In the Black: Stuck on the sidelines

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In this article for In The Black, Johanna Leggatt and I discuss how to handle the setback of being overlooked for a promotion. You have been sidelined and missed out on a promotion. Quite naturally, you feel unappreciated and confused. Most frustrating of all, you have the skills, the smarts and the drive to pull […]

Who is in your corner?

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With your role come stakeholders. Some might be easy to work with, others not so much. What’s common is they can make the progress you seek to make at work easier or harder. This is why it is crucial to know who’s in your corner, particularly if you are trying to change a system, process […]

Sky News: ‘Networking’ the key to landing a job and finding successful employment

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Sky News invited Michelle on the program to share ideas about jobs, networking and finding the next step in your career. Watch the clip to learn more. Your “network” is the key to landing your next job and sometimes taking that next job will “set you up” for a bigger and better role, according to […]

What words are changing for you?

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Earlier this week, the Macquarie Dictionary announced their word of the year, with the winning word being the one that’s most effectively captured the ethos, mood and focus of 2020. This year, it was doomscrolling. If are you wondering what that means, you aren’t alone. It’s a noun, and defined as the “practice of continuing to […]

Are you trying to go it alone?

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Johann Hari’s wonderful book – Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression and the Unexpected Solutions, is a stark reminder of the fact that as humans we crave connection. Without connection we feel lost, isolated and that impacts our mental health and well-being. In the book he recounts studies in the US which asks the […]

HR Daily: How HR pros can build their influence

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HR Daily released an article I wrote in which I share tips and hints on how to build a better network. You can read the full article here. — HR professionals should take a deliberate and structured approach to network building to increase their workplace influence, an organisational change expert says. People often think the […]

LG Professionals Australia: How to increase your influence at work

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If you want to step up and grow your career, learning the art and science of influence is essential. Local Government Professionals Australia published an article I wrote that outlines three steps to increase your influence at work. To read the original article, click here. — In today’s increasingly complex environment it is becoming harder […]