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We’re almost at year end, and the ‘blinkers on’ rush to the festive finish line is on.

So with that in mind, I’ll keep it short.

3 Bits of Advice That Made A Difference

A large portion of my work is advising leaders across all types of industries and roles. This puts me in the interesting position of seeing what insights make a meaningful difference across multiple people, places and contexts.

So in the hope that they may help you too, here’s three that truly resonated with my clients this year:

  • You’re overcomplicating it. Your proximity to your problem means you can only see the complexity, so narrowing in on what’s important is harder. Find a way to step back yourself, or ask someone who is one step removed for their view.
  • Stop expecting hierarchy to solve all your ails. There are two directions of power & communication within any organisation: vertical (hierarchical) and horizontal (network). Leverage both.
  • When you have nothing to lose, experiment! If you’re considering leaving your role in the next 3 to 6 months then your appetite for managerial experimentation & ambitious challenge should increase. Ask yourself: “what big thing can I experiment with while I’m still here” or “what big, scary, ambitious challenge can I overcome before I go” → You’ll either be wrong (but leaving anyway), or you’ll be right and you’ll have grown your list of achievements & skills.

Send Me Your Change Leadership Questions!

I’m starting up a new series where I address your questions & challenges through video mini-masterclasses. I’ve received some great ones so far, please keep them coming!

Brendon Baker

Brendon is a leading expert in strategic framing and inside-out change. He has led and guided over $11 Billion in transformative projects and programs, from transformations to teddy bears. He is the author of the best-seller Valuable Change, and niche top seller Creating High Value PMOs. Brendon now spends his time helping leaders cut through the noise to focus on what matters; working with them to create new realities.

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