Image: Preschool Plan It

Image: Preschool Plan It

Oh, I’m excited about today. It’s day of O and I have so many O words in my leadership vocabulary.

My top five O leadership words are:

Firstly, I enjoy observing people. I build a portfolio of client data to enable me to provide feedback to them - feedback with facts is far more useful than hearsay. Helping people with 1/ what they are doing well and 2/ how they can improve their leadership behaviours.

Then opportunity – we are always looking for opportunities to learn, grow, experiment and change. Life is exciting when we introduce new stuff. My personality is all about opportunity – it’s on my radar 100% of the time! In particular, I hear myself asking, “what opportunity is there to change the way you view that matter?”

Obstacles are what we face every day in our life of leadership. Viewing our challenges, problems and concerns as obstacles, enables us to take ownership and re-frame our mind, knowing that we can walk around them, climb them or remove them. It’s all in the mind how you view life and these two words, obstacles and ownership highlight the importance of our personal leadership – it’s what is inside us, what people don’t see that makes us stand out as leaders.

Openness is close to one of my key character strengths – I believe it’s important to tell it as it is, to be honest and not sugar coat facts. The quicker we can communication information, the quicker we can get everyone on board to enjoy it or fix it.

What’s in your language of leadership? Today I’d love to hear your O words.

You can continue reading my previous blogs - all A-N follow.


Scratch or Scratched?

I was hitting golf balls on the practice range and my husband pointed out a young woman who plays off scratch (on par or better/no handicap). I watched as every ball she hit was meticulously planned and played. Whilst I whacked each ball with the goal to empty my basket and hers was to land each ball at a designated spot on the range.

At the Melbourne Cup Horse Racing there were two horses scratched from the big race. Their health wasn’t up to standard, and well-being was a concern so the decision was made not to race them. (Sadly two horses died after completing this race).

Optimum health underpins performance – in particular for race horses; expensive horses! For us mere mortals, we can cope with ailments and aches without fearing being scratched.

Borrowing the sporting mindset which works with the equation of ‘scratch’ health & skills = improved performance, and applying to other situations and workplaces we would see a healthier nation.

I’ve commenced working with a Personal Trainer as my 50 year old body is now requiring some assistance to perform better. We’ve set a few goals (weight, core strength etc.) and I’ve given myself until 31/12/14 to achieve the first goal. I realise that I don’t want to be scratched and to survive in the rat race for the next 20+ years, I need to be a scratch player.

Like the young female golfer, who would practise every day, like the horse which is trained every day and my new health & fitness regime which requires daily attention & action YOU need to be active with your performance to be a ‘scratch player’ opposed to being considered a potential scratching!

Every day is an opportunity to get closer to being 'scratch' - in all aspects of your life.

What are you doing today to achieve optimum health and skill?

Ultimate Potential

How's your week?

We're over the hump and fast approaching the weekend.


How successful have you been? If you were to stop, reflect, review - what could you do better or differently?

What would the difference look like? What would change if you applied your 'ultimate potential'?

Hmm, the BIG question is, "what is your ultimate potential?"

What would an observer see? And, if you were on the balcony what would you see yourself doing differently if this 'ultimate potential' was applied?

Additionally, there is hidden potential in everything we approach. So many opportunities go past us, untapped!

I'm going to explore this subject further (I'm reading an amazing book,) however, for the time being, spend some time thinking about "what is my ultimate potential"?

Off you go and finish your week!