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It’s Like Rain on Your Wedding Day

It’s Like Rain on Your Wedding Day

Last Friday, across Sydney and much of the east coast there was flash flooding as we received a battering of rain and intense storms. Over the weekend we saw flooding of the Hawkesbury region again, as other areas were restored to power and people cleaned up their...

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Managing Time

Managing Time

There’s a reason I have always played team sport and exercised with friends. If it was up to me to schedule a gym session or go for a jog, then I know it just wouldn’t happen. Recently, I was introduced to a clever concept by Chris Freeman (Design a Decade). He...

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Blame the Mothers!

Blame the Mothers!

Some of you may have heard of the drama triangle. I was reminded of it recently while traveling when I received individual notifications from each of my children to tell me they were fighting with one of the other siblings. I should point out that all 3 of my kids are...

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Culture Shaper

Culture Shaper

Whether you realise it or not, if you are a manager, supervisor, or leader of any type, you are contributing to the culture of the organisation in which you work. But have you ever thought about what you’d like that culture to be? New starters in the workforce...

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Who Needs a Coach?

Who Needs a Coach?

My favourite sport is tennis. I’ve played it since I was a kid(bottom left in the photo). Yet I am far from perfect at the sport. Recently I attended a group coaching session with a few friends. No matter what age I am, and how much I have played, I always walk away...

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Women of Influence

Women of Influence

One of my favourite movies is Hidden Figures, about the amazing African-American women engineers and mathematicians behind the NASA space race. I watched the movie in awe and envy of their amazing minds, their courage and the impact they made despite the prejudice of...

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Build your EQ Muscles

Build your EQ Muscles

If you desire a better job, higher pay, to be more effective in your management role, or just want to be happier, then perhaps you are considering building your emotional intelligence muscles. Emotional intelligence is commonly broken down into the following 4 skills:...

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What’s your EQ?

What’s your EQ?

Who would you rather work with — Nick Kyrgios or Ash Barty? Both born in April (1996 and 1995 respectively), both Australian tennis players who showed amazing potential from a young age, yet only Ash Barty made it to the position of World No. 1, and only Ash Barty won...

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3 Challenges for New Managers

3 Challenges for New Managers

We are currently trying to recruit a coach for our soccer team. The candidate must know all about soccer (even if they can no longer play themselves). They need to be able to work out each player’s strengths and place them in a position on the field that complements...

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Take Risks

Take Risks

Last week, I watched on the TV news as 4 teenage boys were rescued from the rocks after jumping into a blow hole. One of the boys was injured, and the surf was so big that the local surf lifesavers couldn’t reach them by boat. They sent one lifesaver (a teenage girl)...

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Systems Amplify Us

Systems Amplify Us

This week I have been in New Zealand, talking about how small businesses face a growth hump before they can become medium businesses, and also how medium businesses face a similar hump on their way to becoming large businesses. Looking around the countryside here,...

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What’s Old is New Again!

What’s Old is New Again!

If you’re as ‘wise’ as me, you’ll remember terry towelling from the 70’s! Some of you will hold it with warm regard as a soft and comfortable fabric, others will shudder at the memory of childhood fashion faux pas inflicted on them by their parents. What a great...

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Life Goals or Work Goals

Life Goals or Work Goals

What’s it like to work at your company? Do you and your managers think about the alignment of an individual’s goals with company goals? Or are you too busy doing the doing; too busy playing small to grow and expand? When an individual’s life goals are acknowledged and...

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Playing Small

Playing Small

Earlier this year, I was tasked with giving a eulogy. Apart from the sadness of the occasion it was a wonderful time for reflection on a very long life of achievement; not of any remarkable academic or sporting or business success, as on the surface it seemed a humble...

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The Myth of Multitasking

The Myth of Multitasking

Are you a list person? On the weekend my daughter was feeling a tad overwhelmed by all the items she had on her list. When she showed me the list, I noticed towards the top was Take a Shower. Do you really need that on your list I exclaimed?! Of course, what she was...

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Racetrack or 4WD

Racetrack or 4WD

They say the way you drive says a lot about you. No idea if that’s true, but I’m sure it hints of truth, and if you’re not into cars I think you’ll still follow this analogy. Do you sometimes feel like you’re living your life in a racing car — driving very fast, but...

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The Microscope and the Telescope

The Microscope and the Telescope

Can you see the future? I used to be intrigued and bemused by people who called themselves “Futurists”, yet recently I have been very tempted to take on that title myself. For the benefit of readers, I have included a definition (albeit from Wikipedia). Futurists...

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Christmas is Coming, Buddy!

Christmas is Coming, Buddy!

At the beginning of this year, I had the grand intention of having a hit of tennis once a week with my husband. Has it happened? Not once! What I’ve realised is, that unless we set the goal together and then commit to it by booking the course for a term, it ain't...

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Be Prepared

Be Prepared

10 years ago, I participated in my first ever 50km Coastrek, from Palm Beach to Balmoral Beach in Sydney. I was in one of two teams of friends who had decided to enter in this event to raise funds for the Fred Hollows foundation. Our two teams often trained...

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Can Leadership be Audited?

Can Leadership be Audited?

In the management system standards such as ISO31000, ISO9001, ISO45001, ISO14001, and ISO27001 there is a clause on Leadership. The wording differs slightly between standards but essentially it requires organizational leadership to be accountable for the:...

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Why ISO Standards?

Why ISO Standards?

Last week I ran the RMIA’s online Enterprise Risk Management course. We had a great bunch of students, and at the end I asked each of them to think of 3 actions they would take away to implement after the course. To hold them accountable I paired them up and asked...

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What’s Your Exit?

What’s Your Exit?

One of the joys of the work I do is to work directly with the owners of small-medium businesses. Their approaches are very different depending on their funding model. For example, where there is venture capital for a start-up, there is usually a requirement for a...

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Stay Standing When Others Fall

Stay Standing When Others Fall

Have you ever used the expression “doing a Bradbury”? I love how that moved into the Australian vernacular after the 2002 Winter Olympics when Steven Bradbury became the first Australian to win Gold at a Winter Olympics. Recently, I was recalling that event to my...

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I Hate Procedures!

I Hate Procedures!

Over the years, I have worked with a few start-ups and scale-ups, and it is an interesting journey as the business matures. Start-ups are often staffed by extremely intelligent people who are happy to ‘make up the rules’ as they go. As the business grows, more staff...

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