What perspective are you taking?

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As you are reading or listening to the news today, consider how much space is devoted to stories that are positive versus negative. Was it more negative or more optimistic? I wouldn’t be surprised if you concluded there was a dominant focus on the negative. With such a focus on what’s not so good in […]

Who are you under (or over) estimating?

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In the binge-worthy Netflix TV series, Anatomy of a Scandal, you watch how the relationships between the characters unfold as a politician’s affair unravels and plays out in the press. One of the lead female characters, Sophie Whitehouse, is the politician’s wife. She is trying to figure out what’s happened and the reality of her husband’s […]

Style Magazine: The benefits of challenges

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In this article written by Lauren Ahwan from Style Magzine, Michelle and Lauren discuss students setting challenges for themselves in the subjects they choose to study at school.  Michelle believes the current obsession with STEM at the expense of humanities-based subjects is midguided because many technological tasks will eventually be undertaken by robots. Continue reading.

Leaderonomics: Is Your Learning Future Fit?

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Michelle explains how learning is the defining factor of your future in this article from Leaderonomics. If you added up the amount of time you spend each week learning, what would the total be? An hour, three hours, more than ten, or perhaps none? If you are an hour or less then you are similar […]

Vision Australia: Knowing your personal brand

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Thank you to Vision Australia for providing Michelle the opportunity to offer her solutions about knowing and developing your own personal brand. Just as companies have a brand, so do individuals. What’s yours? A brand is a way that people see you. This may be a difference between why someone chooses you for a job […]

Wrap it up and look forward

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It’s been another eventful year with many unexpected twists and turns. Like me, 2021 may not be wrapping up the way you envisaged when champagne corks popped at the start of the year. But before you bid adieu, wrap up 2021 and head off on a summer break, take the time to pause and reflect, shake […]

Are you relying on your Wise Owl or Guard Dog?

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We all love to believe that we are rational and reasonable beings – who always make wise decisions consciously using fact and reason. However, over the years, research has shown repeatedly that much of our decision making is emotionally driven. It’s not so much that we always weigh up the costs and benefits to make […]

Don’t bypass the past

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In high school, one of my favourite subjects was history. So much so that I thought about becoming a history teacher. Not surprising then that one of my favourite quotes is from the Danish Philosopher Søren Kierkegaard: “Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards.” And yet, we can be overly future-focused. We […]

Is your learning future fit?

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If you added up the amount of time you spend each week learning, what would the total be? An hour, three hours, more than ten, or perhaps none? If you are an hour or less then you are similar to many other Australians according to a report released by Swinburne University’s Centre for the New […]

In the Black: Tapping the new talent pool

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In this article for In the Black, Michelle speaks to Johanna Leggatt about transferable skill sets. One of the most devastating economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic has been the widespread job losses, with many companies shedding staff to trim costs, and some businesses disappearing altogether. According to the International Labour Organisation’s Asia-Pacific Employment and […]