short period of time and uses this to help direct them to higher levels of performance. Benefit from his insight into you.
  7. This will be a relaxed, enjoyable and unique development experience with a great bloke. I’m ensuring that everyone gets time to talk with the assembled group and with Tom. Whether you’re into cricket or not, there’s much to be learned and Tom is an honest, easygoing gentleman. There won’t be 500 people cramming in trying to sell each other services or vying for attention, but everyone there will be focused on getting the most out of the morning.

There are plenty more great reasons to come and enjoy the morning. Come and bring along colleagues or clients for a special experience.

Tom has made time for this event, in Perth only, right smack in the middle of his very hectic international schedule. I won’t be repeating this opportunity in this format, ever.

For more details and to reserve your seats, visit www.lamplighter.com.au/viewStory/TomMoody. Seats and time are limited, so register now.

© 2015 Peter J. McLean. www.lamplighter.com.au Blog: theleadershiplamplight.com

Get This Free Goal-Setting Guide for a Fabulous Year

Sydney FireworksEveryone is celebrating the New Year. And with a new year, often comes that desire to have a ‘better year than ever’, one that avoids the mistakes of yesteryear and forges a new path.

But empty resolutions don’t work. What you need is a way to achieve clear, meaningful goals.

I often help clients to set new directions and new goals in their work and life. You’ve probably all heard about how writing down your goals is so important to achieving them. But I find that even more important is the process you go through in creating them and then being held accountable for the actions that will help you to achieve those goals.

As my gift to you, I am offering a free eBook: ‘The Lamplighter Guide to a Fantastic New Year’ workbook.

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How to Be The Brightest Star at the Party

Christmas parties are all on the go and it’s during those times that many feel the need to be the most charismatic and the wittiest bon vivant, in order to impress their peers and ingratiate their superiors.

So how can you be the brightest star in the room?

You can try to look like Jennifer Hawkins (former Miss Universe) or Chris Hemsworth (who doesn’t know Thor?) entering the room: all eyes turn to these well-known faces; beautiful, smiling, towering forms of elegance. But let’s face it: most of the world doesn’t have their looks and fame, or they wouldn’t be standing out in a crowd, would they? But everyone can use something far more powerful and ultimately more fulfilling: the power of relational charisma.

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Loss and Grief in the Heart of Sydney

The terrible events at a Sydney café yesterday through last night remind all Australians that violence and terror are not far from our doorsteps.

Although we live in what we have traditionally regarded as a safe haven far from the war and terrorist torn regions of the world, the fact is that every day Australians of all stripes and colours go through horrendous events brought on by hatred, violence, rage, despair and a callous disregard for the sanctity of life. Amongst those tragedies are the myriad blows that accost people through the mere tyranny of circumstance – an horrific injury, a diagnosis of cancer, a fatal accident.

Rising up and carrying on in the face of these tragedies is a task that demands the most from us. It is easy to become angry, bitter or resentful and to give up values and ideals for the sake of a so-called ‘justice’ or to ‘make things right’ in our heads.

But the reality is that life does not present anyone with a pristine set of circumstances. It’s messy and at times wearying. But we do have something that can change all of that: that is, others.

One of the most difficult things to do in times of grief is to receive the help of others. It is the myth of our Western generation that we must be self-sufficient. That we must carry the load ourselves. That we must be the sole bearers of our burdens.

When you are faced by overwhelming loss and grief. When the mother of your children had gone merely to have a coffee and ended dying in the clutches of a madman. When you cannot face getting up and facing the world, then know that there are others out there praying for you, offering you a helping hand, willing to be the shoulder you place your hand on to help you get up and carry on.

And for those of us who are in a position to help, to lend comfort and aid, we can make the time in our schedules, we can put off that work, we can sit in silence with our friends, waiting for them and simply being there for them, at the most critical time in their lives. You will never be more grateful that you took the time to help someone else.

That helping hand is the real legacy of Australian mateship – not sacrifices on battlefields, but the sacrifice of giving a helping hand to anyone in need.

My prayers go out for the families of those killed at the Lindt café in Sydney – families of both the victims and the perpetrator – and also for all those who suffered through this nightmare, in and outside of the café.

May the people around them come together so that they can rise up again with hope of a better day to come.

© 2014 Peter J. McLean

Why Coaching Matters … And the Results I Achieve

Coaching-800x471Coaching actually does matter.

When I was younger (“When I were a lad”), I frequently thought I had to accomplish it all myself. I had to prove myself – even if it was only to me. Surely I was smart enough and competent enough? So when organisations talked about bringing in consultants and others to help us achieve more, I thought, “Why would you want to? We can do it on our own!” And I was good at getting others to come up with ideas and create new outcomes. Typically, the results were far superior to anything advocated by the consultants, change experts and teams of people brought in to improve conditions.

But I was missing something really important:

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