Never enough? Contentment is the answer

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In Anthony De Mello’s beautiful book, The Song of the Bird, he tells the tale of the contented fisherman and a wealthy industrialist. The industrialist is horrified to find the fisherman lying beside his boat and not working. “Why aren’t you out fishing,” he asks. “Because I have caught enough fish for this day”, comes the reply. The […]

What’s your part?

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When your working relationship with your boss is challenging, it’s easy to lay the blame at their feet. Perhaps you have judged them to be ineffective, unethical, power-hungry, a bully, a narcissist, a perfectionist, a micro-managing control freak, or some other not so lovely adjective that defines how you see them. They may be all […]

Leaderonomics: Five Tips for Switching Off From Work

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Thanks to Leaderonomics for the opportunity for Michelle to share her five tips on how to switch off from work. Work Matters But So Do You – Remember to Disconnect. These days switching off from work isn’t as simple as packing up and heading home. There are often expectations that you are constantly on and […]

Leaderonomics: How Forgiving are You?

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As published in Leaderonomics, Michelle highlights that forgiving is not for others, it’s for you. Barely a week goes past without seeing an example of a collective pile on (usually via social media) to someone deemed to have done something wrong. Sometimes the outrage may even seem reasonable; on many occasions, there are many layers […]

AFR Work & Careers Newsletter: Tip of the Week

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Thank to Tess Bennett (Work & Careers reporter for AFR),  Michelle provides her ‘Tip of the Week’ in the Work & Careers newsletter (brought to you in partnership with SEEK). Set your intentions for the year Identifying goals can help workers make career progress by prioritising what’s most important, says workplace expert Michelle Gibbings. “Now’s […]

Body & Soul: Work getting you down? Tragic optimism might be the answer

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Is work getting you down? Thanks to news.com.au for the opportunity to provide my ideas and suggestions on how to get through some of the toughest periods. The brain tricks to cope when the negativity is getting you down. Are you struggling with end of year fatigue and feeling frustrated, disappointed and a range of […]

Herald Sun: We’re now homeward bound

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Thanks to Lauren Ahwan and the Herald Sun, I provide advice on why is good to stick to reasonable working hours. The work-from-home trend – once seen as a potential silver lining for Covid-19 – also presents a major pitfall for Australians, who are working more than 10 extra hours each week. Unable to make […]

How Forgiving are You?

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Barely a week goes past without seeing an example of a collective pile on (usually via social media) to someone deemed to have done something wrong. Sometimes the outrage may even seem reasonable; on many occasions, there are many layers to the story which are unknown. Jon Ronson’s fabulous book So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed highlights the […]

Franchise Business: Self-care is vital for leaders

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As a leader, self-care is vital to avoid burnout and fatigue. Here are my five tips on how to manage your self-care in this article for Franchise Business Australia and New Zealand. Leadership roles are taxing – mentally and physically – and it’s easy to get locked into unhealthy behaviour patterns. It often takes a […]

Are your expectations, hope and optimism not helping you?

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I was chatting with my mum recently (who lives in Queensland) and she asked me how I was doing. Oddly, I found it hard to respond. I wasn’t feeling bad or dreadfully unhappy during Melbourne’s lockdown number 6, nor was I feeling happy. Instead, it was a weird kind of feeling of nothingness (not a word […]