New Idea: 5 ways to jazz up your resume

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Michelle was invited by New Idea to share ways you can jazz up your CV to help you return to the workforce. Read her 5 tips in this article. Maybe the pandemic has affected your industry, or perhaps you’ve been out of the workforce to raise a family. When a person is looking for work, […]

What’s your authenticity gap?

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As organisations confront a constantly changing future mixed with uncertainty and opportunity, they need leaders willing to embrace who they are and be comfortable not having all the answers. In short, they need to be authentic. Bain’s The Firm of the Future report outlined the shifts to the existing paradigms underpinning businesses. Much of this still holds today, […]

What rules do you need to break?

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I was chatting with a musician recently about how he learned to play jazz. He told me that one of the most complicated aspects is that your playing gets worse as you learn more technical skills before you get better. He explained how one of the critical parts of successful jazz playing is improvisation, but […]

What do you really know?

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Recently, I read Jess Hill’s confronting and compelling book, See What You Made Me Do: Power, Control and Domestic Abuse. She recounts analysis which dismantles the concept of Stockholm Syndrome. I’m sure you’ve heard of it; perhaps like me, even used the term. If you haven’t, it was invented in 1973 by a psychiatrist, following a […]

AFR: The top jobs of 2021 (and how you can land one)

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What are the top jobs for 2021? In this article written by Natasha Boddy for the Australian Financial Review, Michelle explains which jobs are set to boom and how you can land one. View the AFR article here. Cybersecurity, IT, logistics, cloud engineering and accounting are just some of the areas that look set to […]

Inside HR: Managing your workforce in a post-lockdown world

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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? Read more in this article Michelle wrote for Inside HR. Leadership matters no matter the working environment – be it the office or […]

What are you not hearing?

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It was the famous Sufi poet, Rumi, who wrote: “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there”. A beautiful statement, which is often easier said than done. Humans are quick to judge, and once we’ve made up our mind about someone (or something) it can be even harder […]

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 […]

Yahoo Finance: A guide to upskilling over the summer break

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Michelle suggests to use the summer break to upskill. In this article for Yahoo Finance, Michelle explains how to do this. Summer evokes images of sun, sand, surf and fun; however, it is also the perfect time to learn new skills and upgrade your existing skillset to ready your career for 2021. As the world […]

Do you think you are lucky?

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Whether you see something that happens to you as luck, fate, destiny or even an opportunity is based on your beliefs and mental paradigms. That is, how you see the world and what you believe to be true, or not. What one person sees as luck another person may construe as something they are entitled […]

The power of the pause

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Great communicators have an impact, but often their impact isn’t just about what they say, it’s about how they say it. They know when to talk, and when not to talk. That is, they know when to pause and how to use silence. The pause is powerful, and yet it’s often overlooked or misused. If […]

News Ltd: How side-hustlers are making the most of online businesses ideas during COVID-19 lockdown

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In this article for News Ltd, Michelle was invited to offer her thoughts about how side hustles can turn a profit for you during the COVID-19 lockdown. Michelle Gibbings said most side hustles had an online element and entrepreneurs should ensure what they offered was in demand as “there may not be a market there”. […]

News Ltd Money HQ: Use downtime to upskill

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Michelle was interviewed for this article that featured in News Ltd’s Money HQ section. Michelle explains why now is the time to upskill, during this downtime caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. MILLIONS of Australians will be rushing to sign up to the Federal Government’ s wage subsidy scheme but experts say now is also the […]

Ten tips for finding your way forward

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It’s been an eventful start to 2020, and no doubt there’s more to come. Navigating your way through the increasing complexity and finding ways to rise and stay strong when things don’t go your way is critical. There is much in life we can’t predict and control, but there is also much in life we […]

When time goes too fast

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All around me people are commenting about how fast the year has gone with the wondering ‘What happened to February?’. Of course, we all logically know that time can’t go faster; it just feels like it is going faster. A friend once suggested that this was due to age. Her logic being that when you […]

When are your team members at their best?

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Making progress and having success requires effort, and it’s even harder to achieve if you’re trying to get there not using your strengths. It’s easy for us to get sucked into focusing on what we’re not good at. By doing this we give attention to the negatives which hold us back, rather than focusing on what […]

Want to be heard? Hear others first

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Ever wondered how many words the average person speaks a day?  Turns out it’s around 16000 for women, and 15500 for men. Curiously, there’s no research on how much of what we say is listened to or heard by the person or people it’s intended for. Research on this topic would be interesting because as […]

Domain: Seven ways to turbocharge your real estate career

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Getting real satisfaction from your career means learning the skills and know-how to let you love what you do. Kate Jones from Domain wrote an insightful article discussing seven steps that will help turbocharge your career. I shared my personal experience and knowledge throughout the article. — Getting real satisfaction from your job means learning […]

Your seven step guide to a personal skills audit


Happy New Year! The start of the new year is often a time of reflection and decision making.  People reflect on the past year, and make decisions about their priorities for the year ahead. I always find it incredibly energising.  Hopefully you’ve taken some time out to rest and recharge, and think about the opportunities […]