Less is More

Transcript: The other day I attended a master class on a topic that was incredibly technical. I know that much (only a little bit). Well before I went in, I knew that much (hand gesture: tiny) about it. If there was a topic 101 for beginners, I was pre that. At 9:00 ...


Foundations: Slow is Fast

TRANSCRIPT: Hi, Sally Foley-Lewis here. And I want to share a little idea I had or a little light bulb moment where, you know when you're looking at construction sites and it seems like the foundations and the underground work, that seems to just take forever. But once that's in place, ...


Rules and Empathy

The other day, Mr Foley-Lewis and I went out for a bite to eat and when we're at that restaurant enjoying our meal, I noticed at the other side of the restaurant, across bench seating, a lady was sort of lying down. At first I thought maybe she was reaching ...


Communication Quandary – Cover Your Load

    I've got a communication quandary for you. Whenever my husband and I take our rubbish to the dump, to the refuse waste station, as you drive up to it, say, within about a kilometre of the actual centre you see signs posted, COVER YOUR LOAD, FINES APPLY, if you don't cover your ...


What my dogs demanded I learn about motivation.

    This is Rambo at 5:32pm every afternoon:   This is Missie at 5:32pm every afternoon:   Rambo and Missie are our fur babies (yes - I had to publicly apologise on Facebook as I became one of 'those' people)! What I love about these two now is that I better understand their motivators, their drivers. ...


The value of your intention.

One of my leadership clients, Mandy, was about to start a new, more senior role, and take on a team made up of approximately half experienced staff and half new staff. She purchased a copy of my book The Productive Leader to give to each of them at their first ...


Know When It’s Overkill

  One of my favourite pastimes is to cross-stitch. So when it was my turn to give the family birthday present for my horse-obsessed niece, I thought I would stitch her a horse. I'm fairly advanced with my stitching so I picked an impressive Arabian horse head (no Godfather jokes intended ...


From A Maze Comes A Few Productive Leadership Lessons

  When I work with managers, they tell me they often fluctuate between reacting and deciding with many days at automate, the odd day at invisible and always striving your prospering.     If you’re feeling invisible, and all you're doing is reacting and putting out fires, never feeling as though the work you’re ...


Productivity : Trust : Relationships

Years ago, I was working for a training company, the managing director was, to state it quite plainly, a really horrible person in work hours. He would be aggressive, demanding and directing. He always seems angry or frustrated at something or someone. The most common phrase amongst the staff was, ...


Procrastination v Scarcity

    The difference between procrastination and scarcity when it comes to some results that your staff might have or your team might have can vary. Have you ever had that situation where you've had an employee give you an issue for you to solve and you haven’t quite had the answer ...


3 Words To Boost Your Productivity

  It can sometimes be all too easy to assume you're being productive because you're busy. The same applies as you observe your team: is this familiar: "I can't delegate to anyone because they're all so busy." A great way to test this assumption about how productive you are versus your busy-ness ...


Eliminate your C.L.M.’s

  I wanted to share a quick insight that came out of the March Middle Managers Master. The topic of that particular master was difficult conversations. One of the things that was raised was when managers need to address a decision that's been made from senior leadership and when the decision ...


Feedback boosts productivity

A lot of my mentoring sessions include discussions about feedback conversations. Many managers admit to me they avoid them. Some of the things they tell me about why they avoid these conversations include: "I don't want to say the wrong thing and then have to deal with all the emotions." "I ...


The impact of networking on productivity

  "According to research conducted by the Business Networking Academy, 75% of business people admit that their existing networks do not support the results they need." This may be because: Social media: the shift from face to face to online networking The push to do more with less The shift from loyalty ...


Productivity and Self-Leadership

  In the Productive Leadership model the key focus areas for improving productivity are personal, professional and people. Personal Productivity: What you are doing to personal influence your sense of achievement; your ability to complete tasks effectively and the quality of your output. - Busy v Achievement - Habits and Individual Time Wasters - Focus and ...


Being heard not hurt!

  Whilst living overseas where the local language was not the same as mine, I struggled to be understood at times. In a conversation with a friend, who graciously spoke English with me, asked how I was coping with the different language and culture. I felt safe enough to say, “It’s ...


Productive Planning

  Planning is essential for your productivity and success!   Stress, happiness and performance are all linked. Study after study can attest to the linkages that lie between each of these, and one of those studies found that 25% of your happiness hinges on how well you manage stress. Psychologist and self-help author ...


Emails… Emails… EMAILS!!!

  Emails were meant to be a massive productivity booster: speed of communication to save time, access multiple items with attachments, communicate to multiple people at once, etc. ... all hail the mighty email ... I rarely hear people say how much they love emails. What I do hear is people ...


Productivity Tips for Self-Leadership

  Microsoft had once done a study and they came back showing that a third of our day, a third of our day, is unproductive. That's too much. We need to be looking at what we're doing. We need to be paying attention to what's going on around us and how ...


New Rule: No unproductive meetings in 2018!

  The average meeting, without any travel involved, costs about $685. We attend on average two meetings per day. That’s a lot of time spent in meetings. It’s no wonder that 91% of people admit to day-dreaming through meetings (sources include Verizon and Atlassian). How productive are your meetings? Which meetings you attend ...


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It was a pleasure to work with Sally Foley-Lewis on a project where Sally organised over 120 attendees for a training seminar with four speakers. Sally’s approach was professional, supportive, friendly and informative before, during and after the event. Sally ran the seminar and her approach as a MC was of the highest of standards.

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Sally was the MC and presented at a skills forum where I was also presenting. Sally’s engagement with the participants was a delight to watch and equally to experience. The content of her session was high quality and demanded attention. Her humour and warmth made her presentation very memorable.

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Sally Foley-Lewis coordinated an excellent Resilience, Confidence & Self-Esteem Seminar for a large group of public speakers. I recommend Sally as a leader who is supportive, informative and highly professional.

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