… what do you think of failure?

  When you fail at something do you treat yourself the same way as you treat others when they have failed? Do you give yourself, and others, a hard time when failure hits? Do you take stock and value from the situation or doesn't it stop your from moving forward?   I've recently seen a ...


Linen and Productivity

  How do you fold your towels? Is your way the right way? Is the way you fold towels the most productive? ...   Productive Leadership Tips: 🔹  Focus on the end goal - there's a difference between problem identification and solution suggestion.  🔹  When you know the desired outcome (the real desired outcomes), engage ...


The Mosquito and Productivity

    Productive Leadership Tips   📌 You don't need to be loud or pushy to be effective! 📌 Think about who you need to influence and how they might best be impressed and influenced - communicate to be understood. How might the other person or people prefer to received information, what sort of information ...


Latching On and Productivity

  Have you ever shared some information with your team and then later heard back along the vine an unexpected interpretation of your own message? Or importance placed on only one aspect of your message - an aspect that was not, in your opinion, as critical as other parts of your ...


Why bring it up?

  Productive Leadership Tips: 1. When you give feedback, be sure it's for the receiver's benefit (praise or corrective) and not just so you can hear yourself talk or it makes you feel better. This may sound harsh but it's worth stopping and thinking before speaking. 2. If something is wrong, then absolutely ...


Perspective has an impact on productivity

      Productive Leadership Tips: As per the timeless classic book by Stephen Covey, "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People", habit 5: Seek first to understand then to be understood! Diagnose the problem before you prescribe the solutions! Ask questions. Following from the first tip; slow it down a tad! We can all ...


Which Issue?

  Take-aways: ✓ Identify the layers: the task the behaviour that's displayed when discussing the task ✓ Determine which issue needs addressing first or at all: what has the higher priority. If you do determine that the behaviour doesn't need addressing but it keeps occurring and that frustrates you ... it will eventually need ...


Observe

  Productive Leadership Tips: When you give specific feedback you are better placed to shift quickly into performance improvement. When you observe, even just a little more than you do now, you might just be surprised at what you will see happening: Great work being done. Workflows that might need tweaking. ...


Your words, your power, your productivity!

  ➤ How often do you say "sorry"? ➤ What's the impact of your word choice? ➤ Do you influence action, or minimise your impact on others, and how does that affect productivity? PRODUCTIVE LEADERSHIP TIPS: 1. Start listening to yourself more: what words do you say that you don't need to say? 2. ...


Monkey Business

Fun and Happiness at Work Boosts Productivity You know that the happier you are at work or in your work, the more successful you're likely to be. Culture plays a critical part in workplace happiness. How is the culture in your workplace? I know you know that adding a bit of fun ...


Mini Bars and Decision Fatigue

  ➤  Have you ever done your grocery shopping when you're hungry? Do you put more junk food in your trolley when you're hungry [or hangry] compared to other times when you shop? ➤  When you've worked a long day and then get home to an uninspiring pantry or contents in your ...


With or without a recipe – permission and risk

  TRANSCRIPT: Sally here, and I'm just in Melbourne and staying in a hotel which got me thinking about food. And I kind of spoil myself when I go away and always have a hot breakfast which got me thinking about my own cooking and my own experiments, let's just say. Sometimes I ...


Peas & Carrots – Micromanaging

Productive Leadership Lesson: Spend time ensuring your people are clear about WHAT and WHY Spend less time dictating how but being available to support and guide Micromanaging can stifle creativity and efficiency Extra lesson: Get to know your people so you can ensure you are matching the right tasks to the ...


Sally Foley-Lewis Interviews: Kerrie Phipps – How to Build and Improve Your Connections

In this post, I catch up with speaker buddy, catch and great friend, Kerrie Phipps. Kerrie encourages us to talk to strangers, as this can lead to amazing opportunities. The underlying message and Kerrie's A.S.K.I.N.G. model are helpful for professionals who need to widen and strengthen their networks for increased ...


Beget

  I was watching the double Oscar winning movie Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and there was a line in this powerful movie that struck me. To me it was pivotal for the entire storyline. The line was delivered by the character, Penelope - a girlfriend to an abusive partner - ...


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. ...


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