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Adapt and Refuel for 2016


So, what have we learnt from leadership this year?

We all need to be adapting to the opportunities that exist through innovation – exploring new ideas and new ways of doing things using technology and activity based working to help us become more efficient, balanced and successful.

It’s all about outputs, customer service and developing and retaining great employees.



Knowing oneself is at the core of leadership i.e. knowing one’s strengths and weaknesses enables us to learn, to be self-aware and adjust our behaviours to different contexts. I like to call it personal innovation!


The best time to re-connect with yourself and others is over the holidays


“The wise use of leisure…is a product of civilisation and education. A man who has worked long hours all his life will become bored if he becomes suddenly idle. But without a considerable amount of leisure a man is cut off from many of the best things.”

-Bertrand Russell, In Praise of Idleness, 1932



Here are my 4 Tips to Refuel for 2016:linked

Recharge: Relax and sleep for clear and creative thinking, strong relationships and good health.


Reflect: Note 5 things that work well each day. Reflection makes us more self-aware and grateful.



Re-energise: Exercise regularly to create more energy to manage work and life challenges.



Recruit: Create your personal Board of Directors/Executive Team to work with you to understand your goals for greater work life balance and success to help you stay on track in 2016.



Spending quality time with your loved ones is the essence of life which in turn leads to contentment and a sense of purpose.

Make sure you take time to connect with those closest to you over the holidays.



Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the team at Stephenson Mansell Group.

Our office will be closed from Thursday 24th December until Monday 11th January, 2016.

Thank you for your support in 2015 and we look forward to connecting with you via our blogs in 2016.



Best wishes,
Virginia Mansell

About the author: Virginia Mansell, Executive Chairman, Stephenson Mansell Group.

Virginia Mansell is an expert and thought leader in executive coaching, mentoring and leadership.  She is the author of The Focused Executive, an important resource for CEOs and senior executives determined to perform at their very best. The 2nd Edition is now available with a new chapter on high performing teams.

In 1998, Virginia established The Mansell Group to provide coaching and leadership development services.  In 2005, she merged this business with The Stephenson Partnership to create Stephenson Mansell Group, arguably Australia’s longest-established executive development firm.  Over the last fifteen years, the Stephenson Mansell Group has worked with 5000 executives in more than 500 organisations in Australia and internationally including 30 of Australia’s top 50 companies.

In addition to her own experience as a business leader, Virginia brings to her role over 30 years in human resource management, counselling psychology, psychotherapy and organisational consulting.