Tips to finish the year productively and stress-free

  The end of the year is just around the corner. End of year celebrations ramp up, time off with friends and family is coming up. This usually triggers a ramping up in getting e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g done before you finish out the year. If you a prone to trying to this, the get ...


Energy Input and Momentum for Productivity

Sometimes you simply have to dig a little deeper to get the momentum going. I was recently in Longreach, in central western Queensland, and noticed a roadtrain start up its engine and really put a lot of rev / force (I'm not mechanically minded) to then pull itself forward and on ...


Feedback Boosts Productivity

  So many of my clients ask me about how they can have more effective feedback conversations and even some of them ask me how to actually have a feedback conversation, because they're avoiding them. And when you avoid feedback conversations you're actually interfering with the potential for greater productivity. So, here ...


Clarity of Distance Helps Productivity

  When you give yourself a bit of clarity of distance from something that's frustrating you, something that's annoying you, you're able to widen your scope, widen your view, and have some appreciation for some of the good things that are also going on. On a day trip to Mount Tambourine with ...


Sally Foley-Lewis Interviews: Jane Anderson on Influence and Personal Brand for Managers and Leaders

  I had the absolute pleasure to catch up with branding, influence and communications expert Jane Anderson. We chat all things influence! Some of the many key take-aways: 🔹 The work you do on yourself can be challenging at times: that's why the mindset and doing the work are two essential ingredients. 🔹 Having ...


Valuing the midpoint for motivation and productivity

  This is the halfway mark of a rather large project I'm working on with my cross-stitch. And if you're not too sure what cross-stitch is, if you've heard of paint-by-numbers, then this is the same sort of thing, but you stitch by symbol. Each little square, grid, corresponds to the ...


Confusion, Communication, Crisis ≠ Productivity

  NOTAM is a Notice to Airmen and is an alert to aircraft pilots of potential hazards along a flight route or at a certain location at could affect safety. The video below shows a classic example of overkill in communication. You do not need to be working in aviation to see ...


… 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 ...


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