Leaderonomics: Don’t Bypass the Past

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Sometimes looking back at the past is not a bad thing. Read more in this article for Leaderonomics. 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 […]

psnews.com.au: Taking a break in difficult times

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In yet another year of uncertainty, in this article in psnews.com.au, I encourage you to find your ‘circuit breaker’ to prevent a toxic build-up of stress and concern. In this year’s World Economic Forum Global Risks Report, most respondents were either worried or concerned when asked the question ‘How do you feel about the outlook for […]

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 […]

Where will you give the gift of time?

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We all know that time is finite, and once it passes by, you can’t get it back. During the COVID-19 enforced lockdowns, we discovered the benefits of a slower pace, and yet a typical lament is that there is never enough time in the day. As the pace of life picks up again, time seems […]

When was the last time you changed your mind?

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Many years ago, I worked with someone who constantly changed their mind, making working for them exceptionally difficult. While they were a nice person, they never seemed to know what they wanted. Everything required multiple iterations and lots of dead ends. It resulted in loads of wasted time and energy. Worst of all, I never […]

IIDM: Video Seminar: Self-Care Is Vital For Leaders In 2022 – Here’s How To Do It

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Watch Michelle in this four-part video series on self-care as she explains why looking after yourself, as a leader, is important. In these four videos, Michelle explains: Why does self-care matter for leaders? What are the warning signs of burn out? How do you manage stress and prevent burn out? How do you best support […]

What’s on your ‘Back to Work’ Checklist?

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If you have school-aged children, you’ve likely been spending part of last week getting ready for the back-to-school routine. Casting my mind back to childhood, the week before school started, you’d get organised. School uniforms were washed and ironed, and school shoes polished. Textbooks were wrapped in brown paper or contact paper (does anyone else […]

What’s Your Circuit Breaker?

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Welcome to 2022 and the first weekly insights for the year. It’s so good to have you back. Undoubtedly, the year is kicking off amidst much uncertainty and mixed expectations. In this year’s World Economic Forum Global Risks Report, most respondents were either worried or concerned when asked the question ‘How do you feel about the […]

Leaderonomics: Don’t Confuse Meetings with Collaboration

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Do you waste your days in unproductive meetings? Thanks to Leaderonomics, Michelle explains how to turn this around. Back in my corporate days, I would regularly spend my entire day in back to back meetings. I’d rush from meeting to meeting and feel a spark of joy when a meeting was cancelled. ‘Hooray, some time […]

Six ways to set your Wise Owl free

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If you are a regular reader, you’ll know I only rarely write an article that follows on from the previous week. However, following last Friday’s weekly insight, I received lots of emails. The general sentiment being, ‘Michelle – great article, but how do I tap into my wise owl?” This week, I will share tips […]