Jan Terkelsen's Blog (69)

How To Beat Imposter Syndrome And Build Your Confidence As A Leader

Do you lack confidence as a leader? It’s a common problem, and something we’ve seen more and more of lately. 

Many new and developing leaders think they’re not good enough, and don’t have all the tools and resources to lead confidently. But it is possible to build your confidence and bridge that gap to improve as a people leader.

We’re sharing how to do just that.

You can…

Added by Jan Terkelsen on September 25, 2019 at 10:31 — No Comments

Next-Level Thinking: The 5 Tips You Need To Be A Better Leader

You might already be in a position of leadership, or you might have recently been promoted or put yourself forward for a new role. Whatever stage of leadership you’re in, it’s time to change your strategy. 

Being a leader requires next-level thinking. You need to prepare mentally, physically and emotionally. What got you to this position of leadership isn’t going to create the thinking that you need to perform at your best. 



Added by Jan Terkelsen on September 23, 2019 at 12:00 — No Comments

How To Move From Supervisor To Manager – The 10 Things You Need To Focus On

Making the move from supervisor to manager isn’t a simple one. Working the way you used to work just isn't going to cut it anymore.

The three key areas that allow you to be successful in a managerial role are your thoughts and mindset, your behaviours and the tools and strategies you use.

If you’re already a manager but aren’t moving forward, it’s more than likely that it’s because you’re lacking in one of these three areas.



Added by Jan Terkelsen on August 30, 2019 at 7:00 — No Comments

Are You Cut Out To Be A Leader? These Are The 4 Qualities You Need

Are you cut out to be a leader?

Many people think they don’t have what it takes. That they don’t have the qualities needed to hold a leadership position. But leadership isn’t some grand vision to be attained. Being a leader is not just a title that Nelson Mandela or Gandhi were able to use. 

We believe leadership qualities are something we all have.

You can …

Added by Jan Terkelsen on August 21, 2019 at 14:30 — No Comments

The Anatomy Of Change: How To Change Your Mindset To Change The Way You Lead

Do you ever feel a little stuck or that you lack focus when at work? 

Working inside, whether you’re stuck in an office or a warehouse or at home, means your brain has ‘less space’ to think. 

The challenge for most people is not having enough space in between their meetings or between their thoughts to allow their creative juices to flow and allow something better to come to them. So it’s a good idea to look outside the window every…


Added by Jan Terkelsen on July 24, 2019 at 13:12 — No Comments

Changing Behaviour: How To Effectively Manage Difficult Personalities In Your Team

In this post, we explore an issue that one of our podcast listeners is facing, but it’s a common problem in any high-performing team: dealing with difficult people.

Hands up, do you have a difficult colleague or somebody in your team that could be considered difficult?

In the case of our podcast listener, they felt their colleague has high IQ but very low EQ. So we’re going to give you a few ideas on how you might…


Added by Jan Terkelsen on July 12, 2019 at 11:15 — No Comments

Identifying Your Key Stakeholders: Why Every People Leader Should Do It

We have been getting a lot of feedback from leaders who feel they don’t have a good relationship with their stakeholders. So we’re taking a look at a few strategies and approaches that can help you improve your relationships for better business success. 

Listen here or continue reading below.…

Added by Jan Terkelsen on July 4, 2019 at 14:30 — No Comments

Myers-Briggs In Depth: Revealing Your Inner Introvert And Extrovert

When we do our Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) workshops with people, we’re often asked how team members can be the same type but be so different in so many areas, and vice versa.

Not everything can be explained using the Myers-Briggs framework, but the…


Added by Jan Terkelsen on April 4, 2019 at 17:15 — No Comments

What Makes A Good People Leader? These Are The Top 3 Skills

Do you have what it takes to be a good people leader? We’ve thought long and hard about what makes good leadership. We’ve narrowed it down to what we believe are the top three skills based on our experience working with people leaders over the years.

The top three skills are feedback, coaching and delegation. With the changing environment of how we are managing teams now, we absolutely need these skills. Whether you're…


Added by Jan Terkelsen on February 18, 2019 at 10:56 — No Comments

Delegate Your Way To Better Leadership

Today’s topic of choice is one we have found people leaders really struggle with, and can really open up so many opportunities for them: delegation.

In coaching or workshops, we often hear managers say, "Yes, but I'm so busy, surely I can't push any more work down on to the people that report to me." Our answer is simply, “Ask, you might be surprised by the response”.

If it's the right kind of work and is something your team is…


Added by Jan Terkelsen on January 9, 2019 at 12:57 — No Comments

Insights From 2018: The Top 5 Strategies Of Effective People Leaders

As the year draws to a close, we’re reflecting on the strategies and habits of the most effective managers and people leaders we have come across.

We’ve worked with hundreds of people over the last year, so we’ve gathered a lot of insights into the most effective management and leadership skills in action. Today we’re going to share these  with you so you can be the best people leader.…


Added by Jan Terkelsen on January 4, 2019 at 16:00 — No Comments

Perfectionism vs People Leading: Is It Good Or Bad For Your Career?

For some, being a perfectionist is seen as a good thing. For others, it’s a bad trait to have. We all have some understanding of what it means to be a perfectionist, but there’s more to it than meets the eye. So today we’re chatting about what perfectionism actually means, based on the research of Human Synergistics, which has been going on for around 40 years.

Perfectionism is on our radar because we’re seeing a lot of it…


Added by Jan Terkelsen on December 3, 2018 at 9:30 — No Comments

The Enneagram – Discover The Core Values Of Your Team

We’re big believers in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and its benefits for the corporate world. But there’s another personality system we like to use, the Enneagram. 

We’ve been using it for over 20 years now, but for whatever reason, it doesn't have the widespread interest in corporate Australia that it probably should…


Added by Jan Terkelsen on November 20, 2018 at 11:00 — No Comments

Where Do You Sit: Above The Line Or Below The Line?

This post is about one of the most impactful behavioural models we've come across in the last 18 years. It’s called ‘above the line and below the line’ where the line represents choice. We can choose to operate either above the line or below it. If it sounds simple, that’s because it is. But in its simplicity, lies its strength.

One of the reasons this tool is so impactful is that it brings values to life in a…


Added by Jan Terkelsen on November 6, 2018 at 10:30 — No Comments

How To Wheel Your Way To Success

We’ve been using the success wheel for many years, and every time we use it with a leadership client or team we get great feedback and they get great results. The beauty of this activity is that it’s ridiculously simple and yet super effective. In this post we’re going to share why and how we use the success wheel – and why it brings such successful results.…


Added by Jan Terkelsen on October 19, 2018 at 10:21 — No Comments

What Do You Want? We’re Here To Help You Get It…

At People Leaders, we’re always happy to hear from our readers and listeners. But today, we’re getting really interactive. If there are things you really want and you’re willing to try and make them happen, we want you to get in touch and tell us all about it. Why? Well, what we really want is to put all our knowledge and experience, tools and resources at your fingertips to help you get what you really…


Added by Jan Terkelsen on October 8, 2018 at 12:24 — No Comments

The 4 Agreements for Effective Team Leadership

Many of our coaching clients ask us for book recommendations, especially about leadership. The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz is probably the book that we recommend most often - and it’s one of our all-time favourites. It’s powerful, profound, and gives you a framework…


Added by Jan Terkelsen on September 25, 2018 at 12:34 — No Comments

Our Top 5 Energy Boosters for People Leaders (Or Anyone For That Matter)

In many of our workshops lately, energy, or rather the lack of it, has been a big issue. In this post and podcast, we share our top five energy boosting tips. They’re all super easy and there’s not a piece of gym equipment in sight!

As a people leader, you really do need to be at your best if you're expecting the best from your team. And to be as effective as you can be, you need to be optimised mentally, physically, and…


Added by Jan Terkelsen on August 23, 2018 at 13:00 — No Comments

Leadership Perspectives – Interview With David Ryan, MD City West Water

Today, as part of our leadership series, we’re sitting down with David Ryan, managing director of City West Water, a government owned retail water company, to hear his thoughts on leadership and running a large organisation.

The background is that People Leaders ran a six-month leadership programme for David’s team at City West Water in Melbourne. Based on the feedback and the shift in behaviour we've seen, it’s been very successful. David explains:

“Leadership is a journey of…


Added by Jan Terkelsen on August 17, 2018 at 14:45 — No Comments

The New and Improved High Performing Team Assessment Tool

The High Performing Team Assessment Tool (HPT) is one of our most downloaded resources. It’s so popular because it’s simple to use and benchmarks your team across eight critical areas, enabling you to easily measure improvements over time. At People Leaders, we’re also all about continuous improvement. That’s why we’ve revamped the HPT in line with feedback received and our own new learnings. In this post and …


Added by Jan Terkelsen on August 2, 2018 at 8:30 — No Comments

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