The Balancing Act

COVID-19 has forced change upon us all. Suddenly things we took for granted and the day to day routine of our lives changed overnight.      

Many office-based staff shifted to working from home with minimal transition time or support. Amidst this change, tips and tricks for working from home, technology upgrades and training became our focus.     

The Art of Persuasion

It is no coincidence that when you walk into Woolworths, the smell of baking fills the air causing your stomach to grumble. Scent marketing has been used for many years; after all, my grandmother used the scent of dinner cooking to call her children home for the evening.

Leading from a Web-Cam

Most leaders are relatively confident when presenting face-to-face, even to large audiences when they perform on stage. However, many leaders need to improve their skills when presenting through videoconferencing. A phenomenon that has quickly become essential for many during this period of social distancing.  

I have spent a career training and preparing leaders to master communication. The following advice will not go astray post-COVID-19 as experts predict a major portion of the workforce will continue to work from home in a post-COVID-19 era.

Leading Legal Innovation

As high-profile defamation cases continue to settle and outdated defamation laws begin to catch up to technology, the way Australians access the law remains archaic.

On February 7th, 2020, a landmark legal case settled awarding Adelaide lawyer, Gordon Cheng a $750,000 defamation payout. Mr Cheng had received an onslaught of defamatory reviews from an independent party who had never been a client. Mr Cheng suffered significant mental health issues and financial hardship, losing approximately 80 per cent of his former clients.

Fostering Strong Teams

Despite the geographical separation most of us are suddenly grappling with, leadership is still about people. So in some ways, nothing has changed.  The age-old principles still apply and  great leadership is always about winning hearts and minds, communicating, and building psychological safety through fostering mutual trust, respect and support.

Talking Heads

I can’t do that. What! No, silly, you got this, what if don’t. It’s everyone else. What is wrong with me? I’m awesome! That depends… who is this?
Sounds confusing? That’s because it can be. Mind chatter and your internal monologue can be enormously overwhelming. If I was to ask you to lock yourself in your own mind for the day, would you take me up on that offer? Most people would probably decline knowing what’s in store from them.

The Art of Disruption

Cutting through the noise in any market has become extremely challenging. Both established businesses, as well as startups, need to invest in innovative pathways of disrupting the market. Innovation requires you to cause chaos.

2020 – The Decade for Courageous Leadership

As the decade closed and the fires burned, we strategised the coming year for our brands. I’m analytical by nature and creative at heart, and love to create predictions for the coming years. One of my favourite predictions is the Pantone colour of the year, I usually at least get into the forecasts, and some years I nail it. Rather than a New Year’s resolution, I choose a word for the year to uphold. As we started a new decade, I went one step further and predicted for the world the word of the decade – courage.