Suzi McAlpine on 02/20/2024

5 must dos + pitfalls to avoid when it comes to leading change

Change is the only constant; it’s a cliché because it’s true. If you feel like the rate of change in your organisation is accelerating, you’re not imagining it. The research now supports it. In 2022, employees experienced an average of ten planned enterprise changes – things from restructures, to cu

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Suzi McAlpine on 02/06/2024

Why we’re failing our emerging leaders – and what we can do about it

This recent study by Deloitte found that good leadership is the top priority for a healthy business, according to 80 percent of the respondents. But only 25 percent of them said their organisation was actively building leaders to meet new challenges. It seems like many organisations simply aren’t in

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Suzi McAlpine on 01/23/2024

Make like a chameleon – why situational leadership is key in 2024

You no doubt know of leaders who are good in a crisis. Or others who you turn to when collaboration is what’s called for. Maybe there’s a boss you’ve had who was super empathetic but didn’t get sh*t done when the stakes were high. The best leaders though? They’re intentional about what leadership ap

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Suzi McAlpine on 12/12/2023

How to ask for feedback and increase your self-awareness

One of the biggest mistakes leaders make is not taking the time, or calling on the courage required, to increase their self-awareness. Increasing our self-awareness not only means getting clearer on things like our values, strengths and ‘how we see the world’, it also means understanding ‘how the wo

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Suzi McAlpine on 11/28/2023

5 things that take 5 minutes and will make you a better leader.

You don’t need lots of time to practice good leadership. In fact, there are a number of super effective leadership practices that take less than five minutes. You might think that if something takes so little time, surely it can’t have a super big impact. Not true. Practiced consistently, these spee

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Suzi McAlpine on 11/14/2023

4 ways to solve problems creatively

As humans, we’ve got more than a handful of complex challenges facing us right now. To name just a few: Weather and climate-related events cost the global economy US$313 billion in 2022 A report by Gallup and Workhuman discovered turnover and lost productivity due to employee burnout cost businesse

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Suzi McAlpine on 10/31/2023

3 lessons for leaders to navigate conflict

If there’s one thing that’ll get most managers in a pickle, it’s dealing with conflict in their team. That tug of war. The slight that’s festering. The miscommunication that’s led to simmering, surly and sulky. The bun fight that’s bigger than Ben Hur… Most of us (me included) would rather sidestep

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Suzi McAlpine on 10/17/2023

Are high performers more at risk of burnout?

When it comes to burnout, one of the most common myths is that if you suffer from burnout, you’re either mentally weak, can’t handle stress, or a poor performer. The research shows unequivocally that this is not the case. In fact, it could be your most passionate and highest-performing employees who

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Suzi McAlpine on 10/03/2023

Not your usual leadership blog

I was supposed to write a leadership blog for you today. But when I came to write it this afternoon, I had nothing. Instead, I wanted to tell you about the holiday I’ve just spent with my whanau. There was nothing spectacularly different about this holiday. It’s one we take every year in September

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Suzi McAlpine on 09/19/2023

Feel Like Running Away? Then Do The Opposite.

I had a cool boss early on in my career called Carol. Carol was the ‘Queen of Wise One Liners’. She delivered these with penetrating wit, a minimum of sugar coating, at pace – and usually in between bites of an apple, which seemed to be her main sustenance during work hours. There were many… The pos

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