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Leadership Intel from NZIML: 10 May 2017

Thursday, May 11, 2017   Posted in: Newsletters By: Administrator With tags: newsletter, Training, leadership, management

Summit speaker secures new role

Incoming Icebreaker CEO Greg Smith.Australasian Manager for Icebreaker Greg Smith joined NZIML last year as a guest speaker at the People Leaders Strategic Summit. Many in the audience felt he proved himself to be the kind of guy who could take over the helm from current CEO Rob Fyfe and in June he will do just that.

Greg is passionate, hard-working, a realist, and exudes positivity, and we are excited that someone of his calibre will step into the CEO role in June. Having previously held the position of Retail General Manager at Michael Hill International, Greg joined Icebreaker in 2013 and has been an integral part of shaping the business strategy over the past four years.

During his Summit presentation he shared a great story about coaching one of his children’s soccer teams. He explained in great detail his leadership, sharing tips on moving the ball, defending and teamwork, all of which sounded brilliant. The only problem was that he forgot the main objective: which end is the goal post?… “It’s vital you know where the goal is", he said.

This new role is one goal achieved and we wish him every success.

Find out more about Icebreaker.

Not the advice my dad gave me

This is an interesting read from Harvard Business Review, though I am not sure my Dad would agree.

Dad is about to turn 77, had one career, and he wouldn’t have changed a thing. He felt that focusing on one career made you better at it; there wasn’t time for idle thoughts or the aspiration of following your dreams. Oh, how times have changed.

Often when we think about following our passion or purpose we connect it to an adventure, not a way of creating an income.

Is your job your passion or could you be doing something else?

Read the Harvard Business Review article: Why you should have at least two careers.

Organisational mode vs Performance mode

Often in an organisation we end up in ‘organisational mode’ because of the to-do list we create for ourselves rather than operating in ‘performance mode’ which sees us at our most productive.

Why is that? Because as a country we like to promote ‘technical doers’ - people who are good at their job. Take a look around your organisation and it may be full of ‘doers.'

That’s not always a bad thing, but it just makes it more challenging for an organisation to thrive, exceed big strategy goals or to have confidence in internal promotions.

It is easy to identify the four dimensions of organisational mode and often as a new leader we get so focused on working in our business we lose sight of working on it.

Operational mode:

  1. I do it better than anyone else, I will do it myself.
  2. I can do it faster than anyone else, I will do it myself.
  3. This is a really fussy client, I will do it myself.
  4. I am now busy but so is everyone else, I will do it myself.

Increasing your ability to delegate, communication and separate is the first step in moving into performance mode.

Performance mode:

  1. I do it better than anyone else, who can I teach?
  2. I can do it faster than anyone else, who can I teach?
  3. This is a really fussy client, who can I upskill and develop?
  4. I am now busy but so is everyone else, who can I share the load with?

To shift into performance mode a leader must increase their ability to influence and draw on their technical capability, not rely on it. They must leverage their authority on the task, not demand authority because of a change in title. Navigating the role of a new leader and living in performance mode is essentially the First 100 Day Challenge for all new leaders.

Who in your organisation has been promoted and how are you supporting them in making a change?

NZIML offers the Team Leader series of three programmes that can also be completed as individual programmes depending on development needs. Explore the following links for more information on Team Leader development:

View the NZIML Programme Directory.


NZ Institute of Management and Leadership.Leadership Intel provides you with trends, information and a focus on leadership, delivered by leadership professionals - the NZ Institute of Management and Leadership.

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