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Welcome Gen Z! It’s great to have you here

blog May 12, 2021

I love exploring generational differences, both in the workplace and generally in society. Whilst of course there are some generalisations that get applied, and not every member of every generation has the same foundational experiences, but it’s hard to miss the fact that there are certain changes, events and experiences which form the behaviours, attitudes and beliefs of new generations.


Whilst we’ve all heard more opinions than most of us care to imagine about the Millennials (otherwise known as Gen Y), who have really mixed it up inside workplaces, we’ve been a little quieter and more reserved when it comes to Gen Z.


So to you Gen Z – welcome to the workplace, it’s fabulous to have you here, and I for one can’t wait to see the impact you are going to make on how we work, how we approach careers and how we can do things differently and better.


If you’re wondering who Gen Z is – they are the generation born...

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Gen Z In The Workplace

podcast May 11, 2021
People Powered Business
Gen Z In The Workplace
Hello and welcome to Episode 61 of the People Powered Business Podcast!
Today we discussed a one of my favourite things to chat about, mainly because I am so interested in human behaviour and trends, and how we see this play out at work, and that is generations in the workplace. Specifically today we spoke about Gen Z.
Gen Z are our first generation of true digital natives, being born between 1995 and 2009, they have grown up in the era of iPhones and iPads and integrate tech into everything. Yet, interestingly, they also crave social and human interaction, especially in the workplace.
Today we discussed not only the general traits of Gen Z, but also what to expect from them in the workplace and how to get the most out of them.
I referred in this discussion to an article by research company McCrindle, you can read that article here >>> McCrindle Research Article
As I mentioned, I would love to hear about your experienced in having Gen...
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Imagine It – A 4 Day Work Week – Every Week!

blog May 05, 2021

Don’t you just love those weeks where you have a Public Holiday (especially on either the Monday or the Friday), but any day, and you only need to run your operations, lead your team and be present in your business for 4 days of the week? As a bonus, how much do your team love those weeks?


Interestingly, I’m going to ask you to reflect on something – how much less productivity happens in those weeks? Does 80% of the work get done, or is it much closer to 100% productivity squeezed into less time? I am willing to guess that the vast majority of you are going to say closer to 100%.


Isn’t that interesting … 80% of the time ‘at work’, 100% of the tasks and objectives achieved.


So, should you make all of your team part time, as they’re obviously dilly dallying for around 7-8 hours per week right? The short answer I am going to give you is no, I don’t think you should cut their hours along with their salary and...

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How Great Is A 4 Day Week?

podcast May 05, 2021
People Powered Business
How Great Is A 4 Day Week?
Hello and welcome to Episode 60 of the People Powered Business Podcast!
Today we discussed a concept which may seem a little strange to some of you, the 4 day work week. Taking a full time role and getting the same results achieved in just 4 days, or 80% of the time.
Championed by Andrew Barnes, after successfully implementing the model during his time with Perpetual Guardian, we discussed the various models of the 4 day work week, and how this could look and work within your business.
Of course before considering a change like this to your workplace there are a few key things we need. In today’s episode we discussed my top tips that you may need to consider before embarking on adopting this structure in your business:
  • Understand how to measure productivity;
  • Build and nurture trusting teams;
  • Trial and consult.
If you’re interested in learning more about the model Andrew Barnes speaks about, you can grab a copy of this book on this topic here...
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Is Imposter Syndrome Holding Your Best Employee Back?

blog Apr 28, 2021

No doubt you have heard of the term ‘imposter syndrome’ before, but have you ever heard of it when it comes to our teams, our employees, amongst our staff? Most commonly as business owners, entrepreneurs and leaders we might talk amongst ourselves about this feeling which we refer to as imposter syndrome, but I don’t hear business owners discussing this as something which might be impacting their staff.


Before we consider how this might play out within our teams, let’s first understand what specifically it is we’re referring to here.


The term Imposter Syndrome was coined in 1978 by Psychologists Pauline Rose Clance and Suzanne Imes who explored the idea that people with this feel like they have only succeeded due to luck, not because of their talent or qualifications. The Oxford Dictionary succinctly defines it as the persistent inability to believe that one's success is deserved or has been legitimately achieved as a result of...

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Identifying Imposter Syndrome in Your Team

podcast Apr 28, 2021
People Powered Business
Identifying Imposter Syndrome in Your Team
Hello and welcome to Episode 59 of the People Powered Business Podcast!
Today we had a great discussion about a topic that we haven’t covered on the podcast before – Imposter Syndrome.
Now many of us as entrepreneurs, leaders, business owners and managers may have come up against imposter syndrome ourselves before, but what about our team? Do we know how to spot it and identify it within our team? I think it’s something we often haven’t thought about, or wouldn’t be sure how to identify it and help the employee overcome this.
I recently became aware of the work of Dr. Valerie Young, an expert in this field, who has identified 5 different types of imposter syndrome that may occur in our teams. She speaks and writes about how to identify these and what you might be able to do to assist employees in overcoming this imposter feeling.
In todays episode we unpacked the five types and Dr. Young’s suggestions for helping...
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Celebrating 15 Years - Learning to Juggle

blog Apr 21, 2021

As I have shared in recent weeks, I have spent some time over the last month about the fact that I recently celebrated 15 years of being in the world of entrepreneurship and business. And WOW what a ride it has been!


The things I thought I knew but didn’t, the things I had learnt that I never thought I’d need to use that came in handy, the wins, challenges, fun and hard stuff. There is no doubt that being in business is not dissimilar riding a roller coaster most of the time – except you’ve got the controls in your hands.


In recent weeks I have shared the key lessons that I have really taken on about leaderships and teams – because hey, that’s what I’m all about, but today is a little different. Today is about the real lessons, the life lessons, the things most people don’t talk about, but I’m going to.


Learning to juggle has been imperative, and I’m a pretty good multitasker naturally. But the juggle...

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15 Years Part 3 - Learning to Juggle

podcast Apr 21, 2021
People Powered Business
15 Years Part 3 - Learning to Juggle
Today's episode is part 3 of a 3 part series – where I am sharing 15 of the most important lessons I’ve learnt in my 15 years in business.
Today we focused on the art of the juggle – the juggle that is business, but also the juggle of being an entrepreneur and business owner, as well as real human – a parent, a partner, a family member and a friend.
Here are my 5 top lessons (although I’ve learnt many many more):
  • Work life balance is bullshit;
  • No one in your life cares how hard it is, surround yourself by people who get it;
  • Self care is not selfish;
  • Stop being a martyr;
  • Drop the guilt.
As mentioned I also have an invitation for you, to join us in our free Facebook Group, HR Support for Australian Businesses.
As always, if you have questions, comments or would like to start a conversation head on over to Facebook where you can ask a question, make a comment or send me a message directly:
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Celebrating 15 Years – Triumphant Teams

blog Apr 14, 2021

As I shared last week, recently I was reflecting on the fact that it has been 15 years since I threw in the towel on a stable, well paid, leadership position with a multi national organisation to set up my own business, and so the Footprint brand was born.


Whilst I may have been anything but the text book approach, I knew what I wanted to do and just went head first in. Whilst I had some skills, plenty of grit and a no nonsense approach to success being inevitable, I can’t say that there hasn’t been hurdles to overcome along the way.


One of the key lessons I’ve learnt in these 15 years is the importance of your team – your employees, the contractors and suppliers you work with, the mentors and advisors you seek support from and everyone else that is part of this journey.


Now I’d been building high performing, successful teams since I was a teenager, so this wasn’t news to me, but there are certainly some lessons that I have...

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15 Years Part 2 - Triumphant Teams

podcast Apr 14, 2021
People Powered Business
15 Years Part 2 - Triumphant Teams

Hello and welcome to Episode 57 of the People Powered Business Podcast!

Today's episode is part 2 of a 3 part series – where I am sharing 15 of the most important lessons I’ve learnt in my 15 years in business.

Today we focused on teams, specifically the most impactful lessons I have learnt about building talented, triumphant and winning teams.

Here are my 5 top lessons (although I’ve learnt many many more):

  • You can’t outrun a bad hire;
  • If you don’t expect too much from them you might not be let down;
  • Trust is everything;
  • They need boundaries, and you need to uphold them;
  • They need a few key things from us, so listen in hard.

Also mentioned in this episode was episode 29 “If you don’t expect too much from me, you might not be let down”
Listen to Episode 29 here.

As well as episode 10 ‘Are you tolerating too much’ with special guest Shandra Moran
Listen to Episode 10 here.


In addition, I extended an invitation for you...

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