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 […]

SmartCompany: Ever wondered if you’re someone else’s bad boss? I was, and this is what I learnt

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In this article for SmartCompany, Michelle Gibbings bravely concedes she was once a ‘bad boss’. She took feedback from her colleagues and amended her leadership style. Here’s Michelle’s advice for leaders who find themselves in the same boat. Fictionalised in movies, but all too real in offices, factories and worksites around the world, we’ve all […]

Women’s Agenda: I was a bad boss and this is what I learnt

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In this article for Women’s Agenda, Michelle Gibbings bravely concedes she was once a ‘bad boss’. She took feedback from her colleagues and amended her leadership style. Here’s Michelle’s advice for leaders who find themselves in the same boat. Fictionalised in movies, but all too real in offices, factories and worksites around the world, we’ve […]

In The Black: How to get the most out of a flexible workforce

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In this article for In The Black, Michelle explains how managers can get the most out of their employees in a flexible workforce. Read Michelle comments below. If flexible workplaces are to become a mainstay of our working lives in the long term, managers may need new methods of ensuring that productivity remains high. Many […]

American Express: How To Spot An Employee Who Is Struggling Right Now

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Working from home isn’t a great fit for everyone. In this article for American Express, Michelle contributes her thoughts about how important it is to check in with and accommodate your employees who are having a difficult time. When managing your staff, taking into account your team members’ personality differences is really important, especially given […]

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?

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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. 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?

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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 […]