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Why wander around the desert for 4 days?

Dec 1 2017

Somehow Darren McClenagan saw value for him in developing as a leader.


Back in 2001, I ran a ‘Desert Leadership’ program in Lake Mungo, outback NSW. At the time Darren McClenagan was a key figure about to merge 2 major call centres into one. Jobs would be lost and people’s careers changed forever.


Today he reflects on the times he had the courage to look in the leadership mirror. Many years later that courage, including the learning in the desert, helped him and his Noosa Heads RACV resort team win the 2017 QLD People’s Choice Award and Gold Award for self-contained accommodation at the 2017 QLD Tourism Awards.


Having the good fortune to be working with outstanding leaders for over 20 years, I see clear patterns emerging. Those leaders prepared to work on their emotional intelligence produce outstanding results and engaged workplaces. Darren made a habit of that over his years leading high performing teams.


Like Darren, Trisca was another young determined manager. Combined with feedback from Bridgeworks leadership journey many years ago, Trisca learned she was a quality manager but struggling as a leader. Like Darren, she was prepared to change. Change takes courage with a bit of humility thrown in.


Recently she was awarded The CEO Magazine  2017 Marketing Executive of the Year.


Recognising that culture trumps process, Trisca shared with The CEO Magazine that she leads her marketing division according to this mantra: ‘Be Brilliant, Engaged, Human’.


Trisca who has been a long-term fan of Bridgeworks is joining me on walking the Kokoda track in April 2018.