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Blog by Andrew Bryant

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The Problem with Leadership Development

The problem with leadership development is that everybody will agree that it is essential but nobody wants to admit that it's their leadership that needs developing!

Imagine if dentists approached you in the street and said, "Your teeth need fixing", you would likely be highly offended and unlikely to book an appointment. Dentists wait until you are in pain and come to them.

Chiropractors are more proactive in marketing their solutions. You will find them in shopping centers with two bathroom scales, offering a free health assessment. When you see that you are not balanced they offer you a package of adjustments.

In companies, the realization that leadership is 'out of balance' comes in the form of an engagement survey, from a great resignation, or loss of market share.

A New Approach to Leadership Development

As we emerge from a forced experiment in hybrid and remote work, it is essential to rethink the practice of leadership when employees have made it abundantly clear, through...

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Effective Leadership in a Cancel Culture Era

culture leadership May 18, 2023

Effective Leadership has always required embracing ambiguity but today's leaders must face new nuances that are fueled by digital society's collective behavior and opinion. Cancel culture has emerged as a force that can threaten and undermine leadership effectiveness by creating an environment of fear and intolerance of mistakes.

As a response to perceived injustice, cancel culture can hold leaders accountable for their actions. However, when misapplied, it also has the potential to stifle ownership, reason, and learning.

A firm grasp on self-leadership can act as a powerful antidote to this. By developing their self-leadership skills, leaders can navigate the stormy seas of cancel culture, effectively manage their reputation, and maintain their integrity, even under the most intense public scrutiny.

Cancel Culture: A Double-Edged Sword

Cancel culture is a modern form of ostracism where an individual, often a public figure, is thrust out of social or professional circles...

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Why Love is the Secret for Feedback and Growth

I imagine you like to laugh, but how do you feel about being laughed at?

We will all be laughed at by others for something, at some time, whether that is for our actions, our words, or our beliefs. Rather than 'going postal', we usually laugh it off and get on with our day, but it is my experience that even the calmest people have a sensitive spot that doesn't respond well to ridicule.

Can You Take a Joke?

I am English by Birth and married to a Brazilian. Just this sentence often evokes laughter, because the cultural differences are so obvious. When we first met, my wife expressed a Brazilian idea:

"It's better to lose the friend than lose the joke".

This means that nothing is out of bounds and in today's PC Culture where people are easily offended, this is a radical concept.

I bravely accepted the challenge but was unprepared for the realization of the number of 'sensitive spots' that I was carrying, and the challenge to my self-image when these were pointed out. This post would...

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What Makes a Great Speech (and a Speaker)

A great speech is memorable, think Martin Luther King, "I Have a Dream", or Kennedy's "Ask not what your country can do for you?" but if you are not a King or a Kennedy, what can you do to make a great speech?

"Not everyone wants to be a professional speaker,
but everyone needs to speak professionally."

 The opportunity to speak and share with an audience is a great honor, regardless of whether you are paid or not, and in my opinion, should be approached with reverence.

Having been speaking on stages around the world for nearly 25 years and being the President of two professional speaking associations, Singapore, and Spain, let me share some insights from the client's perspective.

Being a Great Speaker from the Client's Perspective

Every speech has an audience, and most speeches have a client. The client varies depending on the context, it might be a senior executive who wants you to land a message, or it's the company that booked you, but if you are paid to speak,...

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Knowing Yourself is the Secret to being a Compelling Speaker

Uncategorized May 12, 2023

"But who are you?" 

This was not the question I was expecting as I was chatting with the CEO of a Speakers Bureau that I was interested in being represented by.

Typically, the conversation is about areas of expertise, experience, and audience outcomes, but this interview was going in a different direction and I was intrigued.

Being a Compelling Speaker

A compelling speaker connects to the audience with their own authenticity, storytelling, and humanity. The audience has to think and feel, "Yes, that's me too".

I was born in 1961 and so I shall shortly be version 6.2 of myself, as I thought about the CEO's question I realized that:

"I am more than the sum of my experiences, I am the sum of my reflections on those experiences, and the choices I have made as a result of those reflections."

I think I started researching, writing, and speaking about self-leadership because it was I who needed to develop my self-awareness, self-management, and self-learning.

It has been my...

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Unlocking the Secrets of Personal and Professional Success

It is not uncommon for personal and professional success to be elusive. People describe being stuck, being overwhelmed, or facing a block when trying to scale themselves and their teams.

When locked into a pattern, it is natural to blame everything from circumstances to other people. Blaming, complaining, and a victim mindset can exact a terrible toll, but then comes an epiphany,

"What if it's me?"

It is a truism that you can't effectively lead others unless you first lead yourself, which is one of the reasons that in 2012 I wrote, 'Self Leadership - How to Become a More Successful, Efficient and Effective Leader from the Inside Out". 

Healthy self-leadership is evidenced by results such as these,

"Self-leadership has produced results I had no idea were possible. I have grown enormously as an executive: my relations with my managers and staff are far more harmonious; I have been able to coach my team through significant personal development."   -  Grant...

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Self-leadership and the Physics of Success

Newton's first law of motion, also known as the law of inertia, states that an object will remain at rest or in uniform motion in a straight line unless acted upon by an external force. This means that an object will continue to do what it is currently doing unless something else intervenes to change its course.

This law has significant implications for human success. In order to achieve success in any endeavor, individuals must apply force and momentum to move themselves or their circumstances in a desired direction. However, inertia can often be a formidable obstacle to this process, as it tends to keep things moving in their current direction.

Self-leadership and Success

To overcome the inertia from established systems and patterns, individuals must apply force through self-leadership.

"Self-leadership is the practice of intentionally influencing their thinking, feelings, and 𝙖𝙘𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣, toward their objectives." (Bryant & Kazan 2012)

For example, if an individual wants to...

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Motivational Leadership Conference Speaker Dubai, UAE

Dubai, the thriving cosmopolitan city of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has become a top destination for hosting conferences and conventions. Boasting state-of-the-art infrastructure, a vibrant business environment, and a unique blend of culture and modernity, Dubai offers an ideal setting for event organizers and attendees alike.

Dubai's World-class Venues and Infrastructure

Dubai is home to a multitude of world-class venues designed to accommodate conferences and conventions of various sizes. The Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), for instance, is a prominent facility that offers over 1.3 million square feet of exhibition space and is equipped with the latest technology. Other notable venues include the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, the Atlantis Hotel, and the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, which provide state-of-the-art facilities and flexible event spaces. 

Dubai is served by the award-winning Dubai International Airport (DXB), which is the world's...

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Unleashing the Power of Critical Thinking to Model and Repeat Success

John joined the coaching call eager to share his success. He recounted how he had applied his learning from our previous sessions and utilized critical thinking to analyze how to influence key stakeholders to buy into a solution.

I celebrated John's success and helped him unpack each step he took in developing the influence capital to achieve his objective. This prompted John to ask the question,

"How do I repeat this?"

Making Critical Thinking a Habit

The Greek Philosopher Aristotle taught that we are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, he espoused, is not an act but a habit. In this post, we will explore the importance of critical thinking for success and how to strive for excellence by making it a habit.

Critical thinking is a cognitive process that involves careful analysis, evaluation, and synthesis of information to make reasoned judgments and decisions. Critical thinking is a Power Skill that is essential for the future of work. By leveraging critical thinking, we can...

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Self-Leadership: Thriving in the Gig Economy

The term 'Gig' comes from the music world, where performers book "gigs" that are single or short-term engagements. The gig economy is on the rise with almost one-third of the workforce opting for some type of flexible work arrangement instead of a traditional full-time job. 

As a result, there's been a growing need for individuals to develop effective self-leadership skills in order to successfully navigate this new work landscape.

Understanding Self-leadership

Self-leadership refers to influencing oneself to achieve one's goals and objectives. It's about taking charge of your own life, being proactive, and taking responsibility for your actions. In the gig economy, where individuals have more control over their work schedules and tasks, self-leadership becomes essential for success.

"Self-leadership is the practice of intentionally influencing your thinking, feeling, and actions toward your objectives." (Bryant & Kazan 2012)

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