How to have a courageous conversation with your boss?

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Your relationship with your boss may be rocketing along successfully, and then it seems to veer off course, or perhaps it’s always been a little rocky and unpredictable. As well, with more people working from home, workplace dynamics are shifting, and you may be finding that the amount of face time you have with your […]

How to build brand YOU one step at a time

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When you think about brands, what springs to mind? It’s likely to be a range of companies and products, or perhaps even your favourite social media influencer (if you have one). Seth Godin writes about how a company’s brand is the set of expectations, memories, stories and relationships that, when considered together, determine the reason […]

Are your expectations, hope and optimism not helping you?

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I was chatting with my mum recently (who lives in Queensland) and she asked me how I was doing. Oddly, I found it hard to respond. I wasn’t feeling bad or dreadfully unhappy during Melbourne’s lockdown number 6, nor was I feeling happy. Instead, it was a weird kind of feeling of nothingness (not a word […]

Do you know your fault lines for trust?

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Do you sit in the camp where people need to earn your trust, or do you automatically trust people when you first meet them? Trust is fundamental for how we function in our personal and working lives and for effective communities and societies. If you can’t trust, it’s hard to make decisions. Trust is an […]

What’s your leadership playbook?

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If you were to guess how many books have been published on leadership, what would your answer be? In the hundreds, thousands, tens of thousands or millions? It’s hard to get accurate data. More than 60 000 items are on Amazon and close to ten thousand on Booktopia. And let’s not even include Google, which […]

Five tips for switching off from work

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These days switching off from work isn’t as simple as packing up and heading home. There are often expectations that you are constantly on and ready to answer phone calls and respond to emails and SMS at all hours. This challenge is exacerbated with many of us now working from home due to the pandemic. […]

The Power of Being Underestimated

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Relationships are full of expectations. We can expect someone to do something or not do something. We have assumptions about people’s behaviours and motives. Of course, these expectations go both ways, and there are times when a person’s expectations of you may be lower than they should be. They underestimate what you can and will […]

What are you missing from work?

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When you ask people what they miss about working from home, it’s not the commute or the need to get dressed up. What they miss are the connection and interactions. The banter. The laughs. The conversations with their friends at work. Yes, not just their work colleagues, but their friends. On this, the International Day […]

Is it time to suck the marrow?

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Bored? In a rut? Hate your job? But you have a dilemma.You don’t want to leave where you work. It could be that you like the organisation’s culture or work colleagues or personal circumstances mean it’s not a good time to shift roles. What do you do when you don’t enjoy your work, but you […]

Who changes first?

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One of the critical times at work is getting a new boss or becoming the new boss. Relationships can shift, and new ones will form. Impressions are made on both sides of the relationship, and very quickly afterwards, an assessment of how much you think you will like working with the person. As the leader, […]