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Leading Your Team When You’re Having a Bad Day

blog Jul 28, 2021

There is this common misconception in leadership books, amongst leadership gurus and in the advice we hear – and that is that when you’re a leader, you aren’t allowed to have a bad day. You can’t be off your game, you can’t be feeling blah and you certainly can’t let anyone in on that.

 

I call BS on that.

 

We’re human, whether we run a business, or lead a team within a business, you have days when you’d to be honest, rather just not have to deal with people. Of course most of us don’t have that luxury – we have to show up for our team and get some work done. However, that doesn’t mean that you need to put on an act, pretend that you’re fine when you’re not or not acknowledge that you’re just not having the best day – for whatever reason.

 

In fact, doing this sets the wrong example for our team. If someone on your team is feeling a little off, or is otherwise distracted, for...

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Can Your Team Disconnect?

podcast Jul 27, 2021
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People Powered Business
Can Your Team Disconnect?
23:45
 
Hello and welcome to Episode 72 of the People Powered Business Podcast!
 
Today we’re unpacking a new phenomenon we’re seeing at work, thanks largely to increased technology and our move towards hybrid teams harnessing remote work – that is ‘availability creep’.
 
We all know the feeling, we hear the email come through on our phone whilst we’re getting the kids breakfast. It’s 7am, we know we don’t need to check it right now but we do, and then we have a knot in our stomach about the issue we just read about that we have to deal with in a couple of hours. No one is expecting us to read and respond to emails at all hours of the day and night, but because we can we do – and ultimately that leads to a failure to disconnect, and that is a fast track to burnout.
 
Studies show that this availability creep is starting to have a real impact on our teams, to the extend that some organisations are starting to legislate the...
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Leading During Uncertain Times

blog Jul 21, 2021

At the time of writing this here in Australia we are in the midst of the ongoing impact of COVID-19. It feels like a dance, the in and out of lockdown dance. Unlike the initial periods of impact this virus had on us, where we were ‘all in it together’ we are now quite often a country divided. Victoria has been in and out of lockdown more times than they care to count, Sydney are in the midst of a long drawn out period of restrictions and in fact right now more than half the population are currently under some form of restrictions.

With all of the uncertainty that the last 18 months has delivered, one thing that has proven certain is this: all businesses require great leaders to survive and flourish, and through a period of crisis in any organisation, economy or environment, it’s our business leaders who have the ability to really pull us through.

If you’re in a leadership role, whether it’s your business or someone else’s, that fact may feel like...

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Understanding and Cultivating Culture with Sarah Williams

podcast Jul 20, 2021
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People Powered Business
Understanding and Cultivating Culture with Sarah Williams
53:55
 
Hello and welcome to Episode 71 of the People Powered Business Podcast!
 
Today we welcomed a special guest to the podcast, workplace culture expert Sarah Williams.
 
Sarah shares with us how we can better understand and measure the culture within our organisations, and how we can work on building culture and engaging our team in the process.
 
If you’d like to connect with Sarah, she can be reached via any of the following ways:
 
 
As mentioned, if you’d like to connect with other businesses who are also juggling the challenges of teams, I’d love you to join us inside our free Facebook Group, HR Support for Australian Businesses, so I can learn more about what’s working for you and any challenges you might be having.
 
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6 Ways to Keep Your Hybrid Team Connected

blog Jul 13, 2021

At the time of writing this I myself am caught up in the Sydney 2021 ‘lockdown’ – despite the fact I live outside of Sydney, and like many it’s reminded me of how much the world of work has changed in the last 18 months.

 

I’ve spoken a lot about hybrid teams in recent months, because the big discussion has been around returning staff to physical offices and workplaces, whilst balancing their newfound sense of expectation around working from home becoming a new norm. In my view, the businesses who can balance their need to ‘see’ their staff in an office, with the teams work from home desires, will do best when it comes to retaining the best and brightest for their business. In fact, I heard just a couple of weeks ago about a big international corporate mandating no less than 3 days per week in office, which was causing much tension amongst their team who had all come to a common consensus that 2 days in office was sufficient and...

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Leading Well When You're Having a Bad Day

podcast Jul 13, 2021
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People Powered Business
Leading Well When You're Having a Bad Day
19:23
 
Hello and welcome to Episode 70 of the People Powered Business Podcast!
 
Today I’ve gone a little rogue and am having a discussion about something that’s not often spoken about – when we as leaders have a bad day. What should we do, and how can we show up and lead our team effectively when we’re in a bit of a funk.
 
I shared with you my 5 top tips or strategies you might want to tap into. These include:
  • Self care is not selfish;
  • Communicate with your team and own it;
  • Find things to do that lift your mood;
  • Take the pressure off;
  • Delegate and involve your team.
 
It’s ok that we have the odd bad day, it’s not the end of the world and we don’t need to feel guilty, but there are ways we can improve the day and get ourselves out of the ‘bad day’ funk.
 
 
If you’d like to connect with other businesses who are also juggling the challenges of teams, I’d love you to join us inside our free...
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Are they an Employee or a Contractor – 5 Questions to Ask Yourself

blog Jul 07, 2021

Small business and fast growing entrepreneurial organisations who are looking to service more clients and bigger projects faster and more efficiently have always been creative in how to manage this growth in their organisations.

 

One of the key strategies many small business use to facilitate growth in a low risk, cost effective way, is engaging contractors rather than employees to help meet their growing client demands. And there are lots of great arguments for why businesses should utilise this option.

 

However, with the prevalence of contract labour available, and the fact that this now seems to have become ‘common practice’ amongst small businesses, the line between what constitutes and employee and a contractor has become blurred in the eyes of many business owners. And those who don’t understand this are finding themselves caught in costly and potentially business destroying legal battles, purely because the right structure has not been put in...

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It's Time for a Mid Year Reset

podcast Jul 07, 2021
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People Powered Business
It's Time for a Mid Year Reset
19:05
 
Hello and welcome to Episode 69 of the People Powered Business Podcast!
 
This week we are discussing the importance of creating the time and space for a mid year reset with your team. So often we have great energy and momentum at the beginning of the year, and really engage our team in that, but by the middle of the year this can easily dip.
 
In this episode I share with 6 simple steps to an effective mid year reset with your team:
  • Get the team together
  • Reflect
  • Show gratitude
  • Re establish the vision
  • Create goals and milestones
  • Seek input from the team/
 
This is a great time of year to re set, refocus and create every opportunity for massive success in the second half of the year.
 
As mentioned, if you’d like to connect with other businesses who are also juggling the challenges of teams, I’d love you to join us inside our free Facebook Group, HR Support for Australian Businesses, so I can learn more about what’s working for you and any...
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Is it time for a mid-year reset?

blog Jun 29, 2021

Today is the end of the financial year, and for many businesses the plans, goals, strategies and projects they put in place at the beginning of the year may be just gradually moving along, or in some cases (thanks COVID) things may have been upended more than once.

 

At the beginning of the year we are typically all bright eyed and bushy tailed. We are refreshed from our traditional Christmas close down and break, we are motivated by our vision for the year ahead and excited to share it with our team.

 

For many of you that may have looked like a team planning and strategy day, where you got the whole team together, virtually or in person, to share the vision, get them excited and communicate clearly their role in making that happen.

 

That results in a great spike in engagement, as our teams all want to be part of something bigger, and when we can clearly articulate their roles in achieving that, and they can see what we’re working towards, they naturally get...

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Growing Your Business With A VA

podcast Jun 29, 2021
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People Powered Business
Growing Your Business With A VA
50:12
 
Hello and welcome to Episode 68 of the People Powered Business Podcast!
 
Today I have a special guest joining me on the podcast, my very own VA, Adrienne Donnelly, is joining me to talk about growing your business with the support of VA’s.
 
We discuss how to know it’s the right time to get yourself a VA, what sort of tasks you can easily outsource and most importantly how to set up a great working and communication structure with your VA.
 
As mentioned too, I have a special bonus for you today, a guide on the Must Ask Interview Questions you should ask when hiring a VA. Just like any staffing decision we make, selecting the right VA to work with can be daunting, this guide will help make sure you make the right decision, and have all the information you need to get the best VA for your business.
 
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