AIM WA Leader Magazine: The art of receiving gifts

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In this article for the WA Leader Magazine (from the WA branch of the Australian Institute of Management), Michelle was interviewed by the author about the art of receiving gifts in the workplace. ‘Please accept this gift as a token of our appreciation’ isn’t a phrase that typically makes you think twice. However, this isn’t […]

Spark Magazine: Leverage skills from all ages

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In this article Michelle wrote for the Dec ’19 edition of Spark Magazine, she explains how important it is equip your workforce with skills and experience that will take you through this ever changing environment.   As organisations grapple with more complex decisions and an ever-increasing pace of change, building a workforce equipped with the […]

Are you testing to destruction?

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In manufacturing and industries that develop products, which if faulty could cause serious harm, they undertake a range of testing. One such test – known as a test to destruction – is designed to understand how much stress the product (be it components of a car, piece of machinery, airplane and the like) can tolerate. […]

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 […]

How to not let remote working kill your team’s culture

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Working from your home office, the local café, or wherever you choose. There’s no doubt that flexible working is a big plus. With the average Australian commuting more than an hour a day to get to work, cutting the need to travel to work can shave hours off your working day. Not to mention the […]

How to survive a horrible boss

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Hollywood has made an industry creating movies and TV shows that portray a horrible boss. Think Miranda Priestly, Gordon Gekko, Katharine Parker and Montgomery Burns to name a few. Whilst the reality may not be as extreme as what’s portrayed on the silver screen, sadly many people find themselves working for people they don’t like […]

Are you visible enough?

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Meetings, meetings and more meetings are a constant feature of the modern organisation, providing a challenge for leaders as to how and where they spend their time. It can be really easy to have every workday filled with back to back meetings, and little time for interaction with your team. You become the invisible leader. […]

Are you owning your part?

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Read the newspaper and online journals or watch and listen to the news and you’ll see many instances over the last 12 months where an organisation’s culture has been deemed to be at the root cause of organisational malaise, regulatory breaches or bad customer service. 2018 hasn’t been a stellar year for the culture of […]

Are you searching for too much similarity?

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It’s natural to want to work with people you like and find easy to work with, and consequently when you are building a team or forming work groups you often seek out such people. This is either done consciously or subconsciously. In the case of recruitment, for example, search criteria often specifically reference the desire […]

With leadership it’s the little things that matter

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Recently, I was at Virgin’s airport lounge in Sydney waiting to catch a plane back to Melbourne, and at the same time Richard Branson was in the lounge saying hello to guests and chatting with staff. Apparently, he does that every time he is in town. No doubt he’s busy, but he finds the time […]

Are you owning your reputation

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Whether you like it or not, you have a reputation. You are known for something. Have you ever wondered whether what you are known for is what you want to be known for? Do you see yourself as others see you? If there’s a gap or mismatch in some way you may find that your […]

It’s time to reclaim the lost hours in your day

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Being busy seems to be a constant part of life these days. For people working in organisations a big contributor to that is the amount of time they spend in meetings. Have you ever counted how much of your average working week you spend in meetings? For some executives I work with it can be […]

Friendships are important at work and here’s why

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Organisations often talk about culture, but rarely consider the role that having friends at work plays in creating a healthy, dynamic and productive environment. There’s no doubt that workplaces are complex environments – bringing together a melting pot of people with varying ideas, assumptions, experiences, expectations and ambitions. They can also be highly destructive. The […]

Why friendship is important in the workplace

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Organisations often talk about culture, but rarely consider the role that having friendships at work plays in creating a healthy, dynamic and productive work environment. There’s no doubt that workplaces are complex environments – bringing together a melting pot of people with varying ideas, assumptions, experiences, expectations and ambitions. They can also be highly destructive. The damage that unhealthy […]

Why not knowing the answer is a sign of leadership

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People often think that being a leader means needing to know more than others and having all the answers. When you cast your mind back through history, great leaders were distinguished by the fact that they usually made wise decisions.   This doesn’t mean all their decisions were wise, but on balance their decisions had good […]