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From leadership and company culture to self-improvement and current affairs, our blog offers practical tips and advice to help you learn and grow.  

Discover how to become a more effective leader, build a thriving team, and achieve your ambitions.  Among other things our blogs can help you to:

  • Discover how to build trust, create a healthy workplace culture, and keep your employees engaged.
  • Develop a positive mindset,   cultivate resilience, build confidence, and maintain a healthy work-life balance.

Karen writes about things that inspire her in a hope they will inspire you too.  Ultimately she’s strive to help you to become a more effective leader, a successful individual, and a well-rounded citizen of the world.

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Building Confidence: Tips to Elevate Your Self-Esteem

Building Confidence: Tips to Elevate Your Self-Esteem

I’m often saddened by how many of my clients lack confidence and even low self regard.  All too often I am able to see their strengths and potential, when they don’t.  Even when I encourage them to recognise their own gifts and value to their employer, they resist.   

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The Power of Autonomy

The Power of Autonomy

Working with a client recently to redesign their Performance and Development Plans, I was reminded of the incredible insights on human motivation offered by Dan Pink in his groundbreaking book, Drive: The Surprising Truth About WhatMotivates Us.

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Staying Focused in a Busy Job with Loads of Competing Priorities

Staying Focused in a Busy Job with Loads of Competing Priorities

In today's fast-paced work environment, it's not uncommon for people to find themselves submerged in a sea of tasks, with each wave threatening to pull our focus away from essential priorities. The constant influx of emails, unexpected meetings, and looming deadlines can make it challenging to stay on track.  It’s a challenge most of the leaders we work with face.   

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Cultivating Patience: Steps to Being a Calmer You

Cultivating Patience: Steps to Being a Calmer You

Let’s face it people and life can be frustrating at times.  Patience hasn’t always been my strength so I can empathise with the many leaders I work with who struggle to be patient when faced with the challenges inherent in influencing the performance of teams, progress of priorities and achievement of results.   

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Why Visualization Is a Powerful Tool for Building Confidence and Enabling Success

Why Visualization Is a Powerful Tool for Building Confidence and Enabling Success

As a Martial Artist one of tools we used to build confidence and courage, as well as ready ourselves for competing was visualization.  Putting it simply, visualization works because of its ability to tap into our brain's intricate networks, priming it for success and influencing our emotions, decisions, and actions.  

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Being Assertive

Being Assertive

Assertiveness is often misinterpreted as aggression or arrogance. In reality, it's a balanced, respectful way of expressing your views or standing up for your rights.  While aggression may violate others' boundaries, assertiveness respects both your own rights and those of others. It's a middle ground between passivity and aggression. 

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Making Remote Working Work

Making Remote Working Work

Remote work has now found its firm footing in the business world. As a manager, optimizing the productivity, communication, and well-being of remote teams can feel like a big challenge. However, with the right strategies in place, it's possible to create a thriving remote work environment. Here are ten steps you can take to make remote working work well for your team. 

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Navigating Difficult Conversations: Addressing a Team Member's Poor Attitude

Navigating Difficult Conversations: Addressing a Team Member's Poor Attitude

Having a conversation about a team member's poor attitude can be one of the more challenging aspects of people leadership. It’s common for the leaders I work with to avoid or put off conversations about attitudes that are undermining team morale, productivity or performance.  

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2 Things That Make the Biggest Difference When It Comes to Building a Cohesive Team

2 Things That Make the Biggest Difference When It Comes to Building a Cohesive Team

Great teams are always cohesive and united in their pursuit of common goals. The strength and extent of interpersonal connection existing among the members of a group is the biggest indicator of whether a group is likely to succeed together.   

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Be and Work for a Family-Friendly Leader

Be and Work for a Family-Friendly Leader

Maintaining a balance between the demands of your job and those of your family life comes down to the decisions you make. Your ability to maintain balance is ultimately a reflection of what you choose to prioritise, who you choose to work for and what you choose to accept.   

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Enabling Beliefs

Enabling Beliefs

Reflect for a moment on the ways in which the beliefs you hold influence the choices you make in life, including at work.  Do the things you believe about your capabilities inspire you to step forward and take on new challenges, or do they hold you back?  How often do you allow limiting beliefs to cause you to hesitate to give things a go or speak up with confidence?   

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What To Do About Unreliable People

What To Do About Unreliable People

Are you frustrated by the impacts unreliable employees have on the spirit and performance of your team?  If so, you’re far from alone. Many of the leaders we work with complain of the need to manage people who drop the ball just when they are needed most. Tardiness, absenteeism, missed deadlines and inconsistent standards of work quality are common concerns.   

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Knowing When to Surrender

Knowing When to Surrender

Reflect on how many fights you are actively engaged in right now. With yourself, family members or colleagues. To be clear, by fight, I mean being in a state of struggle in which we are resisting or working to overcome, eliminate or prevent our circumstances.   

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Strong Foundations

Strong Foundations

It’s quite extraordinary how one 'aha' moment can have a massive impact on our thinking, emotions and actions.  The most recent example for me happened during a three-day immersive development retreat.

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New Podcast

New Podcast

NEW PODCAST LIVE!!!

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Motivation Myth

Motivation Myth

While having lunch with my son recently he proclaimed, “Mum, I think motivation is a myth”.  He went on to explain that he doesn’t believe motivation is what enables us to get started, but rather a feeling that builds when we achieve forward momentum or a sense of progress. 

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What to Do When You Get the Hiring Decision Wrong

What to Do When You Get the Hiring Decision Wrong

Let’s face it. When we get hiring decisions wrong the consequences can be painful. Lost time, money and productivity together with low morale and damaged relationships are among the most common impacts I see.

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No Regrets: Living Life Like There Are Few Tomorrows

No Regrets: Living Life Like There Are Few Tomorrows

Bronnie Ware is an Australian nurse who spent several years working in palliative care, looking after patients in the last 12 weeks of their lives. She recorded her patient’s dying epiphanies in her blog, which thanks to the attention it received led to the release of her book The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing. 

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6 Steps to Harnessing Discretionary Effort

6 Steps to Harnessing Discretionary Effort

So many of the leaders I work with are frustrated by failed attempts to lift the energy and contribution of their team.  People plodding along doing no more than they absolutely must is all too familiar and a common challenge across the diverse range of industries we work with.   

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Combating Unconscious Bias

Combating Unconscious Bias

Searching for information about the impacts of unconscious biases on people at work, I came across an article titled ‘Physical Attractiveness Bias in Employee Termination’ by Melissa Commisso and Lisa Finkelstein from the Department of Psychology at Northern Illinois University.

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Why Thank You Matters More Than Money

Why Thank You Matters More Than Money

How do you feel when someone says thank you?  Whether it be for our efforts, or achievements, most people appreciate being told they are appreciated. Assuming sincerity in its delivery, a simple ‘thank you’ can go a long way to making people feel valued and respected.   

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Why Itís OK to Talk About Not Being OK

Why Itís OK to Talk About Not Being OK

The first time I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety the strongest emotion I felt was embarrassment. When my husband shared ‘the news’ with another family member I was devastated, convinced what would follow was unwanted pity and ultimately loss of respect from people I care about.

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Avoiding Burnout When You're Connected 24/7

Avoiding Burnout When You're Connected 24/7

When was the last time you spent a day completely disconnected from technology? How often do you check emails outside of work hours?  Is your attention constantly grabbed by apps that notify you of everything going on in your world, as it happens? 

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New Podcast Episode!

New Podcast Episode!

There is a brand new Work Savvy episode ready for your ear holes!

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Giving Yourself the Best Chance of Success Each Day

Giving Yourself the Best Chance of Success Each Day

Success doesn’t come easily. No matter how much it might seem like some people have it lucky and seem to achieve everything they want to, the simple reality is everyone needs to do the work needed to land in the places that they want to.   

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New LinkedIn Group

New LinkedIn Group

Join our new LinkedIn community group!

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Take the Pain Early

Take the Pain Early

Have you ever avoided change because it feels too hard to go through the pain inherent in making it happen? 

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Choosing Our Attitude

Choosing Our Attitude

Travelling home from Sydney recently I was reminded of how much power we have to choose the version of reality we experience.

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NEW PODCAST ALERT!

NEW PODCAST ALERT!

Work Savvy is back this week for episode 21 with Ros from Neural Networks to discuss the link between EQ and team culture. 
 

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Sick of the 'Sickie'?

Sick of the 'Sickie'?

The issue of the ‘sickie’ was raised by a client recently who has been struggling to get people to consistently turn up for work at a time when roles have been especially hard for them to fill.  Staff shortages are putting enormous pressure on the team and the last thing they need is people dishonestly using their personal leave. 

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New Podcast

New Podcast

Want to learn about culture and corporate governance?

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Value Adding Performance Management

Value Adding Performance Management

It doesn’t matter how well-designed a performance management system is, unless it is effectively applied it will add little to no value. What matters most is the approach people leaders take every day to get the best from each person on their team.

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Bad Blood

Bad Blood

Among my favourite pastimes is reading books about business leaders and organisations. I’m especially intrigued by stories of corporate corruption and how seriously dodgy leaders manage to get away with the things that they do, for as long as they do.

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Growing Emotional Intelligence

Growing Emotional Intelligence

How emotionally intelligent are you? This is a particularly difficult question for most of us to answer. 

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Shifting Culture Webinar

Shifting Culture Webinar

Register now for our last free webinar for 2021. Come and join us! TOMORROW - Wednesday 15th of December, at 12pm AEDT. 

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CEO Fires 900 Staff on a Zoom Call...

CEO Fires 900 Staff on a Zoom Call...

In case you’ve missed it in the news, the latest staggeringly poor example of business leadership is brought to us courtesy of Better.com CEO Vishal Garg. 

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Assessing Character Through the Hiring Process

Assessing Character Through the Hiring Process

Getting hiring decisions wrong is an undeniably costly exercise. The drain on time, energy, morale and drag on progress can be immense.

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Diagnosing Performance Issues

Diagnosing Performance Issues

Register now for our fourth webinar. Come and join us! Wednesday 24th of November, at 12 pm AEST. 

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Lessons Learned from Viktor Frankl's 'Man's Search for Meaning

Lessons Learned from Viktor Frankl's 'Man's Search for Meaning

Recently I finished reading Viktor Frankl’s famous book ‘Man’s Search for Meaning’ and was reminded of just how much power we each have to choose how we perceive and experience reality. 

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Executing a Strategy Through Your People

Executing a Strategy Through Your People

Did you miss our second live webinar?

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Webinar 2 - Executing a Strategy Through Your People

Webinar 2 - Executing a Strategy Through Your People

Register now for our second webinar. Come and join us! Wednesday 29th of September, at 11:30 am AEST. 

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Just Deal with It Already!

Just Deal with It Already!

Contemplate for a moment on how often you avoid dealing with the problems you need to.  Now ask yourself how well that typically turns out - for you, your team, or even your business. In my experience avoidance simply prolongs agony and often makes things worse.  All too often the people I work with hesitate to address issues and ultimately pay a price.  Energy, time, money and momentum are all lost when roadblocks to success are tolerated, ignored or simply put in the ‘too hard to deal with right now’ basket.

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Leveraging Executive Assistants Well

Leveraging Executive Assistants Well

This week the Corporate Dojo team and I are very excited to be launching our freshly minted 'The Influential EA of the future program. Among the most common things I work to support CEOs and business owners to achieve, is creating the capacity and mindsets they need to focus on doing their own job.  All too often the leaders I work with at all levels of an organisation’s hierarchy are operating at one or two levels beneath where their focus needs to be.   

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Are You Biting Off More Than You Can Chew?

Are You Biting Off More Than You Can Chew?

While working with a client recently he said to me “we’re like a python that has swallowed a cow”.  Apart from making me hearty laugh, his comment also made me reflect on all the people and businesses I work with that fit that description. 

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Dealing with Reality

Dealing with Reality

If nothing else what the COVID-19 pandemic has revealed is a need for many of us to learn to deal with reality in ways that are good for our health. While it’s understandable that a lot of people have felt fearful, disappointed or frustrated, the simple truth is there is very little we can do to change the circumstances we all find ourselves in.

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