Yearly Archives: 2017


TP 15: Lorraine Ngwenya – Youth Leadership

By | February 15th, 2017|Future, Leadership, Tall Poppy|

Lorraine Ngwengya is a speaker, advocate and entrepreneur. Based on her own experience, she's created a business with a mission to address the issue of youth unemployment. We talk about what it's like to be a leader at a young age, what she has learned along the way and what's more important than experience in looking for work. She recognises how different the job market is than it was for our parents and she sees opportunities to change how we approach youth unemployment. She shares her own journey to leadership and to starting her business, and the most important thing [...]

10 Tools I use to manage my work, life and biz.

By | February 13th, 2017|Productivity, Technology|

I don’t, by any stretch, have a perfect system. What I do have is a bunch of tools that make a huge difference and save me time and stress. This is what helps me work smarter, not harder. When it feels like life is so full and there’s scarcely time to do all there is to do, I’m grateful to the technology that puts my chaos into some semblance of order. With the Work Smarter Summit coming up, it felt fitting to share some of my systems and tools that I use to keep me sane, to help put [...]

TP 14: David Burkus – Work Smarter Summit

By | February 8th, 2017|Leadership, Tall Poppy|

What do we know about human behaviour, our ability to collaborate and lead teams? There is no shortage of advice, but what is it based on? David Burkus connects this advice to academic rigour to provide an evidence-based approach to leadership. Author of Under New Management and host of the Work Smarter Summit and the podcast Radio Free Leader. Our conversation explores the importance of finding what works for you and your team when inquiring into ways to work smarter not harder. If you're a bit overwhelmed with what you want to accomplish this year, this episode is for you. [...]

TP 13: Liz Blake – Deep Self Leadership

By | February 1st, 2017|Change, Coaching, Consulting, Emotional Intelligence, Leadership, Self-Awareness, Tall Poppy|

Liz Blake of Lateral Insights is a very accomplished leadership consultant and business mentor. She takes us into the depths of her own journey to understand her work, and how transformation can happen on a personal level and impact our whole lives, our work, our future, and ultimately our relationship with our selves and our world. That is, how leverage points in one area can have a ripple effect across our whole lives. Incorporating tools like Strengths Finder, Integrity and Values, and working with Emotional Intelligence to integrate with a range of intelligences resulting in clarity and authenticity. As someone who really walks her talk, she takes us through servant leadership and ultimately, [...]

TP 12: Carolyn Tate – Higher Purpose

By | January 25th, 2017|Change, Future, Tall Poppy|

Are you making a dying instead of making a living? Carolyn Tate helps move us from meaningless to purposeful and reframes the desire to leave a job you hate and encourages us to start where you are, and make a practice of creating purpose projects. Though she warns that purpose washing is the new greenwashing, she highlights how individual purpose contributes to the larger whole and that we don’t have a single purpose for life. She shares the most important work leaders can do as we navigate from the industrial age to the tech age, and what will help organisations survive and thrive in the [...]

TP 11: Jessica Watson – Adventurer & Collaborative Entrepreneur

By | January 18th, 2017|Change, Leadership, Small Business, Tall Poppy|

Jessica Watson is an entrepreneur and an adventurer. Best known for her solo sailing journey, circumnavigating the globe at the age of 16. She shares with us what she learned from her experience, how she got so much support and sponsorship, and how she dealt with the naysayers. We learn about what kind of leaders she really is and the start up she’s involved in now, that’s like Trip Advisor for Sailing, bringing disruptive innovation to the marine industry. Deckee fulfils on her dream to get more people sailing, by making it easier for people to enjoy it and just give it a go.   Back to Tall [...]

TP 10: Mark LeBusque – The Human Manager

By | January 11th, 2017|Future, Leadership, Self-Awareness, Tall Poppy|

"There are no leaders, only acts of leadership." Mark LeBusque is the Human Manager. He was told to take a good hard look at himself if he wanted to change and it paved the way for a remarkable change that led to outstanding results for his team. Year one sales target exceeded by 237% and when asked what he was doing differently “I treat my people like humans”. Now he runs programs to help managers let go of the 100-year-old leadership model and become Human Managers. Resources Mark's book - Being Human - Why Robots Are Not The Answer To Business Success [...]

TP 09: Carmel Guerra on Sector Leadership

By | January 4th, 2017|Leadership, Tall Poppy|

Carmel Guerra is the CEO of the Centre for Multicultural Youth. We discuss reframing “not for profit” and “diversity is a strength” and what they mean from her perspective. Her recent experience at Harvard Business School’s Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management inspired her to focus on sector leadership and organisational wellbeing in both the short term and long term. Instituting a culture survey to assess staff satisfaction and engaging in big-picture conversations and practical actions about succession planning. She shares what it was like in the 90s when she started this work and the difference advocacy can make. Her Tall Poppy advice tells us we’ve [...]