NH Blog - Articles on Leadership

Dec 13, 2016

Why focus on company culture?

Why should you care about “culture”? “Culture is how organisations ‘do things’.” — Robbie Katanga Culture is consistent, [...]

Oct 24, 2016

Seven steps to modifying employee behaviour

As a team leader or manager, one of your primary responsibilities is to get your employees to produce desirable results through specific behaviours. To do this, you have [...]

Oct 14, 2016

Interviewing and avoiding the artful dodger!

When people complain to me that it is so difficult to “get rid of” poor performing people, I often think that it is like saying that you can’t understand why the poor [...]

Sep 29, 2016

The importance of acknowledgement

I had a lady in a seminar I was conducting on management ask me “Tim are you saying that we should give our people positive feedback even if they are just making the [...]

Aug 22, 2016

Learn to lead and inspire people with these TED Talks

“If you hire people just because they can do a job, they'll work for your money. But if they believe what you believe, they'll work for you with blood and sweat [...]

Aug 19, 2016

The best leaders develop their followers

The best workplace leaders don’t rescue, or persecute their followers, they develop them! Developing individuals and teams is a continuous cycle of observing [...]

Feb 17, 2016

The problem with accepting constructive feedback

Why is it that we are rarely enthusiastic about constructive feedback? Even when it’s helpful! There are three areas that I’d like to consider around this [...]

Feb 05, 2016

A big flop that broke the rules and broke the records

Working on my method of opening any book at any page and blindly putting your finger on a word, I thought I may as well do it in a book that is all about ideas. I [...]

Jan 27, 2016

Taking Responsibility for Your Own Performance

In my experience, I’ve noticed that people who do take responsibility for their own performance possess a number of significant characteristics. They tend to [...]

Jan 20, 2016

All high performing work teams deliver these ten elements

For my post today I want to discuss the elements of a successful team. More broadly the first factor in a successful team is the diversity of skills and [...]

Dec 09, 2015

My mate Stevo said it was good and Norm just couldn’t wait his turn!

This blog is about team formation and effectiveness but it starts off at a barbeque we had a few weeks ago for some mates (and spouses) I went to uni with for my [...]

Dec 02, 2015

Embedding Organisational Values into Performance Management

Respect, integrity, excellence in service, openness...do these words resonate with you and your organisation? These types of words often appear in organisational [...]

Nov 18, 2015

Why effective leadership is like yogurt

Why effective leadership is like yogurt…you must practice what comes naturally to you. For my post today I want to discuss the differences between the transformational [...]

Oct 28, 2015

What they don't tell you about becoming a manager

Why becoming a Manager can be so Challenging – What they Don’t Tell You! I recently came across a book by Aaron McDaniel called The Young Professional’s Guide to [...]

Sep 09, 2015

Leadership, Management and Feedback

Whenever I ask participants in the various management and leadership courses I run, what is the difference between leadership and management, invariably people on the [...]

Aug 19, 2015

5-steps to conducting quality feedback sessions

I will hopefully celebrate my 53rd birthday in a few weeks. Thirty eight of those years have been spent in workforces across seven countries. This also means I have [...]

Aug 12, 2015

How do you honk?

For anyone in a team, especially those in a Team Leader position, this is an oldie but a goldie! If you already know it, it is Lesson Four that I want to talk about in [...]

Jul 15, 2015

What Sort of Leader are You?

Our leadership style tends to be dependent on both the situation and the people we lead. We’ll take a closer look at three main styles: Autocratic, Democratic, and [...]

Jul 01, 2015

Ineffective goals

Damn straight...leaders that set ineffective goals work 24x7; leaders that set effective goals work 8x5...you choose. Why managers continue to set vague, subjective, [...]

Feb 18, 2015

What does Warren think about leadership?

If you were expecting Warren Buffet, I’m sorry to disappoint. Warren Bennis is a professor, author, management consultant and pioneer of modern leadership studies, and [...]

Dec 10, 2014

Fruitcakes and lines in the sand

I know I’m biased but my mum makes a fantastic Christmas cake; really moist, full of fruit and enough rum to sink a pirate-ship. Every year she makes eight, gives one to [...]

Dec 03, 2014

Here’s how situational leaders spend more time watching sunsets than watching their people

Situational leadership is a leadership model developed by Hersey and Blanchard. A situational leader is one who can adopt different leadership styles depending on the [...]

Nov 19, 2014

Deliver successful organisational transformation

Today’s post will help anybody in the workplace who is faced with the challenge of changing the thinking, attitude, behaviour, approach, and ultimately, the performance [...]

Sep 17, 2014

Telling people that their feet smell and other delightful office conversations

She arrives at her desk in the open-plan office, her feet, hot and sweaty. She takes off her shoes, switches on the small fan she’s bought to cool her feet and all [...]

Apr 23, 2014

A new manager’s first conversations

To those who have just been promoted to a new managerial role, congratulations! For those of us who have been in such roles for some time, I’m sure we all have some [...]

Apr 16, 2014

They won’t take their shoes off!

My partner, who is a family lawyer, says, “Tim, you can’t teach people empathy! They either have it or they don’t.” My response to her is that unless they are a [...]

Mar 26, 2014

And if you tell that to the young folks today…

"And if you tell that to the young folks today, they won't believe you." It's the sign off from one of the most quoted Monty Python sketches ever – The Four [...]

Mar 19, 2014

Think Leader. Think Legacy. Think Auntie Marg.

For my first blog post, I have chosen to share a personal story on leadership, legacy and family. My family and I recently attended the 70th birthday celebration of [...]

Feb 12, 2014

Footprints in the sand

There is an old but wonderful visual analogy of a man who goes up to heaven and finally meets God. The pair sits down to review the man’s life, but rather than having [...]

Jan 22, 2014

The Guru is never a Guru in his hometown

Last year I wrote a couple of blogs around the area of influence (Influence – after nineteen years I finally get to blend my two great loves! & Influence - Baring it [...]

Dec 06, 2013

A Knotty Issue

Many times at New Horizons in the last seven and a half years of training people new to the role of a manager, I have received comments to the effect of “I wish my [...]

Sep 24, 2013

6 ways to make your leadership and workplace fun again

People desire a “leadership refresh” in their organisations. Employees want leaders that are likeable, understand their needs, can authentically motivate people and know [...]

Aug 08, 2013

Seven ways new managers can shine

1. Manage those above you. Some of you may be thinking, “How the heck am I going to manage people above me when I haven’t even figured out how to do my job?” Trust [...]

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