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 […]

Ten things you can do to make a ‘bad day’ better

Bad days. Crap days. Days when you don’t feel like getting out of bed, or wish you hadn’t.  We all have them, as they are a fundamental ingredient of life. Think about it for a minute: if every day you had was great you’d never truly appreciate those great days.  You’d likely take them for […]

How to challenge your perspective of ‘you’

Recently I started watching the Netflix series, The Crown, which if you haven’t watched before is a historical drama series centring around the life of Queen Elizabeth II. There’s no doubt that many aspects are dramatiSed to make it good TV watching. Regardless it provides an interesting and alternative perspective on their life and what […]

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, […]