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What game of thrones can teach you about Leadership

The world of game of thrones is full of murder, lust, betrayal, and child assassins. The list goes on, but it can also teach us a thing or two about good vs. bad leadership.

SPOLIER WARNING

People are loyal to authentic leaders and brands

The Starks have ruled the north for generations, and people respect them, even when the flags are torn from Winterfell. “The North Remembers”… It ends up putting the Starks back in power.

The same can be said for leaders who show their people the same level of respect and courtesy that they expect to be given. Good leaders are authentic and supportive. But they also display unwavering honesty, ethical behaviour and sound decision-making with their team’s best interests at heart. Strong leaders also are transparent and trust their employees enough to share candid feedback and updates. Behind authentic brands are passionate leaders and dedicated people – staff who feel the company is on their side or that the organisation is a worthy cause will go to bat for the team and the organisation.

If you’re not adaptable, you will die…or not succeed.

Stannis the hard unbending ruler knows this best – “the iron throne is mine, by right”. If you’re so set in your ways that you can’t adapt, your people will lose faith in you.

Most bad managers, get what’s coming to them.

Ok, this varies in the world of Game of thrones but it’s become truer as time has gone on.  Take Joffrey for example, he survived for several painfully cruel seasons, but the people in power noticed his shortcomings and well… We know how that turned out.  Managers who rule with an iron fist will not gain any longevity from their staff or gain any new loyalty.  Unless a manager is willing to take advice from all facets of his “army” he may end up on his knees waiting for the axe to drop for all his sins.

Haters gonna hate – keep doing what’s working

Danneris Stormborn has faced opposition for the entire show, but damn can she inspire people. There will always be individuals that doubt you, but don’t let them overshadow the millions of others who support you, and readily join your cause. Danny spends her time on the most important tasks at hand rather than spending time on activities that don’t suit her cause, she even delegates in effective ways to those who can handle the workload (Tyrion).  Knowledge is power

The smartest people on the show have traditionally pulled the strings, Tyrion, Littlefinger, and Varys, have always found a way to get what they want in Westeros.

“Fight every battle, everywhere, always in your mind.” – Littlefinger.  Never underestimate the power of knowledge.

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L.E.A.D Survey 2018

Following the Leaders or Leading the Followers

Developing Effective Leadership in the 21st Century

New information to help leaders understand what is expected of them in their roles and how best to identify and develop future leaders with confidence and success.

The Whitepaper delves into the most profound issues to emerge from this wave of the L.E.A.D. Survey, issues that implore leaders and managers to invest the necessary time and energy to understand and leverage the leadership potential that exists within their organisations.

Download the L.E.A.D. Whitepaper to view the issues, needs and expectations of over 4,000 employees, managers and business leaders.

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Spotlight on an LMA Graduate – Christian Gibbs, AKD Softwoods

There are many people being promoted into management roles each year, and the transition from successful employee to successful manager is a difficult one, requiring a completely different skill set. Many are set up to fail by not receiving adequate training but Christian Gibbs and AKD Softwoods in Queensland provide a perfect example of management development that works.

Christian had been in supervisory roles for many years due to his experience in technical roles within the Sawmilling Industry, however he had never received any training or development opportunities in either leadership or his own personal efficiency. He completed the course “The Performance Edge” as part of a broader professional development plan in 2018.

In his role as the Greenmill & Sawshop Supervisor for AKD Softwoods Queensland, Christian oversees the Greenmill and Sawshop staff. The company processes logs and produces mainly structural timber for house framing.

When Christian started the course he found the content familiar but the delivery and application extremely powerful, he said, “The content that is delivered can be broadly described as something we’ve all encountered in one format or another before. However, the beauty of what LMA provides is the format of the delivery and the environment that they foster with the participants. The facilitators and support staff are driving you to really be honest with yourself, and actually implement the tools which are available to us. I found LMA to be a much more interactive experience, rather than the traditional method of education, where someone talks at you.”

The course had a strong impact on Christian due to the unique delivery and interactive experience and he feels that he has grown as a leader and also as a productive person, with increased personal efficiency which has given him the time to be a more productive leader.

The Time Analysis tool, where participants are encouraged to dissect and analyse the use of their time during a work week, was the real turning point for Christian’s performance and the overall performance of his team as it made him realise the value of his time, and the time of his team. As a result, he began challenging some of the tasks that they were performing which were about providing information or which were simply done because that’s what they had always done. As a result Christian was able to reduce his hours of work from approximately 82 hours per week, which was a lot of time spent working at home after hours, down to the current level of 50 hours per week.

 “Previously I was caught up in the fact that I was just so busy. In reality, I was inefficient with my time, and working on too many projects at once, with a low completion rate. Being as “busy” as I was, I wasn’t spending the time with my team and understanding their challenges and motivating factors,” he said.

“My base team has seen increased productivity and improved morale, as a by-product of my increased interaction with the team and high level of focus on their wellbeing. We have been able to effectively implement regular performance reviews for the entire team, which has given us an opportunity to really understand what our team members want from the workplace, and where possible to be able to accommodate and develop them professionally as well, whether in the form of more training or simply sharing of operational information which they would of otherwise not been privy to. “

The results have spread further within the company as they prompted the rest of the team to assess some of the tasks they were doing, and the method of how they were structuring their work day. Christian’s team members were able to adopt some of the practices and tools he had implemented as a result of what he’d learnt with LMA. The end result is that the whole team are all far more effective and productive in their roles, with the team realising the results of our productivity.

Recently, the Team Leader in Christian’s team, Dan Wall, has commenced the Success Strategies for Team Leaders & Supervisors course. As his supervisor, Christian now has the chance to act as a Mentor for Dan and is already seeing Dan starting to make the connection with some of the actions and tools Christian previously implemented, and the change in mindset which he’s been using to lift the morale of both our Leadership Team and also their Crew on the floor.

“With Dan undertaking his course with LMA, it is continuing to build on the improvements we have realised as a result of my course completion, and it is capitalising on Dan’s differing viewpoint. He is considering angles which hadn’t occurred to me, and further enhancing our productivity and effectiveness, whilst continuing to really build and nurture the culture of our workplace.“

Discussing his LMA experience, the two main highlights for Christian was the exposure to the other course participants and the terrific facilitator, Nikki Watson. “What I appreciated most about her as a facilitator was her ability to push past the normal “excuses” and really get us to challenge ourselves to take an honest look at the situation and make a decision on actionable steps, rather than excuses about why we can’t complete that task.”

Many of our graduates reference the experience with other Participants as one of the highlights of their course experience as they benefit from the exposure to other people, who are facing the same or similar challenges in different environments. Christian said, “The really satisfying part of the interactions with other participants, was being able to watch them develop as people, and hearing about the win’s they had achieved that week. Being in an environment where you are surrounded by likeminded people, whom are all able to encourage and offer advice on how to capitalise on the journey we were all undertaking, was something really special.”

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Finalising Productivity for the E.O.F.Y – Grant Sexton

Being only a couple of months out from the end of financial year (EOFY), now is the time to be prepared. During this time we know your business is already under the pump, but it is important to be on top of everything so that, when the time does come to get your affairs in order, you’ll be prepared. Over the next 3 months LMA will be exploring the different aspects to productivity and preparing for the end of the financial year.  We hope these newsletters will help you get prepared for EOFY, and run you through a few things to keep in mind in the lead-up to EOFY.

It’s a key step for a business to remain on top of this critical time of year. It’s time for renewal, a fresh start and revisiting old goals to set or adjust new ones. Making small steps now can bring up potential problems, allowing your business to be on top of these issues before they arise.

Grant Sexton – Founder and Director

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Planning for New Financial Year – Grant Sexton

With the new financial year approaching, many businesses are inundated with tasks to bring the year to a close, ranging from complying with tax obligations to meeting sales targets. However, it can also be an ideal time for businesses to take stock and strategically prepare for a successful year ahead.

There is always pressure on businesses to reduce costs and be more efficient. By taking a strategic approach to planning for the new financial year, these businesses can make sure they are in the best position to do this in the right way.

Grant Sexton – Founder and Director

 

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Productivity and the E.O.F.Y – Grant Sexton

For many businesses, May/June/July is the time of year that focuses largely on the tasks necessary for the EOFY, sometimes to the detriment of the bigger picture. But it doesn’t need to be that way.

So where should you begin?

Begin by looking at increasing your productivity. If you can do that, then you can look after the EOFY obligations AND continue to build your business into the new financial year.

Increasing productivity usually comes down to effective management of time, controlling your workplace culture and improving your leadership within the workplace.

Focusing on your leadership should be the most important aspect. If you sort that out, the other aspects of your business will often fall into place. Most issues in a business come down to leadership or lack thereof.

Productivity will be greatly increased if you can address delegation, organisation and time management in effective ways within your workplace.

Grant Sexton – Founder and Director

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An Evening with Hillary Rodham Clinton

“In the past, for reasons I try to explain, I’ve often felt I had to be careful in public, like I was up on a wire without a net. Now I’m letting my guard down.”
Hillary Rodham Clinton

LMA is delighted to partner with The Growth Faculty in bringing Former Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton to Australia and New Zealand for the very first time.

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Free from the constraints of running, Secretary Clinton will share the intense personal experience of becoming the first woman nominated for president by a major party in an election marked by rage, sexism, exhilarating highs and infuriating lows, stranger-than-fiction twists, Russian interference, and an opponent who broke all the rules.

“From lawyer and activist, to first lady, senator, secretary of state and presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton’s extraordinary career and story of resilience is one that fascinates and inspires business leaders and people everywhere.”

Karen Beattie, Managing Director, The Growth Faculty

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Spotlight on an LMA Manager Mentor – Clinton Matthews, Alspec

Over the years Clinton Matthews has been an ideal client; one who understands the importance and value in developing his people, takes a hands-on approach in this process and is a strong advocate for what we do at LMA.

Having been a Manager Mentor for over 40 people through three different programs (Success Strategies for Team Leaders and Supervisors, High Performance Management and the Challenge of Leadership) spanning more than 12 years and three different companies, Clinton knows what he is talking about when he talks LMA.

Alspec is a leading national designer and distributer of aluminium systems for both residential and commercial applications, as the Operations Project Manager Clinton feels that the company has benefitted from the real-time, real-life application of the learnings in the workplace.

“Whilst the process provides benefit to tangible activities applied by the student it also assists myself greatly in identifying my employees’ strengths and weaknesses. The process enables me to better deploy and support them within an organisation so that the employee is able to reach their full potential,” says Clinton.

After initially introducing the LMA process into the Brisbane Operations, Alspec has since utilised LMA nationally for the development of its frontline leaders through the Challenge of Leadership program in that time. This approach has enabled them to standardise their language around leadership whilst providing a supported career path for their employees.

As a result of the training that he and his employees received, Alspec have been able to drive quick and significant changes within the organisation by not only changing the culture for the better but also by developing leaders that are able to become more productive and independent with decision making within the Operational environment.

Clinton highlights the improvements in the area of time management as a key outcome, he says, “Priority and Planning and identification of High Pay Off activities would fundamentally be the most beneficial components for not only myself but my supervisors within a distribution and production environment. I have found that most leaders within such a work environment lack sound skill sets in this area. The LMA process provides the correct tools and training to rectify such shortfalls.”

Talking to Clinton about the value of LMA, he highlights the personal value he gains as well as the professional value, he says, “Over the years I have found that I have had significant success by having the privilege of being able to train, coach and develop in excess of 40 employees in leadership roles. As a mentor I find that for the duration of the course I am able to better understand my leaders whilst building a stronger relationship with the individual as I support them through their personal development within the workplace. It is always rewarding to see junior leaders grow and be promoted within organisations.”

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Three Cheers for the High Achievers

As 2017 draws to a close we would like to celebrate the thousands of people who have participated and graduated from an LMA course this year.

As high achievers, we hope that you continue to practice LMA’s teachings, utilise the tools within the workplace and set goals in both your personal and professional lives.

 

 

Here is some of the feedback from LMA graduates in 2017.

 

Remember that high achievers:

  • Think positively (Above the Line)
  • Are willing to pay the price for success
  • Are willing to accept personal responsibility
  • Expect to succeed
  • Set goals in all areas of life
  • Are on a journey of self-discovery and self-improvement

Congratulations to the 2017 Graduates of Leadership Management Australia!