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Inspired Energy Podcast - Exploring strengths, leadership, personal growth, mindset and living an inspired life. Available on all Podcast platforms.
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In this episode I chat with Chris Miller, an experienced business, executive and personal coach, based in Wellington NZ, who consistently inspires exceptional results. Chris’ services include business and personal coaching for small business leaders and high performing individuals seeking success, happiness and fulfilment in their business and their lives. We discuss Strengths and how he has turned the Name It Claim It Aim It model on its head, plus how Strengths play out differently if you’re an employee versus business owner. Chris has also developed the Love Most Matrix and the Greatest Imaginable Challenge, plus many other original resources that he uses with clients - you can view them here. Key highlights include: How does our strengths profile allow us to express our values and our purpose How do we make organisational purpose YOUR reason for being here When learning about strengths, find what challenges or situations you’d like to apply them to before figuring out how they can help you You already know what your purpose or legacy is, but you may not have asked yourself the explorative questions in a way that resonates with you or picked the right moment or mindset to ask yourself in. To connect further with Chris and his work, hop on over to his website.
In this episode I chat with Brigette Landy, a passionate recruiter who loves helping businesses solve their people needs. Celebrating 16 years with Forsythes Recruitment & HR this month, she is passionate about all things recruitment, people, leadership, CX and 90's grunge music. Born and bred in Newcastle, Brig leads a team of niche consultants across the Hunter and Central Coast, specialising in the recruitment of CX, Marketing and Sales professionals. When she's not recruiting, you can usually find Brig hanging out in her backyard with her partner Zac and fur child Evie, listening to music or playing guitar. We delve into the recruitment world and how that has been affected over the last 6 months, why video is playing a vital role in the recruitment process right now, and how she has developed ways to ‘evidence’ the gut feelings that she gets about placing people into positions. We also discuss Strengths and why she happily describes herself as an adaptable, positive achiever (can you guess what some of her Top 5 are?!). Knowing her Strengths has enabled Brig to know herself and her team better, and we touch on how they also flow across into dealing with clients and placing candidates in roles. Key highlights on this episode include: Whilst it’s a priority for me, it may not be someone else’s priority Expect people to display their emotions (especially in these times) and accept the person where they’re at Recruiting in the CX space is not about technical skillset, it’s about behaviour, personality and culture fit. If you want to connect further with Brigette, you can find her on LinkedIn. And if you’re interested in attending the online CX networking session you can find the details below. Forsythes CX Network event - 10am Friday 4 September 2020 via Zoom. You’ll have the opportunity to hear from the awesome Luke Jamieson – CX and EX Thought Leader – ask questions, and share your own ideas and challenges in this new world of employee engagement we’re living in. To register email Brig @ blandy@forsythesrecruitment.com.au #leadership #culture #strengths #cliftonstrengths #hr #recruitment #covid19 #cx #customerservice #callcentre #newcastle 
In this episode I chat with Kirsty McCulloch all about sleep, fatigue and human factors. She literally wakes companies up, and helps employees get enough sleep and arrive at work full of energy to start the day. Kirsty is a world expert in fatigue risk management. She has worked as an academic, written regulation in several industries, danced through industrial work hour negotiations. She has history with all modes of transportation, oil and gas, mining, military, energy, construction, IT and public service sectors. Kirsty excels at applying scientific methods to develop practical solutions to improve safety, productivity & overall employee wellness. We discuss sleep and the impact of not getting enough of it - both personally and from a company standpoint. Sleep has a huge impact on company revenue, safety, and on overall health. Human factors is another area we delve into - understanding that we all make mistakes and we’re all programmed to be lazy, to conserve energy and do things in the easiest way possible. Key highlights from this episode include: Managing fatigue is about engaging your workforce about what it means to be 'fit for work' It’s not just about telling people to sleep, it’s about relearning how to sleep How do we create a system that makes it easy to succeed? When you’ve been awake for 18 hours, your performance is comparable to having a BAC of 0.05, whereas being awake for 24 hours is comparable to a 0.1 BAC. We aren’t taught about the importance of sleep in our overall health picture - we learn about movement and food pyramids but miss that key piece of our wellbeing And we’ll finish up by including some top sleep tips: Sleep in a dark, quiet room Remove all technology - turn off your phone at least half an hour before going to bed, don’t fall asleep in front of the tv Avoid caffeine within 4 hours of bed Avoid alcohol and sleeping tablets Train your brain to fall asleep by using ambient music. If you’d like to connect further with Kirsty you can find her on LinkedIn, and also make sure to check out her app, Awaken Fatigue. #leadership #fatigue #humanfactors #safety #culture #health #resilience #wellbeing #covid19 #sleep
Across this 5-part podcast series, I chat with Becky Hammond from Isogo Strong and unpack some common leadership themes that we have seen stand out during this crisis. As we've coached and worked with leaders over the past several months, themes have emerged where the best leaders are thriving and implementing changes to successfully take their team and organisation forward. These themes include Grace & Kindness, Communication, Individualization, Clarity, and Self-care. In this episode, we focus on SELF-CARE. The need for prioritization of self to show up better for others and yourself, and how it is often the first thing to go when things get busy. We also discuss how self-care is beyond just the physical and how it includes mental, emotional and the spiritual. Importantly it's also about self-reflection, and giving yourself that time to unplug and process - or your health can suffer later. Key highlights include: Self-care doesn’t change the busyness, but it changes your perspective and outlook so you can show up better for yourself and your team. Self-care isn’t selfish. It gives you time to process, self-reflect and regenerate. No-one wants the burnt-out version of you. Actionable steps to take from this episode: Where is your third space? Take the time to reinvest in this. Make your self-care time non-negotiable - schedule it in, create boundaries and show up for yourself. Give yourself a mental break - you can only control what you can control. Ask your team, how are they investing in their own self-care this week? These conversations with Becky are always valuable, she brings a wealth of knowledge and inspiration from the other side of the world. I hope you follow along with this series here on the podcast as we get into 4 more themes that have shined through the best leaders in this time of lockdown. If you gained inspiration from this episode and the rest of this special podcast series then you will love our program, Leaders Who Give a Damn, where we take these concepts even further. #leadership #leaderswhogiveadamn #coaching #culture #health #resilience #thirdspace #wellbeing #covid19
Across this 5-part podcast series, I chat with Becky Hammond from Isogo Strong and unpack some common leadership themes that we have seen stand out during this crisis. As we've coached and worked with leaders over the past several months, themes have emerged where the best leaders are thriving and implementing changes to successfully take their team and organisation forward. These themes include Grace & Kindness, Communication, Individualization, Clarity, and Selfcare. In this episode, we focus on CLARITY. The need for clear conversations to reduce anxiety, stress and clear those murky waters that can often come in times of unpredictability.  Prioritising clarity brings calmness, expectations, more security and safety about what’s ahead. It allows the opportunity for honesty from both a leadership and a team perspective and reduces the element of surprise. Key highlights include: By communicating clearly and with clarity when it’s business-as-usual, it enhances the team’s communication, productivity and responsiveness when things get murky Sometimes clarity needs to come from the bottom up, not just the top down. Teams who focus on clarity are often happier and more engaged Even if you have no answers to a certain event/situation/project, be open about that. Otherwise people start to create assumptions and stories as to what might happen. Actionable steps to take from this episode: Where can you provide more clarity in ONE space? Challenge: at your next team meeting, ask everyone where they need more clarity right now. Review: Are the cycle of your meetings matching the rhythms of your work? Use a traffic light system for flagging what tasks need more clarity - green is good to go, amber/yellow needs more clarity, and red is something that won’t progress without further conversation. These conversations with Becky are always valuable, she brings a wealth of knowledge and inspiration from the other side of the world. I hope you follow along with this series here on the podcast as we get into 4 more themes that have shined through the best leaders in this time of lockdown. If you gained inspiration from this episode then you will love our program, Leaders Who Give a Damn, where we take these concepts even further. In the next conversation of this series, we will be delving into Self Care and how it is vital for you and your team. Also don't forget to checkout www.leaderswhogiveadamn.com for more ways to truly show you give a damn about your people. #podcast #leadership #leaderswhogiveadamn #covid19 #business #professionaldevelopment #strengths #health #wellbeing #communication #culture #clarity #teamdevelopment #entrepreneur
Across this 5-part podcast series, I chat with Becky Hammond from Isogo Strong and unpack some common leadership themes that we have seen stand out during this crisis. As we've coached and worked with leaders over the past several months, themes have emerged where the best leaders are thriving and implementing changes to successfully take their team and organisation forward. These themes include Grace & Kindness, Communication, Individualization, Clarity, and Selfcare. In this episode, we focus on INDIVIDUALIZATION. The need for tailoring the way we show up for different people, how we communicate with them, and how we can adjust their working life during these times. Gallup states that the best managers are those who individualize, and during this conversation, Becky and I unpack just how to do that effectively. Key highlights include: People aren’t assets, they’re humans. Know your people, but have boundaries - leaders aren’t counselors. Be prepared to adjust your direction once you know where people are at. If we consider that it takes 21 days to form a new habit, consider that the way your team is currently working - their new habits - have been in place for over 90 days. Actionable steps to take from this episode: Ask yourself, are you managing people to a job description? When deciding which of your workforce works from home and which come to the facility, switch your thinking from ‘who do we need at work’ to ‘who needs to be at home right now’. If short on time, can you do one-word check ins at the beginning of a meeting? This will give insight into the team member’s headspace, but without them having to go into detail. Ask your team members, what parts of this new way of working do they want to continue in the future? These conversations with Becky are always valuable, she brings a wealth of knowledge and inspiration from the other side of the world. I hope you follow along with this series here on the podcast as we get into the themes that have shined through the best leaders in this time of lockdown. If you gained inspiration from this episode then you will love our program, Leaders Who Give a Damn, where we take these concepts even further. In the next conversation of this series, we will be delving into Clarity and how it positively impacts Leadership. #podcast #leadership #leaderswhogiveadamn #covid19 #business #professionaldevelopment #strengths #health #wellbeing #communication #culture #teamdevelopment #entrepreneur
Lockdown Leadership | Communication Across this 5-part podcast series, I chat with Becky Hammond from Isogo Strong and unpack some common leadership themes that we have seen stand out during this crisis. As we've coached and worked with leaders over the past several months, themes have emerged where the best leaders are thriving and implementing changes to successfully take their team and organisation forward. These themes include Grace & Kindness, Communication, Individualization, Clarity, and Selfcare. In this episode, we focus on COMMUNICATION. The need for effective, timely and succinct communication has been highlighted through this crisis. The words we use, what we say and how we say it, how we listen, our energy, body language, gestures, all contribute to the messages we provide people. We delve into individualization of communication and discuss examples of what some of the best leaders are doing. We share actionable steps that leaders can take to use communication to influence the culture and impact their team positively, especially in a crisis. Key highlights include: · When we talk more frequently, for a shorter period of time, it builds alignment, understanding and speed of decision making. Do less, more frequently. · If you own your own stuff, it opens up the space for others to own theirs. · Great managers have the conversation sooner. · Focus on the facts – “In crisis management, be quick with the facts and slow with the blame” – Leonard Saffir Actionable steps to take from this episode: · Individualize your communication with your team. How do they like being communicated with? Do they like recognition and praise? Start each conversation with genuine recognition for how they show up. If they need time to think about things, then give them a heads up about what the future meeting will be about. If they’re detail-oriented and need context, give them the background info the need on the topic. · Don’t rush - allow yourself the time to have the conversation. · Implement 'team meetings' at home with your family, especially if you are solely working from home. · Don’t schedule your meeting for 30 or 60 minutes; try 20 minutes, or 50. Give yourself time and allow some mental space between back-to-back meetings. · What is the best platform for the conversation you need to have? Email, phone, Zoom, text, something else? These conversations with Becky are always valuable, she brings a wealth of knowledge and inspiration from the other side of the world. I hope you follow along with this series here on the podcast as we get into 4 more themes that have shined through the best leaders in this time of lockdown. If you gained inspiration from this episode then you will love our program, Leaders Who Give a Damn, where we take these concepts even further. In the next conversation of this series, we will be delving into the Individualization of Leadership. #podcast #leadership #leaderswhogiveadamn #covid19 #business #professionaldevelopment #strengths #health #wellbeing #communication #culture #teamdevelopment #entrepreneur
Lockdown Leadership | Grace & Kindness Across this 5-part podcast series, I chat with Becky Hammond from Isogo Strong and unpack some common leadership themes that we have seen stand out during this crisis. As we've coached and worked with leaders over the past several months, themes have emerged that are making the best thrive, and even make changes that they are keeping into the future. These themes include Grace & Kindness, Communication, Individualisation & Flexibility, Clarity, and Taking Care of Self. In this episode, we zone in on GRACE & KINDNESS, and provide some examples and actionable steps that leaders can take to really ramp this up. We speak about assumptions and how to modify these, kindness towards self first, and how creating flexibility encourages grace and kindness. Key highlights include: - How one leader pivoted his business during COVID-19 which was driven by the need to keep his employees engaged and at work, rather than to just keep the business afloat. - No leader should be assuming that their team members can deliver on the exact same work that they were doing before working from home. - How little acts of kindness is grace in action, surprise and delight. - How we get there matters - focus on the way we work and interact. Actionable steps to take from this episode: - Rather than asking for a task to be done by close of business, change it to being due at the start of the next day. - Pause at the beginning of a meeting and check-in with the team’s energy. The team’s wellbeing comes before projects and deadlines, and in turn it boosts productivity - Breathe. Inhaling is the act of receiving grace, and then exhaling - letting it out to others. These conversations with Becky are always valuable, she brings a wealth of knowledge and inspiration from the other side of the world. I hope you follow along with this series here on the podcast as we get into 4 more themes that have shined through the best leaders in this time of lockdown. If you gained inspiration from this episode then you will love our program, Leaders Who Give a Damn, where we take these concepts even further. In the next conversation of this series, we will be delving into communication. #podcast #leadership #leaderswhogiveadamn #covid19 #business #professionaldevelopment #strengths #health #wellbeing #grace #kindness #entrepreneur 
In this episode I chat with Michael Fearne, who is the founder of Pivotal Play, a facilitation consultancy in Melbourne, Australia. Michael specialises in the LEGO® Serious Play® method. He’s worked with companies big and small to tackle business problems and make change happen using a playful approach. He is also a big believer in empowering others and so trains people to run their own playful workshops using the LEGO® Serious Play® Method. When he’s not making people play with LEGO, he enjoys time at home in Australia with his wife Lily and daughter Maya. During our conversation we unpack what LEGO® Serious Play® actually is and how it helps organisations and its people to open up. We touch on vulnerability, on judgement, and on how to bring the essence of playfulness to everyday tasks through using it as a lens to work through. Key episode highlights include: Playfulness in an organisation opens up whole new ways of thinking. When you play, business ego moves to the side and you show up as who you really are. Right now we need to build something new, not rebuild what we had. You can connect further with Michael and his playfulness over at his website, Pivotal Play, and on LinkedIn. #facilitator #LEGO #legoseriousplay #LSP #coach #consultant #business #leadership #fun #play #podcast #culture
In this episode I chat with Sharon Hespe, a naturopath who is also known as The Good Gut Girl and who wholeheartedly believes that it is possible to change your life through good gut health. Sharon is passionate about getting to the cause of her patient's gut problems to ensure that they can be addressed correctly, through testing, diet change, and bespoke herbal medicines and supplements. She knows that gut health plays a major role in how you feel mentally and physically. During the episode we unpack the differences between food allergies and intolerances, why we are seeing a lot more food intolerances in recent times, common symptoms, and why the best thing you can do for your gut is to find out exactly what’s going on for you - don’t guess, get a test. We also discuss Strengths (Sharon’s top 5 are Empathy, Deliberative, Responsibility, Consistency, Activator) and her awareness of how her Strengths show up within her particular niche. Key episode highlights include: It becomes easier to listen to the body when it’s not constantly dealing with intolerances. The best thing you can do for your body and its immune system during these times, is focus on your gut health. Stress is one of the biggest contributing and aggravating factors when it comes to food intolerances. With what’s happening in the world we need to adapt not react. We need to build resilience within the body. You can connect with Sharon and the work she does over on Facebook, Instagram and her website. #podcast #immune #immunesystem #gut #leadership #selfleadership #entrepreneur #inspiration #inspiredenergy #business #professionaldevelopment #personaldevelopment #mentalhealth #health #naturopath #covid19
In this episode I chat with Chris Dhu about all things risk, response, learning agility and leadership. Chris currently is Head of Fleet at Essential Energy, and has led the Fleet Asset Management Transformation Program at Essential Energy, improving the balance of performance, risk and cost across the function and improving the value delivered to customers in the course. Chris’s top 5 Strengths are Self Assurance, Futuristic, Belief, Achiever and Responsibility which we can see shine through on this podcast episode. We discuss work/life balance and why that concept needs to change, the response efforts with the late 2019 bushfires and then heading into COVID-19, and how to better manage attention especially when working virtually. We also explore the concept of risk leadership and how the businesses that manage risks day in day out have generally had better response management to COVID-19. Key episode highlights include: Ego can be destructive when it’s not consistent with purpose The reflect learn and grow cycle is what builds response agility We can’t ‘act’ our way into an attitude Review your organisation’s vision, objective and purpose - how do those words resonate with you and are they consistent with your values? If they are, leadership is more authentic. We finish off the episode with Chris’s response to our essential Inspired Energy definition: Energy that is unlocked through alignment and commitment to a purpose, powered by vision and consistent with one's values. To connect further with Chris, you can find him on LinkedIn. #leadership #risk #culture #teamwork #change #transformation #covid19 #coaching #coach #business
In this episode, I chat with Aaron Kearney, a multi-award-winning broadcaster, photo-journalist, and sports commentator. The Director of AKS Media International, Aaron is in demand across the globe for his experience in broadcasting, commentary, storytelling and innovation. We cover a range of topics during this episode, including sports and the similarities between the game of sport and the game of life, being a student of humanity, the importance of critical thinking, and unpacking the use of media and the effects it has on human beings. Key episode highlights include: You’ve heard ‘you are what you eat’ - well you also are what you consume in the media. Put some fibre in your intellectual diet. Two of the most critical resources that any individual can have is to understand and execute critical thinking, and to have high levels of media literacy. Journalism is about being infinitely interested in everything - like a Labrador puppy! We’ll leave you with Aaron’s poetic description of Inspired Energy - "It is the offspring produced when dreams and determination have a passionate affair." To connect further with Aaron and his incredible work, find him on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn. #coronavirus #covid19 #journalism #sport #sportsdevelopment #leadership #travel #australia #newcastle #inspiredenergy #business #podcast
In this episode, I chat with Daniel Turner, a self-taught videographer, drone operator, motion graphic animator, and photographer based on the Gold Coast. I've got to know Daniel through his amazing work on Tammy's programs and the NatEx conference. Check out the highlights here - NatEx 2020. Daniel brings his passion and professionalism to everything he does, working with both small and large businesses. We chat about how COVID-19 has affected his business, especially as most of his work is event-based and requires travel. We also cover the positive use of drones, commitment to your goals despite lockdown, and how he has changed his focus from work hard, play harder to stay positive and pivot. Daniel generously shares his top tips when it comes to using video in a professional space: Even though video is visual media, 50% of it is audio. Don’t forget to spend just as much time and effort on that too. If you don’t have a high quality mic, small rooms that are carpeted are best (like your wardrobe) so audio doesn’t bounce around. Take a seemingly flat image and make it alive by using a few pops of light. Don’t shoot where your window is in the background - have the light always in front of you. Look at the camera, and if you’re taking part in an online/video meeting - look at the person on the other side just as you would in-person. To connect further with Daniel, you can find him on Facebook and Instagram, plus make sure to check out his business Head North Films. #coronavirus #covid19 #video #videoorgrapher #entrepreneur #online #conference #australia #business #podcast
In this episode, I chat with Greg Gates, Managing Director of Sirron Holdings Group.  We explore pivoting your business when faced with hardship. Sirron Holdings Group is based in Caves Beach, just south of Newcastle in NSW. At their heart, they are a manufacturer of quality commercial dishwashing machines. Through their hospitality companies (Norris Industries, Zexa Chemical Solutions, Butler Equipment and Mahatmacane Finance), they have expanded services to support the additional kitchen needs of their customers. A core principle of Sirron Holdings is the balance between ethical, environmental and economic outcomes. With Covid-19, Greg pivoted from manufacturing dishwashing machines to manufacturing hand sanitiser, and says it came down to thinking quick and utilising his contacts to pivot the business within days.  We speak about company culture and hiring the right people with the right attitudes which particularly comes in handy in times of hardship, and also how this crisis could mean a resurgence for the demand of Australian manufacturing. Key episode highlights include: In the workplace, surround yourself with people who are better than you. Then get out of their way so they can do what they’re paid to do. Our whole focus used to be on efficiency but now the focus is resilience. If you’re thinking of pivoting, move quick, follow your instinct and get your staff on board through frequent communication. Connect further with Greg (and purchase some more hand sanitiser!) by heading to Zexa and Sirron Holdings. #coronavirus #covid19 #productivity #leadership #entrepreneur #teamwork #manufacturing #australia #handsanitiser #handsanitizer #innovation #culture #business #podcast
In this episode, I chat with Kerry Dover, fellow Strengths coach and founder of Momentum Architects. Right now business as we know it is not the same, and in this episode, we discuss how to stay motivated and keep momentum going. Some key ways are - build a great routine, work on your mindset, be kind to yourself, and experiment with your own time v energy management. We also discuss Kerry’s Strengths (her Top 5 are Strategic, Achiever, Includer, Activator, Focus), complementary Strengths within relationships, and why two people with the same dominant strengths may not necessarily see eye-to-eye. Key episode highlights include: To build a great business you need strategy AND strengths. Routine, habits and accountability are keys to keep momentum right now. Skills such as self management and regulation of your energy and time will have more weighting now than what they’ve previously been given. To connect further with Kerry, jump on over to Momentum Architects, listen to her podcast or follow on Instagram. #podcast #strengths #cliftonstrengths #leadership #selfleadership #culture #teamwork #entrepreneur #inspiration #inspiredenergy #coaching #coach #business #professionaldevelopment #personaldevelopment #momentum #covid19 #wfh
In this episode, I chat with Antonia Milkop, a fellow Strengths coach, based in New Zealand. We discuss the three mindsets that she is seeing during the COVID-19 health crisis - the rabbits in the headlights, the hyper-focused/productive workers, and the ones thinking ahead to the future and how to pivot and grow in a 2.0 economy. We also chat about how the current climate is bringing out both the light and dark side of people’s Strengths, and the ways to work around that. Key episode highlights include: During this time of social/physical distancing, we miss out on being able to read body language in conversations and the energy in the room. We now need to slow down and ask more open questions to fill these gaps. For those who are not having their Strengths ‘fed’ right now, pick a Strength's theme for the day to lean on and allow it to serve you. Use this time to really get to know your colleagues and team members - we are suddenly able to view each other more authentically in our own environments - kids and all! To connect further with Antonia, visit her website or connect on LinkedIn. The online strengths collaborative spreadsheet that Antonia mentioned can be found here - https://drive.google.com/file/d/1zxNcSgAWAd_bpQZo5Zuw8N4pWAQev1Ni/view?usp=sharing    #leadership #selfleadership #culture #teamwork #inspiration #inspiredenergy #coaching #coach #business #nz #covid19 #clifotnstrengths #strengths #professionaldevelopment #personaldevelopment #mentalhealth #health #podcast #socialdistancing #physicaldistancing
In this episode, I chat with Luke Jamieson, founder and CEO of PLAYFULLi. Luke is an expert in gamifying employee experiences to support diversity and foster positive cultures that drive sustainable success. His approaches have attracted many coveted awards and has helped shape some of Australia’s largest organisations customer and employee experience programs.   We discuss how gamification can be a game-changer for your business, especially when it comes to KPIs and repeatable behaviours. Luke is an advocate of making it competitive but not with unhealthy competition. Traditional KPIs focus on who will be 'the best', which only benefits the short term. We should be focusing on community, building a network, socialising, enhancing product knowledge and/or being a subject matter expert. We need to recognise and reward that aspect too. Key episode highlights include: We are currently in a global ‘work from home’ experiment, and it’s time to find out ways to help people master their roles and find purpose. The five love languages do translate into the work environment and in the way we like to receive recognition. You need to identify what people are motivated by. Create an environment where someone is competing against themselves, not others. Our systems are only as good as our attitudes. You can connect with Luke on Twitter or LinkedIn, check out his website over at PLAYFULLi and review his latest blog post. As a special offer to listeners of this podcast, playfulli are offering in an exclusive opportunity to experience 3 months usage of enerjoy an AI-based gamification platform for free. To take advantage of this offer, simply email your details to hello@playfulli.com with the subject inspire. #coronavirus #covid19 #gamification #play #fun #cx #contactcenter #leadership #entrepreneur #teamwork  #goals #business #podcast
In this episode, I catch up with my wife Tammy to discuss tips for working from home. We have been running our businesses from home for a number of years (me 8 years, Tammy 5 years) and we have learned some things that work and don't. With the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, right now so many people are suddenly needing to work from home and our hope is these 10 tips make things easier for you! TIPS FOR WORKING FROM HOME Discuss the arrangements with family or your flatmates Create a routine Work with the energy and environment of different rooms (e.g. home office, lounge room, outside areas) Move and stretch Setup your work area ergonomically Set up wifi rules Be realistic on your goals Be kind to yourself & others Communicate needs and timetable Have alone time, connection time Bonus tip - Reach out to your work colleagues and team-mates! You can find out more about what Tammy does at www.tammyguest.com too! #coronavirus #covid19 #productivity #leadership #entrepreneur #teamwork #goals #business #entrepreneur #workingfromhome #family #podcast
We are currently in the throes of COVID-19 - Coronavirus - and in this episode my discussion with Julie Jones is centred around how this virus could help us all innovate, create better work environments, and utilise productivity in a much better way. Julie spent 30 years in senior marketing and strategy roles across a range of industries, before burning out, battling cancer - twice - and then switching the way in which she worked to that of a Productivity Ninja. She now helps others in converting dreams into action. We also chat about her love for scuba diving and how she has been able to view the recent bushfire effects on our underwater ecosystem - all our planetary ecosystems are interrelated. Key highlights on this episode include: When it comes to the potential lockdowns and changing the way we work in the face of this virus, we really need to trust our people Create a home work space that gives you a boost of energy, but that also honours your boundaries Shift the thinking of ‘you are productive if you’re sitting at your desk 9-5’ to a more results-based culture. The most productive companies have moved to this model of working. Plus, Julie’s top tips for productivity include: Utilise the pomodoro technique - focused 25min sprint ON, 5min off. Know what time of the day you’re the most productive and take advantage of that Set yourself small rewards - get x done, then you can have y. Focus on attention management rather than time management Set SMARTIE goals - Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely, Inspiring, Exciting. You can connect further with Julie at Think Productive, on LinkedIn, or on Facebook. Julie is also available to chat on 0434 115 755 or via email. #coronavirus #covid19 #productivity #leadership #entrepreneur #teamwork #scuba #scubadiving #diving #climate #productivityninja #goals #business #podcast
Stef is a company director, geologist and former mining executive. Stef’s career has seen her work in seven countries, but now calls Orange, NSW home. In this episode Stef and I chat about a range of different topics including the effects of the drought in central west NSW, how geology contains storytelling and engagement, and why we need human-centred design when it comes to technology. Leadership also comes into play in this episode, as Stef showcases how her Positivity® strength is at the core of her leadership role. Your skills, abilities and capabilities as a leader don’t just develop when you’re leading people but they develop throughout your whole journey - including how they interplay with who you are as a human. Key episode highlights include: Why we need to listen to those intuitive gut feelings especially when it comes to our roles at work - where are you glossing over things? Be confident to question things. You don’t have to be liked by everyone. Ask yourself, would you rather be liked or respected? It's not about the years of experience, it’s about the complexity of experience. You can connect further with Stef on LinkedIn. And as the drought's effect on both Central West NSW residents and tourism continues to create tough times, you can check out ways to help below: Buy From the Bush Buy a Bale Rural Aid Aussie Helpers #leadership #selfleadership #culture #teamwork #inspiration #inspiredenergy #coaching #coach #business #nsw #ruralnsw #farming #tourism #drought #professionaldevelopment #personaldevelopment #mentalhealth #health
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