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 […]

What’s your impact – connection or contagion?

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We all know that viruses are contagious, but what you may not know is that emotions are contagious too.  Yes, there is such a thing as emotional contagion. If someone around you is happy, sad, angry or any other emotion, it can rub off and impact how you feel and behave; and you can have […]

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

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Michelle provides five warning signs that your leadership could be failing in this article published in Venture Magazine. It’s easy for leaders to have an overly confident opinion of their leadership effectiveness with research revealing a correlation between a person’s confidence and their level of power. A study by the University of Southern California and […]

CEOWorld Magazine: Why caring, compassion and commitment are vital qualities for leaders

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In this article published in CEOWorld Magazine, Michelle explains why caring, compassion and commitment are vital qualities for leaders. 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 […]

Managers & Leaders: Warning signs your leader might be drunk on power

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In this article published in the Managers & Leaders magazine, Michelle describes the warning signs for you to be aware of should your leader be drunk on power.  The negative impacts that can arise when a person experiences power have long been documented, with instances throughout history – the recent case of Harvey Weinstein being […]

Putting the ‘we’ before the ‘me’

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Would you rather work alone or as part of a team? It’s a question people are often asked in a job interview. The answer to that question can’t just be determined by whether a person is an introvert or an extrovert, and for many people the answer will vary. Some days they want to be […]

Leaderonomics.com: Four Warning Signs You are Drunk on Power

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In this article published in Leaderonomics.com, Michelle identifies four warnings signs that you may be drunk on power. The negative impacts that can arise when a person experiences power have long been documented, with examples across multiple industries, the Harvey Weinstein scandal being the latest. Dacher Keltner, from Berkley University, found through his research that […]

HR Director: Six ways to be a more thoughtful leader

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In this article that appears in HR Director, Michelle discusses when you ask employees what they want from their leaders the answers are relatively consistent, and simple. Read on. Leadership and decision-making go hand in hand and as technology changes how we live and work, the nature of those decisions and how to lead can […]

Insurance Business NZ: How to build a more diverse team

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In this article for Insurance Business NZ, Michelle provides four tips on how to build a diverse team.  “The more alike people are, the more likely they are to think along the same lines; therefore, there is less room for debate, discernment and disagreement.” As organizations grapple with more complex decisions and an ever-increasing pace […]

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 […]

IIDM: The 5 key questions leaders need to ask themselves

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Michelle poses five key questions that leaders need to ask themselves as the new year approaches in this article published by the International Institute of Directors and Managers. As you look ahead into 2020, it’s likely to be another year of unpredictable market conditions, political uncertainty and trade tensions across the globe, and so the […]

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 […]

GRC Professional: Why too much cohesion is bad for you – and the organisation

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In this article written for GRC Professional, Michelle explains that too much cohesion can be unhealthy. When team members are unwilling to challenge or disagree with each other, it’s a warning sign for leaders that something is wrong. There are many instances in which sections of corporate Australia haven’t lived up to community expectations. The […]

Facility Management: Strong leadership is influential leadership

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Managers wishing to build support for initiatives must have the ability to influence team members without relying on hierarchical power plays, writes Michelle in an article she wrote for Facility Management. Click here to read the article.

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 […]

Is it them or is it you?

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We all have people in our personal and professional life who we find challenging. We may label them as ‘precious’, ‘difficult’, the ‘problem child’ or ‘hard work’. If they’re a colleague, the typical approach is to minimise the amount of time you spend with them and to find a way to work around them. If […]

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 […]

What’s the story you’re telling yourself?

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We frequently hear and read rules and guidelines about what we should or shouldn’t do. We’re told to drink eight glasses of water a day, get so many hours of sunshine and sleep a day, and so on. Interestingly, many of these rules for living aren’t based on substantive evidence. For example, the concept of […]