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Can the Interests of Your Employees Help Your Bottom Line?

When providing management consulting services to local Perth businesses, one of the more common problems we are asked about is how to increase employee engagement. The issue of how committed or engaged employees are to any organisation is important and can make the difference between higher organisational performance and “just getting by.”

At Integral Development, we base all of our executive coaching and management courses on Ken Wilber’s Integral Theory. This theory combines cutting-edge business theory with the best of 6000 years of human inquiry to create a four-quadrant approach to individual holistic development. Only by developing individuals holistically can an organisation truly maximise its potential.

Are Employees’ Outside Interests their Greatest Strengths?

In many cases, the interests of employees outside the workplace can be used to increase their engagement inside the workplace. Many leaders trivialise or resist employees’ outside interests when they could be integrating them into the workplace.

Remember that outside interests represent something the employee is very passionate about. Imagine what your company would accomplish if you could incorporate and integrate all of that passion into helping your organisation thrive and prosper.

How Well Do You Know Your Employees?

Do you know anything about your employees outside the workplace? Are they married? Do they have children? What are their hobbies? What outside groups are they a part of?

If you can just answer these questions about your employees, they will be more engaged because they feel like you care about them as a human being, but … Continue reading


How to Manage the Work-Life Balance in Your Business

At Integral Development, we have provided leadership development programs to numerous businesses in Perth and across Australia. We can tailor our offerings to any particular organisation or we can provide programs such as our flagship Integral Leadership Program.

All of our programs are based on Integral Theory as created by Ken Wilber. Integral Theory educates leaders by developing the whole person via a four quadrant approach. This is known as “individual holistic development.” Attendees are taught to see the world from four different points of view: I, you/we, it and its.

This helps the leader and the workplace become more efficient: more work is accomplished in less time. One of the most important concepts in the workplace is that of work-life balance. Everyone in an organisation, from CEO down to entry level, is more effective if they have balance between their work and their lives.

Creating a Culture of Work-Life Balance

One of the most important aspects of creating a culture of work-life balance in an organisation is to role model that behaviour. Integral leaders have an internal sense of balance that enables them to easily role model work-life balance for their organisations. The next step is for managers in the organisation to place work-life balance as a priority, integrating it into their own performance and encouraging employees to do the same.

One approach that is gaining a lot of traction, not only in Australia but worldwide, is framing work-life balance as “energy management.” Individuals have … Continue reading


How to Be a Great Public Speaker

If you have attended any of our leadership development programs on our Perth leadership centre, you will notice that all of our facilitators are great public speakers. This is no accident; great leadership requires great communication. To ascend to the highest levels on the leadership ladder, it is mandatory that you are a great public speaker.

Here are some things you can do right now to be a better public speaker.

Set a Goal

Your presentation must have a goal. Whether it is to teach, motivate or both, a firm goal is necessary. You should be able to state your goal in one sentence or at the very least in an “elevator pitch.”

Practise, Practise, Practise

Start as soon as you know you will be speaking. If you will be using Power Point, get your presentation ready. Brainstorm for ideas on your topic, develop your speech and practise it enough so that you own it. This is how to own an audience.


Storytelling is part of the human tradition. Sprinkle interesting stories throughout your speech to make salient points. The variety will help keep your audience from being bored.

Involve Your Audience

Nobody in your audience has to speak, but you should try to keep them involved. Ask them questions that make them think. Make them laugh. Make them feel emotions.

Show Up Early and Take Care of Business

It is essential to show up early and get everything set up and prepared. Make sure all equipment is … Continue reading


5 Signs that You are an Outstanding Leader

Leadership development courses, for many in the Perth area, involve a lot of memory and a lot of facts. However, they are often lacking in helping leaders develop the qualities that they need to be truly outstanding leaders. At Integral Development, we believe that leadership is developed experientially and by increasing self-knowledge.

Here are five qualities shared by all outstanding leaders. Let us know if you have any others to add to the list


Great leaders must have the courage to go against the grain when necessary and to lead according to their sense of ethics and conviction. They must be able to make appropriate decisions and not take “shortcuts” when faced with difficult situations.


Great leaders have a passion for leadership. They are deeply driven to help others perform their best. When a leader is sincerely passionate about leadership, they project an air of authenticity. In addition, employees are always more responsive to someone tho is helping them develop than they are to leaders who lead in their own self-interest.

Great Communication Abilities

All of the courage, passion and intellect in the world does no good if the leader can’t communicate effectively. Great leaders are able to communicate strategy, short term goals and the “big picture.”


Great leaders must be respected by their organisations. The easiest way to attain respect is to respect others and make decisions for the greater good of the organisation.

Right-Brain Proficiency

Great leaders intuitively or instinctively know how … Continue reading


Why You Lead, Not How You Lead

An essential part of any of the leadership development programs that we teach from our Perth leadership centre is finding out why a leader wants to lead. At Integral Development, our approach to leadership is different from everyone else because we use the four-quadrant approach from Ken Wilber’s Integral Theory to develop the whole leader, personally and professionally. Because of this approach, the “whys” are as important as the “hows” when it comes to developing leaders.

Motivators come in two types: intrinsic and extrinsic. Intrinsic motivators are based on principles such as the obligation to serve, the wish to make the world a better place or the purpose of helping people be the best they can be. Extrinsic motivators include money and career advancement.

Most leaders have both intrinsic and extrinsic motivators. However, a recent survey of 10,000 leaders in the US Army had some surprising results. We know that US studies aren’t always relevant to Australia, but this is the only study of its kind available and the conclusions are eye-opening.

The results showed that extrinsic motivation detracts from leadership performance, whether alone or in tandem with intrinsic factors. Those who were primarily extrinsic in their motivation had the worst assessments in their service records. Those who had ample amounts of both intrinsic and extrinsic motivation fared only slightly better.

Those who became the best leaders were those whose motivation was primarily intrinsic.

Integral Development Enhances Intrinsic Motivation

We feel this is important because it concurs with … Continue reading

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