The AltusQ Blog

News, upcoming events and articles written by our coaches

Generative Conflict

Building High Performing Teams – Generative Conflict

Apr 12, 2018

Building High Performing Teams – Generative Conflict We are conditioned to believe that conflict is all bad. For most of us conflict is an uncomfortable physical and mental state to be in. We will often avoid conflict at all costs. Conflict often implies right or wrong, yes or no, it is divisive by nature, it…

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The black art of accountability – Part one

Apr 12, 2018

The black art of accountability My two sons are doing Ju Jitsu this year – a change from years of soccer. My commitment to them (and my wife) was that I would ferry them every Tuesday/Thursday evening. I made that commitment as I felt it was about time I put at least one of the kids’…

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Who are the true masters of storytelling?

Feb 14, 2018

Who are the true masters of storytelling? This was the spectacular view from Sydney Festival’s Moonlight Cinema last night. Weirdly, what really caught my attention was the ads. What advertisers understand better than anyone is how to influence through storytelling and they just keep getting better and better at it. Masterful ads for airlines selling…

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Happy New Year 2019

AltusQ Breakfast Series: This year will be different (Sydney, February 13)

Feb 11, 2018

AltusQ Breakfast Series: This year will be different 2 elections – Credit squeeze – Looming trade cold war In the first workshop of AltusQ’s 2019 breakfast series we will be exploring how to build or maintain momentum in what is shaping up to be a shake-up year for many businesses. The workshop will cover: How to…

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Why slowing down can speed you up

Dec 22, 2017

Why slowing down can speed you up Xmas is the perfect time of the year for reflection. Before you pack up and head off to enjoy your Xmas break, take 5 minutes to consider what you’ve learnt this year and how it’s helped you to grow both professionally and personally. Write it down, share it…

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Loved this quote…

Dec 5, 2017

The compelling ROI of the ‘I’ to ‘We’ shift of great teams Loved this quote by entrepreneurial business leader Jean-Francois Bouchard, founder and chief executive of Sid Lee in Saturday’s Herald which so succinctly sums up the compelling ROI of the ‘I’ to ‘We’ shift of great teams. [ Return to QLead ] [ Return…

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Having a laugh

Why having a laugh is a sign of a healthy team

Dec 4, 2017

Why having a laugh is a sign of a healthy team In great teams, connection is everything. It’s the source of trust, the foundation of productive conflict and the energy that fuels discretionary effort. One way to check in on connection in your team is by how often you share a laugh. Connected teams laugh…

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trust equation

Building High Performing Teams – Teams That Trust

Nov 24, 2017

Building High Performing Teams – Teams That Trust When I set out the write this series of blog’s relating to the formation of high performing teams I set myself a goal of writing a blog post each month for 6 months. Now, fast forward 4 months and I have written and posted 3 blogs. For…

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Mature White Collar Male Just Been Fired

Dear boss, you’re sacked

Nov 18, 2017

Dear boss, you’re sacked! Never get one of these!  This letter to the partner of an accounting firm is so typical of what goes on in the professional service and other service based professions. It’s stuff we see every day. It’s stuff we help our clients deal with – especially when they want to change…

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Blowing our own trumpet

Nov 6, 2017

It’s time to blow our own trumpet (just a little) We have received confirmation that AltusQ has received a European Quality Award for another of our coach training courses. To quote from the EQA Report: The AltusQ Coaching Foundations Certificate Programme has been skilfully designed to meet the EMCC Foundation Level standards. A broad range of…

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Bailey the horse

What this horse taught us about failure

Nov 1, 2017

What this horse taught us about failure Ever heard the expression “you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink”? Well, try taking away the lead and I’m not sure you’ll even make it to the water. This is a real photo taken from our AltusQ coach conference last week. The…

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Navigating beyond the uncertainty

Navigating beyond the uncertainty

Oct 18, 2017

Navigating beyond the uncertainty No one made a successful business by treating it like a part-time job. Running any business is a full time, all-consuming thing. When it is your business, that you have pain stakingly built from the ground up over many years, then everywhere you look, you see your work.  You remember hiring…

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Building Blocks

Building High Performing Teams – Trust Yourself First

Sep 13, 2017

Building High Performing Teams – Trust Yourself First Early on in my own leadership development journey I was asked “how do you build trust?”. This simple reflective question had me stumped. I really couldn’t articulate it, I mean Trust is a feeling, right? I had established and maintained trusting relationships, not only at work but…

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10 leadership lessons from failure

Sep 8, 2017

10 leadership lessons from failure Learning from failure is a concept that many organisations embrace yet few in reality seem to really know how to do. As coaches, we are increasingly experiencing organisations that talk openly about their desire to build a culture where risks are taken and innovation thrives, yet in most the status…

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Smart piggy

Getting piggy ready for market

Aug 21, 2017

Getting piggy ready for market We’ve all heard the phrase “fattening up piggy for market”. Pig farmers have a strategic choice to make about the market they are selling into (the bacon market, the processing market or the fresh pork market). These markets fluctuate over time with the farmer needing a return on investment analysis…

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