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Do You Have The Leadership BLT Factor

Alexandria Joy - Monday, March 02, 2015
The virtue of a man ought to be measured, not by his extraordinary exertions, but by his everyday conduct. Blaise Pascal

Business leaders and entrepreneurs with the BLT Factor have a distinct competitive edge over others. And as the quote above suggests, it's not that they are necessarily superior, nor achieve extraordinary things, but  that they instill great trust through the little things, and their every day actions and behaviours. 

You can have a compelling vision, focused strategy, excellent communication skills and a talented team, but if you don't have these three things that make up the BLT Factor yyou will always fall short of the results you want. 

What are the 3 key skills that make up the Leadership BLT Factor? Watch this four minute video to find out what they are and how you can apply them to your leadership toolkit:


Have you ever worked for a boss that lacked the BLT factor? How did this leave you feeling and what were the challenges it created in your workplace? Share your thoughts in the comments below.


Four Steps To Leading During A Downturn

Alexandria Joy - Monday, December 08, 2014

At UQ Power we imagine a world where people wake up every day inspired to go to work and return home at the end of the day feeling fulfilled and as though they have had an opportunity to use their unique strengths. 

Sadly this is often not the case. During turbulent times and economic challenges, many organisations and their leaders hunker down and resort to container style management - restriction, rigid policies and procedures, cost cutting and endless accountability trails. 

I recently wrote an article about the ill effects of poor leadership that struck a nerve receiving around 55,000 views and 500 comments about how the quality of your manager is more important to your health than the quality of your doctor. In fact studies from Europe and the US are showing that when people say “my boss is killing me”, quite literally this could be the case. 

The challenge during these tough economic times, particularly here in Australia where businesses who are heavily reliant on the mining, manufacturing and industrial sector are feeling the pinch, is not to fall into this trap and instead continue to inspire and engage people to create a healthy, productive workforce.

So what is the opportunity inherent in the current crushing economic climate and mining downturn? One thing we are discovering through our work at UQ Power is more and more people committed to finding new ways to clarify what matters most, to respect people and their individuality and to experiment with new ways to do things. This change in focus creates what we call a four way win: improved performance at work, at home, in the community and for the self. 

Could the current downturn make it easier to experiment with new attitudes and serve as a catalyst for your own reinvention as a leader? Watch this week's episode of UQTV for four ways you can continue to lead during a downturn. 

 


Now it’s your turn. What opportunities or silver linings have you found during your toughest economic times? Share your thoughts in the comments below.


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