How effective is your organisation’s decision-making?

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When thinking about poor organisational decision-making, what springs to mind? Iconic strategic failures such as Kodak and Blockbuster or systemic risk failures like BP Deepwater Horizon or Esso Longford Gas Explosion? Or perhaps it’s something more recent and closer to home. Often when we think about inadequate or ineffective decision making we think about significant […]

How to have a courageous conversation with your boss?

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Your relationship with your boss may be rocketing along successfully, and then it seems to veer off course, or perhaps it’s always been a little rocky and unpredictable. As well, with more people working from home, workplace dynamics are shifting, and you may be finding that the amount of face time you have with your […]

How to build brand YOU one step at a time

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When you think about brands, what springs to mind? It’s likely to be a range of companies and products, or perhaps even your favourite social media influencer (if you have one). Seth Godin writes about how a company’s brand is the set of expectations, memories, stories and relationships that, when considered together, determine the reason […]

What’s your leadership playbook?

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If you were to guess how many books have been published on leadership, what would your answer be? In the hundreds, thousands, tens of thousands or millions? It’s hard to get accurate data. More than 60 000 items are on Amazon and close to ten thousand on Booktopia. And let’s not even include Google, which […]

The Power of Being Underestimated

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Relationships are full of expectations. We can expect someone to do something or not do something. We have assumptions about people’s behaviours and motives. Of course, these expectations go both ways, and there are times when a person’s expectations of you may be lower than they should be. They underestimate what you can and will […]

My Millennial Career Podcast: Good Boss, Bad Boss

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Michelle joined Shell Johnson and Emily Bowen on My Millennial Career Podcast to discuss the bad bosses, listen here. We have all either worked for a bad boss, managed a bad boss or been a bad boss ourselves, yikes! Michelle Gibbings knows so much about the experiences of bad bosses so who better to join […]

Are you giving enough or too much?

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There’s an old saying, ‘Information is power .’ While there is truth to that statement, so much of our life is better off when we share ideas, knowledge, insights, and our time. For example, where would we be without open-source technology, which is based on making the design and code publicly accessible? So many of the […]

Chief of Staff: Why you should put ‘we’ before ‘me’

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Working as part of a team might seem like it will slow you down. You might want to believe that you can do it all yourself. In this article for Chief of Staff Magazine, Michelle advises why embracing teamwork will benefit you. Would you prefer to work alone or as part of a team? It’s […]

Lawyers Weekly: The important role culture plays in keeping teams engaged

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In this article written by Emma Ryan from Lawyers Weekly, Michelle explains why culture plays an important role in keeping teams engaged. As we entered 2021, there was a sense of excitement that the challenges of 2020 were behind us. However, we soon discovered the reality of the long road out of COVID-19, dashing hopes […]

Management NZ: What to do if you manage a bad boss

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Published for Management NZ, in this article Michelle explains that a great boss is alert to weak signals and signs of discontent in the workplace. The root cause of challenging workplace dynamics is usually not down to one person or one incident; everyone plays a part. None more so than the senior leader, who sets […]