Make it easy please

Recently, I was using an online service to book a couple of minor jobs around the house.  It seemed like an easy process, until the person who accepted the job didn’t show up.  To get it sorted and the money refunded it then became a complicated process to find out how I could contact the […]

Are expectations shaping the role you play?

William Shakespeare’s play ‘As You Like It’ used the metaphor of the role you play in life as a stage. The melancholy nobleman, Jaques, says to Duke Senior:  All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances, And one man in his time plays […]

What did you want to be when you were growing up?

What did you want to be when you were growing up?  A teacher? Chief? Pilot? TV presenter? Surgeon? Initially, I wanted to be a member of Charlie’s Angels (well I was only 7 at the time, and it was one of the most popular TV shows at the time!).  I then I wanted to be […]

Are you an energy thief?

The last couple of weeks in the southern Australian states have been hot – very hot, and as I was sitting and sweltering in the shade the other day it got me thinking about energy.  But energy of a different kind. Not the energy that powers our lights, electrical equipment and the like, rather our […]

Is your decision making ready for the future?

Earlier this week in Seattle (USA), Amazon’s store of the future opened for the first time. There’s no checkouts, queues or check-out operators.  But you do need to have the Amazon Go smartphone app installed so the gates guarding the entrance let you in.  You then simply wander into the store, put the items you […]

What are you leaving behind?

I don’t believe in doing the whole New Year’s resolution thing. If you want to make a change in your life – be it at work or in your personal life – why wait for the start of the year? Any time of year can be a good time to take stock and work out […]

Eight things to do when your motivation is missing

With Christmas and holidays just around the corner it can be easy to let your mind wander to all the things you want to do when you are not at work.  It’s at times such as this that you can find your motivation is missing in action, and procrastination is your friend. So if your […]

What’s on your Summer reading list this year?

With summer officially just around the corner it’s a great time to consider what books you want to read over your summer holiday. I am one of those readers who tends to have a couple of books on the go at the same time; one which is purely for pleasure and one that’s good for […]

Do you have a personal training regime for change?

When you decide to compete in a sporting event or run a marathon would you just turn up on the day and start? Or would you do some training, reflect on your progress during the preparation and ensure that you were ready to tackle the challenge? While people will put in different levels of effort, […]

Are you searching for your cruising altitude?

In a world that’s in a constant state of busy-ness being able to slow down can be very hard. We worry that if we go slow we might miss something, or we simply can’t find enough time in the day to get everything done that demands our attention.  There’s also a concern that if we […]

Are you outsourcing your change leadership?

There’s a famous saying “May you live in interesting times”.  There’s debate as to the saying’s origin, but there’s certainly no doubt that it applies today. Change is everywhere.  So much so that the World Economic Forum has called this wave of change the fourth industrial revolution.   Change isn’t new. It’s something we have […]

How to stay the course when it gets tough

With every new project, idea or development you aim to get off the ground, there will be challenges. It’s easy to get excited about something that’s new. We get swept up in the initial enthusiasm for the benefits the change will bring. But as the work starts, the reality hits. Challenges arise. Unexpected hurdles get […]

Eight tips to stay ahead of the game

Many years ago I worked with a person who said to me: Michelle you can get to a certain level in your career by being good at what you do.  But if you want to go any further, you need to know how to play the game. Their comment always troubled me as it implies […]

Are you suffering from the curse of expertise?

We need experts.  People who are knowledgeable in their field of speciality, and able to solve complex problems.  They’ve spent years honing their craft, studying ideas and stretching their mind. Research shows that experts solve problems differently to people who aren’t experts.  They are able to quickly recognise relevant information, analyse the problem, and develop […]

Leading a change – do you change first or last?

Change leadership is no longer an optional skill for leaders. Instead, it’s seen as a core competency. When you think about leading a change and being an effective change leader, what skills and competencies spring to mind? Is it for example: Building strong stakeholder relationships Being able to coach your team members Thinking strategically and […]

What feeling impacts how you negotiate?

The outcomes of negotiations are heavily influenced by power – how it is used and how it is felt. It’s easy to see how a person having more power in a relationship can lead to a sub-optimal negotiation outcome for the other party. The person with more power may have more bargaining chips, positional authority […]

When are your team members at their best?

Making progress and having success requires effort, and it’s even harder to achieve if you’re trying to get there not using your strengths. It’s easy for us to get sucked into focusing on what we’re not good at. By doing this we give attention to the negatives which hold us back, rather than focusing on what […]

Is your organisation too busy for its own good?

Being busy is the new normal, with the words ‘I’m busy’ often featuring in our response to the question ‘How are you?”. We spend much of our day rushing from appointment to appointment, event to event and trying to cram so much into one day. Busy-ness is generated from a number of different factors. It […]

Are you in the fast or slow lane?

When you drive do you typically drive in the slow lane or are you in the fast lane?  Are you the person who weaves between cars so you can find the fastest route, or are you the person who picks a lane and sticks to it? We are habitual creatures, so each time we drive […]

What’s your appetite for career risk?

The world we work in is changing.  How we work is changing.  To stay in the game, not even ahead of the game, it’s important to be alert to these changes and what it means for you. There’s choice and decisions to be made about how to best position yourself and your career to thrive […]