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The "Silence Breakers"

The #MeToo MovementTime magazine has named "The Silence…
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Ten Features of World Class Development Programs

The times are changing but… While our world is changing rapidly,…
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Influencing Without Authority - Masterclass

Learn how to influence key people to achieve your…
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Leadership Skills - My Top 10

The Skills Employers are Looking For Today What are the top…
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A Leadership Credo

I would love all leaders to follow the principles in this Credo.How…
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Getting Ready for the 'Planning Season' - Part 2 (Your Team)

Welcome to "Getting Ready for the Planning Season - Part 2" (Your…
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Influencing Without Authority

Guess what....? You're in the Selling Business I had the pleasure…
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A simple tool that may just save you

Why this conversation is important: At no time in the last two…
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TAKEONEDAY Conference - Auckland

I'm just back from the annual TakeON! conference "TAKEONEDAY"…
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Our Top 10 Insights - Teams and Executions

Happy New Year!I hope you had an enjoyable and restful break.…
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Why Great Leadership Matters in Healthcare

We see lots of things written about leadership, which usually…
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LEADS Program for Healthcare

FIREUP Coaching and The Leadership Sphere have teamed up to…
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INSPIRING CONSCIOUS LEADERSHIP: CAMBODIA

Become A New Kind of Leader Both the business world and our society…
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Human Synergistics 15th Australian Conference September 2013

You're invited!How Culture and Leadership Build Sustainable…
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Neller HR Champion (CEO) Award Winners Partners with TLS

A firm partnership The Leadership Sphere has been working with…
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Don't Miss! Team Coaching in a Chaotic World

In an ever-changing world where we are all being asked to do…
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Anatomy of the New High Performer

There is a lot written about performance. But the reality is…
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How the Best of the Best Get Better and Better

HBR by Graham Jones June 2008 Until 1954, most people believed…
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Managing Yourself: Stop Holding Yourself Back

In this article by Anne Morriss, Robin Ely and Frances Frei,…
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Consensus Politics - Mirage or Reality?

Julia Gillard has just scraped back into office as Prime Minister…
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My Journey to Harvard

While I have been using and teaching the principles of Adaptive…
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Successful Transformations

A recent survey by McKinsey reinforced many of the methodologies…
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Rethinking Trust

Despite deceit, greed, and incompetence on a previously unimaginable…
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A note from the editors at HBR

Leadership is never easy, but it is incredibly tough right now:…
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Top Management Issues - What Really Drives Your Business?

In 2007, the Australian Institute of Management (AIM) ran an…
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Despite cutbacks, firms invest in developing leaders

Companies Renew Focus on Employee Training, Betting That Strong…
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Leadership and Self Deception - Getting out of the Box

By Julie Fleming Brown  An infant is learning to crawl. She…
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Creating Organisational Transformations

Organizations need to change constantly, for all kinds of reasons,…
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HR Execs concerned about future leaders

A recent study by IBM has found that more than 75 per cent of…
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How to lead clever people

According to Professor Rob Goffee, an expert in organisational…
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Awakening the leader within

In organizations, our success as leaders is measured by the degree…
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More 'Right' than 'Real' - the shape of authentic Leadership in NZ

While the crumpled remains of the car inevitably attract the…
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Mr Rogers earns $20M in six minutes

We are continuing the theme of authenticity or 'being real'. …
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Book Summary: Good to Great by Jim Collins

In his previous bestseller, Built to Last, Jim Collins explored…
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Book Review: Blind Spots

A man sits behind the wheel of his Chevrolet and cruises along…
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10 Year Annivesary

The Leadership Sphere was founded in 2007 by Phillip Ralph after…
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Announcement: Alliance formed with MusoMagic

It gives us great pleasure to announce an alliance with MusoMagic. MusoMagic…
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Announcement of Joint Venture with ASI Aviation Consultants

We are pleased to announce that The Leadership Sphere has formed…
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New Strategic Partners - Crossroads HR

We are pleased to announce a new strategic partnership with CrossRoads…
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New National Client Helpline 1300 100 TLS (857)

We are pleased to announce a new national client help line set…
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Launch of our online client portal

In our endeavors to offer unparalleled levels of client service…
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Brain Bank

Brain Bank - One of Australia's better-known corporate transformation…
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Cause for Concern

Causes for Concern - Small business owners and employees have…
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The Leadership Sphere Newsletter - June 2007 Vol. 1

Welcome to The Leadership Sphere Newsletter Edition 1! It is…
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Why We All Need a Tribe

Like you, I am a part of many groups, teams, membership bodies…
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INSPIRING CONSCIOUS LEADERSHIP: CAMBODIA

Become A New Kind of Leader Both the business world and our society…
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Steve Jobs' Legacy - Design Your Own Life

While there are many things worth celebrating of Steve Jobs's…
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Grow or Go

by Patrick Viguerie, Sven Smit and Mehrdad Baghai In order to…

The workshop was one of the most practical, powerful sessions I have been on, and that was also the feedback from everyone.

State ManagerQueensland (Retail Bank)

I didn’t expect that this session would have the energising impact on me that it has had. I thought I would suffer through 2 days of ‘more coaching models’, but I am leaving a better, energised coach and person. Thank-you! The best ‘final’ session in 20 years of training!! Really effective.

ParticipantLeader as Coach

Phillip is a highly skilled executive coach. Using a very collaborative style and well developed tools and techniques, Phillip helped me position myself as a CEO and build a development path into the future, as an experienced senior executive. I can highly recommend Phillip to anyone who needs an experienced executive coach to take them to the next level in their executive career.

Luke LittlefieldChief Executive Officer, Dentsu Aegis Network Australia & New Zealand

At a coaching session with Phil I expressed the frustration I was experiencing with a manager who was not performing and had very little insight re the same. We discussed an action plan for me to implement “today”. These included a tough conversation followed by a list of expectations. I had done this prior but the key element was that I was to remove the word WE. By removing myself from being partly responsible she became totally accountable. I have noticed a marked improvement in her performance and self-confidence. The overall result has also improved the activity and financial results of her service.

Gillian EvansMedical, Sub-Acute & Palliative Care Services Program Director Mercy Hospital for Women

As principal investigator of clinical studies into new treatment for leukaemia and lymphoma, I had not given much thought to my leadership skills, which is something you were not taught at medical school or during specialty training. This course has opened my eyes to how harnessing my leadership and coaching skills can help me be even more efficient in leading my teams as we made new discoveries and influence how leukaemia and lymphomas is treated. I believe I am a more effective leader and investigator as the result of this course.

Dr Constantine (Con) Tam, MBBS (Hons), MD, FRACP, FRCPAPeter MacCallum Cancer Centre

This was an excellent course. The coaching was tailored to my individual needs, and the teaching material in our group sessions was also highly specific to the challenges facing our organisation and our group of leaders. We also learned general principles which I have already found invaluable in the other areas of leadership outside my organisation. Roderick and Phil were respectful, entertaining facilitators and coaches, and after just four group sessions I feel we have developed further both as a team and as individuals than I thought possible. I would highly recommend this course to others who are facing leadership roles, organisational change, and who acknowledge that we can all grow further and learn more about leadership.

Dr Kirsten Herbert MBBS BMedSci FRACP PhDPeter MacCallum Cancer Centre

I worked with Phil as my Coach over 9 months to improve my effectiveness as an operational manager. His approach is that effective change and development needs to come from the individual, not the coach. Consistent with this, Phil required me to engage and commit to concrete actions, providing guidance, theory and active questioning to ensure that I was accountable for the outcomes of the coaching engagement. I am grateful for Phil’s contribution to my personal and professional development, and have taken forward good habits and embedded change from our work together.

Greg AllenDivisional Business Manager, Epworth Freemasons

We have worked with the Leadership Sphere for the last two years to help lift the skills of our partners, lawyers and other professionals in the areas of effective conversations, feedback and coaching. The aim of the training is to help us deliver our firm and people strategies of building an energised and highly engaged workplace where people’s own personal values and the firm’s values work together in a way that motivates and inspires. We see effective conversations and relationships as critical foundation capabilities for creating a culture where high performance is expected and recognised and our values observed and promoted. TLS have been an outstanding thought partner for our firm and through their innovative and thoughtful delivery have helped fundamentally shift how we manage, lead and engage with each other.

Susan Ferrier, DirectorPeople and Development, Allens Arthur Robinson

My coaching experience with Phillip was a significant change experience for me. With Phil’s guidance I was able to observe how my leadership style was impacting both positively and negatively on my organisation and, more specifically, on my peers and direct reports. Through a careful and thorough investigation together, supported by guided research and reading, I have developed and begun to implement an action plan which will see me become a more highly effective leader (in all aspects of my life and work) while ensuring that others that I can, and do, influence at all levels of the organisation, enhance their leadership capability. I came out of the experience with significantly greater confidence in my own abilities as well as a range of new practical leadership skills which I am putting into practice.

John FogartyChief Executive Officer, St John of God Hospital, Ballarat

We engaged The Leadership Sphere team in 2008 with a series of conversations with our Executive team. To single out one defining feature of our partnership is difficult to do. The consultants have successfully facilitated a range of programs with our people aimed at renewing and celebrating the great things about being a part of the team. In framing the workshop contents, the facilitators worked with us to get to the improvements in communication and teamwork that we are seeking at all levels of the hospital. They worked in a warm and intuitive way.

Lee-Anne SargeantSt John of God Hospital

You will be pleased to know I had a 3 hour fierce conversation today. OK – so at 3 hours you might suppose my wrap-up needs some work,but it was indeed an intense session. Throughout the entire session(which included copious tears etc), I found myself going back to the GROW model and it really helped! In particular, I think the ‘what else’ on OPTIONs worked wonders for me… in the end, I found my internal dialogue saying “thank god we had the training last week” as we trawled through the trials of branch life. Thank you so much for giving me the tools to do this.

District ManagerVictoria (Retail Bank)

He (the TLS facilitator) comes from a space that is anchored in strong conceptual and process and delivery skills. He has very strong diagnostic and facilitation capability, brings insight, integrity, and humanity to all his work.

Shane FreemanGroup General Manager, People Capital and Breakout Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited

Phil is a master facilitator and leadership developer. He works with his head, heart and intuition engaged and is an inspiration to be with. I have seen the positive impact he has on individuals and groups and had personal experience of a deep shift in my awareness and being while in his workshop and beyond.

Phil ClothierGlobal Training Director, Cultural Transformation Tools

As we approached an historic stage in our history, they found engaging and terrific ways for employees to move on from the past and focus on committing personally to shaping our future.

Senior executive (not-for-profit organisation)

The TLS facilitators know how to “really” listen” respectfully while challenging our culture and helping us to effect lasting change.

Senior Project Manager (private hospital)

I found every component of the Leader as Coach Workshop valuable and have taken away more practical tools to use in the workplace from this workshop than any I have ever attended in the fifteen and a half years I have been with the bank. The Polarity Management Model was particularly pertinent to my team’s situation.

District ManagerVictoria (Retail Bank)

The change process has been difficult for my new managers to come to terms with, however by using the (change) model they have now been able to come to the conclusion that the future is not so scary, and that a lot of the positives from the past can be carried forward. It was also an excellent opportunity for me to better understand what the negatives were with the past (so that I can avoid repeating) and to put to rest some of the perceived negatives moving forward. All in all a great exercise that has helped tremendously with ‘breaking the ice’ with my new team and taking the first step positively into the future. Thanks again.

Senior ManagerQueensland (Retail Bank)

I just wanted to say that the information I gained over the two days has and will make an immense change to my approach (moving away from the ‘Mrs. Fixit’ approach)…everything that you said made sense and I already plan to do a ’cheat sheet’ to be used before I implement any further changes and before I go into ‘difficult’ meetings.

KarenEpworth Healthcare

Our organisation has a uses variety of facilitators and formats for planning sessions, and we found the guidance and techniques used by TLS first rate. Roderick gave us space where we needed it and pushed us through to nail our outcomes when we needed it.

Warrick JordanThe Wilderness Society Inc

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to build a capability to become all they can be.”

 – Phillip Ralph, Director