Jan Terkelsen's Blog (58)

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…

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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…

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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…

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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.…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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 …

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

MBTI Type Skills for Managers and People Leaders

We recently went on holiday with the extended family to Vanuatu and it was fascinating to observe how different we all were in our ways of being. For example, some of us were crazy organised with an agenda full of activities. Others were very present, focusing only on what was in front of them in that moment. Inspired by the family dynamics, we decided to look at personality types in this post and …

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Added by Jan Terkelsen on July 31, 2018 at 14:29 — 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 …

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

Psychological Safety in the Workplace

When we talk about diversity in the workplace, we usually think in terms of age and gender. But what about the important differences in personalities, communication styles and approaches? All too often, people don’t speak up at work because it doesn’t feel safe – and the consequences can be far reaching. In this post and podcast, we look at the idea of ‘psychological…

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Added by Jan Terkelsen on June 22, 2018 at 15:06 — No Comments

4 Essential Ingredients for Effective Team Meetings

People talk about team meetings like they’re a dirty word, and it’s true that without the right preparation they can often feel like a waste of time and energy. Minds wander, focus is lost and before you know it your meeting has missed its mark.

According to software developer Atlassian, the average employee attends 62 meetings a month and yet 31 of those hours is considered a waste of time. This results in massive direct and indirect costs for organisations. So, why is it that when…

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Added by Jan Terkelsen on June 7, 2018 at 13:30 — No Comments

How To Motivate Your Team As A People Leader

How to motivate my team? It’s a common but elusive question that many people leaders struggle with. Your team's drive and desire to perform well is key to their productivity and success. Yet the truth is, you can't really motivate people unless they want to do it themselves. So where does that leave you? In this post and this …

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Added by Jan Terkelsen on May 28, 2018 at 12:15 — No Comments

Awareness, Acceptance and Action

Today we’re sharing a simple yet powerful model we’ve been using to help our clients work through the process of change. It’s called the Awareness Acceptance Action Model, and it’s a framework or continuum with three stages. Moving through each stage will help you experience a different response in any given situation so that you can create real change.

The reason it works so well is that it’s not possible to do a 180 and make a big change all at once. This just creates…

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Added by Jan Terkelsen on May 9, 2018 at 12:36 — No Comments

Building Your Brand As A People Leader

Recently, we’ve coached a number of people leaders who’ve received feedback from their upline managers around the importance of building their personal brand. We thought it would be interesting to talk about how to build your reputation from a perspective of building relationships.

Though you may think relationships happen organically, the truth is, you can and should have strategies to grow stronger relationships across your networks in order to grow your reputation or brand. (You…

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Added by Jan Terkelsen on May 1, 2018 at 7:30 — No Comments

Your Leadership Playbook

When we think of a playbook, we think of a strategy or plan used in a team sport. In this post and podcast, we're talking about how you can create your own personal playbook. It's a useful tool that helps purposeful leaders focus their efforts when they’re going into or have come out of a project or task. It prompts you to address the who, what, where, when and how of…

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Added by Jan Terkelsen on April 26, 2018 at 17:01 — No Comments

How to Interpret Lencioni’s 5 Dysfunctions of a Team

If you’ve been following People Leaders a while, you’ll know we’re all about optimising your team’s performance and effectiveness. We like to explore ways in which we can help you, and we love hearing what leading-edge thinkers have to say. This week (and on the podcast), we’re looking at the work of organisational health expert Patrick Lencioni and…

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Added by Jan Terkelsen on April 10, 2018 at 16:30 — No Comments

How To Create A Values Based Personal Development Plan

Values are at our very core. They guide our behaviour and what we stand for. But how often do we really focus on them? We recently re-read The Power of Full Engagement (see below for details), and it reconfirmed to us just how important values are. The message we’re sharing today in this post and podcast, is that…

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Added by Jan Terkelsen on April 4, 2018 at 10:30 — No Comments

4 Types of Performance Conversations for Leaders and Managers

Performance conversations are extremely important in your job as a manager. A fundamental part of your role is giving feedback to improve your team's effectiveness as well as helping each member develop their skills and career. In this post and podcast we're looking at the four broad performance categories: Underperformers, Average to…

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Added by Jan Terkelsen on March 28, 2018 at 17:55 — No Comments

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