Going through the motions

  In the recent case of Westpac v Deng, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) ruled that Westpac should reinstate Deng.   One of the many interesting elements to this case is that the FWC found Westpac had simply gone through the motions of an internal investigation and had already made up its mind ...


Inertia: Productivity and Performance

  Inertia: the resistance to a change in velocity! Resistance comes up for everyone almost all the time, in lots of different ways, with lots of different intensity. As a productive leader, it's important to pay attention to where there might be some inertia - resistance - for your own productivity. Whether ...


Networking for Better Thinking and Productivity

  When was the last time you found yourself in a room full of strangers? In a room full of people who do a range of different things, and you felt yourself challenged? You felt yourself engaged and curious and completely engrossed in a whole bucket-load of ideas? And that the ...


Link the dream to reality to ensure teams stay productive.

  On my recent trip to the UAE, I visited the Louvre Abu Dhabi on Yas Island. A beautiful museum, with an auditorium, amazing architecture and structure. It's just stunning. When I was living in Abu Dhabi, before 2010, there was just a mere architect's model of what this was to be in ...


Wisdom, Power and Productivity

  Information is power. Leadership is sharing that power! Whilst in the United Arab Emirates recently I visited the Louvre Abu Dhabi on Yas Island and picked up the book written by Ruler of Dubai, Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, "Reflections on Happiness & Positivity". I want to share with you the last sentence ...


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. ...


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