My Millennial Career Podcast: Good Boss, Bad Boss

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Michelle joined Shell Johnson and Emily Bowen on My Millennial Career Podcast to discuss the bad bosses, listen here. We have all either worked for a bad boss, managed a bad boss or been a bad boss ourselves, yikes! Michelle Gibbings knows so much about the experiences of bad bosses so who better to join […]

Who changes first?

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One of the critical times at work is getting a new boss or becoming the new boss. Relationships can shift, and new ones will form. Impressions are made on both sides of the relationship, and very quickly afterwards, an assessment of how much you think you will like working with the person. As the leader, […]

What’s your leadership gap?

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Leaders often have far more power and impact than they realise. A recent conversation was a stark reminder of this fact. A friend mentioned an interaction with their direct report and shared their surprise at the team member’s reluctance to challenge their thinking. Now you may be thinking, ‘Really? It was a surprise that they weren’t […]

Harvard Business Review: What to Do When Your Boss Is Ignoring You

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In this article for Harvard Business Review, Michelle suggests ways of what to do if your boss ignores you. Imagine this: You’re at the weekly brainstorming meeting with your team. Every time you share an idea, your boss brushes it aside or gives a cursory nod and moves ahead without any real reaction. Or worse, […]

IML: Back in the office: a leader’s role in rebuilding a culture of confidence

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When champagne corks were popping to ring in the New Year, many hoped that 2021 would farewell uncertainty and unpredictability. COVID-19’s long tail has dashed that hope, and employees and employers are grappling with establishing a new normal as workplace expectations have shifted. How do you find an approach that best meets your needs? Michelle […]

Leaderonomics: 5 Ways to Ensure the Leaders you Manage are Leading Well

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In this article for Leaderonomics, Michelle outlines her five tips on being a great enterprise leader. Leaders set standards by their behaviour and by the behaviour of their leadership team. Leading is not easy. In times of change and uncertainty, those leadership standards are tested. Leaders need to lead their leaders and ensure that those […]

Management NZ: What to do if you manage a bad boss

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Published for Management NZ, in this article Michelle explains that a great boss is alert to weak signals and signs of discontent in the workplace. The root cause of challenging workplace dynamics is usually not down to one person or one incident; everyone plays a part. None more so than the senior leader, who sets […]

How to find out what’s really going on

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  It can be challenging when you discover that the person in your team whom you self-assessed as the star performer is letting their team down when it comes to leading. I confronted this same situation in one of my corporate roles. I had hired someone for a role, and from what I could see, […]

Ten warning signs of bad leadership in your team

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It can be challenging as a leader to self-diagnose areas where you can do better. At times, it can be even harder to accurately assess the effectiveness (or otherwise) of the leaders in your team. Sometimes, senior leaders miss what’s going on. Why? The leader in your team might be adept at managing up, and […]

active CEO podcast: I’ve got a Bad Boss

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On this episode of the active CEO Podcast, Craig Johns speaks with Michelle Gibbings about I’ve got a bad boss, building strong relationships, learning the language of business and stepping into conversations you need to have. Listen here.    

Mortgage Professional Magazine: Adapting leadership to a post-pandemic workforce

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In this article for Mortgage Professional Magazine, Michelle shares her ideas on how to adapt your leadership in a post-pandemic workforce. Since the social restrictions introduced in 2020 forced much of the Australian workforce to work from home, employers have been preparing for what the workforce will look like moving forward. Michelle Gibbings offers some […]

Inside Small Business: There is no “I” in team

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For this article featured in the Autumn edition of Inside Small Business, Michelle highlights five ways to motivate and bring your team together. Would you prefer to work alone or as part of a team? It’s a question people are often asked in a job interview. How a person answers that question isn’t solely determined […]

Chief of Staff Book Review: Bad Boss

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Thank you to Naomi Spinks for her thoughtful book review, in Chief of Staff Magazine of Michelle’s latest book Bad Boss: What to do if you work for one, manage one or are one. Self-awareness, self-reflection, clarity, consistency, hope and above all, courage…the vital fundamentals required to avoid ‘being’ or ‘working for’ a bad boss. […]

Daily Mail: The four different types of bosses you’ll meet throughout your career and how to handle them

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In this article written by Sophie Haslett for The Daily Mail, Michelle shares her views on four different types of bosses: mercenary; believer; illusionist; liberator. Read each type’s mantra and how you can best work with each of them. A careers expert has revealed the four different types of boss you’ll come across in your […]

AIST: Five warning signs your leadership is failing (and what to do about it)

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In this article for the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees, I was invited to contribute my thoughts about the warning signs that your leadership is failing (and advice on what you can do about it). A study by the University of Southern California and London Business School (Power and over-confident decision making) found a correlation […]

What are you role modelling?

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Recently, the eldest boy of family friends was showing his younger brother how to do something. It was fascinating, and at times slightly comical, to watch as he demonstrated the action, and then his younger brother emulated the action step by step. The younger brother wasn’t thinking about what to do; whether it was the […]

The Advertiser – How to get a handle on your boss

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In this article for the Career One section of The Advertiser, Michelle explains that there are four distinct types of boss and how to deal with them.  Having a good professional relationship with your boss can lead to higher engagement and more opportunities but building this requires more than a one-size-fits-all approach. There are four […]

Inside FMCG: Make it work

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In this article for Inside FMCG, I outline how to manage your workforce in a post-lockdown world. With COVID-19 has come challenge and opportunity for workplaces, and as you look into the future what do you want to leave behind and carry forward in terms of how you work? Answering this question is important on […]

Moving Forward Leadership podcast: How to deal with Bad Bosses

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In this podcast for Moving Forward Leadership, Michelle and the host, Scott McCarthy discuss Michelle’s background and story, the 4 types of bosses and how to deal with them, the 7 step guide to dealing with a bad boss, what to do if you’re a bad boss and the bad habits that impact the way […]