Tricia Karp Tricia Karp
12 May 2015

Ten ways to be an inspiring leader

We live in a world where people who tell personal stories on stage are revered, anyone can be seen and heard more than ever before, and expressing vulnerability is the new black. Not at work though. And the gap is rapidly widening. If the keys to success as a leader for our times include connectedness, humility, candour, openness and empathy…

28 April 2015

How to connect to make a difference

Once upon a time there was a world where people weren’t inspired by their leaders. Conversations about what was really happening were rare. Boring presentations fell on deaf ears. Little changed. Differences weren’t made. And people longed, deep down, to be inspired, engaged and be part of something that truly mattered. In that world, no-one knew about the three Ps.…

21 April 2015

The David Principle

I want to tell you about David. We met over the phone. Our encounter has stuck with me and inspired me to share some of our conversations with you. When I phoned David, he was expecting my call. His business partner had asked me to call him. Our conversation went something like this: Me: "Hi David, this is Tricia Karp.…

14 April 2015

Time for a tough conversation? Don’t open your mouth yet

As a former serial avoider of the tough stuff for fear of hurting anyone's feelings, learning how to instigate a confronting conversation in a way that's clear, respectful and kind - and has the potential to produce surprisingly positive outcomes - was nothing short of a revelation for me. I've lived with the consequences of not having those conversations -…

06 April 2015

Let’s talk. From disinterest to engagement

I've just moved house. I tasked myself with confining the books that matter most to me to a single bookshelf. Not an easy task. I love books. As I decided which books stay, and which are destined for new readers, I marvelled at those that still matter and why. One, called "Love, Loss, And What I Wore", documents the story…

Want to inspire? How deep have you dug into your soul?

As soon as I use the word "vulnerable" in a powerful speaking workshop, regardless of who's in the room, there's always a noticeable shift in the vibe that feels like a dull thud before protestations begin. Despite vulnerability being a hot topic these days, thanks in massive part to researcher and best-selling author Brene Brown, I still watch people squirm…

23 March 2015

How to build a thriving community at work

Don’t ever invite me to talk about diversity at a conference. I’ll say yes, and then get up on stage and deliver something completely different (like I did at a leadership conference a couple of years ago). We need more women in senior leadership positions. I have a problem with the word “diversity” being used to refer to 50% of…

10 March 2015

How to be inspiring

What is it about those leaders others deem inspiring? Having run powerful speaking programs for the past few years, and taught participants how to genuinely connect with their audiences – and even experience the delight and power of holding those audiences in the palm of their hand - I’ve noticed it comes down to just a few behaviours. They’re easy…

24 February 2015

Leadership isn’t just for the boss

If anyone spoke about what it means to be a leader back when I was at school, I must have been too busy smiling cheekily at boys to have noticed. I desperately wanted to be a prefect, mainly because it would have made me seem and feel important. That it required anything to do with leading didn’t occur to me.…

17 February 2015

The art of connection at work (and why it matters)

I dream of connected, collaborative workplaces, where everyone’s driven by a purpose that truly matters to them, is inspired to give their best, produces results beyond their wildest imagination… and has a ball in the process. The reality though is that connection – real connection – doesn't seem so simple these days. I know you’ve heard it all before. Instant…

08 February 2015

Why having fun at work is serious business

When I was at uni following my dream to become a journalist, there was a radio module that required us to read the news – live on air – for the university community radio station.

There was NO WAY I was going to put myself on air without being fully prepared. So my mum took me off to weekly voice lessons with the legendary Vaughan Harvey, famous for being one half of the Cardwell Harvey breakfast news report.

Vaughan ran a little school in an old office in Waymouth Street. It was long before newsrooms were digital and Vaughan had big reel-to-reel tape machines to record his students’ newsreading. It’s also when mobile phones were still referred to as “bricks”, had to be carried over the shoulder with a wide strap, and felt like a handbag piled full of rocks.

23 January 2015

How to get your team to give you their best

My girl, ever since she’s been asked the age-old question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” has had no problem reeling off the following:

  • A ballet teacher, and/or
  • An actor

She’ll be nine years-old this year. She knows who she is. She just knows.

The performer in her has been evident since, at the age of three, she joined in the fun of a family jug band performing at a market and did her own little tap dancing show on a timber board resting on the dirt. In a quiet way, she did it, but in front of the crowd nonetheless.

24 November 2014

What to do when the unexpected happens: mastering business presentations

Like it or not, every time you stand up to speak to a group, you carry the weight of expectation of every single person in the room. As a leader (you’re a leader, regardless of your role, when you present), it’s your job to claim your ground, own the room, and inspire followership. If you don’t, you won’t be able…

10 November 2014

One simple way to improve productivity

My eight year-old daughter tells me that at least half the boys in her class have a crush on her. Recently, that was evidenced by five of them piling on top of her, sitting in a chair, and trying to kiss her. One of those boys wrote a note to her, a little while ago, that I found while cleaning…

02 November 2014

There’s more to your ‘why’. And it matters enormously

You might call this article part 2 of How Your Why Will Move Others To Action (the story about my girl, orangutans and cupcakes). You’ll need to read it first for all that follows to make sense. Made popular by Simon Sinek (his TED talk has been watched more than 19.5 million times) is starting with ‘why’ to inspire people…

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