Putting the ‘we’ before the ‘me’

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Would you rather work alone or as part of a team? It’s a question people are often asked in a job interview. The answer to that question can’t just be determined by whether a person is an introvert or an extrovert, and for many people the answer will vary. Some days they want to be […]

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 […]

HR Director: Six ways to be a more thoughtful leader

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In this article that appears in HR Director, Michelle discusses when you ask employees what they want from their leaders the answers are relatively consistent, and simple. Read on. Leadership and decision-making go hand in hand and as technology changes how we live and work, the nature of those decisions and how to lead can […]

Can loyalty go too far?

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As the latest edition of the TV show Survivor unfolds you can once again watch the cast members build alliances, ditch alliances and generally scheme and plot their way to the top of the totem pole. Loyalty between the players lasts for a while, but at some stage they know that to win the game they’ll need […]

HR Business Australia: How to build a more diverse team

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In this article published in HR Business Australia, Michelle says the more alike people are, the more likely they are to think along the same lines; therefore, there is less room for debate, discernment and disagreement. Continue reading below.  As organizations grapple with more complex decisions and an ever-increasing pace of change, building a workforce […]

Are you willing to shift your perspective?

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It’s been an eventful start to the year: bushfires, a President impeachment, virus outbreak and falling share markets. These events unfold with a mix of emotions, varying perspectives and thankfully, often the display of humanity at its best. At the same time, we often witness much vitriol and vehemence as positions on topics are shared […]

IIDM: The 5 key questions leaders need to ask themselves

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Michelle poses five key questions that leaders need to ask themselves as the new year approaches in this article published by the International Institute of Directors and Managers. As you look ahead into 2020, it’s likely to be another year of unpredictable market conditions, political uncertainty and trade tensions across the globe, and so the […]

Spark Magazine: Leverage skills from all ages

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In this article Michelle wrote for the Dec ’19 edition of Spark Magazine, she explains how important it is equip your workforce with skills and experience that will take you through this ever changing environment.   As organisations grapple with more complex decisions and an ever-increasing pace of change, building a workforce equipped with the […]

Is your negotiation style helping or hindering?

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            Negotiating is a part of life. Some people love it, while others tolerate it or loathe it. Over the years I’ve found most people operate with one of four key styles: avoider, impulsive, peace-maker or fighter: Avoider – this is the person who avoids or delays negotiating to their detriment […]

Listen to Me – Don’t Educate Me

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Have you ever been invited to a meeting or forum where the pretext was to be consulted or provide feedback, and yet when you attend there is far more talking at you than listening to you? I’ve seen this happen many times. The intent to gather feedback may have been genuine and well intentioned, and […]

Are you owning your reputation

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Whether you like it or not, you have a reputation. You are known for something. Have you ever wondered whether what you are known for is what you want to be known for? Do you see yourself as others see you? If there’s a gap or mismatch in some way you may find that your […]

Is short-termism destroying your stakeholder relationships?

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People often assume that good relationships should be easy. In reality all great relationships require effort. Establishing and maintaining great relationships with stakeholders requires consistent energy and focus. But are you driving the right amount of energy and deploying the right type of focus? It’s hard to know the answer to that question if you don’t […]

Be Selfish – Help others to help yourself

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When you think of someone who is selfish, what immediately comes to mind?  Is it someone who is self-centred and only focused on their needs, to the exclusion of others? Or is it someone who helps others? You wouldn’t normally equate helping others with selfishness.   Particularly when you provide help altruistically and are not expecting […]