Why Talking About Feelings at Work Matters

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Recently, the world’s favourite furry red monster, Elmo, asked the internet if everyone was doing okay. In the post, which racked up millions of views, many people said they weren’t okay. They were depressed, sad, and broke, while some were doing okay. It was the whole gamut of emotions. In true Elmo style, he responded, “Wow! Elmo […]

Seven tactics to use underestimation to your advantage

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In a working world where impressions can shape perceptions and promotions, being underestimated can feel discouraging and demoralising. Underestimation often stems from biases, preconceived ideas, limited information, or a need for more awareness about an individual’s talents and capabilities. The good news is if you’re being underestimated, you can use it to your advantage. The fabulous […]

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 […]

Brytfmonline: Not sure if it’s time to look for another job? Answer These Six Questions – Human Resources

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Thank you to Andrea Hargraves and Brytfmonline for the opportunity for Michelle to share her insights on when the time is right to look for another job.  Professionals considering a career change this year are advised to discuss with their manager potential role changes before jumping ship, Financial Review reports. Leah Lambert, career coach and […]

AFR: How do you know when it’s time to quit your job?

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Thanks to Euan Black, the Work and Careers Reporter for The Australian Financial Review, Michelle was delighted to share her insights on when the time is right to quit your job.  Professionals considering changing jobs in 2023 are being advised to discuss with their boss potential changes to their current role before jumping ship. Continue […]

Do you have an emotional hangover?

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Have you ever had a time when you forget what it felt like to be you? I was reminded of this a few weeks ago. I was meeting some colleagues for drinks after work, and I didn’t feel like going. It was rainy and cold, and I was working from home. So, getting dressed up […]

Is your help, helpful?

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Pandas, polar bears, marine turtles and jaguars are a few of the animals that are solitary creatures. Humans are quite the opposite. We need interaction and connection. Evolutionary biologists have examined how we have evolved in small networks, which involved cooperation and conflict. What underpins cooperation is the concept of social exchange, whereby one person does […]