Learnings in Leading a Consulting Practice – Part II

Climbing wall over Climbing Ladder

I am a strong believer that any organization is only as successful as it’s people. A big part of how we’ve been able to build a successful practice here in Auckland, has been based on the fact that great talent attracts great talent. Whenever I ask people what’s the best thing they enjoy about working at Assurity, the resounding answer I get all the time is the people. Not only do talented people want to work with other talented people, they also demand an environment which enables their talents, not hinder it. As a leader managing the environment in which talent can thrive, I am always trying to challenge myself, our team, and the organization on how we can continue to innovate and create a space in which people grow so much that they’re head-hunted, yet want to stay because it’s awesome.

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Learnings in leading a Consulting Practice – Part I

I’ve been publishing a few posts around leadership and my thoughts on it. This time, I thought I’d take a bit of a turn and focus on the industry Assurity is in – Professional Services. I believe that the PS industry is ripe for disruption, and we’ve been working to try and stay ahead of this disruption curve over the past year and a half. [Read more…]

Leading in a digital culture isn’t all that digital

“Leading is not the same as being the leader. Being the leader means you hold the highest rank, either by earning it, good fortune or navigating internal politics. Leading, however, means that others willingly follow you—not because they have to, not because they are paid to, but because they want to.” – Simon Sinek

If your employees were all volunteers, would they still follow you, or would they up and leave? The days of leading from position are long-gone – it’s not enough to have title, rank or authority as a platform to lead. As the battle for talent takes center stage in this digital age, leaders have to actively grow and intentionally practice their leadership skills if they are to thrive and succeed. A good test for this is to ask yourself, would your team follow you if they didn’t have to?

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Leading the Assurity Auckland Branch

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