The Leadership Diet

By Padraig O'Sullivan | The Leadership Diet deals in all aspects of leadership transitions and excellence.

A Year of Thank You’s

December brings many endings, end of a quarter, end of financial year for some organisations, end of calendar year for many others, end of academic …

Has your team got a rhythm?

<i>“Our monthly leadership team meeting has the nine most intelligent people in the business in attendance, yet we only ever report out and discuss what</i> …

Management

Completed your 2015 leadership progress report yet?

It only takes 20 minutes and could change your 2016 dramatically!<p>Seth Godin’s recent blog was an inspiration for this:<p>We are in November and many …

Leadership

Why team members should do sport together

Regular readers will know I did my first Olympic distance triathlon last year in Noosa, Australia. An Olympic distance is a combination of 1.5 km …

Woody Allen

What every leader can learn from the All Blacks

Last weekend, the All Blacks showed us that they are indeed the leaders of the rugby world. They are formidable as individual athletes and as a team. …

It starts with you

<i>“We spent time working with really expensive consultants to develop our strategy and plan for the next five years. It looks fantastic. The board</i> …

3 reasons capitalists need compassion

We’ve all come across them; truly great leaders who seem to have that <i>“X”</i> factor. It could be your basketball coach, your first boss or further …

5 Lessons from a trail blazing CEO

The airline industry is regarded as being one of the toughest in the world. The cost of the core asset – a metallic tube that is identical to the …

Five ways for leaders to build their own confidence

Every coaching assignment, whether it be with an executive or a team, will at some point circle around to the topic of confidence. True confidence, …

4 ways to ensure your leadership development programs are not a complete waste of everyone’s time

<i>“We have done a series of 360 debriefs and ran one to one coaching sessions but don’t seem to be getting any traction in developing our leaders. Can</i> …

What has orange juice got to do with leaders developing gravitas?

“You can tell she has the “it” factor!”<p>“The ‘it’ factor?” I questioned the CEO who was referring to one of his Commercial leaders.<p>“Yeah, the ‘it’ …

7 essentials for teams to learn if they are to achieve high performance

In our firm, osullivanfield, we have the privilege of working with leadership teams over extended periods of time. Typically we are commissioned when …

Management

How do leaders get the conversations out of their heads?

Last month I was meeting with my client James, an imposing Northern Irishman who is leading a sizable business with over $250m of revenue. We were …

Leadership

How to help new leaders minimise their blind spots

<i>“I had no idea!”</i> Jason had just received some feedback from his team, four months after taking up the position as Director of their function. They …

Leadership

Who's your top three and how do they inspire your learning?

In many leadership development programs and one-on-one coaching sessions, participants are asked to think about an inspiring leader who they admire …

Leadership

One more time: What conversations do leaders need to have?

Recently I shared my thoughts about the power of thinking about which conversations to stop and start having so as to increase leadership and …

Human Resources

Reimagine your ideal leadership impact

The opportunity and ability to stop, reflect and take time to <i>deeply</i> consider what you do and how you do it seems to come too rarely.<p>In our perception …

10 transitions every leader needs to master

“I am exhausted – I have transition overload!”<p>Dean, a leader with many years of international years experience, confessed even he was tired of …

How leaders can develop a global mindset

6 simple steps to developing curiosity<p>This blog is being typed in a coffee shop in Ireland. Here, all the headlines are about the impending disaster …

6 insights into Leading Virtual or Remote teams

Leading teams that are remote to the leader is not a new concept. Julius Caesar ran the old world from Rome and the English, French and Spanish have …

Five ‘leanings’ that leaders need to avoid

Which way are you leaning?<p>Today, I had a coffee with my friend Chris Savage, who writes a great blog called Wrestling Possums. Well worth checking …

This year's most popular Leadership Diet posts (so far)

5 of the most simple and effective daily habits that leaders could consider.<p>Leadership teams regularly do not get to execute their strategic plans. …

3 ideas to help lead with during time of uncertainty

<b>Hint: Start close in, look for progress while counting one second</b> <b></b><p>Last week I had the opportunity to present at the 5th annual Leader development and …

Leadership

9 learnings from transforming leadership teams

Leadership teams set the pace for an organisation’s development. If the leadership team are not developing then the organisation slows down. The …

Management

Four reasons why organisations need to promote conflict over harmony

I happened to be in New York recently when Hilary Clinton announced her intention to run as a Presidential candidate. Her campaign office is based in …

Why the best leaders develop (boring) habits!

“This has been a <b>game changer</b> for me” he said.<p>I was chatting with Adam, an executive with responsibility over 1500 retail stores globally, about the …

Leadership

Judgement – It can make you or break you

One of the great privileges of executive coaching is working with successful, driven people who are pushing hard toward achieving the aspirations for …

Leadership

Questions of Character, Credibility and Confidence

Story telling in organisations, families and indeed all kinds of tribes is powerful and revealing. The stories give insight into what is valued, …

Five accelerators to faster reach your effective point (EP)

Every organisation in the world will have a leader transitioning into a new role at some stage. Yet many organisations are unsure how to accelerate …