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Lead Effectively While Still Maintaining Friendships at Work

How to Lead Effectively While Still Maintaining Friendships at Work

In a traditional business environment, it can be difficult for a leader to maintain the friendships they developed before being promoted to a leadership or executive position. Friendships between executives and subordinates can often seem like a “no win situation” for all involved due to a perception of favouritism or cronyism.

Here are four techniques that successful and effective leaders employ to maintain their friendships without alienating the rest of the workplace.

Affirm Your Commitment and Passion to Your Organisation’s Business Objectives

Everyone in the workplace needs to see that you are committed to making the correct business decisions regardless of friendships or personalities. Be honest and transparent about your commitment to these objectives.

Embrace Strong Emotions and Equate them with Passion

Remember that your friends will have strong emotions and opinions and be open to receiving them. In the interests of a fair workplace, you will have to allow those who are not your friends to display the same intensity. Remember that many emotional responses are signs of the passion and commitment that are necessary for success.

Develop the Skills Necessary to be a Good Friend

At some point, it is going to be your job to make decisions that your friends don’t like. It will be necessary to develop “friendship skills” such as listening, empathy, developing boundaries and always allowing ethics to drive your behaviour.

Remember That You May Lose a Few Friendships

Sometimes, your ascension into an executive position will upset the balance … Continue reading

Becoming an Effective Project Manager

Tips for Becoming an Effective Project Manager

An effective project manager is one who can transform ideas into tangible results. Managing a large project can involve finding ways to turn a complex melange of diverse people and actions into a cohesive whole working toward a common end point. Recently, our friends at the Harvard Business Journal interviewed three successful executives who had extensive experience in project management. Here are the three qualities they feel are most important in successful project management.

Focus on Strategy, Not Tactics

Tactics cover the finer details of a project, but strategy focuses on the project as a whole. It asks if the milestones being marked are the correct ones. Tacticians can reach milestones, but it’s strategy that puts the milestones into context and prioritises them for optimum effect.

Bring Problems to Light

Often, in the interest of “being positive,” people executing a project confine their discussions to what is going right while ignoring current and potential problems in hopes that they will “go away” or be solved “later.” This perpetuates the problems and creates a reactive approach to them when they become too large to ignore.

Potential problems and sticking points should be addressed immediately so that they can be solved or adjusted toward an ultimate goal of success.

Leading Indicators

When it comes to time or budget, there is a tendency to use indicators that indicate the project is working at an “acceptable” pace, but those indicators often produce “lag.” Leading indicators, or indicators that show the project is … Continue reading

Good Leader to A Great One with Leadership Development Training Firm

How to Grow from a Good Leader into a Great One

Many people believe that great leaders are born, not made. As a firm that has created and provided management courses and leadership development programs which we have delivered to hundreds of people, both in Perth and across Australia, we respectfully disagree. We believe that anyone who really wants to be a great leader can be developed into one.

We would like to share some concepts of what goes into being a great leader, followed by what Integral Development can do to help you get there.


Despite the opinion of many that “leaders lead and workers work,” most leaders became leaders by outworking their peers. Your most important work is to gain as much knowledge about everything pertaining to your business as you can. This includes learning about the industry, your people, about cutting-edge leadership and management techniques and most of all, about yourself.

Mission and Goals

What is your company’s mission? What are your company’s goals? You must have a clear sense of where you want your company to go and how to get it there.


Great leaders have a profound belief that they can lead their organisation to success. You must believe, not only in your own ability, but in the ability of your entire staff to attain any goal you set by working together as a team. Belief in ultimate success will get most organisations through the inevitable setbacks and “rough spots” that appear along the way.

Ability to Communicate Effectively

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Leadership Development Programs Develop Strategic Thinking

3 Tips to Encourage Strategic Thinking in Your Organisation

Recently, a global firm called Management Research Group surveyed more than 60,000 executives and managers in 26 different industries spanning over 140 countries. The survey addressed the feasibility of developing strategic thinking in the workplace on a daily basis. Each manager was provided with a 360-degree survey using more than 20 metrics to measure 22 different leadership practices.

Their results indicated that a strategic approach to leadership affected the perception of effectiveness as much as ten times more than any other behaviour included in the study. It was deemed to be 50 times more important than hands-on tactical behaviours and twice as important as communication.

So, how can an organisation develop leaders who routinely use strategic thinking on a daily basis? Here are some techniques that can be helpful.

Provide Regular Time

Put aside time on a regular basis for creative planning sessions. Get your managers into the habit of daily strategic thinking if possible.

Provide Superior Information

Give your managers and executives the information they need to know everything they need to know about the industry, the market, your competition, your customers and any technological advances relevant to your business. This will help them to think more of the “big picture” and develop the habit of strategic thinking.

Training and Development

Incorporate strategic thinking into training and development. Make sure that your present and future leaders know what strategic thinking is and are encouraged to develop the ability to think strategically on a daily basis.

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Put Your Organisational Values into Practice

How to Put Your Organisational Values into Practice

All successful organisations have values to which they strive to adhere. Often, this is in the form of a mission statement or a “corporate vision.” But how many executives can say that their entire organisation, from the top to the bottom, put those values into practice every minute of every day?

Strongly-held values can create a strong organisational foundation. Unfortunately, a crack in that foundation can compromise the entire organisation. Often, employees will pay lip service to organisational values but fail to put them into daily practice. If a few employees or supervisors are not acting in concert with the corporate ethos, it can cause rifts in the corporate structure.

Sometimes those rifts manifest as too much employee turnover. Sometimes they manifest as underachievement. Whatever the case, they must be uncovered and corrected before they cause too much damage to the organisation.

Turn Values into Behaviours

The root cause is a disconnect between individual daily actions and corporate values. This is because most values are concepts, such as excellence, innovation, teamwork, customer focus and respect. The only way to ensure that values are being adhered to is to convert those values into behaviours that can be monitored and measured.

You must create and model behaviours for each value. This makes sure that everyone involved is able to understand the spirit of each value that is important to your organisation. Employees and executives alike now have an expectation of certain behaviours and are held accountable. This leaves no room for misinterpretation … Continue reading

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