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Cath Duncan

Design Thinking is not so much about process or technical skills. It calls for the highest levels of leadership capabilities. If an enterprise has to transform itself, that transformation needs to be designed around a leadership and cultural transformation.

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Cath Duncan

“The Art of Communication Is The Language of Leadership.” – James Humes

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Cath Duncan

As experts in the field of personal and organisational leadership, we’re often asked to define good leadership in a nutshell. While it may be relatively easy to define, good leadership can be quite a complex matter to achieve but is vitally important to strive for.

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Cath Duncan

Are you one of the thousands of disengaged employees wishing for a better job but can’t seem to find it? Have you heard of Job Crafting? Listen up, it could change your life…

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Cath Duncan

A cost is simply an expenditure of money, time, or resources. An investment is an expenditure that has a strong possibility of a return. Training is a budgetary cost rarely legitimised or offset with a solid calculation or recognition of the return on investment (ROI). Does your company know how to measure the ROI of training?

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Daniel C

It’s not hard to see the potential advantages of virtual teamwork. For employers, it empowers them to seek out the best, brightest and best-adapted people for their organisation no matter where in the world they may be. For employees, they gain the freedom to work from home (or anywhere), seek out organisations that align with their values, and develop invaluable experience in industries that may not be local to where they live.

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Cath Duncan

Having a business partner is so much more than an opportunity to share the risk, the load, the spoils and the business plan. While we share the same vision for our business, our relationship is also filled with emotional investment, not on a friendship basis, per se, but with a desire to see each other’s goals manifest and our respective lives enriched.

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Daniel C

Imagine running your own business – being your own boss! It’s a tempting thought, and many of us with an entrepreneurial spirit are drawn to it. However, being a small business owner comes with its own unique set of challenges!

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Cath Duncan

Law Firms require aculture that supports a client focus and the intelligent use of technology. To create a cohesive organisational culture, people need to work together. And therein lies the dilemmaformany law firms.

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Cath Duncan

According to a 2014 Forbes study,in today’s workplace about 80% of employees are disengaged. And as we all know, where there are disengaged employees, there’s usually complaining, gossiping and whinging. None of which are helpfulbehaviours.. or are they?

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Cath Duncan

A little bit of skepticism is healthy whenever you are preparing to dedicate time, money, and energy to any activity. It’s always wise to do your research first. Many people are wary about engaging a coach,and some,for valid reasons.

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Cath Duncan

Prolonged stress can be a destructive and counter-productive situation that often finds itself the focus of the C-Suite coaching relationship.

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Cath Duncan

The privilege of coaching comes with a responsibility to work on yourself to see deeply into the human being who has entrusted you with a developmental conversation. Develop yourself continually, especially when coaching executives.

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Cath Duncan

Coaching has a fantastic track record for bringing out the best in people’s behaviour, thinking, skills and potential. What would it mean to your company’s productivity if the managers you employed behaved as coaches and were able to achieve these results everyday!

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Cath Duncan

“Untreated mental health conditions cost Australian employers $10.9 billion every year through absenteeism, reduced productivity and compensation claims.”

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Cath Duncan

The benefits of happiness are significant and widespread and extend far beyond just feeling good. Happier people tend to enjoy better health, live a longer life, have closer friendships, are more creative and productive at work and in life, and achieve greater success.

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Cath Duncan

As a Transition Coach I see lots of resumes, CV’s and cover letters and, quite frankly, I wonder how employers ever find the best talent.

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Cath Duncan

International leadership strategist and author of “Approaching the Corporate Heart”, Margot Cairnes, sees that leadership in today’s environment must move from the traditional “warrior model” who successfully led organisations in the industrial era, to what she calls “heroic leadership” and which others call post-heroic leadership. 

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Cath Duncan

Stories, tales and fables have been shared in every culture as a means of entertainment, learning, safe-guarding culture, and imparting moral values. Stories create “sticky” memories. They attach emotions to things that happen.

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Mei Khing Ong

I am constantly inspired by young children. Surprisingly, I draw a lot of inspiration on leadership thinking and ideas from our younger folks.

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Cath Duncan

Initially, I thought it was a rather curious gift to give me - I’m not an athlete or a fitness fanatic. But that curiosity got the better of me and for the past 2 weeks I’ve been wearing it on my wrist, synching it with my computer, and tracking my physical activity. Here’s my confession… I’ve been seduced!

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Cath Duncan

Are you setting New Year’s resolutions and growth targets for your business? It makes sense when setting targets to consider ‘how to’ strategies for maximising your effort.

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Cath Duncan

Much has been reported about stress and its relationship to health problems but what impact will it have on your career? Unchecked, it could lead to your ruin!

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Cath Duncan

While no one likes to brag, every question at interview requires you to sell yourself. When answering questions about your ability or potential, it's important to be truthful, but if you're too humble you will end up selling yourself short.

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Cath Duncan

According to Deloitte research commissioned by Google Australia, unlocking the power of the collaborative crowd is a key solution to productivity and innovation challenges.

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Cath Duncan

Coaching focuses on helping another person learn in ways that let her or him keep developing their potential. It is based on asking rather than telling; on provoking thought rather than giving directions; and on holding the person accountable.

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Cath Duncan

The job of your dreams is out there but are you looking for it in an old fashioned way? Chances are you’re selling yourself short. If you want that job, don’t send a resume!

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Cath Duncan

At the very moment the world has become more complex, we’re educating our young people to be highly specialised. Are we doing them a disservice by telling them that life is a straight path?

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Jared Checkley

There is now such a vast array of technologies that are so integral to the world of work – whether you’re in a job or looking for one – that you can’t ignore them, or you risk not achieving the career progression or salary you could, or even getting the job you want in the first place.

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Cath Duncan

Research carried out by the Carnegie Institute of Technology shows that 85 percent of your financial success is due to skills in “human engineering,” that is: your personality and ability to communicate, negotiate, and lead. Shockingly, only 15 percent is due to technical knowledge.

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Cath Duncan

The world of work is changing fast. Not only is technology reinventing what we do and how we do it, but the recent downturn has also fundamentally altered the way many organisations think and work. In an effort to save costs and become more responsive to their market places, companies have little choice but to restructure and adopt new practices.

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Cath Duncan

A Capability Statement is historically used to promote the brand and expertise of an enterprise but we think it could be adapted for professional individual branding.

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Cath Duncan

The AsiaAus Leaders Superhero Conference in Kuala Lumpur is less than 7 weeks away and if you haven’t already reserved your place, the 9 tips in this blog may help you make up your mind about the value of attending conferences.

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Cath Duncan

As I approach ten years working with Sageco in the delivery of their Mature Worker transition programs and projects I thought I’d reflect on the great practices that I’ve been involved in with our clients and share the best of them with you.

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Cath Duncan

In the past twenty years of coaching and training professional women, entrepreneurs and emerging leaders, I’ve had a window into the lives of thousands of people aspiring for career success.

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Cath Duncan

My business partner and I are not under 35, nor are we of Asian ancestry but we are the Directors of OzAsia Leaders, a company designed to redesign what the business world has come to understand global leadership development to be.

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Cath Duncan

I recently conducted a survey of people in my coaching practice and professional community to find what they think Design Leadership is. Are you interested in what they said?

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Cath Duncan

Peter Drucker called her the “prophet of management”. Her ideas are at once extraordinarily simple and exasperatingly complex. She is Mary Parker Follett (1868 – 1933) and she was, by definition, a Design Leader.

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Cath Duncan

Can greatness emerge from teams riddled with disharmony? Where people disagree, don’t get on, even leave and then come back? And could these teams be even more effective than the harmonious ones? In my experience YES they can achieve greatness, by not by management - it takes great leadership!

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Paul Netsche

Finding and retaining skilled people can be challenging for many businesses. One research paper estimated it can cost 20% of a skilled person’s annual wages to replace them. I’m sure that doesn’t factor in the disruption and lost knowledge to the business. That’s assuming we can find a replacement!

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Cath Duncan

It’s about time we put an end to useless, time-wasting, inane slogan-driven leadership, if only for our own social dignity let alone the economic cost. Do you agree?

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Cath Duncan

Over the coming decade the 'talent churn' in organisational leadership roles will significantly increase as a consequence of ageing workforce exits

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Cath Duncan

You’ve heard the saying “the elephant in the room”, haven’t you? It’s used to describe a negatively impactful BIG issue about which everyone knows but no one is prepared to talk. As a result, the elephant in the room (aka the problem) is unlikely to ever get resolved.

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Layne Stretton

When I grew up, despite my best endeavours to get what I wanted, when I wanted and how I wanted, the facts are that when I was growing up, Mum and Dad ran the place.

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Judy Dally

I was a junior primary school teacher for twenty two years and a special needs tutor for five. 
During those years I had many doubts about my teaching abilities. Even now, fifteen years after retiring, I have nightmares about classrooms that are inadequately set up (an empty paddock with no chairs, tables or equipment!), students who are aggressive, derisive and out of control and departmental requirements which are impossible to fulfill.

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Layne Stretton

Work related change generally evokes a range of emotions, from feelings of loss and grieving to feelings of relief and renewal.

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Cath Duncan

Before you read this blog I’d better say right from the start that its content might be ground breaking news to many global employers!

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Layne Stretton

Executive Coaching is growing significantly each year and increasing exponentially in popularity in Australia and New Zealand.

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Cath Duncan

You could safely wager your first-born-child that the majority of problem situations in any workplace (or personal relationship) have their source in human misunderstanding

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Cath Duncan

Since the early 1900’s much has been written about leadership (just check the Amazon shelves).

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Cath Duncan

Whether your goal is to build your career, consult, freelance, or drive more traffic and trust to your company, it's vitally important to be (and stay) competitive. Right?

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Cath Duncan

About two decades ago I stumbled over mind mapping. When I picked myself up I can honestly say I was never the same again. The thought complexity of my over active mind was finally made clear...

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Cath Duncan

As leaders, we should be aware of the thoughts that we are thinking, right? But many of us are just too busy to stop and reflect, right? Well, it took a cyclone to make me stop and pay attention and I was surprise with what I learned!

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Cath Duncan

Could it be true that modern tertiary education is spawning “a generation of polite, striving, non-curious; praise-addicted; compliant, grade-grubbing nonentities?"

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Cath Duncan

In this article we look at how "not knowing" is actually a key feature of Design Leadership. We must be comfortable challenging our own thinking and assumptions - to resist the urge to jump to quick fixes and default solutions.

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Cath Duncan

Thoughts, ideas and decisions differ according to the skills, process, accumulated experience and emotions of the brain (person) doing the thinking. In this post we look at how to train ourselves to make decisions by design.

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Cath Duncan

Now that we’re into the New Year you may have started to think about looking for a new job. In this post we look at how your Personal Brand is an important aspect of your job hunting strategy.

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Cath Duncan

So you've spent some time building an authentic personal brand and posted it all over the internet....now what? In this post we look at actioning my personal brand effectively.

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Cath Duncan

Whether you use your personal brand to consult, freelance, or drive more traffic and trust to your company, it's vitally important to establish an authentic, positive one to stay competitive.

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Julianne Kuhlmann

Organisations designing a leadership culture for the future understand that the development of high-potentials (and the continuous development of current executives’) requires cross cultural leadership skills for company-wide, global success.

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Cath Duncan

Bespoke Leadership, both at the organisational and individual levels, is the ability to lead with a constructive and transformative outlook on social and contextual issues. Stop the dumbing down of leadership.

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Cath Duncan

Here are four tips to help leaders and managers motivate and harness the productivity potential of multiple generations in their teams.

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