Leading in crisis

Collective Actions and Decisions: Making Change

Author: Judith Bowtell   |   Date: 25/02/2020   |   Categories: Compassion, Decision Making, Inspiration, Leading in crisis, Making change, Mindfulness

We have been powerfully reminded this summer in Australia that our world is continually impacted by our collective actions and decisions, and yet it can feel on a day-to-day level that much is actually out of our control. However we can make a difference if we really want to, in our lives and those of others. Read more...


The hidden costs of focusing on the urgent and not the important

Author: Judith Bowtell   |   Date: 16/12/2019   |   Categories: Career Development, Coaching, Decision Making, Intuition, Leadership, Leading in crisis, Mindfulness

I recently stayed with my sister and my 18 year old niece (M), and offered to help them throw out some clothes that no longer "brought joy". We started out making good progress, teaching the process of appreciating what you have and letting go of what no longer "serves" you. The session was a bit derailed by a little family politics: me encouraging M. to keep some things that annoyed her mum; her mum overruling a few decisions; and a side campaign by M, to hide a few pieces in her older sister's wardrobe. Whilst a healthy family dynamic has room for fun and games, there can be a shadow side of power and control: undermining my sister's influence; re-asserting parental values; sneaking t-shirts into someone else's drawer. And I did feel a bit of guilt afterwards that what should have been a learning experience for M. got a bit overwritten by her mum's and my agendas. The same can happen in our workplaces when we interrupt someone's learning or development opportunity for our own purposes or gain. Read more...


Five warning signs you have a “brilliant jerk” to deal with…. And what to do before it’s too late.

Author: Judith Bowtell   |   Date: 25/04/2019   |   Categories: Balancing work and life, Career Development, Compassion, Decision Making, Facilitation, Intuition, Leadership, Leading in crisis, Mindfulness, Strategic Planning

A brilliant jerk has been defined as a high performer with a bad attitude. The type of person who can bring results, make high level connections, be a creative genius – but no one really wants to be around for any length of time. Having them on your team – as an artistic director, adviser, fundraiser - can lift your efforts exponentially. However, having someone who is solely driven by ego and self-interest will undermine the collective efforts of any organisation. The company becomes about upholding the vision of one individual – and loses the flexibility and agility needed to survive in today’s rapidly changing work and economic environment. Read more...


The Struggle is Real, and Valuable

Author: Judith Bowtell   |   Date: 06/01/2019   |   Categories: Career Development, Coaching, Inspiration, Intuition, Leadership, Leading in crisis, Making change, Mindfulness

Nietzsche’s claim that “what does not kill me makes me stronger” has great intuitive appeal, and many of us believe that experiencing hardship and troubles can leave us in a better place than we were before. Scientists have become increasingly interested in studying the positive life changes that people report in the aftermath of highly stressful life events. Read more...


What Makes You Tick?

Author: Judith Bowtell   |   Date: 01/01/2019   |   Categories: Balancing work and life, Coaching, Inspiration, Leadership, Leading in crisis, Making change, Mindfulness

The rewards of living a life in line with your values and character strengths are in: using your strengths on a daily basis improves your quality of life 3x and your engagement at work by 8x. Finding new ways to express yourself, in line with your core values and character strengths, positively impacts your life even more. Understanding if you are motivated more by honesty, creativity, adventure or happiness is the first step to finding a working life that works for you AND for developing new paradigms of working and leading, and means we all work better! Read more...


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