Leading with your head and heart

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Leadership and decision making go hand in hand, and as technology changes how we live and work and the rate of change accelerates, the nature of those decisions and how to lead can appear more complex and challenging. However, when you ask employees what they want from their leaders the answers are relatively consistent, and […]

Influence is a team pursuit

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Former Chief of Staff of the US Army, General Eric Shinseki, once remarked: “If you don’t like change, you’re going to like irrelevance even less.” We all know we are living in a changing world, where your ability to progress is often dictated by your response to change (initiated by others), as well as your […]

Bad Boss: What to do if you work for one, manage one or are one

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Creating an environment where employees and leaders flourish is a team effort. Regardless of your role – be it an employee, a boss or leader, the boss’s boss or a leader of leaders – this book encourages you to play your part. It challenges you to examine your role in the dynamic and to own […]

Are you captured by your culture?

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We all know the environment in which we live and work can impact our behaviour, but have you ever wondered how quickly such impacts can take effect? Culture influences incredibly quickly. When you enter a new work environment, you quickly learn the accepted way to behave. Behaviour that is off-culture can be shunned and ridiculed. […]

The power of the pause

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Great communicators have an impact, but often their impact isn’t just about what they say, it’s about how they say it. They know when to talk, and when not to talk. That is, they know when to pause and how to use silence. The pause is powerful, and yet it’s often overlooked or misused. If […]

The Daily Telegraph: The keys to becoming influential in your industry

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Michelle provides her comments in this article for The Daily Telegraph on how to become influential in the workplace. Michelle says it’s important that workers understand how they are seen by others. Read on.  Workplace expert and author of Step Up: How to Build Your Influence at Work Michelle Gibbings said it was important workers […]

Who’s distracting you?

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You see it happen with children. They’ve fallen over and are about to cry, and so to stop them reacting you distract them with a toy or something else, so they smile and laugh. Distractions like that are harmless. As we get older, deliberate distractions can take on a whole new meaning. If there’s something […]

Dynamic Business: Let’s Talk: Supporting employees and protecting their wellbeing

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In this article for Dynamic Business, Michelle provides her comments on how to support your employees and protect their wellbeing. Be open with your team about the criticality of self-care, and create a safe environment for your team to share their feelings, and seek support. As part of this, be alert to the warning signs […]

First5000.com.au: Why fairness is a leadership trait that matters

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Michelle shares her thoughts in this article for First5000.com.au as to why fairness is a leadership trait that matters.  When you are developing a leadership program to uplift the capability of leaders one of the behavioural traits that isn’t likely to make the framework is fairness. This isn’t surprising because fairness isn’t usually listed as […]

CEO Magazine: Influence is crucial for successful leadership

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In this article for CEO Magazine, Michelle describes how influential leaders use their position wisely to secure outcomes enabling them to cut through the noise and make change happen. Leaders today are expected to deliver more results in a faster timeframe and with less resources. There are often endless meetings, countless stakeholders to consult and […]

CEO Magazine: Why you’ll want to cultivate a culture of gratitude in the workplace

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In this article Michelle wrote for CEO Magazine, she explains that practising gratitude can boost wellbeing, productivity and resilience levels within your team. When organisations analyse their culture and determine their values, ‘gratitude’ isn’t a trait that is likely to appear, and yet it is increasingly evidenced as being critical for wellbeing and success. In […]

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 […]

Are you all head and no heart?

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When I reflect on my corporate career there are a few leaders that stand out in helping to shape how I saw myself as a leader and my practice of being one. What I learned was that the best knew when to make ‘head’ based decisions, and when to think with their ‘heart’. It’s very easy […]

Who inspires you to be better than yesterday?

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When you get asked the question ‘Who inspires you?’, what names spring to mind? Is it someone close to you, someone famous, or a person from history? When we are inspired, we are stimulated to do or feel something. To think or act in a certain way. It can be great to draw inspiration from […]

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 […]

Who’s your source?

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We live in a world of abundance. Abundance of ideas, data and information. The challenge is there is so much we can be overwhelmed. As the noted economist and Nobel Prize winner, Herbert Simon said we are living in a world with a “wealth of information”, which is creating “a poverty of attention”. He’s right. […]

How to challenge your perspective of ‘you’

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Recently I started watching the Netflix series, The Crown, which if you haven’t watched before is a historical drama series centring around the life of Queen Elizabeth II. There’s no doubt that many aspects are dramatiSed to make it good TV watching. Regardless it provides an interesting and alternative perspective on their life and what […]

Why we need to say the Emperor has no clothes

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You may remember from your childhood the Hans Christian-Anderson fairy tale titled – The Emperor Has No Clothes. The story centred on two conmen who pretended to be weavers and convinced the Emperor they could make him a magical suit – the finest in the land.  The magic was that this suit would be invisible to […]

Expectations: Are they constraining how you lead?

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Expectations, we all have them. They can both constrain and inspire us. Problems arise when they define how we think and narrow our field of view. Expectations work both ways. Just as parents, peers, work colleagues, friends and family place expectations on us, we too place expectations on the people around us. Interestingly others can easily influence […]

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 […]