Why your discomfort isn’t a reason to not say something

There are times in life when we shy away from saying what needs to be said because we are putting our discomfort ahead of the needs of the other person. When someone around us – a work colleague, friend or acquaintance – experiences something unexpectedly bad we often don’t know how to react. They may […]

Are you visible enough?

Meetings, meetings and more meetings are a constant feature of the modern organisation, providing a challenge for leaders as to how and where they spend their time. It can be really easy to have every workday filled with back to back meetings, and little time for interaction with your team. You become the invisible leader. […]

Who inspires you to be better than yesterday?

When you get asked the question ‘Who inspires you?’, what names spring to mind? Is it someone close to you, someone famous, or a person from history? When we are inspired, we are stimulated to do or feel something. To think or act in a certain way. It can be great to draw inspiration from […]

Listen to Me – Don’t Educate Me

Have you ever been invited to a meeting or forum where the pretext was to be consulted or provide feedback, and yet when you attend there is far more talking at you than listening to you? I’ve seen this happen many times. The intent to gather feedback may have been genuine and well intentioned, and […]

Why your power matters

When you think of the word ‘power’ what’s the association that immediately springs to mind? Is it a negative or positive connotation? It’s likely that it will be negative, and that’s because power is usually associated with the concept of having ‘power over other people’. There is another way to view power, and this is […]

Are you over complicating it?

We live in a society that is based on more. We’re told to strive for more, buy more, do more and be more. As the noted historian, Yuval Noah Harari, wrote in his book Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow: “The most common reaction of the human mind to achievement is not satisfaction, but craving […]

Are you the worst boss you’ve ever worked for?

There’s a saying that ‘People don’t leave their job, they leave their boss’. Regardless of where you sit in the organisational hierarchy, your relationship with your boss impacts you – be it productivity or satisfaction levels, or well-being. A UK study found that forty percent of survey participants didn’t think their boss was good at their job, […]

Is your workspace bringing out your best?

You wake up the sun is shining, and you are looking out onto the vast expanse of the ocean. You are going for a walk surrounded by flowers and greenery. You walk into a room that is beautifully decorated. In all these situations you will feel something: happy, joyful, motivated, inspired or another emotion. We […]

How to maintain the holiday vibe at work

Welcome to the first weekly insight newsletter for 2019! You may have been back at work for a few weeks, or perhaps next week is the start of your working year. Whatever the timeframe, after a holiday it can be a little hard to get back into the swing of things. And then soon enough […]

It’s time to press the pause button

I love Christmas. Putting up the tree, buying presents, celebrating, catching up with old and new friends, and spending time with family. It’s a time for renewal and reflection. And yet this year it took a while for the Christmas spirit to catch on; to the extent that I debated with my husband as to […]

Are you owning your part?

Read the newspaper and online journals or watch and listen to the news and you’ll see many instances over the last 12 months where an organisation’s culture has been deemed to be at the root cause of organisational malaise, regulatory breaches or bad customer service. 2018 hasn’t been a stellar year for the culture of […]

What’s on your learning hit list for summer?

The upcoming Christmas holidays are a great time to catch up on the learning you haven’t had the chance to do during the busy-ness of the working year. It’s also a good opportunity to think about the health of your learning. That is, how much learning are you consuming and what’s the nature of that […]

Ten tips to help you make better decisions

By the time you read this article it’s likely you’ll have already made hundreds of decisions, with varying levels of effort, consequences and anticipated rewards from the decision. You make decisions every day – in both your personal and working life. They can be as simple as what time a meeting should start, or as […]

Are you minding the gap?

If you’ve been to London and travelled on the tube you’ll remember the frequent reminders to ‘mind the gap’ between the platform and the tracks. As I’ve been travelling around London recently, this message has been playing on my mind, but in a different context. We are often reminded to look after ourselves in a […]

Are you searching for too much similarity?

It’s natural to want to work with people you like and find easy to work with, and consequently when you are building a team or forming work groups you often seek out such people. This is either done consciously or subconsciously. In the case of recruitment, for example, search criteria often specifically reference the desire […]

Is your sleep getting in the way of a better decision?

There are warning signs to remind us that we shouldn’t drive or use heavy machinery when we are tired, and yet very rarely do we see warning signs to remind us that it can be dangerous to make decisions when we are tired. Many Australians are chronically sleep deprived. This is because they don’t find ways […]

Why self-compassion can be unhelpful

We hear a lot these days about the importance of being kind to yourself and not being overly critical of our challenges and failings. But are there times when being kind to yourself isn’t the best approach? When you are being kind to yourself you are showing self-compassion. This is a term that has been […]

With leadership it’s the little things that matter

Recently, I was at Virgin’s airport lounge in Sydney waiting to catch a plane back to Melbourne, and at the same time Richard Branson was in the lounge saying hello to guests and chatting with staff. Apparently, he does that every time he is in town. No doubt he’s busy, but he finds the time […]

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. […]