The AltusQ Blog

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AltusQ Breakfast Series: Creating your own economy (Sydney, November 14)

Oct 4, 2019

AltusQ Breakfast Series: Creating your own economy “The questions you ask are more important than the things you could ever say.” – Thomas Freese In the fourth workshop of AltusQ’s 2019 breakfast series, we will be discussing how to make your customers your partners. The workshop will explore: A process to ensure that the customer…

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Under Pressure: Why leaders need to be coaches

Jul 3, 2019

Under Pressure: Why leaders need to be coaches Taking a coaching approach (asking questions to facilitate thinking/problem solving of your staff member or coachee) is crucial to building capability, self-responsibility and motivation, to get the most out of them and just as importantly, to reduce their dependence on you. Most leaders yearn for more time,…

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Strategy or implementation, which one is my problem? (continued)

Jun 24, 2019

Strategy or implementation, which one is my problem? (continued) Last time we spoke about the importance of identifying whether strategy or implementation is at fault if the lowering tide has exposed the naked swimmer in your Business (in Warren Buffet’s words). Too often we see businesses blame strategy and keep changing it, all the while…

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Strategy or implementation, which one is my problem?

May 3, 2019

Strategy or implementation, which one is my problem? Last time we spoke about what Warren Buffet meant when he said “A rising tide floats all boats….. only when the tide goes out do you discover who’s been swimming naked.” When things are good everyone does OK but when things turn south many are exposed. The…

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A rising tide floats all boats, but…

Mar 15, 2019

A rising tide floats all boats, but… “A rising tide floats all boats….. only when the tide goes out do you discover who’s been swimming naked.” This is Warren Buffett’s addendum to the famous ‘rising tide’ quote. So what does it mean? When things are good all businesses are making money but when things turn…

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AltusQ Breakfast Series: Is winter coming? (Sydney, May 23)

Mar 14, 2019

AltusQ Breakfast Series: Is winter coming? Running to where the ball will be… With no recession since 1991 a question on many people’s minds is whether Australia’s seemingly endless summer is now drawing to a close. In the second workshop of AltusQ’s 2019 breakfast series we will be exploring how to get your business ready for…

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Why some mentoring programs “fizzle”

Mar 11, 2019

Why some mentoring programs “fizzle” Mentoring Programs can be an extremely cost effective and valuable professional development intervention yet, there seem to be more stories and anecdotal evidence of mentor program ‘flops’ that successes. This is not because mentoring as a concept is flawed or “doesn’t work around here”. More often than not, the cause…

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What can we learn from the price of orange juice?

Mar 1, 2019

What can we learn from the price of orange juice? I shared a story at a recent client workshop about a soccer dad I met on the sidelines of a pre-season under 14s soccer training session. This soccer dad was a trader and he was good enough to share some of the strategies he adopts. Trading…

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Coaching Skills Course – Foundation Level (Sydney, September 24)

Feb 11, 2019

Coaching Skills Course – Foundation Level This 1-day intensive workshop is ideal for anyone wishing to take their coaching skills to the next level, explore and refine the application of coaching skills in a variety of situations and to gain greater insight into their natural communication style. Course content Participants will be guided through the…

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The five pillars of successful mentoring

Jan 31, 2019

The 5 Pillars of Successful Mentoring Mentoring is one of many options available for fostering commercial and cultural growth. Compared to consulting, training, or coaching initiatives, mentoring directly taps into and inspires the sharing and further development of, relevant experience and expertise already existing within the organisation. Improved retention, employee satisfaction, interpersonal skills, transfer of…

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Case Study: Weathertex

Jan 23, 2019

Case study: Weathertex Drawing out internal strengths through expert facilitation The Challenge Weathertex is a privately owned company that manufactures Australian hardwood weatherboards and architectural panels for local and overseas markets. Weathertex was first manufactured in Australia in the early 1960s by CSR. In 1998, current CEO Paul Michael purchased the business from CSR with…

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Evidence-based coaching

Jan 21, 2019

Evidence-based coaching Historically, organisational coaching has been something you just had to have faith in. You took it on because someone else recommended it or because you didn’t know what else to try to fix whatever you thought your problem was. While there are some obvious metrics (sales, profit, staff turnover etc.) these typically take…

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Have you got the right business culture for 2019?

Jan 15, 2019

Have you got the right business culture for 2019? (Because it’s frequently not the fastest car that wins the Championship!) A few months ago, Lewis Hamilton won the Formula One World Championship for the 5th time (only Michael Schumacher has more Championship wins now), and his Mercedes team won the Constructors Championship for a 5th Consecutive Year.…

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2018

Another year almost over…

Dec 19, 2018

Another year almost over… Christmas is coming quickly and it’s a natural time of year to reflect. Below is a snapshot of some of this year’s blogs to provide a summary of the key messages as well as to provide some reflection questions… Elon Musk’s wisdom: “One of the really tough things is figuring out…

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Men in leadership

Oct 21, 2018

Men in leadership – is there a crisis? What’s the issue? Do you really know where you stand today? Have you lost your way? Do you know where you fit in? There has been a lot of justifiable concern about how some men in leadership positions have inappropriately treated women (I’m referring here to campaigns…

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