Are you a change ready leader?

If you’ve worked in any organisation for a while, you’ll likely have experienced some form of organisational change. Sadly, it’s also likely that your experience of the change may have been sub-par. The history of organisational change is littered with examples of projects and initiatives that didn’t go to plan. Never finished. Descoped. Poorly implemented […]

What debate will you start today?

Debating was part of my childhood and school years. At family dinners, we debated all the time: ideas, concepts, politics and opinions. It was a natural segue to join the debating squad at high school. I loved the energy, conversations and learning. Debating as a concept harks back to ancient times. It’s designed to encourage participants […]

Where does self-care fit on your to-do list?

Many years ago, taking care of my health and well-being was down my priority list. I ate ok, generally slept well and got a modicum of exercise. Nothing was entirely out of balance, nor was it humming along perfectly. I regularly cancelled a gym session because of meetings or snacked late at night because I […]

Have you found your learning mantra?

My laundry list of books to read seems endless. When I go into a bookstore, I rarely leave without a few purchases, and my Kindle is full of books I am waiting to read. Yes, I am one of ‘those people’ – a book hoarder. As you can appreciate (also given my work), I love […]

The best competition is with yourself

Whether the person takes credit for your work, always looks for ways to position themselves better to come out on top or finds fault with your work, no doubt at some stage in your career, you’ve worked with the overly competitive type. The need to compete can be personality-based, arise due to how a person […]

To Tell or Not to Tell

There are many situations at work where you can wonder about the best time to talk to your boss about something that matters to you. You may be thinking of leaving, feeling bored at work, wanting to explore a side hustle or wanting more flexibility with work. Whatever the context, you want to approach the […]

How to have better performance conversations

Many years ago, I heard a senior business leader speak and they talked about the ‘forgetery’. It was the place where all the unhelpful performance feedback they received went to die. The concept has always stuck with me. Yes, feedback is essential, and so too, are good performance conversations. Yet sadly, so often, they miss […]

Five ways to destroy your team’s productivity

When you are seeking to make a change, improve a process, or restructure your organisation, it’s likely that one of your outcomes is to increase productivity. More often than not, productivity is seen as desirable, and it’s something that governments, organisations, leaders and individuals strive to attain. And yet, there are many actions leaders can take […]

Are you sending mixed signals?

The recently released State of the Future of Work Report paints a grim picture of how workplaces around the country are faring. Based on 1400 Australian workers spanning all states and territories, the research identified four central themes: unsafe, unwell, uncertain and opportunities. Australians surveyed feel their work and workplaces are unsafe, and discrimination is prevalent. As […]

Navigating the concept of overqualified when job seeking and hiring

You have the skills and capability for the role and nail the interview. However, then you get the rejection email or phone call. You find out that it’s not that you weren’t good enough for the role. The problem is you were too good for the position and were rejected because you are ‘overqualified’. You’ll […]