How to Negotiate Your Way Ahead

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When you think about negotiating, your mind might turn to those high-stakes situations that play out in real life and are often dramatised in movies and TV dramas. And yet, negotiations happen every day – at work and home. The context might be a discussion with your partner about who’s cooking dinner or picking up […]

It’s Never Too Late To Do What You Want To Do

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Have you ever felt stuck in a rut yet felt it was too late to change direction or shift gears? It’s so easy to get set in our ways and to see change as something that has an expiration date – ‘If I don’t do this or make this change by this particular date, it’s […]

Are You Picking up the Trash?

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Watching the TV series Mr. Bates vs The Post Office is one of those times where I had to pinch myself because it’s hard to fathom that what happened not only occurred but remained unaddressed for so long. The TV show is a four-part ITV drama series that chronicles the real-life scandal involving the British Post Office, […]

The Eight Signs Your Team isn’t a Team

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If there’s a show about dancing, then it’s always on my ‘watch’ list, so I was excited when Dance Life was released. It chronicles the real-life experiences of dancers going through their final year at Sydney’s Brent Street dance school. The sheer talent of the dancers is breathtaking, but what impresses me is the teamwork. They rely […]

Five Strategies to Up Your Game This Year

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Welcome to the first Weekly Insights for 2024. I hope your year is filled with learning, adventure, friendship and kindness. Growing up, I loved school, and I loved the back-to-school preparation even more. In the lead-up to the new school year, Mum would take me shopping to buy textbooks, which I had to wrap in brown […]

What’s your guiding question?

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Questions. They can be powerful and provocative. Helpful and unhelpful. When positioned well they are more than a linguistic expression seeking an answer. They can catalyse dialogue, critical thinking, problem-solving and relationship-building. They can also help guide the decisions you make both personally and professionally. One question I use to guide decision-making is, ‘If I do […]

Are you under, over or a balanced self-promoter?

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One of the questions people often ask me is, ‘How do I get the balance right in promoting myself?’. People worry about over-promoting and coming off as arrogant, and others find talking about themselves difficult. However, as someone once said to me, ‘Michelle, if you don’t claim the credit for your work, there will be […]

Who’s controlling who?

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Control. It’s a powerful word. Control is a concept that exists across the spectrum of our personal and professional lives. We love to feel like we are in control of what we do, who we are, why we do something and where we are heading. Feeling in control, feels good, comforting even. Given that our […]

Is likeability getting in your way?

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Many years ago, I worked with a leader who wanted everyone to like them. There was an upside to this because it meant they’d often say ‘yes’ to my requests. The downside was that their desire for likeability meant they didn’t like making unpopular or hard decisions, even when it was the best course of […]

Is the end of year rush getting to you?

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Is your diary jam-packed? Are you looking ahead and seeing limited or no more gaps in your working day? Are your weekends loaded with social engagements? Are you feeling the pressure to get things tied off before the end of the year? If so, you’re in that inevitable pre-Christmas and pre-summer holiday rush. It happens […]