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Welcome to Murray’s thoughts & insights around personal development. You’ll find pieces about leadership, self reflection, recommended reading and various exercises and resources to assist with growing your awareness.

2017 - End of Year Reflection

I have to admit that I did not create this, I have copied it from somewhere and saved it for a r..

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A reflection at day’s end

Tomorrow is another day full of opportunity. I will value and enjoy every moment it brings a..

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Awakening the Buddha Within

A good exploration of Buddhism and its main tenants with exercises on mindfulness. Written by an..

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Balance in life – 4 key things

The whole question of work life balance is something that many of us struggle with. Nigel Marsh ..

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Bringing values to life – look in the mirror

Leadership wanting to bring the values of the organisation alive have to look in the mirror and ..

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Building a great team – it’s all about trust

Lencioni has the absence of it at the base of his pyramid when identifying team dysfunction. Col..

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Changing the dynamic

Lift energy and build true synergy by shifting the focus to what you want away from what the pro..

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Check the facts and turn up the volume on the positive thinking

We can all experience situations when our mind can take on a life of its own allowing negative t..

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Connecting with your true self

I came across Caroline McHugh giving a Ted Talk called “The art of being yourself”. N..

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Create Space, Listen and Trust Yourself

You will be surprised at the problems you can solve. I am always amazed that, when talking w..

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Crucial Conversations

A great read to help you have those difficult conversations. It explains what happens to the min..

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Developing leadership at all levels

Problems with finding and keeping staff with the right level of skill occur throughout the indus..

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Did I do my best as a leader yesterday and what will I do differently today?

I heard a senior leader talking about a daily reflection he has each day over his morning coffee..

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Don’t be the frog – Stress Less

You have probably heard people use the analogy about the frog being slowly cooked to illus..

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Drive

Pink pulls together historical and contemporary research to explain what really does motiva..

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Expectations – don’t forget the important question

It makes it easier if we sit with people and clearly explain what we want and expect from them, ..

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Fierce Conversations

Similar to 'Crucial Conversations' but taken much more from the personal perspective and challen..

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Fierce Leadership

Susan Scott wrote about changing the world one conversation at a time in her book Fierce Convers..

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Finding the Quiet

Simple to understand methods for meditating...

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Get clear about purpose – a one week challenge

What is your purpose? Yes, your life purpose but also your purpose right now? How often are we o..

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Getting back into the swing of things

After the festive break, or any another holiday for that matter, it can be a challenge to get ba..

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How balanced is your life?

Work is an important part of our lives, but it is just that, only part of it. So instead of work/lif..

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Looking for the answer? Trust yourself

How often do we spend time and energy looking for the better answer, when if we trusted ourselve..

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Looking for the perfect leader?

Leaders are not perfect, we need to support them and show more leadership ourselves. We ofte..

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Maverick

Story of a son inheriting his fathers business and turning it on its head and doing things very ..

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Mind your body language

Verbal communication, the words we use, makes up 35% of how we communicate. Much more significan..

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Mindfulness

I wanted to share with you the material that was the preparation work for a Mindfulness workshop..

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One final question before that difficult decision

There are many questions we ask when making difficult decisions: we think through all that go wr..

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Overcoming The Five Dysfunctions of A Team

A look at why teams don’t function and ways to over cone the obstacles. The five reason identifi..

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Play more games

Research from hospice workers in the US shows that the top five regrets that people have in life..

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Recognising the forgotten ones and what they bring

We have our stars. We are always on the look out for them and make sure that when we find them t..

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Reinventing the body, Resurrecting the soul

Chopra looks at out body and mind and shows us how to recreate a whole new self – the self we wa..

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Self reflection exercise

Most of our lives we interact and react to the world based on our belief system formed by past e..

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Some thoughts

Covey has influenced scores of people from all walks of life with his famous book. I hope you fi..

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Step into the other’s shoes

By putting yourself in the other person’s shoes you can often give yourself a whole new perspect..

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Switch off, breathe and switch on

Switch off from all those “urgent” e-mails, appointment reminders, to do lists, reports Swit..

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Take Back Your Life

A great manual on how to set up Outlook and use it to full effect. Like any system it is a matte..

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The Checklist Manifesto; How to get things right

Gawande plots the development of check lists in aviation, shows how check lists save liv..

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The Checklist Manifesto; How to get things right

Gawande plots the development of check lists in aviation, shows how check lists save liv..

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The Coaching Habit Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way Your Lead Forever

This is a great read that makes a compelling case for the benefits of coaching and gives you sev..

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The Dip - The Extraordinary Benefits of Knowing When to Quit (and When to Stick)

A great read on resilience. In Godin’s uniquely clear and succinct way he talks about how succes..

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The Five Minute Journal

Literally a journal that takes you five minutes first thing in the morning and five minutes at t..

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The importance of sleep

We often spend our time looking for new ways to help us be more productive at work. There are a ..

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The Inner Game of Work

Gallwey started as a tennis coach and learned that we all know what to do; it is a matter of bei..

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The Leadership Challenge How to make extraordinary things happen in organisations

First published over 25 years ago it is still as relevant today as it was then. It provides prac..

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The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

If you were to pick just one book to read, this would be it. A powerful guide to personal change..

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The Tao of Coaching

A weekend read in mode of the One Minute Manager. Explains coaching process and why it can get b..

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The Way We’re working isn’t Working

Highlights 4 areas that we have to take care off in our lives to be effective – mind, body, emot..

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Trust – the essence of leadership

When I ask teams to paint the picture of what a great team looks like, trust is in that picture...

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Two questions to increase awareness and learning

What did you learn this week? What did you see this week? These are questions that train..

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Urgent vs Important

Urgent vs Important Gary Hamel is an academic and author who was ranked as the world's most infl..

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Viktor Frankl

I came across this 4 minute TED video of Viktor Frankl talking to a group of students in 1972 ex..

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Want things to change? Change your thinking

We work to change the people who we lead. We set up systems and processes, we instigate training..

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Who are you?

Beware identity overlap! Work is an important part of our life, however when it starts..

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Why our brains are wired to connect

Murray's personal message … Here is an extract from an article I read about Matthew..

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Your Brain at Work

Learn about how your brain works – develop strategies for overcoming distraction, regaining focu..

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Simply get in touch by completing the form or calling +61 407 262 475. Or you can schedule a time with me now.

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Testimonials

Murray had a huge impact in our business, working with our team of consultants to really align on our purpose, our values, how we engage and work together and what needs to change in what we do and how we do it to get to where we want to get too. Murray has tremendous emotional intelligence and facilitation skills, coupled with a systemic approach that looks at the totality of the business and teams experience to really get to the heart of what is holding you back and what will take you forward. Murray also coached all of our consultants, many of whom are very experienced and the feedback from the team was overwhelmingly positive. Thanks for your support Murray. Paul Bull, Managing Director, Real World Marketing

I was unsure about working with Murray on the Team Development Program as we hadn’t met previously at all but my first impression was very positive. He had a clear understanding of our objectives and challenges. Murray’s confidence displayed that he had the expertise and tools to assist us. He was very engaging and knowledgeable.

I chose Murray Wright because of the confidence that he projected and communicated to be able to deliver results we needed.

The benefits since using Murray Wright are that we are now a much more cohesive, honest and connected team dynamic (from one that was previously fractured and somewhat counterproductive…) and we have increased business performance and engagement.

I would definitely recommend the Team Development Program with Murray Wright due to the results achieved. Recommending Murray is a very clear and comfortable recommendation to make.

Richard Holt, General Manager, Novotel Darling Harbour

…The process helped us identify the key issues in the business and develop the strategies to overcome them… it was one of the best things we had done.

Alastair Fernie, General Manager, Harvey’s Choice Holidays
I nominated Murray as my preferred coach as part of an executive coaching offering through the NSW Public Service Commission. My sessions with Murray exceeded my expectations. Murray was able to help me find the root of an issue that has plagued me for all of my career. Managing my amygdala has always been a challenge, with Murray's assistance I was able to turn around my approach completely and have used this for every high stakes engagement since. I'm finally present and engaged at the level I've always sought. Famey Williams, A/Director, Policy Programs & Design Innovation at FACS - Aboriginal Housing Office

Murray Wright’s industry knowledge and experience means he understands the challenges we face …allowing the team to trust and relate well with him.

…I have a much better understanding of myself and the team around me.

Jason Dowd, General Manager, Park Regis Singapore

I recently had the pleasure to be coached by Murray Wright for my career development and improved leadership capabilities. I am a Kamilaroi man employed by NSW TrainLink in a management position. I am also very active within community and sit on a number of Aboriginal committees including TfNSW Aboriginal Reference Group. The time I spent with Murray opened my eyes to new strategies and techniques that I now use on a daily basis. It has given me a new focus and self-reliance to face the demands of a leader today. The coaching was also an opportunity to reflect and redirect my priorities for a better work-life balance. Murray understands the importance and challenge of ‘walking in two worlds’. As I walk in the world of my corporate role and I walk in the world of my own cultural identity. His insights to use the strength from both have given me inner strength and confidence.

I feel honoured and very fortunate to have been coached by Murray and believe his knowledge, understanding and drive to inspire others will help leaders to reach their full potential.

Mark Champley, Change Manager, Service Development and Support, NSW Trains

After we had met initially I was confident that Murray would be able to provide me with the coaching I required to help me address the many challenges my company faced. 

It was a combination of Murray’s business and work experience, and his personality, which led me to believe he could assist me to better confront the difficult issues that lay ahead.

I’ve learnt to be more confident in my own abilities, and to make sure I apply my skills on a more consistent basis.  It has been useful to see where my strengths and particularly my weaknesses lie, so I can work on improving in specific areas of performance.

Murray is an excellent coach, as his main priority is you the person, but at the same time he is able to advise you within the context of the job you are doing.  He does not need to know the ins and outs of the business, but he is able to quickly analyse and appreciate the particular problem or dilemma which you are putting to him, and then guide you to your own conclusion about a solution

Michael Bleasdale, CEO, Moda Home Modifications Australia

Murray has helped me successfully change the way I work… As a coach he has challenged my thinking and held me accountable to myself.

Ronald de Haan, Chief Operating Officer Australia, Campus Living Villages

Clients

Since I established Murray Wright & Associates, I have helped numerous people grow as leaders, unlock their inner greatness and inspire those around them. The teams I have worked with have developed greater trust, accountability and focus on agreed goals underpinned by a clear purpose and shared values.

  • Accor Hotels
  • Blackwood Industrial
  • Campbelltown Catholic Club
  • Campus Living Villages
  • Carlson Residor
  • Cushman & Wakefield
  • Dee Why RSL
  • Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
  • Galloway Partners
  • Harvey's Choice Holidays
  • Home Modifications Australia
  • International College of Hotel Management
  • Laing & Simmons Corporation
  • Men of League Foundation
  • Novotel Sydney Darling Harbour
  • Pan Pacific Hotels
  • Park Regis Singapore and Dubai
  • Park Royal Melbourne Airport
  • Park Royal Parramatta
  • Pullman on the Park Melbourne
  • Rydges Hotels & Resorts
  • Sofitel Wentworth
  • Staywell Group
  • The Sultan Jakarta

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