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, […]

Chief of Staff: Why you should put ‘we’ before ‘me’

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Working as part of a team might seem like it will slow you down. You might want to believe that you can do it all yourself. In this article for Chief of Staff Magazine, Michelle advises why embracing teamwork will benefit you. Would you prefer to work alone or as part of a team? It’s […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

psnews.com.au: Bad Boss Book Review

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Michelle’s new book Bad Boss has been reviewed by Rama Gaind of psnews.com.au. Read Rama’s review below. Gibbings is right when she claims Bad Boss is for anyone who is in — or who is keen to avoid — a negative workplace environment characterised by ineffective leadership. It’s sometimes difficult to realise, but bad bosses […]

Paving your own Practice podcast with Dr Amna: toxic work cultures

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In discussion with Dr Amna from Paving your own Practice, Michelle discusses toxic work cultures. The discussion also reflects on Michelle’s latest book Bad Boss: What to do if you work for one, manage one or are one. Listen to the podcast here.  

Booktopia Podcast: Plugged & Unplanned 29 – Michelle Gibbings

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Michelle caught up with Booktopia’s CEO Tony Nash to talk about Bad Bosses and how a negative workplace environment can arise from ineffective leadership. You can listen to the conversation here: The Booktopia Books Podcast · Plugged & Unplanned 29 – Michelle Gibbings

AICD: How have directors’ WHS obligations changed?

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Michelle was invited to contribute to this article, published in Company Director Magazine for the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Michelle mentions to not overlook workers’ psychological safety, read on. From keeping workers virus-free to managing remote working risks, there are new WHS considerations for boards to be aware of. Here’s what directors need to […]

Good Magazine NZ: 4 types of bosses and how to deal with them

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In Michelle’s working life, she has come across four types of bosses. Michelle writes about the four types in this article published in Good Magazine NZ. Before you rush to pass judgement and sentence on your boss, it pays to understand what drives them and their behaviour. Over my working life, I’ve come across four […]