Lessons in Leadership
Journey through the blog archive of Holly’s key takeaways and lessons learned from over 15 years of working with top global leaders, presenting and hosting award-winning events and leading decision-making as a board director at powerhouse organisations.
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“Plans stop working the moment the first bullet is fired.”
As an ADF veteran of 15 years, Former Health Operations Executive trained in strategic leadership and with experience in disease management in Washington D.C., Emma provided pragmatic advice on how leaders might tackle the challenge we are facing today, as well as plan for those we will inevitably face tomorrow. I asked her “why the ideas of preparedness and planning seem at odds with the disruption and chaos brought on by crisis”. She proceeded to give a compelling view of planned disruption and disrupted plans.
Leading by imagination: Are you a moonshot thinker?
Thank you to everyone who participated in the first #2020pulse. It turns out we are an ambitious bunch! An overwhelming 80% of respondents would describe themselves as such. - I love knowing I’m part of such an ambitious LinkedIn family! There are three big things I’ve always believed about ‘ambition’:
The ultimate innovation? Our ability to change ourselves through leadership.
To the entrepreneurs, the change-makers and the brave decision-makers out there, we need your radical ideas in these unparalleled times. So far, visible innovation has manifested mostly in the way we are responding to change. We are now harnessing underutilised methods we have had at our disposal for decades: open-source R&D collaboration; rapid technology adoption, and; the mobilisation of collective action. While it may be tempting to hunker down and wait for COVID-19 to roll over us, we know that innovation thrives in adversity. So let’s get moving.
Habit-hacks for leaders too busy for leadership development
The science emerging around habits offers an alternative way to address the dissonance. The notion that ‘we are what we repeatedly do’ is a tangible and pragmatic way to master our goals, without expending significant money, time or even willpower in the process. As James Clear explains in his book ‘Atomic Habits’, it’s the tiny things that we do each day, that when enacted frequently and with consistency, define not only our behaviour, but our identity. Add to that accountability – the simple act of telling someone what we are hoping to achieve – and our chances of success increase by 70% (Matthews, 2015). Finally, own your start of day and end of day routines. These are powerful triggers in our daily cycle. Begin as you wish to continue, and continue as you wish to begin!
Not Making a Decision, is Making a Decision.
As a leader of today, Rice is clearly focused on empowering the leaders of tomorrow. She emphasizes the need for those in charge to demonstrate trust in their people by delegating and investing in training. 'We must allow them to color outside the lines' she says. Can we imagine a democracy wherein the government actively comes to the youth for ideas, for better questions, even for solutions? I have been fortunate to have seen the success of initiatives such as the G20 Youth Summit in action. I believe there is so much to be gained in bringing different voices together to explore collaborative policy design and development. So long as we are clear on who our decisions are serving...
Leaders trust in difference (not indifference)
Malcolm Gladwell has always been someone who not only pushes boundaries through stories but pushes the boundaries of stories.
The power of unlikely collaborations
As I look back on 2019, one of the absolute highlights was collaborating with the masterfully creative Adam Ferrier and CJ Holden to produce s p a c e – a gathering of unlike minds.
Conversations Intelligent Leaders need to be having.
with Jeffrey Bleich Tech-optimist? Tech-pessimist? Tech-pragmatist? …Where do you…
A practical approach to change management
“By 2016 the millennial cohort became the largest generation in the Australian workforce. “Right now, they’re around 37 percent, and by 2025, they’ll be two-thirds of the Australian workforce.” According to Ransom – a millennial herself – this generation wants to work differently. They’re also generally less trusting.
Walking the Tech Tightrope
Encryption. Extremist social media content. Driverless cars. Blockchain. Drones. Facial recognition. Cybersecurity. AI. Fake news. The list of technology issues confronting our society is mind-boggling, and only growing in number and complexity by the day.
Co-founding Energy Disruptors Unite!
Energy Disruptors is a catalyst for bold, game-changing solutions to the world’s biggest energy challenges. In 2018, we brought together global leaders like Sir Richard Branson, New York Times best-selling author Susan Cain, Suncor's Steve Williams, Bloomberg's Michael Liebreich and Formula-E World Champion Lucas DiGrassi to ignite conversations and collaborations to drive transformation in the energy sector.