Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Author Interview - Di Worrall @DiWorrall

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How do you write – lap top, pen, paper, in bed, at a desk?

Pen and paper at first to gather ideas and model ideas.

Then I organise the ideas on a laptop, reviewing iterations on my ipad

My inspirational spaces move between several locations in my home depending on what I’m writing about and my mood, I also have a favourite café that I love to work in. I have a great capacity to convert all the surrounding café sounds into white noise and get into the flow for hours. There’s something to be said about being in flow. I was once interrupted by some people in this café and asked whether I was JK Rowlings.

Where do you get support from? Do you have friends in the industry?

I outsource all around the world.

How much sleep do you need to be your best?

8.5 -9 hours

Is there anyone you’d like to acknowledge and thank for their support?

My Managing Editor and Chief Adviser, Patsi Krakoff

Every writer has their own idea of what a successful career in writing is, what does success in writing look like to you?

For me, a successful writing career makes a connection with someone and inspires action by making life easier or solving a business problem.  The writing style is also very important. I aim to reach people through a very accessible, easy-to-read style as opposed to an academic transcript

What it is about:

My current best selling title is Accountability Leadership: How Great Leaders Build a High Performance Culture of Accountability & Responsibility.

Accountability Leadership is for those leaders who are tired of living in hope that employees will follow through on expectations.

Great business leaders understand that acceptance of greater accountability and responsibility leads individuals, teams, and entire organisations back on the path to success. But with the evolving nature of 21st century business, economics, and the growing sector of misunderstood knowledge workers, the practical steps that go into creating an accountability culture have become more muddled than ever.

Many organisations have seen temporary improvements, implementing traditional systems of accountability in an attempt to drive high performance in the workplace—only to quickly revert back to their old ways, or worse. With Accountability Leadership, you will discover how to use the new science of accountability to create a high performance culture of accountability and responsibility.

Why did I write it?

Extract from my author bio athttp://amzn.com/e/B002CI2B8M

Over the course of her career, Di has developed a personal and professional mantra about what she sees as the number-one issue that makes or breaks leadership performance today: Accountability for outcomes, performance, and results.

That mantra goes like this:

“The degree to which you have developed the capacity to hold your organisation and its people accountable for the delivery of results is directly proportional to your capacity to either build–or haemorrhage–value from your organisation.”

…An Early Accountability Lesson Becomes a Catalyst for Change

In her first senior executive post, Di managed to turn a difficult accountability lesson into an opportunity for change when it became clear that the failure of her executive team to hold one another accountable was setting their entire organisation up to fail on its delivery of a major business initiative.

Having no intention of letting the project go bad, Di led her fellow executives through specific actions to improve personal accountability throughout the leadership team. As a result, she managed to turn a pending loss into a remarkable profit.

“Accountability was something we couldn’t delegate,” she says, recalling the initiative. “Much to our surprise, employees in our respective divisions started to intuitively follow suit, modelling our new behaviours.”

Inspired by that early experience, Di developed an enthusiasm and thirst for knowledge relating to the “new rules” of high accountability (you can read more about these in her new book, Accountability Leadership), and has devoted her findings and expertise to enterprise transformation and change efforts ever since.

Di Worrall

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Genre - Business, Leadership, Workplace Behaviour, Human Resources, Executive Coaching

Rating – PG

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Website http://www.diworrall.com.au/

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