People Skills Consulting, Wellington

The Business of People: Leadership for the Changing World

Check out our new book - The business of People: Leadership for the Changing World.

This book was written by Iain fraser and I; to support leaders to be the best that they can be.

This people focused book, will assist you to develop and support yourself with your people leadership, knowledge, and skills. It is an opportunity to better manage yourself, lead others, along with managing and leading your organization into the modern volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA) world.

To find out more and/or to purchase it, click here!

Check out our book review on page 7 in the Regional News!

Book review

Book Sections
Articles to download

Resources by Madeleine

Let's talk about Grief

We don't talk much about grief - Culturally many of us don't deal with it well. Here, Cathy Sheppard talks with Madeleine Taylor about grief, and what we can do to help.

There are three videos addressing grief in a time of Covid-19.

  1. Recognising what is grief in this time of Covid-19
  2. Strategies for coping
  3. Useful resources

 Click here for the full playlist

Let's Talk ... Let's Connect - E03 Leading with Emotion

Since 2014, I have had the privilege of doing a training tour each year with Work Skills Academy of New Zealand (WSDA), in Bangladesh. I am the Dean of the Facility of Personal Leadership.

Because of the Covid-19 lockdown, no one has been able to work in face to face training. Therefore, the team are desperately trying to find new ways to keep the office going in Bangladesh. The WSDA team are also building off of all the hard work they have done already.


Self Leadership by Madeleine, Dean, WSDA NZ

A discussion about self leadership.

Click here to watch the full conversation...

A note on re-joining your team at work

Following this extraordinary time, as we in NZ excitedly bounce into Level 1, I am noticing a little fragility. I feel we have been holding our collective breath for a long time and now we can begin to breathe again. Someone recently talked about the idea of a stress hangover...


Is it time to reset your boundaries?

Are you feeling stressed, pushed around, agreeing to do things for people when you don’t really want to?

Maybe the reason for this is that you have let your personal boundaries slip.

Boundaries are the limits and expectations you set for yourself and of others, for how you behave and for how they behave around you.


Downloadable tools
You may use the tools freely and adapt them to suit your needs. Please acknowledge Madeleine Taylor as the author.

Other resources

Brene Brown

Brene′ has studied the power of vulnerability and instead of being scared of it - she suggests we work with it.

Click here to watch the video

Margaret Heffernan: Willful Blindness

Margaret Heffernan demonstrates the danger of "willful blindness" and praises ordinary people like Benefield who are willing to speak up (Filmed at TEDxDanubia). The former CEO of five businesses, Margaret Heffernan explores the all-too-human thought patterns -- like conflict avoidance and selective blindness -- that lead managers and organizations astray.

Click here to watch the video

Kelly McGonigal: How to make stress your friend

Stress. It makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat. But while stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. Psychologist Kelly McGonigal urges us to see stress as a positive, and introduces us to an unsung mechanism for stress reduction: reaching out to others.

Click here to watch the video

Sheena Iyengar: The art of choosing

Sheena is world renown researcher and author in the area of choice making.  Sheena Iyengar studies how we make choices - and how we feel about the choices we make.  Here she talks about both trivial choices (Coke v. Pepsi) and profound ones, and shares her groundbreaking research that has uncovered some surprising attitudes about our decisions.

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Russell Foster: Why do we sleep?

Russell Foster is a circadian neuroscientist: He studies the sleep cycles of the brain. And he asks: What do we know about sleep? Not a lot, it turns out, for something we do with one-third of our lives. In this talk, Foster shares three popular theories about why we sleep, busts some myths about how much sleep we need at different ages -- and hints at some bold new uses of sleep as a predictor of mental health.

Click here to watch the video

Baroness Onora O'Neil: What we don't understand about trust.

Trust is on the decline, and we need to rebuild it. Thats a commonly heard suggestion for making a better world but, says philosopher Onora ONeill, we dont really understand what we're suggesting. She flips the question, showing us that our three most common ideas about trust are actually misdirected.

Click here to watch the video

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