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Excellent Leadership: above the Dunbar number

Robin Dunbar is an anthropologist and evolutionary psychologist; his fame largely focuses around a single number, 150. The theory of Dunbar’s Number suggests that 150 is the number of individuals with whom any one person can maintain stable relationships. It has formed the basis of a key element of Malcolm Gladwell’s Tipping Point, and the strategies that follow from that work.

If you are a leader of more than 150 people then who you are as a person and what you do in the immediate here and now is only one level of leadership. My colleague Tim Dalmau in his portrait of Candice paints some of the timeless principles and behaviors that go with effective leadership no matter what the setting. But these principles and behaviors work best in groups of less than 150. Read More…

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Workshop: developing your presence & leadership with Michael Grinder

Michael Grinder will be known to many of Dalmau Consulting’s clients and colleagues, as the guru of non-verbal communication and leadership skills.

He is being hosted by the Leadership Foundation to come to Brisbane again in August and will run a 2 day workshop on Developing your presence and leadership. 

In the two day workshop you will learn a host of new skills in communicating non verbally with others and increase your effectiveness in non-verbal leadership. Skills include capturing others’ attention, handling disruptive people, how to manage others who are anxious, how to be more approachable and credible in your leadership.

The profits from this workshop will be donated to 3rd Space, a day respite centre for people experiencing homelessness in Brisbane.

Date: 6th and 7th of August 2018
Time: 9:00am to 5:00pm
Venue: Edinburgh Room, Brisbane Club. 241 Adelaide St, Brisbane
Dress Code: Business
Presenter: Michael Grinder

Parking: Discounted parking ($22 per day) is available at Queens Plaza

Click here to book your place.

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Receiving feedback

It was Ken Blanchard who supposedly said that feedback is the breakfast of champions. Here are 8 simple tips for receiving feedback

Above all else breathe! Move your body (significantly), avert your gaze momentarily, and then take two deep breaths.

Do not look at the person. Do not maintain eye contact. Look to the side and nod your head in acknowledgement to the rhythm of the other person’s speech. Despite everything you have been told to maintain eye contact it is actually counter-productive when dealing with volatile information. It will only male you tense and slow down your thinking and do the same for the other person.

Never argue; just say thanks. Remember, another person’s feedback is about their experience of you not about you.

Don’t let any clarifying questions you have turn into a defense of your position.

Think carefully and slowly about what they have said to you. Don’t immediately reject or immediately reject what the other person has said

Go ask someone else whom you know for their frank honesty with you about how they see the issue and be careful when doing this not to “lead the witness”. In other words, triangulate the feedback.

Look for opportunities to stop doing or start doing critiqued behaviors.

If you feel the criticism was justified and you are better off for it, don’t forget to close the loop and share your progress with the feedback giver.

If you don’t know to change the behavior then ask for help or seek a coach.

Cathy Taylor

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Leading and managing change: embracing the unthinkable and unforeseen

Leading and managing change: embracing the unthinkable and unforeseen

Tim Dalmau and Steve Zuieback will conduct a Masterclass in Adelaide for those in leadership who are asked to guide change or are adapting to changes. This change may range from the normal through the complex to the totally and previously unthinkable. It will be from  May 2 and 3, 2017 in Adelaide.

They will be conducting this Masterclass  for those who wish to be more effective in guiding and leading others to be part of a change. They may also be trying to understand the apparent increase in the scope, impact, rapidity and interconnectedness of all the changes sweeping the globe at the moment and their impact right down inside organizations. Read More…

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Freeing the organization for change

 

Click here to read more of Steve’s perspective on organizations and people.

 

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Leading teams to be their best

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Leading teams to be their best

Tim Dalmau and Michael Grinder will conduct a workshop in Adelaide for people who seek to lead teams to perform at their very best,  March 9th  – 10th, 2016 in Adelaide.

Would you like to get your group or team working collaboratively, be innovative, deal with conflict, be aligned and cohesive? Above all, would like to help them to perform at their very best?

Tim Dalmau and Michael Grinder will again conduct a special training event.. This time you will learn ways you can get the best from your team.

This training is for you if you are a leader, executive, educator, middle manager or supervisor who leads a team of people.

You will have the opportunity to work on your own specific needs under the guidance and skill of both Michael Grinder and Tim Dalmau

This is not a workshop of theory, but practical how to’s. Read More…

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A celebration of Dick Knowles’ eight decades

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Dick Knowles

We have had the privilege of working with Dick Knowles for just under twenty years. Tim Dalmau first met Dick at Sundance at a conference on self-organizing systems theory .

He recalls the first encounter: “I listened to this guy outline how he had brought about a fundamental and deep change in the worst performing Du Pont plant in the world to the point where it became the best, and stayed so. I thought if this is real, then he has something I should know about. I went up to him and asked him if he had used the company’s safety consultants to engender this dramatic and sustained shift and I remember his reply vividly: ‘Hell no, I wouldn’t let those guys near my plant’. This immediately validated his credibility in my mind.”

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Two special training opportunities

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 Foundations of facilitation

Bob Dick  is offering a great opportunity for people who wish to improve their facilitations skills. Something he does every year, this workshop is for anyone who seeks to improve their competency at facilitation. Dates are May 21 and 22 in Brisbane, Australia.

Bob assumes that all people have experience of group activities.  The workshop is designed to help you become more aware of what you already know, and add to the methods and processes you can use in group settings.

People who can benefit from the workshop include managers, group leaders in all settings, teachers and trainers, beginning facilitators, and the like.

Bob is among the world’s best designers of good process. He is a prolific author, and publisher of some of the best facilitative and change processes available. A thinker, facilitator, consultant and mentor to many; I have had the privilege of working with him and co-authoring some books.  This is an opportunity not to be missed. For more details follow this link.

Working with dysfunctional team dynamics

Steve Zuieback and Michael Grinder are conducting a very special workshop for those leaders who want to get clearer on when to manage a team and when to lead or facilitate. It is is designed for leaders, managers and supervisors who find themself in challenging group and team settings. Perhaps they have inherited a team with dysfunctional dynamics or perhaps are themselves perceived by others to be a source of this dysfunction.

The workshop is being held on June 18 and 19 in Vancouver, Washington, USA.

Steve Zuieback is one of the best trainers in facilitation skills I have ever worked with and Michael is a master of precision communication. This is the first time ever they have worked together and it is an opportunity not to be missed. For more information about this special event follow this link.

Tim Dalmau

 

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Foundations of facilitation: Brisbane, May 21 – 22, 2015

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Bob Dick  is offering a great opportunity for people who wish to improve their facilitations skills. Something he does every year, this workshop is for anyone who seeks to improve their competency at facilitation. It will occurring on May 21 and 22.

This is a workshop for people who wish to improve their skills at facilitating group discussion, decision making, problem solving and other activities.  It is for people who work with adults, teenagers or children in group settings.

We assume that all people have experience of group activities.  The workshop is designed to help you become more aware of what you already know, and add to the methods and processes you can use in group settings.

People who can benefit from the workshop include managers, group leaders in all settings, teachers and trainers, beginning facilitators, and the like.

Bob is among the world’s best designers of good process. He is a prolific author, and publisher of some of the best facilitative and change processes available. A thinker, facilitator, consultant and mentor to many; I have had the privilege of working with him and co-authoring some books.  This is an opportunity not to be missed.

For more details follow this link.

 

Tim Dalmau

 

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Advanced Clinical Leadership Skills

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Advanced Clinical Leadership Skills in an age of change, transition and transformation

Tim Dalmau and Michael Grinder will conduct an advanced training event in Adelaide for those in clinical leadership and management positions who seek to excel at their leadership skills, March 12th  – 13th, 2015 in Adelaide.

They will be delivering a special training event for those who wish to be more effective in their people leadership. Read More…

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