The Surprising Key to Google’s Best Teams

In 2012 Google began a quest to understand how to build the perfect team. It was in recognition that teams need to collaborate more than ever before. One recent study in Harvard Business Review , revealed that the time spent by managers and their teams in collaborative practices has grown by 50%. Google started their

Managers Struggling With 56% Increase In Mental Health Claims

A survey released this week reveals that reported mental health issues in the workplace have risen an alarming 56% in the last year. Perhaps even more concerning, is the finding that more than half of the companies surveyed had at least one of their employees attempt or commit suicide in the last year. Managers are

Resilience Hack: This one ritual has helped me to bounce back & thrive

I have a long term mate called Ted (picture above on one of our monthly bushwalks) who I first met when we both worked in marketing together at Johnson and Johnson over 20 years ago. After we left J&J, we remained great friends. We often go on bush walks and discuss family, life, politics and

Lessons from Michael Phelps’ Extraordinary Pre-Race Ritual

Whilst it is almost incomprehensible to realize that Michael Phelps has just won his 21st Gold Medal in Rio, it is fascinating to reflect on the rituals that have helped him to reach an unsurpassed level of Olympic achievement. Whilst elite sport requires strength, stamina, practice, and persistence, many other athletes have this also. Does

As a Leader, are you the Sheepdog or the Wolf?

“Be the sheepdog, not the wolf. The sheepdog is the protector of the flock. The sheepdog protects others that cannot protect themselves. The wolf is a coward that prays on the weak. In the Teams, we fight to protect our brothers. It's that simple. I will always teach my leaders to protect those around them,

How to Create a Mentally Resilient & Robust Culture

Recent Australian research revealed that the leading causes of stress and disengagement were change fatigue (39%), not using personal strengths each day (37%), unclear priorities (35%) and not enough recognition and feedback (34%). It is sobering to realize that depression and stress disorders currently account for 34% of lost productivity through absenteeism and presenteeism according

4 Ways to Fix the Greatest Stressors and Engagement Killers at Work

It appears that the rate of change in the workplace is having a significant impact on our engagement and discretionary effort at work. A recent survey of 470 people asked what caused them the most stress and disengagement. So what are the greatest causes? What is causing you the most stress and disengagement at work?