What are you missing from work?

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When you ask people what they miss about working from home, it’s not the commute or the need to get dressed up. What they miss are the connection and interactions. The banter. The laughs. The conversations with their friends at work. Yes, not just their work colleagues, but their friends. On this, the International Day […]

Who changes first?

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One of the critical times at work is getting a new boss or becoming the new boss. Relationships can shift, and new ones will form. Impressions are made on both sides of the relationship, and very quickly afterwards, an assessment of how much you think you will like working with the person. As the leader, […]

What’s your leadership gap?

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Leaders often have far more power and impact than they realise. A recent conversation was a stark reminder of this fact. A friend mentioned an interaction with their direct report and shared their surprise at the team member’s reluctance to challenge their thinking. Now you may be thinking, ‘Really? It was a surprise that they weren’t […]

Mortgage Professional Australia: Why a little bit of stress is good for you

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Michelle was delighted to share her thoughts about why a little bit of stress is good for you, in this article written by Kate McIntyre for Mortgage Professional Australia. Feeling stressed? If you are a mortgage broker, chances are the answer is a resounding “yes.” But according to workplace expert Michelle Gibbings, a little bit […]

Helping organisations thrive podcast – Dealing with a bad boss

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Michelle was delighted to chat with Julian Roberts from the Helping Organisations Thrive podcast about how you can take bad boss conflict and turn it into a postive. Are you a bad boss? Do you work for a bad boss? Well, if you are either than take a listen to Michelle Gibbings who came on […]

My Business: Why boosting your business’s culture is more important than ever

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In this article for My Business, Michelle explains why business culture is more important than ever. As we entered 2021, there was a sense of excitement that the challenges of 2020 were behind us. However, we soon discovered the reality of the long road out of COVID-19, dashing hopes of quickly reverting to pre-COVID days. […]

In the Black: Stuck on the sidelines

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In this article for In The Black, Johanna Leggatt and I discuss how to handle the setback of being overlooked for a promotion. You have been sidelined and missed out on a promotion. Quite naturally, you feel unappreciated and confused. Most frustrating of all, you have the skills, the smarts and the drive to pull […]

Harvard Business Review: What to Do When Your Boss Is Ignoring You

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In this article for Harvard Business Review, Michelle suggests ways of what to do if your boss ignores you. Imagine this: You’re at the weekly brainstorming meeting with your team. Every time you share an idea, your boss brushes it aside or gives a cursory nod and moves ahead without any real reaction. Or worse, […]

IML: Back in the office: a leader’s role in rebuilding a culture of confidence

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When champagne corks were popping to ring in the New Year, many hoped that 2021 would farewell uncertainty and unpredictability. COVID-19’s long tail has dashed that hope, and employees and employers are grappling with establishing a new normal as workplace expectations have shifted. How do you find an approach that best meets your needs? Michelle […]

New Idea: 5 ways to jazz up your resume

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Michelle was invited by New Idea to share ways you can jazz up your CV to help you return to the workforce. Read her 5 tips in this article. Maybe the pandemic has affected your industry, or perhaps you’ve been out of the workforce to raise a family. When a person is looking for work, […]

Chief of Staff: Why you should put ‘we’ before ‘me’

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Working as part of a team might seem like it will slow you down. You might want to believe that you can do it all yourself. In this article for Chief of Staff Magazine, Michelle advises why embracing teamwork will benefit you. Would you prefer to work alone or as part of a team? It’s […]

Eight Golden Rules for Getting Ahead

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People often ask me, ‘What are some things I can do to get ahead at work?’ While the answer to that question has several caveats and is never precisely the same for everyone, there are a few golden rules. Get planning Set aside time to reflect on your goals and to work out what you […]

CEO Magazine: Workplace expert’s advice for securing your future employment

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In this article for CEO Magazine, Michelle explains how to maximize your future employment as most types of jobs (of today) won’t be around in the future.  Most future studies focus on the types of jobs that won’t be around, but workplace expert Michelle Gibbings explains that the emphasis should also be internal for those […]

Who is in your corner?

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With your role come stakeholders. Some might be easy to work with, others not so much. What’s common is they can make the progress you seek to make at work easier or harder. This is why it is crucial to know who’s in your corner, particularly if you are trying to change a system, process […]

Ten warning signs of bad leadership in your team

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It can be challenging as a leader to self-diagnose areas where you can do better. At times, it can be even harder to accurately assess the effectiveness (or otherwise) of the leaders in your team. Sometimes, senior leaders miss what’s going on. Why? The leader in your team might be adept at managing up, and […]

CEO World Magazine: Why saying thank you at work matters

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In this article for  CEO World Magazine I explain why it’s important to treat your team with respect. Read on. 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 […]

The AM Show: How to avoid workplace drama

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Michelle had a fabulous conversation with Duncan and the NZ AM morning show crew talking about workplace drama. How do you stay out of the office drama and build great working relationships? Thanks to The AM Show team for having Michelle on.    

Women’s Day: How to find part-time work

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Michelle was invited by Women’s Day magazine to share her tips, in this article, on how to find part-time work.  You may want to ease into retirement, or are seeking shorter working hours because you need to spend more time with children or ageing parents. Whatever the reason, if you’ve seeking part-time or more flexible […]

Mortgage Professional Magazine: Adapting leadership to a post-pandemic workforce

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In this article for Mortgage Professional Magazine, Michelle shares her ideas on how to adapt your leadership in a post-pandemic workforce. Since the social restrictions introduced in 2020 forced much of the Australian workforce to work from home, employers have been preparing for what the workforce will look like moving forward. Michelle Gibbings offers some […]