Leading in crisis

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...


Why breaking resolutions is the best thing you can do.

Author: Judith Bowtell   |   Date: 21/01/2018   |   Categories: Balancing work and life, Career Development, Coaching, Decision Making, Inspiration, Intuition, Leadership, Leading in crisis, Making change, Mindfulness, Strategic Planning

When we are stuck making a change in our behaviour that we believe will benefit us, it is due to an underlying contradictory thought pattern or belief. Until this belief is challenged and resolved, we will constantly come up against it, leading us at risk of seeing ourselves as “failures” in this area of our life. Read more...


The Courage To Be Disliked

Author: Judith Bowtell   |   Date: 12/10/2017   |   Categories: Decision Making, Inspiration, Leadership, Leading in crisis, Making change, Mindfulness

Last time I was in Melbourne I bought two great books: one about the joys of minimalism which I brought home and promptly lost in the precarious piles of books and magazines that is our kitchen table. The other was about The Courage to be Disliked – a dialogue between philosopher and student that unpacks Adlerian psychology and gently guides us to move beyond our perceived limits. Read more...


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