Inside Small Business: There is no “I” in team

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For this article featured in the Autumn edition of Inside Small Business, Michelle highlights five ways to motivate and bring your team together. Would you prefer to work alone or as part of a team? It’s a question people are often asked in a job interview. How a person answers that question isn’t solely determined […]

Inside FMCG: R.E.S.P.E.C.T

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Michelle wrote this article for Inside FMCG magazine that discusses respect and appreciation for your team. Being a leader can be hard at times, yet there are also many times when it can be straightforward. When you ask employees what they want from their leader, the answers are relatively consistent and simple. Christine Porath, Georgetown […]

CEO Magazine: The hidden dangers of workplace loyalty

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Loyalty is important because it strengthens connections and relationships, but can it go too far? At what point does loyalty cease to be helpful? Michelle explains in this article for CEO Magazine, loyalty matters, but not at the expense of debate, learning and progress. Loyalty is important because it strengthens connections and relationships, but things […]

Are you part of the drama?

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As the latest series of Married at First Sight unfolds on the TV, you may be like me and scratching your head and wondering why anyone would subject themselves to it (either participating or watching). There’s no doubt it’s good drama with a heady mix of emotions, gossip and intrigue. Like other productions of a similar genre, […]

AFR: Career Tip

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Michelle was invited by The Australian Financial Review to provide a career tip of the week. This week Michelle comments on how not to let working remotely kill the culture of your team. Remote working is here to stay, so leaders must try to establish and maintain a healthy culture that adapts to this new […]

Daily Mail: The four different types of bosses you’ll meet throughout your career and how to handle them

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In this article written by Sophie Haslett for The Daily Mail, Michelle shares her views on four different types of bosses: mercenary; believer; illusionist; liberator. Read each type’s mantra and how you can best work with each of them. A careers expert has revealed the four different types of boss you’ll come across in your […]

Are you assuming the worst?

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Putting on someone else’s shoes never seems like an inviting task. They may be too big, too small, too smelly or just not to your liking. Many years ago, at a team offsite, this is precisely what my team colleagues and I were asked to do. We had to take off our shoes and then […]

CFO Australia: Back to the Office? The CFOs Role in Rebuilding a Culture of Confidence.

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Are you heading back to the office? In this article for CFO Australia, I highlight the CFO’s role in rebuilding confidence in your workforce as we embrace a COVID-normal workforce. When champagne corks were popping to ring in the New Year, many organisations and employees were hoping that 2021 would see the end of uncertainty […]

Institute of Managers and Leaders: How are you role modelling?

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As a leader what you say and do sets the standard each and every day. Are you challenging yourself to live up to your own expectations? Thanks to the Institute of Managers and Leaders for inviting Michelle to share her thoughts in this article. Recently, the eldest boy of family friends was showing his younger […]

The Advertiser – How to get a handle on your boss

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In this article for the Career One section of The Advertiser, Michelle explains that there are four distinct types of boss and how to deal with them.  Having a good professional relationship with your boss can lead to higher engagement and more opportunities but building this requires more than a one-size-fits-all approach. There are four […]

Women’s Agenda: Got a bad boss? You’re not alone. Michelle Gibbings wants to change that

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Michelle highlights, in this article written by Angela Priestley for Women’s Agenda, that there are bad bosses everywhere. Michelle says: “People don’t approach me for coaching or mentoring help because they’re finding the work too hard. They come to me and say I am struggling with the relationships at work.” Change is possible… read on. […]

CFO Australia: Why caring, compassion and commitment are vital qualities for CFOs

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Michelle shares her thoughts – in this article for CFO Australia – why caring and compassion are vital qualities CFOs should adopt. Leadership and decision making go hand in hand, and as technology changes how we live and work and the rate of change accelerates, the nature of those decisions and how to lead can […]

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 […]

IIDM: Why It’s Important To Take Ownership For The Way You Lead Your Team

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In this article for International Institute of Directors and Managers, Michelle explains why leaders need to own the way they lead their team. From Facebook’s privacy breaches, the Theranos scandal, Uber’s initial failure to deal with sexual harassment, Equifax’s data breaches, Volkswagen’s emissions scandal, the examples exposed at last year’s Australian Banking Royal Commission there […]

CEOWorld Magazine: Putting the ‘we’ before the ‘me.’

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Do you prefer to work alone or with a team? In this article for CEOWorld Magazine, Michelle discusses how to approach this question when asked in a job interview or a workplace. Would you prefer to work alone or as part of a team? It’s a question people are often asked in a job interview. […]

Influence is a team pursuit

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Former Chief of Staff of the US Army, General Eric Shinseki, once remarked: “If you don’t like change, you’re going to like irrelevance even less.” We all know we are living in a changing world, where your ability to progress is often dictated by your response to change (initiated by others), as well as your […]

Canadian Mortgage Professional: How to build a more diverse team

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As featured in this article for Canadian Mortgage Professional, Michelle discusses the steps in how to build a more diverse team. AS ORGANIZATIONS grapple with more complex decisions and an ever­ increasing pace of change, building a work­force equipped with the skills and experience to thrive in such an environment is critical. Finding this depth […]

Q Magazine: 7 bad habits that drive your boss crazy & how to turn them around

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In this article for Q Magazine, Michelle suggests that there are seven bad habits that drive your boss crazy & how to turn them around. We’ve all worked for one, or perhaps you are working for one now – the boss who makes your working life day hell. Perhaps you judged them to be ineffective, […]

Yahoo Finance: 7 habits your boss hates – and how to stop them

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In this article for Yahoo Finance, Michelle provides seven habits you may not know you are guilty of that upsets your boss. Read below to learn how to identify these bad habits and how to stop them. We’ve all worked for one, or perhaps you are working for one now – the boss who makes […]

IIDM: Why Good Leadership Matters To All Of Us

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Published for the International Institute of Directors and Managers, in this article Michelle explains why, during the pandemic, leaders and bosses need to innovate and manage a complex environment, making leadership more essential than ever. With the current economic and pandemic challenges, leaders and bosses are needing to innovate and manage previously unseen complexities and […]