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, […]

Why you need to seek out what’s different

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By the time you read this article you are likely to have already done a myriad of things – many of which were based on your habits. Humans are habitual creatures, who are comfortable with routine. However, our habits and routines aren’t just about what we do. They are also about how we think and […]

What’s your leadership gap?

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Leaders often have far more power and impact than they realise. A recent conversation was a stark reminder of this fact. A friend mentioned an interaction with their direct report and shared their surprise at the team member’s reluctance to challenge their thinking. Now you may be thinking, ‘Really? It was a surprise that they weren’t […]

Do you need to change your shoes?

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Working from home prompted lots of change. Most notably, we no longer needed to pay much attention to what was happening to the bottom half of our wardrobe. I only recently discovered a hidden downside from that trend. Getting ready for a recent public, in-person event, I went to put on high heels and found […]

Are you giving enough or too much?

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There’s an old saying, ‘Information is power .’ While there is truth to that statement, so much of our life is better off when we share ideas, knowledge, insights, and our time. For example, where would we be without open-source technology, which is based on making the design and code publicly accessible? So many of the […]

The unexpected benefits of waiting

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We live in a time of immediacy. We want everything in an instant. Don’t know something? Google it. Want something? Order it. I was reminded of this desire for immediacy following our recent trip to the Northern Territory (yes, I was luckily already away before the most recent Melbourne lockdown). After the trip, I was […]

What’s your authenticity gap?

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As organisations confront a constantly changing future mixed with uncertainty and opportunity, they need leaders willing to embrace who they are and be comfortable not having all the answers. In short, they need to be authentic. Bain’s The Firm of the Future report outlined the shifts to the existing paradigms underpinning businesses. Much of this still holds today, […]

Eight Golden Rules for Getting Ahead

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People often ask me, ‘What are some things I can do to get ahead at work?’ While the answer to that question has several caveats and is never precisely the same for everyone, there are a few golden rules. Get planning Set aside time to reflect on your goals and to work out what you […]

Who is in your corner?

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With your role come stakeholders. Some might be easy to work with, others not so much. What’s common is they can make the progress you seek to make at work easier or harder. This is why it is crucial to know who’s in your corner, particularly if you are trying to change a system, process […]

How to find out what’s really going on

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  It can be challenging when you discover that the person in your team whom you self-assessed as the star performer is letting their team down when it comes to leading. I confronted this same situation in one of my corporate roles. I had hired someone for a role, and from what I could see, […]

Ten warning signs of bad leadership in your team

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It can be challenging as a leader to self-diagnose areas where you can do better. At times, it can be even harder to accurately assess the effectiveness (or otherwise) of the leaders in your team. Sometimes, senior leaders miss what’s going on. Why? The leader in your team might be adept at managing up, and […]

What rules do you need to break?

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I was chatting with a musician recently about how he learned to play jazz. He told me that one of the most complicated aspects is that your playing gets worse as you learn more technical skills before you get better. He explained how one of the critical parts of successful jazz playing is improvisation, but […]

What are you chasing?

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It’s been one of those days where your working day doesn’t seem to work anymore. It may be because your boss is getting increasingly difficult. Perhaps your colleagues are driving you nuts, or you are just bored and ready for something else. When you reach this point, you’ll often get the well-intentioned but not so […]

Are you pulling in the right direction?

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In recent weeks I’ve noticed the pace of life picking back up, and I’ve felt myself resisting the pullback to the pre-COVID life where there was always too much to do. Too many places to be. Too many things to try and squeeze into one day. As a friend commented recently, “During COVID lockdowns, where […]

Are you part of the drama?

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As the latest series of Married at First Sight unfolds on the TV, you may be like me and scratching your head and wondering why anyone would subject themselves to it (either participating or watching). There’s no doubt it’s good drama with a heady mix of emotions, gossip and intrigue. Like other productions of a similar genre, […]

Are you on the right treadmill?

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People often talk about happiness as though it’s a commodity – something to buy, seek out and ultimately secure. This searching for happiness becomes the focal point, shunning feelings of unhappiness or anything that doesn’t make them happy. It’s true that happiness matters, but it’s more complicated than just searching for happiness in personal and professional […]

Are you assuming the worst?

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Putting on someone else’s shoes never seems like an inviting task. They may be too big, too small, too smelly or just not to your liking. Many years ago, at a team offsite, this is precisely what my team colleagues and I were asked to do. We had to take off our shoes and then […]

What’s around the corner?

Every day, news sources share stories about predictions and new studies about the future. Some of these stories are positive, others negative; some will arise, and others will not. It’s often a challenge to know what to pay heed to and what to ignore.  For example, this week, Forrester shared insights that automation will strip out […]