The AltusQ Blog

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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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Collaboration game

Building High Performing Teams – Collaborate or Delegate?

Aug 21, 2017

Building High Performing Teams – Collaborate or Delegate? What is a high performing team? What does it look and feel like? Can you name a few high performing teams/organisations? When describing what makes these teams or organisations high performing, you get an almost story-telling mythical response often with success attributed to people, places and events.…

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On the slopes

What makes a good culture? Hit the slopes to find out!

Aug 11, 2017

What makes a good culture? Hit the slopes to find out! Here’s a pic of yours truly atop Mount Cardona, a ski resort near Queenstown, NZ. I have just returned from a wonderful week – good snow cover , blue skies and friendly people – the trifecta. This is the ‘before picture’, taken just a…

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Winter is coming

Brace yourselves – Winter is coming

Jul 18, 2017

Brace yourselves – Winter is coming In the opening episode of Game of Thrones, the ultimately doomed hero Ned Stark made this speech to galvanise his people to prepare for the leaner times he saw coming. Much has been written about the economic disturbance caused by the baby boomer population (Born 1946 -64) as they…

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What Google learnt

What Google learnt from its quest to build the perfect team

Jul 10, 2017

What Google learnt from its quest to build the perfect team A team at Google spent over three years researching to understand why some of their teams performed better than others. The results revealed that whilst clear goals and equal voices were significant, what was most critical to higher performing teams was the ability to…

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Large hand throws worker

It’s not me, it’s you

Jul 4, 2017

It’s not me, it’s you Ever gathered with like-minded colleagues after a formal meeting to have the ‘real’ meeting and share what you really think? Probably more common than you realise with most of us more comfortable with the terra firma of sharing our honest thoughts with others who think like us. Not surprising when…

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Target arrow people

What’s the one question every team should be able to answer?

May 24, 2017

What’s the one question every team should be able to answer? Organisations are more than ever relying on teams to achieve their strategic agenda’s yet are increasingly frustrated by the failure of teams to live up to the promise of their collective capability. Teams so often look good on paper, individuals with the right mix…

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Growing Pain #3: Culture.

Apr 6, 2017

Growing Pain #3: Culture. A common growing pain for any business is a failure to adjust the culture as the business gets bigger. The reason culture is hard is because it is typically made up of the ‘unwritten rules’ and can be difficult to clearly define, let alone implement. Choosing a culture should always be done…

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AltusQ team coaching front and centre on the European stage

Apr 1, 2017

AltusQ team coaching front and centre on the European stage Jill Arkell from AltusQ’s Sydney office and Akram Sabbagh from our Perth office  were privileged to be invited to speak at the European Mentoring and Coaching annual conference in Edinburgh last month on team coaching. As specialist team coaches this was a fantastic opportunity to share with…

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Ivan Gavran

Growing Pain #2: Structure. Just do what the ants do!

Mar 24, 2017

Growing Pain #2: Structure. Just do what the ants do! I stumbled across an article on ant colonies and how they organise themselves, here is an excerpt.. “Ant colonies are a superorganism. Just like no single cell is in control of your body, no ant controls the colony. Each colony has very specific roles. Queens are…

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Hello world!

Mar 17, 2017

Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start writing!

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Ivan Gavran

Growing Pain #1 – Leadership

Mar 7, 2017

Growing Pain #1 – Leadership As we discussed last time, the three most common Growing Pains for Businesses are Leadership, Structure and Systems/processes. All three need to keep evolving as the Business grows. The leadership skills, structure and processes required for a Business turning over $3 million is different to a $20 m Business, and different again to…

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Ivan Gavran

3 Key Growing Pains For All Businesses

Feb 13, 2017

3 Key Growing Pains For All Businesses We recently built a new house – it was a painful 12-month process but we made it and we are very happy with the end product. Aside from everything being ‘new’, the best aspect is the size. We can actually move around in comfort. We were a family of…

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