“Peter also pushed me really hard into this influence space. I think he knew quite well at the time that I didn’t have it. The biggest void was my lack of influence. Today I am just so far more aware of how I am managing relationships and making decisions. My control is a lot better. I don’t have the anxiety I used to have. There is a resilience of being confident”.
It was a very interesting time for me personally when I met Peter. I was probably on the border of being clinically depressed because my boss of a decade died suddenly. Anyway, right at that time I was just sinking you know? I wasn’t performing, I certainly was getting pushed around in the organisation, I didn’t want to be there, all sorts of shit was going on and then Peter came into my life. I wasn’t at my peak. I got into this zone of just feeling I was a serving person, I served rather than led
I was in the same role but the company was very different as I said. We just lost our CEO. We were in turmoil, we just got a new CEO, my business had a number of strains on it, I just lost a big customer. I was very unhappy. I got sick; I got really overweight, got fat. I didn’t exercise, I was very moody. It was almost like I couldn’t turn it on, I couldn’t get the engine to turn over like I used to. I was in a very senior position really, I was earning a lot of money and I had people around me that were very competitive.
It was a very political time. I had a peer that was highly political and Peter and I would talk about him often because he was the guy that was sort of running a few agendas that weren’t in my favour and I was feeling sort of cowered by that and thinking I’ll just go quiet. Peter said “No!, we are coming out – and I’m right behind you.”
Over the months of working with Peter, I could just feel the strength and confidence building. Another really key thing that Peter sort of gave to me is that I was out of whack with work/life balance and I was sort of coming through that period. Peter turned that around for me.
He also pushed me really hard into this influence space. I think he knew quite well at the time that I didn’t have it. There was a void there and the biggest void was my lack of influence
Today, I am just far more aware. I am aware of how I’m managing relationships and making decisions. My control is a lot better. I don’t have the anxiety I used to have. I don’t sweat the small stuff. There is a resilience of being confident; being positive, not losing your cool and not letting your empathy go.
“Allowing myself to be led has increased my turnover by at least 15% and our profit margin is now up to 30%. Where before I would have scored a 4/10 on general I would say I would now score an 8”.
“I’m really looking to their characteristics now and their personalities and really try and enhance their feelings towards the business and really take a lot of their suggestions. I’m a lot more open minded and try to get them involved in the business where before I would shut them off.”
Peter Cox worked with the Manly NRL football team from 2005 – 2011. In that time, Peter coordinated and delivered a leadership-based and thinking strategy. It enlightened and promoted clear vision under which the players learned to deal with times of adversity both on and off the football field. The players and staff were enriched by the experiences that Peter provided.
During his 7-year tenure, the Manly NRL team qualified for the NRL finals 7 years in a row; qualified for 3 grand finals; and won 2 NRL premierships in 2008 and 2011. The team was well regarded by the brand of football they played.
No doubt, a significant part was the visualisation provided by Peter Cox.