Are you captured by your culture?

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We all know the environment in which we live and work can impact our behaviour, but have you ever wondered how quickly such impacts can take effect? Culture influences incredibly quickly. When you enter a new work environment, you quickly learn the accepted way to behave. Behaviour that is off-culture can be shunned and ridiculed. […]

Business Franchise Australia and New Zealand: Want Better Output? Then Focus on the Safety of Your Team

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In this article featured in Business Franchise Australia and New Zealand, I highlight how you can achieve better output from your team. When leaders think about ways to motivate their team, safety isn’t something that would typically top the list of considerations, and yet it plays a crucial role. People want to work in an […]

TODAY Show: Back to the office

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In this segment from the TODAY Show, Michelle was invited to comment on how to stay safe at work during the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch Michelle here. Michelle says, “Your employer has a duty of care to provide a safe work environment. They’re not going to want you to come to work and get sick. “There’s […]

Managers & Leaders: Warning signs your leader might be drunk on power

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In this article published in the Managers & Leaders magazine, Michelle describes the warning signs for you to be aware of should your leader be drunk on power.  The negative impacts that can arise when a person experiences power have long been documented, with instances throughout history – the recent case of Harvey Weinstein being […]

Leaderonomics.com: Four Warning Signs You are Drunk on Power

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In this article published in Leaderonomics.com, Michelle identifies four warnings signs that you may be drunk on power. The negative impacts that can arise when a person experiences power have long been documented, with examples across multiple industries, the Harvey Weinstein scandal being the latest. Dacher Keltner, from Berkley University, found through his research that […]

In The Black: Micromanagement: a bad habit you need to ditch now

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In this article first published in In The Black, Michelle contributes her ideas as to why you need to ditch the micromanagement habit. Micromanagement is a bad habit that can destroy creativity and innovation, yet many leaders who micromanage regard themselves as thorough and capable. What are the signs that you should look for if […]

AIM WA Leader Magazine: The art of receiving gifts

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In this article for the WA Leader Magazine (from the WA branch of the Australian Institute of Management), Michelle was interviewed by the author about the art of receiving gifts in the workplace. ‘Please accept this gift as a token of our appreciation’ isn’t a phrase that typically makes you think twice. However, this isn’t […]

Is your organisation too busy for its own good?

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Being busy is the new normal, with the words ‘I’m busy’ often featuring in our response to the question ‘How are you?”. We spend much of our day rushing from appointment to appointment, event to event and trying to cram so much into one day. Busy-ness is generated from a number of different factors. It […]

It’s time to reclaim the lost hours in your day

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Being busy seems to be a constant part of life these days. For people working in organisations a big contributor to that is the amount of time they spend in meetings. Have you ever counted how much of your average working week you spend in meetings? For some executives I work with it can be […]

Friendships are important at work and here’s why

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Organisations often talk about culture, but rarely consider the role that having friends at work plays in creating a healthy, dynamic and productive environment. There’s no doubt that workplaces are complex environments – bringing together a melting pot of people with varying ideas, assumptions, experiences, expectations and ambitions. They can also be highly destructive. The […]

Why friendship is important in the workplace

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Organisations often talk about culture, but rarely consider the role that having friendships at work plays in creating a healthy, dynamic and productive work environment. There’s no doubt that workplaces are complex environments – bringing together a melting pot of people with varying ideas, assumptions, experiences, expectations and ambitions. They can also be highly destructive. The damage that unhealthy […]

Influence – it’s not a solo pursuit

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The respected former CEO of Intel, Andy Grove, once said: “Just as you would not permit a fellow employee to steal a piece of office equipment, you shouldn’t let anyone walk away with the time of his fellow managers.” In organisations this happens every day, and it’s made worse for a leader if their team […]