ARF: Five tips on asking for a pay rise in a pandemic

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In these unusual times, it may be hard to ask for a pay rise. In this article for the Australian Financial Review, Michelle provides suggestions on how to do this during a pandemic. Asking for a pay rise can be a difficult conversation at the best of times, but the coronavirus pandemic has meant convincing […]

Essential Kids: The top five first jobs that set kids up for career success

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In this article for Essential Kids, Michelle outlines five ways your child can land their first job. Your child’s first job is often a stepping stone to their next one, and so the most important thing is for them to get their foot in the door. Usually, securing their first role is the hardest as […]

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 […]

What’s tripping you up?

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To say that 2020 has been an unusual year feels like an understatement. On the upside, it’s been an opportunity to challenge ideas about how things should and could be done. As someone who used to travel almost every week, I was surprised how much work could quickly move online. And yes, I do miss […]

What goes up, will come down

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When I was growing up a family friend gave me two pieces of career advice: be likeable and never forget that what goes up will come down. The first piece of advice was given in the context of going for my first job. Their suggestion was that to secure the role it was essential to ensure the […]

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 […]