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Living in a permanent state of beta

I recently attended the World Business Forum in Sydney.
From the WBF website: “For twelve years, the World Business Forum has been a global source of inspiration, learning and transformation for leaders looking to build better businesses and a better world. In cities around the world we gather business icons, global leaders, brilliant minds and legendary CEOs to discuss the issues and trends that are shaping the future of business. Our program offers an incredible breadth of content, bringing you world-class speakers from diverse fields, all of whom have one objective in mind: To help you lead more effectively so as to […]

By |June 21st, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Living in a permanent state of beta

4 tips for creating a great work environment

The workplace is constantly evolving. In this day and age, there are a number of factors that most industry leaders would agree affect a potential new employee’s decision to come onboard with a company. Surprisingly, competitive salaries and benefits aren’t always at the top of the list. We’re at a point where employees are seeking one thing above all else in their job hunt—a happy, healthy, and productive work environment.

With the rise of the health and wellness industry, more and more people are recognizing the need for work/life balance and stress management. Workplaces that overlook these essential factors will […]

By |March 21st, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on 4 tips for creating a great work environment

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Being Proactive

With 2017 just around the corner, it’s the time of year when we reflect on the twelve months behind us and think about the many ways in which we’d like to grow and develop in the year ahead.

After all, most of us want to become better people in the New Year. We set goals or write down resolutions that will guide us and hopefully change us into individuals of whom we can be proud once another December comes again.

An incredibly popular goal during this season is simply the desire to finally accomplish our dreams, whatever those dreams might be. […]

By |December 5th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Being Proactive

The first stage of change

In my upcoming book, Thriving in Change (working title), one of the things I discuss are the many stages of change. In today’s blog, I want to give you an exclusive sneak peek at an excerpt from the book which deals with the first stage of change, which can often be the hardest one: letting go.

 

THE LETTING GO STAGE

The first step of change can sometimes be the most painful. In order to move through the change process, you will have to let go of something. Something must come to an end. This could be the end of a relationship, […]

How Will Upskilling Benefit Your Business and Your Employees?

Today’s article is from guest blogger Helen Sabell from the College for Adult Learning.

Nowadays, with technological advancements endlessly evolving and creating change within our businesses, it has become more crucial than ever to ensure your current skills and techniques are up to date. The more skilled your employees are, the easier it is for your business to obtain the level of productivity and efficiency essential to achieve success within your sector.

Adult online courses are becoming increasingly popular as companies are recognising that the skills of their employees serves as one of the most essential aspects to their companies. Companies […]

By |July 23rd, 2015|Uncategorized|Comments Off on How Will Upskilling Benefit Your Business and Your Employees?

The power of words

During the week I facilitated a change session for one of my clients. The client is going through a significant business transformation and the employees in the session were expressing varying degrees of emotion ranging from neutral to confusion to anger. Several people mentioned they were feeling very emotional and might struggle to keep their feelings in check during the session.

As part of the session, we brainstormed the opportunities presented by the change. As you might expect, the energy in the room shifted as people became curious, interested and then excited about the possibilities. As they drew mind maps […]

By |November 9th, 2012|Uncategorized|Comments Off on The power of words

Good boss / bad boss – is it them, or you?

I was reading a LinkedIn discussion recently from someone seeking help for a client who is intimidated by her boss and wanted resources and reading to help. Lots of replies had been posted, mostly along the lines of “bad boss – what needs to be changed is his behaviour”, until someone pointed out that everyone was jumping to the conclusion that the boss was at fault, and maybe the group should think about the client and her contribution to the issue.

What a great point.

When I work with clients who tell me they have difficulty interacting with someone because they […]

By |October 8th, 2012|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Good boss / bad boss – is it them, or you?

Developing your Emotional Intelligence – Part 4

If you have only just joined us in this series on Emotional Intelligence, you may want to start with reading the previous posts, starting with Part 1 http://shapingchange.com.au/blog/?p=73.

Read my previous blogs on EI at http://shapingchange.com.au/blog/?p=20 http://shapingchange.com.au/blog/?p=52    http://shapingchange.com.au/blog/?p=65

We have previously discussed the skills of RECOGNISING, USING and UNDERSTANDING emotions. Now let’s look at MANAGING emotions – the ability to effectively and constructively manage your emotions and the emotions of others, to incorporate emotions into thinking.

Chloe is highly effective at managing emotions – she connects with people and can energise or soothe, inspiring people to achieve. Brian is not effective at […]

By |September 27th, 2012|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Developing your Emotional Intelligence – Part 4

Developing your Emotional Intelligence – Part 3

If you have only just joined us in this series on Emotional Intelligence, you may want to start with reading the previous posts, starting with Part 1 http://shapingchange.com.au/blog/?p=73.

Read my previous blogs on EI at http://shapingchange.com.au/blog/?p=20 http://shapingchange.com.au/blog/?p=52    http://shapingchange.com.au/blog/?p=65

We have previously discussed the skills of RECOGNISING and USING emotions. Now let’s look at UNDERSTANDING emotions – the ability to predict emotional reactions and understand how emotions progress.

Picture this: Doug has been working hard on a project and he feels his boss, Angela, doesn’t value what he does. Angela is dismissive of Doug, cancels meeting with him (or stands him up, leaving […]

By |September 18th, 2012|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Developing your Emotional Intelligence – Part 3

Developing your Emotional Intelligence – Part 2

If you have only just joined us in this series on Emotional Intelligence, you may want to start with reading the previous posts, starting with Part 1 http://shapingchange.com.au/blog/?p=73.

Read my previous blogs on EI at http://shapingchange.com.au/blog/?p=20 http://shapingchange.com.au/blog/?p=52    http://shapingchange.com.au/blog/?p=65

Having previously looked at how to develop the skill of RECOGNISING, let’s look now at USING – the ability to understand the impact of emotions on thinking.

Picture this scenario. You attend an Executive meeting with your boss, Sarah, and it doesn’t go well. The CEO was highly critical of a paper she had presented and leaving the meeting it is obvious that Sarah […]

By |August 31st, 2012|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Developing your Emotional Intelligence – Part 2