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 […]

GRC Professional: Why too much cohesion is bad for you – and the organisation

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In this article written for GRC Professional, Michelle explains that too much cohesion can be unhealthy. When team members are unwilling to challenge or disagree with each other, it’s a warning sign for leaders that something is wrong. There are many instances in which sections of corporate Australia haven’t lived up to community expectations. The […]

Which frame are you choosing?

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There is a famous Native American story, which goes like this… One evening, an old Cherokee tells his grandson that inside all people a battle goes on between two wolves. One wolf is negativity: anger, sadness, stress, contempt, disgust, fear, embarrassment, guilt, shame and hate. The other is positivity: joy, gratitude, serenity, hope, pride, amusement, […]

Are you the worst boss you’ve ever worked for?

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There’s a saying that ‘People don’t leave their job, they leave their boss’. Regardless of where you sit in the organisational hierarchy, your relationship with your boss impacts you – be it productivity or satisfaction levels, or well-being. A UK study found that forty percent of survey participants didn’t think their boss was good at their job, […]

Is your workspace bringing out your best?

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You wake up the sun is shining, and you are looking out onto the vast expanse of the ocean. You are going for a walk surrounded by flowers and greenery. You walk into a room that is beautifully decorated. In all these situations you will feel something: happy, joyful, motivated, inspired or another emotion. We […]

Why too much consensus is bad for you

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Technology is changing all aspects of how people work and live, with the inevitable result being constant and rapid change in the workplace. It’s commonly accepted that organisational change and transformation requires culture change to support and sustain it. The question that naturally follows is: what type of culture does the organisation need? Leaders often think […]

Nice guys don’t finish last!

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There’s a famous saying “Nice guys finish last”.  It’s widely attributed to a US baseball legend Leo Durocher who spent many years as manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants. It’s a saying that has entered popular lexicon. It implies that to be successful you should only look after yourself. It suggests that for […]

L&D Professional: The antidote to change barriers in the workplace


“A 2010 Harvard study found that a lack of progress is one of the biggest de-motivators in the workplace.” To be able to progress in complex environments you need to be able to cope with change and thrive through it. The Learning and Development Professional website offers my full article. You can find it by […]