The AltusQ Blog

News, upcoming events and articles written by our coaches

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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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Is winter coming?

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 mentoring programs “fizzle”

Mar 11, 2019

Why 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 of…

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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, May 1)

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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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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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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Authentic Leadership

Oct 1, 2018

Authentic Leadership A few days ago I gave a 2-hour workshop on Authentic Leadership to 200 senior women leaders at the Uniting Churches National Women’s Conference. It was quite an incredible experience… Knowing that theological leaders are deeply philosophical and reflective, I knew I needed to dig deeper into this very deep topic (Harvard’s #1…

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Just ask the question!

Aug 31, 2018

Just ask the question! I’m reading an Elon Musk book at the moment and came across the following quote: “One of the really tough things is figuring out what question to ask. Once you figure out the question, then the answer is relatively easy.” I loved this quote because this is the premise of coaching and…

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Are you in control?

Jul 29, 2018

Are you in control? We all like to feel we are in control. Thinking we are in control is certainly better than believing that we are not in control and thinking that the world is in control of us! But I must admit to changing my thinking about the words I use in talking about…

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Organisational Resilience

Is your organisation resilient?

Jul 14, 2018

Is your organisation resilient? Denyer (2017) at BSI and Cranfield School of Management investigated the evidence on organisational resilience. Some important take-outs: organisational resilience resilience is ‘the ability to anticipate, prepare for, and respond and adapt to incremental change and sudden disruptions’ organisational resilience ‘involves changing before the cost of not changing becomes too great’…

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How do we run leadership programs that are evidence-based?

Jul 14, 2018

How do we run leadership programs that are evidence-based? Based on a meta-analysis(1) by Lacerenza and others (2017), leadership programs do lead to improvements in organisational results. To get results, though, we need to use multiple delivery methods and multiple sessions, hold programs on-site, require mandatory attendance, provide as much training as possible and include…

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