Inside FMCG: Workplace reset

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Published in Inside FMCG, in this article Michelle says the work-from-home experiment of the last few months has provided an opportunity for change. As employers and employees confront new ways of working due to COVID-19, the level of adjustment required across workplaces has and will be mixed. For some employees, the rapid move to working […]

Who are you really?

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If you missed it, yesterday was World Values day. Yes, that was news to me too. I didn’t realise we had such a day. Then when I thought about it, I thought ‘How awesome is that!’ Think about it: How often do you spend time consciously thinking about your values? That is, what drives you and […]

Do you know the line you won’t cross?

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We all have values that underpin how we think and what we will and won’t do. These values can often be challenged in the workplace. A number of years ago I was working with a client who faced constant pressure at work. The leadership team they were a part of had a toxic culture, and […]

Is your learning mantra just rhetoric?

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There are hundreds of quotes and sayings about the importance and value of learning. We hear phrases like learning culture, fail fast, and learn your way ahead, as well as processes such as agile that are based on a learning mantra. It can be easy to talk about the importance of learning, but are you […]

Three steps to get back in the game

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With retirement ages rising and longer life spans you are likely to move in and out of the workforce more frequently and to find yourself at some stage in your career needing to get back into the game. It could be because of time taken out of the workforce for child rearing, illness, lifestyle reasons, […]

Which frame are you choosing?

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There is a famous Native American story, which goes like this… One evening, an old Cherokee tells his grandson that inside all people a battle goes on between two wolves. One wolf is negativity: anger, sadness, stress, contempt, disgust, fear, embarrassment, guilt, shame and hate. The other is positivity: joy, gratitude, serenity, hope, pride, amusement, […]

What to do when you are blindsided by change

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You don’t see it coming. The new boss; your role being made redundant; your project being cancelled; a major workplace change; or some other form of change that is unexpected. Change can be hard, and it’s even harder when you feel blindsided by it. You are going along quite happy and contented and aren’t expecting […]

Listen to Me – Don’t Educate Me

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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 you don’t need to change to thrive

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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. […]

It really is just one foot in front of the other

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

What can you improve for tomorrow?

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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 […]

Make it easy please

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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 […]

Is your decision making ready for the future?

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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?

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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 […]

Do you have a personal training regime for change?

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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, […]

What’s your appetite for career risk?

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The world we work in is changing.  How we work is changing.  To stay in the game, not even ahead of the game, it’s important to be alert to these changes and what it means for you. There’s choice and decisions to be made about how to best position yourself and your career to thrive […]

What are your crunch points for pressure?

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Pressure! Some people hate it. Other people thrive on it. We all react to pressure differently and have different levels of pressure we can cope with. Research shows that a certain amount of pressure is good for us as it helps motivate us to take action and keep focused. This is because when we experience the right […]

Feel the fear…and do it anyway

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  More than 25 years ago a book with this title was written by Susan Jeffers.  It became a best seller and the phrase entered the everyday vernacular. It’s a powerful phrase, and the need for these words of encouragement hasn’t changed. In fact, they are more relevant than ever as we enter an era […]