Why you don’t need to change to thrive

There’s lots of reports about the future of work, and the Australian Senate recently added its voice to the debate releasing the findings and recommendations from the Senate Select Committee on the Future of Work and Workers. It was tasked with investigating the impact of technological and other change on work and workers in Australia. […]

Six ways to sharpen your focus

If you follow me on social media, you’ll know that I’ve just come back from an amazing holiday in the Kimberley Region of Western Australia. For most of the time, it felt like we were in the middle of nowhere. During the trip we did long walks most days. Some were easier than others, and […]

How to slow down, to speed up

Surprisingly, the 2016 census found that the length of the working week for most Australians hasn’t increased since 2011. And yet, most of us feel pressed for time and with an electronic device in each hand it can feel as though we never quite switch off from work. With ‘busy’ being the new catch-cry, it […]

Are you owning your reputation

Whether you like it or not, you have a reputation. You are known for something. Have you ever wondered whether what you are known for is what you want to be known for? Do you see yourself as others see you? If there’s a gap or mismatch in some way you may find that your […]

Who’s your source?

We live in a world of abundance. Abundance of ideas, data and information. The challenge is there is so much we can be overwhelmed. As the noted economist and Nobel Prize winner, Herbert Simon said we are living in a world with a “wealth of information”, which is creating “a poverty of attention”. He’s right. […]

Want to get more out of each day?

I’ve just finished reading Gretchen Ruben’s book, The Happiness Project. One of the quotes that stood out was: “The days are long, but the years are short.” I like the sentiment that’s captured by those thoughts, and yet I frequently find it feels like the days are short too. It can be easy to get […]

The power of being seen and heard

One of the most powerful human needs is that of being seen and heard. We all want to feel valued, important and that we matter at various times. This is something that marketers try to tap into all the time, as they strive to personalise marketing offers in a way that resonates with us. For […]

What could happen if you changed the lens?

People watching is one of my favourite pastimes because the world is full of amazing situations, people and places. On this occasion, I was fascinated with the very loud conversation a person was having at a café with a friend. They were annoyed. In fact, very annoyed because someone at work had let them down. […]

Are you making it harder than it needs to be?

When we think about procrastination we often think of the person who is disorganised and leaves everything until the last minute – always rushing to meet the deadline. They use the pressure of a deadline to get them motivated to action. But there’s more to it than that, because even people who are ordered and […]

Don’t keep yourself in the dark

In the era of fake news and a social media environment where image appears to be everything it is more important than ever to be curious and to look beyond the surface. It’s often never what it seems. In recent times, I’ve been fascinated to watch the Theranos scandal unfold. Theranos is the failed biomedical […]

Let’s not sugar coat it

One of the most popular career quotes is ‘Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.’ Quotes like this suggest that having an awesome career is about chasing what you are passionate about. It implies that when you love your job it’s all roses and champagne […]

How much do you want it?

Last weekend, I went to my garden to harvest what I thought would be a great bunch of carrots. Having never grown carrots before I was curious to see what I would find. It wasn’t pretty. A few were about the size of my thumb nail. Another couple looked like they had been eaten from […]

It really is just one foot in front of the other

Recently I was on a retreat with a fabulous bunch of women. One of the things we were encouraged to do was to go beyond what we normally feel comfortable doing. Now of course when that’s on the agenda you know there’s going to be something a little terrifying and adrenalin charged. For us, it […]

When is near enough, good enough?

Perfection. It’s an interesting concept because what’s perfect depends on perspective. What I see as perfect, and what you see as perfect may well differ. We also hold different opinions on the merits of striving for perfectionism – some will see it as good and others as limiting. As a concept, it holds both positive and negative elements. […]

We say we want it, but only to the point we aren’t disrupted

If you’ve been shopping lately, have you remembered to take your reusable shopping bag? I’ve been watching with interest the roll out of the ban on single use plastic bags in various parts of Australia, because it’s a timely reminder of the challenges of making change happen. As many of you know, a number of […]

Eight bad habits that could be impacting your career

When you think of bad habits, what springs to mind? Not getting enough exercise, eating badly, or watching too much TV.  The list can be long. Mostly the habits we recall are personally focused, and things we connect with life outside the working environment. And yet, just as you can have poor lifestyle habits, you […]

What to do when the idea escapes you?

Recently, Collective Campus, an innovation consulting company, released a report into the 20 most innovative companies on the ASX 200.  At the top of the list you’ll find Seek, REA Group, CSL, Domino and Xero. As reported in the AFR*, which quoted Steve Glaveski, the company’s co-founder and chief executive, “Australia boasts too much ‘innovation theatre’, with […]

What can you improve for tomorrow?

The world’s constantly changing.  Blink and you can feel like you’ve missed something. Do you keep in step with change, get left behind or stride ahead and step up? If you want to get the life you desire you have to step up to the plate.  There’s an old adage: success breeds success.   But success never happens overnight. Most success is borne out of a restless […]

It’s time to fall in love … with learning

When was the last time you proactively decided to learn something new?  Last week? Last month?  Last year?  Or is it so long ago that you can’t remember? I’m not talking about something your organisation paid for you to do, or a course they sent you on.  I am referring to learning that you decided […]

Who are you listening to?

One of my favourite movies from the late 1980’s is ‘Field of Dreams’. It’s based around an Iowa farmer, Ray (played by Kevin Costner). One night while walking through his cornfield he hears a voice saying – “If you build it, he will come.” He works out that he is being asked to build a […]