Do you really know what’s going on?

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Admiral Horatio Nelson is considered one of Britain’s best naval commanders, with a long and distinguished career culminating in the country’s decisive victory over Napoleon that ended the threat of a French invasion. In 1801, he was appointed second in command to admiral, Sir Hyde Parker. This appointment was at the time of the French Napoleonic […]

To Tell or Not to Tell

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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 […]

Leader’s Digest: Is Your Help, Helpful?

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Workplaces wouldn’t function if people weren’t helpful. Helping provides benefits for the recipient of the help and the person providing the help. When you help someone it feels good, but there can be a downside. Read Michelle’s insights in the April 2023 edition of Leader’s Digest. Turn to pages 18-19 to read the article.  

How to have better performance conversations

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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 […]

It is personal

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We are often told not to make things personal, yet it is personal. A good example. Recently, I received the following email: “I came across Michelle Gibbings and saw that you are into theatre shows. Although theatre is an enchanting industry, I believe that your shows can benefit from having a wider range of audience […]

How do you know it’s true?

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Spoofing, spamming, scamming, impersonating, misinformation and hacking. You’ve likely been a victim of one or all of these, and if the predictions are correct, the frequency and sophistication will get worse. Last weekend, I woke up to someone impersonating me on Instagram (not a fun feeling), and I’ve had emails sent out under my name […]

How to work with difficult people

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Many years ago, I worked with someone who took an instant dislike to me. In our interactions, they were rude, abrupt and generally unhelpful. I never got to the reason for their behaviour, but I did find a way to manage it. My approach was the opposite of their behaviour. I went out of my […]