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Hi there, and welcome to the Extreme Leadership Video Program.  

Many of you may not have heard me speak about my time leading a year-long expedition to Antarctica and the subsequent thousands of clients I have engaged with since then. For you, and others who want to refresh their memory, please watch the video below. 

In this video I outline the things that led me to lead an expedition to Antarctica and briefly talk about some of the highlights and challenges I faced once there. Hopefully you’ll get a sense of what’s to come!


Introduction

This program is designed to equip you with critical tools to help you lead yourself and others with mastery. In this introduction we're going to take a look at how the program has been designed and what's in store over the next 10 sessions.


Awesome!

Now you've watched the video, there's some reading to do. In fact, every session for the program will consist of a video session, followed by reading and personal reflection.

To do this second part, we are using interactive PDF files. These files contain links to useful resources, a summary of the video content and importantly areas for you to enter your own thoughts about what's been talked about.

So... it's very important that you a) keep the files safe and b) keep them private.

We suggest that you now go and create a new folder on your computer to use in the course of this program. Remember the folder name because each session you will  add and update a new PDF into this location.

The  PDF is below, but DON'T CLICK ON THE LINK just yet. If you do, it will just open the file in your browser and any changes you make won't be saved. To make it work you have to DOWNLOAD the file to the special folder you just created and then OPEN it from there.

Let's give it a go:

  1. Please right-click the link below save-as into your new folder

    Extreme Leadership Video Program Workbook

  2. Now, using Windows Explorer or your Mac Finder, navigate to the new folder and open the file. Work through the excercises in the PDF for this session and at the end, don't forget to hit the "Save" button.

 


Session 1 First Lead Yourself

The greatest leaders work hard at being the best leader they can. There is no better way to do this than to build your self-awareness.


After watching the video, please proceed to your workbook for recap, reflection and action items.

Tools and Resources

 
 


Session 2 Lead from Where you ARE

The fastest way to be a leader is to start acting like one. Show big leadership in small moments. Be trustworthy, flexible, positive, committed to learn. Our focus for this session is on understanding and capturing the value of these small everyday moments that inspire trust, confidence and loyalty in those around you.


After watching the video, please proceed to your workbook for recap, reflection and action items.

TOOLS AND RESOURCeS

 
 

Session 3 Regret what you did

Your career and life will be defined by what you did, not what you didn’t do. You only have one life - it’s too short to live with what ifs? So, look for opportunities and be bold.

After watching the video, please proceed to your workbook for recap, reflection and action items.


TOOLS AND RESOURCES

 
 

Session 4 The language of leadership

Great leaders have a specific language palette - there are words they will always choose over others. This session introduces the LADAR (language radar) and maps out what to say and what not to say. 

After watching the video, please proceed to your workbook for recap, reflection and action items.

TOOLS AND RESOURCES

 
 

Session 5 Stories need data

Good leaders are adept at painting a picture with numbers AND with words, because they have trained themselves that way, and understand both. They can use “full spectrum” thinking about an idea to appeal to both the engineer and the artist. They can place the idea or problem in context and deliver persuasive content.

In this session we explore a key tool you can use to increase your influence and persuasive ability.

After watching the video, please proceed to your workbook for recap, reflection and action items.


TOOLS AND RESOURCES


Session 6 Gen-savvy leadership

With potentially 5 generations in your workplace, this session builds an understanding of generational differences in how people think, what they value and how they are motivated. It then provides tools to successfully lead across generations.

After watching the video, please proceed to your workbook for recap, reflection and action items.

TOOLS AND RESOURCES

 
 

Session 7 Respect Trumps Harmony

We all want a fun and satisfying workplace, but team harmony should come a distant third – behind respect and performance. When a team is striving for harmony be it explicitly or implicitly it opens the door for issues around both respect and performance.

This session outlines an important tool to drive respect and performance within your teams.

After watching the video, please proceed to your workbook for recap, reflection and action items.

TOOLS AND RESOURCES


 
 

Session 8 No Triangles

The best way to deal with an issue is directly with the other person. We all face difficult or troublesome situations from time to time. Your own experiences will tell you that when you make the effort to deal directly with the other person the chances of a good outcome tremendously increase.

This session looks at how to embed the rule of "No Triangles" in your workplace to encourage direct communication.

After watching the video, please proceed to your workbook for recap, reflection and action items.

TOOLS AND RESOURCES

 
 

Session 9 Difficult Conversations

Putting No Triangles to work can be tricky. It relies on three key elements:

  1. A commitment from the top to make it a part of your culture

  2. Willingness on the part of people to make it work

  3. The skills to have direct and sometimes difficult conversations.

This session introduces a simple checklist to help prepare and equip you to have difficult conversations.


After watching the video, please proceed to your workbook for recap, reflection and action items.

TOOLS AND RESOURCES

Ten Steps for Difficult Conversations.pdf


Session 10 RUOK

Thirty eight percent of Australian workers rate being valued and recognised as their most significant motivator.  You can show people they are valued by caring for them, by checking in on them as a person.

This session looks at the case for personal conversations and introduces the 3-day rule.

After watching the video, please proceed to your workbook for recap, reflection and action items.

Tools and Resources

ruok.org.au

beyondblue.org.au


Session 11 The Bacon War

Look after the little things, because what seems trivial could be titanic!  And it’s the little things that can destroy a culture. 

Leaders can’t ignore these small things. The key for leaders is to know what approach to take to address an issue. Should you ignore it, diffuse it, escalate it or deal with it directly.

In this session we introduce the Step-in Step-back tool to navigate this path.

After watching the video, please proceed to your workbook for recap, reflection and action items.

TOOLS AND RESOURCES

 
 

Session 12 Crisis Leadership

It’s not enough to manage crisis and adversity, you need to lead and be seen to lead
People will watch the leaders intensely during a challenging time and take their cues about whether to be anxious or worried especially about their own future. In our case we had a plane crash but the context will change - it might be a natural disaster, a financial crisis, a restructure, a new computer system that’s gone off the rails - but even though the context changes the 4 rules of Leading through Adversity remain the same.

After watching the video, please proceed to your workbook for recap, reflection and action items.


Wrap Up

Congrats! You've made it to the end. 

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