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. ...


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 ...


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