Is your quest for certainty hindering your career?

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There’s an old saying that the only thing certain in life is death and taxes. It’s a fairly bleak view of the world. Yet it is true there is much in life that’s uncertain. For many of us, uncertainty isn’t seen as a good thing. While we recognise how we live and work is changing, […]

Business Woman Media: How to futureproof your career and stop robots taking your job

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Here are three tips from Michelle, featured in this article from Business Woman Media, about how to future proof your career. I recently had someone ask me how to help them future proof their job.  Interesting question.   The term ‘future proof’ is often used in the technology and medical sectors, where it’s desirable to build […]

CEO Magazine: Influence is crucial for successful leadership

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In this article for CEO Magazine, Michelle describes how influential leaders use their position wisely to secure outcomes enabling them to cut through the noise and make change happen. Leaders today are expected to deliver more results in a faster timeframe and with less resources. There are often endless meetings, countless stakeholders to consult and […]

Yahoo Finance: How to win an argument with your boss

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Read Michelle’s suggestions in this Yahoo Finance article she wrote recently about how to win an argument with your boss. Some people love their boss, others hate them. But most will find their relationship lies somewhere in between, dotted by moments of both camaraderie and sheer irritation. And while few will find themselves in an […]

Q Super: Setting career goals

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Read Michelle’s eight pivotal steps for planning your career and your next career move. This article features on the Q Super website. “Making a list of your skills and talents can help you see a way forward.” Setting career goals is just as important as setting financial goals, such as saving or growing your superannuation. […]

Are you forgetting something?

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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 occur. The orderly or nurse will ask your name, what procedure you are having, and whether you are allergic to anything. Once you are under, they’ll use checklists […]

Is winning the only goal?

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Like many Australians, last weekend I sat down to watch the AFL Grand Final, and as with any final there can only be one winner. Naturally, that’s the objective of both sides – to win. But as I was watching the very one-sided game, it got me thinking – Are there times when there are […]

Are you trying to go it alone?

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Johann Hari’s wonderful book – Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression and the Unexpected Solutions, is a stark reminder of the fact that as humans we crave connection. Without connection we feel lost, isolated and that impacts our mental health and well-being. In the book he recounts studies in the US which asks the […]

How to slow down, to speed up

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Surprisingly, the 2016 census found that the length of the working week for most Australians hasn’t increased since 2011. And yet, most of us feel pressed for time and with an electronic device in each hand it can feel as though we never quite switch off from work. With ‘busy’ being the new catch-cry, it […]

How much do you want it?

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Last weekend, I went to my garden to harvest what I thought would be a great bunch of carrots. Having never grown carrots before I was curious to see what I would find. It wasn’t pretty. A few were about the size of my thumb nail. Another couple looked like they had been eaten from […]

When is near enough, good enough?

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Perfection. It’s an interesting concept because what’s perfect depends on perspective. What I see as perfect, and what you see as perfect may well differ. We also hold different opinions on the merits of striving for perfectionism – some will see it as good and others as limiting. As a concept, it holds both positive and negative elements. […]

Eight bad habits that could be impacting your career

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When you think of bad habits, what springs to mind? Not getting enough exercise, eating badly, or watching too much TV.  The list can be long. Mostly the habits we recall are personally focused, and things we connect with life outside the working environment. And yet, just as you can have poor lifestyle habits, you […]

Who are you listening to?

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One of my favourite movies from the late 1980’s is ‘Field of Dreams’. It’s based around an Iowa farmer, Ray (played by Kevin Costner). One night while walking through his cornfield he hears a voice saying – “If you build it, he will come.” He works out that he is being asked to build a […]

Eight tips to stay ahead of the game

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Many years ago I worked with a person who said to me: Michelle you can get to a certain level in your career by being good at what you do.  But if you want to go any further, you need to know how to play the game. Their comment always troubled me as it implies […]

Fairness – it matters more than you may think

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When you think of the traits of great leaders, being fair isn’t usually one of the traits that springs to mind. As humans we are acutely attuned to the concept of fairness. Children from a very early age notice when things don’t seem fair, with the inevitable wail of “That’s not fair!” This carries into […]

Do you know what you stand for?

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It was the brilliant Oscar Wilde who said: “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” And yet in many quarters of society we see people who lose their voice and authenticity in an attempt to be liked by everyone or to appease both sides of an ideological divide. The same thing happens to people working […]

Modern Business Magazine: Successful Leaders know how to influence

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  For the April 2016 edition of  ‘Modern Business: Success is everything’ I wrote an article about how to better influence in order to become a successful leader. Read the original article here, and flick to pages 56-57 or to download a copy of the PDF click here. — Despite advances in technology, organisations today are more, […]

Harness the competitive spirit for good, not evil

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Competition is an evocative word.  Some people love it.  Others hate it. For some competition is seen as an unnecessary evil, and an impediment to good teamwork. For others it’s the competition that drives them forward and inspires them to work harder. The case for and against is not black and white.  Competition can be healthy […]

Look further – it’s never what it seems

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According to a recent study around two-thirds of what gets posted on social media is made up.   This recent British study found that a large portion of people surveyed said they posted false images to their profiles to make their life seem more interesting. It is all too easy to compare yourself to others.  This […]

What’s your breeding ground for complacency?

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The world is moving and changing quickly.  Do you keep pace with the change, stride ahead or are you left behind? History is littered with stories of amazing companies that were the darlings of investors, and now no longer exist. For many of these companies, the root of their demise was sewn in the arrogant […]