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Rugby World Cup

Managing Change – Coming From Behind

November 3, 2015 No Comments

Andrew O’Keeffe ©2015

About a month ago, Sydney hosted the grand final of the National Rugby League. At half time in a close game, the North Queensland Cowboys were down 12-14 to the Brisbane Broncos. As the teams ran back onto the field after half-time, I said to Jude, my wife, “Given ‘loss aversion’, the Cowboys win it from here!” The Cowboys did come from behind and won in a thriller. Why did this happen?

Accents in team work

Can accents affect team work?

October 6, 2015 No Comments

Andrew O’Keeffe ©2015

Humans aren’t the only species that speak with an accent. Chimpanzees do as well – and for the same reason. Accents help signal group membership and identifies whether an individual is “one of us” versus “one of them”.   How might this relate to our teams?

Leadership Threats

How To Lead People With Threats

July 14, 2015 No Comments

Andrew O’Keeffe ©2015

With our mammalian brain our behaviour is continuously influenced by a complex interplay of chemicals. These chemicals, or neurotransmitters, are below our consciousness and are triggered by our emotional responses to events. The chemical spurts are related to our brain seeking rewards and avoiding pain.

It’s handy for leaders to know about the neuroscience of our behaviours. It adds to your toolkit of understanding and helps you make good choices in your leadership of other people, as well as self-regulation of your own behaviour.


The Power of Story

April 8, 2015 No Comments

Andrew O’Keeffe ©2015

A few years ago I was being interviewed on radio. I was sitting at home in Sydney and the host was on the phone from regional Western Australia. We were talking about leadership and instincts as part of my book promotion campaign. Unfortunately, in the middle of the interview, part-way through a story I was telling, the phone-line dropped out.