Professional Development

Getting help to take the next big career leap

  Are you at a career crossroads? You may be thinking about moving to a new industry or sector to climb the corporate ladder? Or are you looking for a complete career change or at starting your own business? Many of us don’t take the leap or delay it unnecessarily. We aren’t sure of the…

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Following the numbers – Financial Acumen

Leadership and management teams need to have business acumen, not just vision and leadership skills. I made this point when I was the guest speaker at a recent, Leadership in the Spotlight seminar held locally. Leaders and managers need people skills, implementation skills and, importantly, financial and numeracy skills. At the seminar, the discussion turned…

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Time to pull the plug on old school reviews

USELESS: Box-ticking is funny on Utopia, but excruciating in real life. If your organisation is still carrying out traditional annual performance reviews, stop. You’re wasting time and money, and possibly being counter-productive. I’m talking about those painful, annual formal meetings that managers and their employees usually loathe. Set questions are mechanically asked and scores given…

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How to battle bullying at work

Are you battling inappropriate workplace behaviour, even bullying? It is a major work health and safety issue. According to Safe Work Australia, 9.4 per cent of Australian workers have experienced workplace bullying in the previous six months. It is costly in terms of lost productivity and workers’ compensation. $22,600 is the median cost for accepted…

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Networking for Introverts and a Side Note for Extroverts

If you ask the question introvert or extrovert in any group you’re sure to find people readily self-identify and then commence giving examples and even excuses for their behavior ‘oh I know I’m a party animal that’s because I’m an extrovert’, or ‘I turn down social invitations regularly but my friends understand because I’m an…

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Managing Staff is Not Parenting

What’s your reaction when individuals or organisations consider their employees to be ‘children’ and the workforce to be their ‘family’? We often form strong bonds with colleagues and the reference to family is associated with well-intentioned care for colleagues. However, there are serious pitfalls in assuming the way we function in our family setting is…

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Book: Who Moved My Cheese

I remember first reading this book around 15 years ago. With 1000’s of books on leadership and change management published each year there is a danger in thinking that old (first published in 1998) books with a simple story have little to offer. In this case, I think it’s the simplicity that allows the reader…

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Bring Back Business Management

A number of Hunter businesses and organisations are facing a problem I am seeing across the country. They have people in senior positions who are technically brilliant or inspiring leaders but struggle to gain both employee engagement and business outcomes. Before people bang their coffee cup down or click the page, having people who have…

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Balancing Leadership Styles

My team and I are working with a number of clients to build leadership capability. With a large financial services organisation, we’re moving from a highly transactional management style to a leader as coach style. At the moment their managers ‘tell’ their team members what to do, micromanaging tasks and outcomes. They want empowered team…

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What does it take to be a Powerfully Positive Leader?

In our previous blog post, we outlined the 3 strategies required to become a Positive Outlier. We also made the point that the realm of the positive outlier is not confined to leadership roles, anyone at anytime can be a positive outlier, at work or in their personal life. However, we do believe that to be…

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