Articles

From time to time Balance Curve publish articles designed to support and assist our clients. Some of our historical articles are found below.

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How do you create a “psychologically safe” team?

9th September 2020

This is the fourth in a series of short articles I am writing to assist leaders create and sustain high performing teams. Whether you are a CEO or a Project Team Leader, creating and maintaining a great team is a constant challenge. These articles are designed to help. When people don’t feel “psychologically safe”, team…

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What’s your Team Purpose? You need to make this clear!

25th August 2020

This is the third in a series of short articles I am writing to assist leaders create and sustain high performing teams. Whether you are a CEO or a Project Team Leader, creating and maintaining a great team is a constant challenge. These articles are designed to help. The focus today is on clarifying Team…

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Creating Effective Teams – 6 conditions that deliver outstanding performance

5th August 2020

This is the second in a series of short articles I am writing to assist leaders create and sustain high performing teams. Whether you are a CEO or a Project Team Leader, creating and maintaining a great team is a constant challenge. These articles are designed to help.   How do you create and sustain…

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Creating Effective Teams – Negotiating the criteria for success

21st July 2020

Creating Effective Teams – If you don’t negotiate the criteria for success, your team is in trouble. This is the first of a series of short articles I am writing to assist leaders create and sustain high performing teams. Whether you are a CEO or a Project Team Leader, creating and maintaining a great team…

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Leadership and the constant danger of Overconfidence

21st October 2019

A Shelley Gare article in the SMH Good Weekend (25 May 2019) throws doubt on the success of the decades of academic and consultancy effort intended to improve leadership skills in business.   Titled “How phonies and self-promoters came to rule the world” Gare writes that the world has become so obsessed with money and so…

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Dealing with really difficult bosses

2nd April 2019

Some bosses seem to be permanently ensconced at the high end of the “difficult to deal with” continuum. They don’t just have their moments – they’re frequently really difficult to deal with. Under pressure they’re intransigent, aggressive, and highly emotional. Think Donald Trump. Bill Eddy, President of the High Conflict Institute, suggests that approximately 15%…

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Being “Fair”. Can You Be Fair to Everyone?

6th September 2017

In a recent blog I talked about relationship trust and how it was critical to a leader’s credibility.   Important to building this trust is making decisions that are seen as “fair to everyone” – something easier said than done.  How can a leader make decisions that everyone involved see as fair? In business, team leaders…

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Discussing Performance – How to avoid having a civil war

23rd August 2017

It’s unbelievable how quickly “performance” conversations can spiral out of control. Formal performance reviews have their own particular challenges, but even informal performance conversations can be tricky. I recently observed one of my workshop role-plays where a participant was playing a team leader having a conversation with a member of his team who wasn’t performing…

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The Art of Persuasion – How to get people to work with you, not against you

5th December 2016

Sometimes it’s frustrating being a manager. You work hard to try to get the outcomes you believe are in the best interest of the organisation, but get slowed down by “difficult recalcitrant people” who somehow fail to immediately grasp the inherent wisdom in what you are proposing. How do you get these people on board?…

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An Easy Way to Save Time

25th October 2016

Far too much management time is spent on what I call “silly conflict” or misunderstandings that are a waste of time and a source of frustration and stress for managers. Misunderstandings are usually the result of the way we communicate. So how do you avoid wasting precious time on silly conflict? The key is becoming…

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