CEO Magazine: Hidden leadership traps that threaten long term success

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In this article for CEO Magazine, Michelle explains the five traps that could trip up your long term success as a leader. Executives are often seen as strong leaders who have it all together as they take on a company’s responsibilities and pave the way for long term success. Michelle Gibbings says that the road […]

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 […]

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 […]

What is your leadership promise?

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Good leaders. Bad leaders. Throughout your working life you will no doubt come across both. It’s rare that a person wakes up each morning with the intent of being a bad leader. Most people aim to do their best, but they are hampered by a lack of awareness, environmental factors and pressures that don’t bring […]

What to do when you are blindsided by change

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You don’t see it coming. The new boss; your role being made redundant; your project being cancelled; a major workplace change; or some other form of change that is unexpected. Change can be hard, and it’s even harder when you feel blindsided by it. You are going along quite happy and contented and aren’t expecting […]

Listen to Me – Don’t Educate Me

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Have you ever been invited to a meeting or forum where the pretext was to be consulted or provide feedback, and yet when you attend there is far more talking at you than listening to you? I’ve seen this happen many times. The intent to gather feedback may have been genuine and well intentioned, and […]

We say we want it, but only to the point we aren’t disrupted

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If you’ve been shopping lately, have you remembered to take your reusable shopping bag? I’ve been watching with interest the roll out of the ban on single use plastic bags in various parts of Australia, because it’s a timely reminder of the challenges of making change happen. As many of you know, a number of […]

Make it easy please

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Recently, I was using an online service to book a couple of minor jobs around the house.  It seemed like an easy process, until the person who accepted the job didn’t show up.  To get it sorted and the money refunded it then became a complicated process to find out how I could contact the […]

Are you outsourcing your change leadership?


There’s a famous saying “May you live in interesting times”.  There’s debate as to the saying’s origin, but there’s certainly no doubt that it applies today. Change is everywhere.  So much so that the World Economic Forum has called this wave of change the fourth industrial revolution.   Change isn’t new. It’s something we have […]

How to stay the course when it gets tough

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With every new project, idea or development you aim to get off the ground, there will be challenges. It’s easy to get excited about something that’s new. We get swept up in the initial enthusiasm for the benefits the change will bring. But as the work starts, the reality hits. Challenges arise. Unexpected hurdles get […]

Leading a change – do you change first or last?


Change leadership is no longer an optional skill for leaders. Instead, it’s seen as a core competency. When you think about leading a change and being an effective change leader, what skills and competencies spring to mind? Is it for example: Building strong stakeholder relationships Being able to coach your team members Thinking strategically and […]

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 […]

Having influence: machiavellian or competitive advantage?

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Technological disruption is driving a wave of change so great that the World Economic Forum has termed it the fourth industrial revolution. It is predicted that this change will blur the lines between the physical, digital and biological spheres, and fundamentally change the way we live and work. It’s not surprising that companies, both big […]

Institute of Managers and Leaders: Change starts with vision, but then what?

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Today’s ‘change’ professionals need all round skills to thrive in increasingly complex roles. Leadership and Change Management are two areas upon which all senior change professionals need to focus. Michelle was interviewed by Insight Edge for the Institute of Managers and Leaders on this topic. — It seems that any discussion on organisational change takes one of […]

Change Leaders: cancel the solo performance – it’s time to empower your production team

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One of the biggest killers of progress in organisations is a lack of role clarity. While there are various ingredients that determine whether people are motivated at work, two of the primary ones are: accountability and flexibility.  People want to know what they are accountable for, and they want some flexibility in how they go […]

Want more impact? Say Less

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There’s a famous saying “May you live in interesting times.”  There’s debate as to the saying’s origin, but there’s certainly no doubt that it applies today. The world really is an amazing place and change is everywhere, particularly as we live in a VUCA world.  This is a world which is: Volatile – because everything […]