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Resilience: What Really Causes Stress and How To Build Resilience

For the last 10 years I have been thinking about the topic of how not to be stressed and how to endure through tough times. This interest is personal – 12 years ago when in my 20’s I got cancer and the situation was serious. The Dr’s told me that there was no drug for my particular type so let’s do some surgery and see what happens. In the year following I went into complete denial about my situation. One year later when it returned in my liver, denial was no longer possible. I realized for Read more […]

The SCARF Model – How to Deal with Stress at Work

This is a great way of understanding what ‘triggers’ us at work when dealing with other people. We get emotionally charged when we feel that one of our core needs are threatened. There are 5 main types of triggers that neuroscientists have identified (thanks David Rock for the research). Watch the video and see if you can see your own triggers on the list and then what to do in response. But don’t get angry with me! Enjoy.

Come Visit the New Website (Leadership Library)!

So the new website (blog) is finally complete! Come check it out My goal is to create a free leadership library as a resource to both leaders and leadership development professionals. Because people are busy all of the content is in short, practical, bite size chunks (about 5 mins) and organized into 6 topic areas shown below: There is so much great leadership knowledge and research that is unknown to the people at the coalface. Therefore I want to connect as Read more […]

Five Steps for Leadership Behavior Change

A number of people have told me that they would like to learn more ideas through short videos as they are easier to digest and more engaging. So, beginning from now I am going to start posting more new leadership resources in the form of short videos. Here is the first one – a discussion with my C.C.L. colleague Phil Willburn about how to maximize the amount of behavior change from leadership development programs. This is always an issue. The video focuses on five key actions that leaders Read more […]

Fortune Magazine Publishes My Post

  I just had some good news. A leadership post I wrote about Dick Fosbury, the high jumper who revolutionized his sport, has been picked up by Fortune Magazine and published online. This has got me thinking about the value (or folly) of perseverance on projects we take on. I began blogging a year ago as an experiment to see if I could get some of my ideas out there. I’ve spoken to a number of bloggers and writers and all seem to agree that the hardest part of writing is the first year. Read more […]

How To Not Get Stressed At Work (Or In Life)

There is a famous story about the Australian cricketer Keith Miller upon his return from WWII. Miller who was a great athlete interrupted his cricket career to go to Britain and become an R.A.F. fighter pilot and battle the German Luftwaffe. When the war ended Miller returned to Australia and again began playing cricket for his country. One day during an interview a reporter asked him how he coped with the intensity and pressure of playing international sport. Miller looked at the reporter and Read more […]

The Folly of Rewarding A while Hoping for B

One of my favourite people that I ever interviewed was Steve Kerr, former Chief Learning Officer for General Electric under Jack Welch and then C.L.O. for Goldman Sachs. Kerr once wrote a famous paper called “On the Folly of Rewarding A while Hoping for B”.  It’s a brilliant title and you can’t help but laugh, because we all see it happen so often. Here are some common organizational examples: Hoping for While rewarding Teamwork Selfishness Long term thinking Short Read more […]

The Leadership Lesson of Dick Fosbury

As the young American, Dick Fosbury lined up to take his first highjump in the heats of the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico he had reason to feel nervous. He was about to use a technique for jumping that had never before been used at the Olympics. Yet despite his nerves, Fosbury also had reason to feel confident, since the history of high jump was written by athletes who were prepared to let go of the old way of doing things and to try something new. As Fosbury began his run towards the bar, he Read more […]

Strengths Based Development vs Weakness Focused Development

  A question that I have grappled with a lot over the last few years is whether it is better to focus on developing the strengths you already have or to develop the weaknesses that hold you back. There are two clear schools of thought on this question. One focuses on building strengths, the other on becoming well rounded and agile. In the strengths camp are Gallup School of Management, Marcus Buckingham and Zenger and Folkman. Their argument is: –  People don’t change that much –  Read more […]

The 10,000 Hour Rule – The Benefits And Costs Of Hard Work

For those of you wondering where I have been for the past 2 months (yes, both of you), I have been struck by an affliction many of you are familiar with – hard work. I have just completed nine consecutive leadership programs over a nine week period. This is by far the longest period of delivery I have ever done (more normal is to deliver every second week), and it left me tired but enlightened. Enlightened in the sense that I learned two important lessons from the experience. 1. Sometimes Read more […]


Resilience for 120 Oil and Gas Leaders

Leaders and staff are constantly telling me that they have too much work to do and that they find it difficult to switch off at the weekends and evenings. People are running themselves into the ground. The greater problem is that the condition...

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How to Double Learning Transfer in 30 mins per Month

Do you have a sense that your organization is spending a lot of money on training without it producing behavior change back at work? For most organizations it isn't and there is a simple reason. There is very little support and reinforcement f...

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Project – The Future of Leadership Development

I am looking for partners who are interested in creating a new generation of tools to develop leaders. Specifically I want to partner with internal HR folk who are trying out innovative methods for developing busy leaders. I am looking for pe...

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Webinar – Future Trends in Leadership Development

A cool part of this job is that I get many interesting speaking requests from organizations around the world. The trouble for me with a young family has always been the travel. The sponsor often counters that we could do it virtually but I have a...

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Hi, I'm Nick Petrie from the Center for Creative Leadership. I've spent the last ten years studying the most important future trends in leadership development. This website is a dedicated resource library to share the big, new important ideas in leadership development as well as the latest methods to apply those ideas. I hope you find it valuable.