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Do you need to see your team at their desks to trust they’re doing the work?

Be honest, are you a tiny bit uncomfortable with your staff working from home, out of sight, where you can’t see them? You wouldn’t be the only one. Let’s face it, many of us come from an environment where our time behind the desk equals our value as an employee, how productive we are, etc. 

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Team Motivation

Motivated Team

No matter where you are in Australia, some level of lockdown or restriction is probably impacting your team. It’s all starting to feel like 2020 all over again, isn’t it? And the truth is, it can be hard to motivate our teams in these circumstances. But motivation is not something you can do to people.

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Handling difficult conversations with confidence and ease

Difficult Conversations - How to overcome them

I love difficult conversations – said no one ever. But when you’re a leader, difficult conversations are part of the deal. And these days, they’re made even more difficult by the fact that we can’t even have them in person, and pick up on nuances and read each other’s cues. Still, difficult conversations are not

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Beyond the Bowls Day – effective team building without the warm and fuzzies

In a recent conversation with a General Manager, he mentioned that, if he knew there was a significant change coming up for his company, he would organise extra ‘team building’ to help people get through it. His idea of team building was to organise a lawn bowls day, maybe give everyone a free day off and offer them company time to work on the Not for Profit of their choice. He knew that these things didn’t change anything but didn’t understand why.

His mistake is a common one; the idea that, by giving people something, they will feel more positive about work and therefore more able to cope with whatever happens there. If only we were that uncomplicated.

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Busy projects going nowhere

Ever wonder why things don’t happen when you have been doing so much?  Sometimes busyness is confused with achievement and we continue to do things without realising that we may be missing the mark.

Recently I worked with a client who had been trying to implement a project for over three years.  There had been extensive work done on the project and they had frameworks, structures, maps and detailed plans.  Yet virtually no one in the business was doing things the new way and one of the senior leadership team had openly declared it was not his problem.

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