Respect trumps Harmony

by Derek Winter


Rachael Robertson led 18 strangers on the 58th annual expedition to the wilderness of Antarctica for an entire year through nine months of darkness, with no escape from the cold, howling winds or from each other. Needless to say, Rachael learnt a few things about herself and about leading a team in what is arguably the world’s harshest working environment...

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If you strip away the jargon, what is Leadership really about?

by Derek Winter


I had the opportunity to spend an evening listening to Lisa McInnes-Smith last night. I haven't laughed so much in a talk about leadership and influence for a long time. Lisa made some insightful observations about leadership. One thing that was refreshing about Lisa’s talk was that it lacked buzzwords or jargon. The broad canvas was not new - Leadership is influence. Within this canvas however there were some things that stuck out to me that I don’t usually hear in a presentation about leadership ...

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How do we find meaning or purpose at work?

by Derek Winter


I suspect we’ve all done it at some point. Turned up to work and sat at our desks finding ways to look busy, counting the time down until we can leave again. Basically achieving nothing of value and having no purpose for the day other than being there.

It’s not sustainable. Either the employer runs out of patience or the employee runs out of motivation to turn up each day.

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Change will upset people

by Derek Winter


It was those words that stuck with me following a riveting 20 minutes I spent listening to Peter Baines, OAM at the Future of Leadership event recently. As Peter re-counted his experiences leading national and international teams in response to the Tsunami of December 26, 2004 in South East Asia he distilled what he had learnt about effective leadership from those experiences and it was almost a throw away line - “Change will upset people”.

It led me to think about the nature of change and how we navigate it and find a successful approach.

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Virtual Teams are hard

by Derek Winter


How do a group of people that live in different countries and even those in the same country that aren’t all in the same physical location work effectively together as a team? That’s the question I’ve been mulling over in recent months having experienced just that from the inside. Actually, having recently worked in an environment just like that it caused me to cast my mind back to one of the first companies that I worked in and the challenges faced when I re-located half way around the world yet remained as part of a team based in Sydney.

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