When going for perfect hinders progress

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In a celebrity-obsessed world and where people’s lives play out on social media, it can be easy to fall into the trap of thinking you can have it all, and then put enormous pressure on yourself trying to get it. The myth of the so-called ‘perfect life’ can lead to unhealthy comparisons and feeling like […]

The House of Wellness: How to make your side hustle a success

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In this interview for The House of Wellness, Michelle explains how a growing number of Australians are turning their side hustle into a second income stream. A growing number of Australians are starting side hustles, turning a hobby or a secret talent into a second income stream. According to AMP Foundation research, around two thirds […]

When you land, you want to land well

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Even as someone who loves flying, I am always grateful when the plane has safely landed. A good landing doesn’t happen by accident. Before attempting to land the plane, the pilot runs through a landing checklist to ensure nothing has been forgotten. There are lots of variables to consider: the weather, crosswinds, visibility and turbulence. […]

In The Black: How to get the most out of a flexible workforce

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In this article for In The Black, Michelle explains how managers can get the most out of their employees in a flexible workforce. Read Michelle comments below. If flexible workplaces are to become a mainstay of our working lives in the long term, managers may need new methods of ensuring that productivity remains high. Many […]

CEOWorld Magazine: What to do if you’re a bad boss

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In this article for CEOWorld Magazine, Michelle provides guidelines as to what to do if you are a bad boss. Being a leader today isn’t easy. Leaders are facing unchartered territory, an uncertain business environment and economic challenges the like of which many will never have experienced before. At the same time, there’s competing demands, […]

IML: Why uncomfortable conversations are critical for success

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In this article published for Institute of Managers and Leaders, Michelle provides advice on how uncomfortable conversations are good for us. Uncomfortable conversations come in all shapes and sizes and for a variety of reasons. Getting comfortable with uncomfortable is essential for a fulfilled life. Uncomfortable conversations aren’t fun. They’re the conversation you put off […]

AFR: How to future-proof your career

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In this article published in the Australian Financial Review, Michelle was invited to contribute her thoughts about how you can future-proof your career in these very challenging times. Read Michelle’s comments below. Australia is in its first recession in 29 years, unemployment is at a 22-year high and each week seems to unleash a new […]

Is it time to adjust the sails?

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One of the upsides of lockdown (yes, there are some), is having more time to read fiction novels. I’ve recently been reading – Below Deck by Sophie Hardcastle It’s the story of 21-year old Olivia, who meets Mac and Maggie, changing her life forever. As Mac is explaining to Olivia the finer points of learning […]

New Idea: Turn your side hustle into a career

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Published in New Idea, Michelle provides key tips and tricks to turn your side hustle into a career. Research shows that the number of people with side hustles is growing, with predictions that it will become the norm as we move into the ‘gig economy’.  And with many of us transitioning during and after COVID-19 […]

Who is helping you make better decisions?

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We all make make many decisions each day. Decisions that range from simple things such as what to wear, to more strategic matters such as where to invest. At work, as you get into more senior roles the decisions are likely to get more complex, and the consequences more significant. Trying to go it alone […]

CEO Magazine: How to future proof your leadership career

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 In this article published in CEO Magazine, I outline how to future proof your career in leadership in this rapidly changing landscape. We are seeing robots do the work of humans in dispensing prescription drugs, researching judgments and case law, and analysing insurance claims Research from multiple sources confirms that workplace change, largely driven by […]

Thrive Global: The power of the pause

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There’s a time for speaking and then there’s a time for silence. Pausing and using silence as a communication tool can be very powerful. In this article published in Thrive Global, I highlight why pausing is very effective. Great communicators have an impact, but often their impact isn’t just about what they say, it’s about […]

Mindfood: How to Stocktake Your Career and Life

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Here, in this article are Michelle’s top four tips to help you find success and happiness in your career with this career and lifestyle stocktake, as published in Mindfood. Find success and happiness with these four tips on how to conduct a career and life stocktake. Your career is just one part – albeit 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 […]

Australian Career Practitioner: Guarding your brand on social media

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In this article published in Australian Career Practitioner, Michelle explains the importance of protecting your brand on social media. Posting your personal life on a private Facebook or Instagram page will impact how you are seen professionally. When five Federal election candidates were dumped for offensive social media posts it was a timely reminder of […]

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 […]

psnews.com.au: Time out: Why ‘sleeping on it’ is really good advice

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In this article published in psnews.com.au, Michelle says research shows that poor decision-making increases at the end of a day, or just before the lunch break. It’s highly unlikely that you woke us this morning and thought: “My goal today is to make a really bad decision.” Yet, it can be so easy to make […]

psnews: Make a list: Checking off your career milestones

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Checklists are normal parts of surgical procedures and airline maintenance, but Michelle Gibbings believes they are also crucial to career development. Michelle explains why in this article from psnews. If you’ve ever been to hospital and had surgery you’ll remember that as you get wheeled into the operating theatre there are a series of checks that […]

Five questions to wrap up

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If you are scratching your head and wondering what happened to 2019 then you can take comfort in the fact you are not alone. It often feels like time is going by faster. While logic tells you that’s not possible, it’s very possible for the days to go by quickly with little time to pause, […]

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 […]