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Life-changing for you, Soul food for us


Up-coming programs in Sydney & Melbourne: MELBOURNE starts Thursday 4th October SYDNEY starts Friday 5th October ‘Action on Purpose’ provides regular space, support, and a proven process to unlock patterns of thinking so you can take action on the stuff that really matters to you. Our mission at the Frog is to infuse business with…



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Machines more like people. People more like machines. Huh?!


In the push for AI, machine learning, and all that progressive jazz, business still needs and will continue to need, people.  Flesh + bone, thinking + feeling.  People.  For the stuff that AI wont be doing – the collaboration, connection, relationship, energy, creativity that comes from engaged human hearts and minds.  After all, organisations are…



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Just get engaged, will you!


“Our engagement scores are low [read “appalling”]. Our quarterly results are suffering. We need you to come in and get people engaged.” … says the MD. So, we do what we do best.  We zoom about the organisation, with energy and love, compelling people to find their better selves; we throw them a few tools…



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Pareto, Porsche and the BRZ


Pareto’s famous principle was based on the fact that, in Italy, 80% of the land was owned by 20% of the people.  His 80/20 rule gets used in many different ways. Take the Porsche 911 Carrera and the Subaru BRZ. The BRZ has nearly 80% of the performance of the Porsche for about 20% of…



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Perhaps the greatest decision I’ve made


“I went on the ‘Action on Purpose’ group coaching program in 2010. At the time I was thinking about the direction of my career, and how I could achieve my longer-term goals. I have always had high aspirations, and a coach as a sounding board appealed to me. I showed up to the workshops each…



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The Power of Presence


Continuing the exploration of Jane Dutton’s 4 Pathways to High Quality Connections, this note takes a look at Respectful Engagement.  This pathway is all about communicating worth and value in an organization; sending a message through personal connection that shows compassion and empathy.  Some strategies to use are: being present and reserving judgment, effective listening,…



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Pathways to High Quality Connections


As mentioned in a previous blog, Jane Dutton from the University of Michigan has developed 4 specific pathways to building High Quality Connections (‘HQCs’).  If adopted on an organizational level, they can transform culture and performance – as well as the well-being of all those involved.  Now that’s got to be worth considering! I’m focusing…



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Connecting – It’s how that counts


I recently attended a talk by the wonderful and generous Jane Dutton about High Quality Connections (‘HQCs’).  A scholar from the University of Michigan, Jane explained that these HQCs are important to individuals, teams and organisations: her research has shown that they increase our capacity to think and create, increase our physiological health, boost our…



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Sleeping your way to Success


When considering Executive Well-being, one of the most potent and arguably the easiest levers to pull for a massive positive performance impact is the ‘sleep’ lever. In their increasingly frenetic lives, many of my clients report working longer hours, taking work home, staying connected to screens for longer, getting up earlier to squeeze in some…



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Be Upstanding


I’ve never met Monica Lewinsky.  But I’ve heard of her.  You probably have too.  And like me, based on a few pieces of information, you probably built a picture.  And it was probably inaccurate at best, and may even have stretched to hurtful or mean.  I don’t know.  All this, yet we have never met…



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“Neuroscience” – why the fuss?


I recently came across this unattributed quote, which made me think about the exploding interest in Neuroscience: “… an intelligent person knows a tomato is a fruit, but an experienced person knows not to put it in a fruit salad!” The connection may not be obvious.  Let me explain. Neuroscience has taken the personal and…



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Why bother with the soft stuff?


‘Soft skills’ can be misleading, and overlooked in favour of ‘hard business results’.  But ask any business leader if they’d turn their nose up at better customer relationships, project success through collaboration, sky-rocketing team performance, increased sales, low turnover and absenteeism … the list goes on.  And often exhibiting ‘soft skills’ can mean making the…



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