Next Muster: 1st August 2018

6:45am for 7:00am Start

8:30am Finish

Our August topic is SELF-AWARENESS!

📌 Self-reflection

📌 Observation

📌 Growth

These help managers to increase their self-awareness which in turns help them be more effective leaders, especially during uncertain times or through change strategies.

While it can seem a little ‘woo-woo’ or ‘touchy-feely’ to look into underlying values, assumptions and emotions, the benefits of doing so outweighs the hesitation. By understanding what self-awareness is and taking steps to increase self-awareness this ensures you become and even better leader. 


In a sea of demands and expectations surrounded by direct reports, senior leadership and customers/clients or stakeholders, middle managers can feel the loneliest.

Isolated amidst a crowd: middle managers are expected to lead their direct reports, show results to senior leaders, do more with less, and get their own work done.

Middle managers have unique challenges, and those I work with often tell me:

  I’m spending too much time guiding, directing, coaching, refereeing others and feel as though there’s never enough time for your own work.
  I have to attend meeting after meeting.
  I have endless emails.
  I work long hours and often taking work home
  I really struggle to have the difficult and critical conversations
  I know I shouldn’t but I do avoid delegating because everyone is already busy enough.
  I wonder if I’m cut out for the role: “I feel as though I have to have all the answers, I’m their manager and they look to me to guide them.”
  I often feel lonely and isolated.


As companies follow trend and shift to more flat structures, the middle manager has been forgotten. Spending is on frontline staff, customer service and executive leadership development while development for middle managers tends to be an after-thought. The Middle Manager Muster aims to bridge isolation and development so that middle managers become productive – happy – leaders.



“The forum is a great idea as I can’t say I’ve seen same on offer elsewhere. As a middle manager, one often has that ‘sandwiched’ feeling of expectation from above and a necessity to keep the ball rolling below. Enjoyed the morning. SD – aviation industry.


“Most businesses spend less on training their managers than they do on the office furniture and PC they give them to work with.” Management Today


“This is exactly what I would have wanted when I was a manager: connection; a safe space to share ideas and ask those questions where I felt I couldn’t ask anywhere else; the networking and peer support.”


“I realised that networking is one of the most valuable uses of my time in terms of return—and not just in monetary terms.” – Business Insider Australia


The Middle Managers Muster is a space to:

  Broaden and strengthen your network.
  Give and receive support for and in your middle management role.
  Share diverse views, experiences, industries and thinking.
  Challenge assumptions.
  Improve communication and leadership.
  Learn from past experiences and leave blame and shame out of it.


The Middle Managers Muster is about helping you find your flow: 

What makes the Middle Managers Muster successful:

  Respect for each other: no cynicism and negativity.
  Respect that some discussions may need to be kept confidential.
  Managers come with an open mind.
  There is strictly NO selling, NO business development and NO recruiting.

If you lead a team and also report to senior leadership then come along to the Middle Manager Muster.  


Download this approval request template if you want a little help to get approval to attend the Muster: Attendance approval request



Wednesday 1st August 2018

6:45am for 7:00am Start

🔹 Networking
🔹 Hot Buffet Breakfast
🔹 Facilitated discussion

8:30am Finish

Brisbane International – Windsor
Corner Lutwyche Road & Bryden Street
Windsor QLD 4030
Free parking onsite and some parking available in side streets


No ongoing membership fees.

$35.20 incl GST

If you wish to register multiple people you have two options:

  1. Forward this link to your colleagues, or
  2. Call or email me with your request and we can issue a single invoice.

“Thanks Sally, it was great to be amongst like-minded people and share ideas.” Steve D. Aviation industry
“Thanks for giving me a space to network and learn.” Trevor B, Sales Manager
“Great start to my day – sets me up to think differently and be motivated.” CD. Property 


“Sally spent time coaching me in leadership and management skills. She gave practical, expert advice which I could apply straightaway. Tough insights delivered by a supportive coach. Thanks Sally.” – Catrin Hobart, Manager Online Engagement at TAFE NSW


“I strongly recommend Sally Foley-Lewis as a Management Trainer and Coach for you and the supervisors and managers of your organisation. She combines top credentials, a keen sense of urgency, sharp facilitation skills and a very personable and engaging communication style to deliver recommendations and programs that improve staff performance. I continue to rely on Sally for her management wisdom – because it works!” – Robin Dickinson, Sydney


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