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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 welcome back LEGO® Serious Play® expert Michael Fearne, to discuss his new book, The LSP Menthod. Michael is the founder of Pivotal Play, a facilitation consultancy in Melbourne, Australia, where he specialises in the LEGO® Serious Play® method. He works with companies big and small to tackle business problems and make change happen using a playful approach. LEGO® Serious Play® (LSP) is the highlight of this conversation, and we unpack what this incredible tool is and what it can do for individuals, teams & organisations. We also delve into the process of book writing, and Michael's experience of birthing, his awesome new book, The LSP Method out into the world using Scribe Media. Key episode highlights include: - How LEGO Serious Play (LSP) brings out a deeper level of truth and vulnerability. - How LSP helps unlock answers to questions through play and storytelling, helping people to think and communicate differently. - Writing a book isn't about the money, it's about the legacy. You can discover and buy Michael's new book, The LSP Method here. Check out Michael's courses on his website, and connect with him on LinkedIn. #facilitator #LEGO #legoseriousplay #LSP #coach #consultant #business #leadership #fun #play #podcast #culture
In this episode, I chat with Alessandra Edwards. Alessandra is a high performance and wellbeing expert, coach and trainer. Alessandra is passionate about helping leaders understand their own genetic limits so they can achieve their maximum potential and reach exceptional levels of physical and mental performance. This enlightening chat is packed with deep knowledge on the importance of understanding yourself deeply from a genetic, biochemical and emotional perspective. Our deep dive into genomic wellness goes into how that enables you to be the leader of you and how combining with intrinsic motivation can lead to boundless, self-renewing energy, clarity and the ability to ‘stretch’ time.  We explore how Alessandra's work helps not only A-type achievers (with high dopamine) but all leaders. You will learn how to take advantage of your inner workings and so much more. Key episode highlights include: Identify and create clarity about what you actually want, from more physical energy, more stamina or mental staying power, strength and cognitive ability. If we don’t focus on patching up our leaks - energy leaks, resiliency leaks, motivational leaks, compassion leaks - then what are we left with? When you’re in a state of complete self-serving, self-love, self-acceptance and self-mastery, you become completely magnetic and access the highest level of personal power. If you loved our discussion on the role that our DNA plays in terms of us achieving our potential, maintaining optimal mental health and having great levels of energy, then you can find out more by connecting with Alessandra on her website and on LinkedIn. #podcast #leadership #health #wellbeing #resilience #science #dna #business #highperformance
In this episode I chat with Kristen Ulmer, who is a thought leader on fear and anxiety. Kristen draws from her tenure as the most ‘fearless’ female extreme skier in the world, from intently studying Zen for 16 years and also from facilitating thousands of clients on flow and peak performance. This chat was a deep dive into the philosophy of fear, how and where it shows it up and how you can respond to it with insightful anecdotes from Kristen's extreme previous life and more recent interpersonal experiences with people whom you would consider ‘fearless’. We also cover exactly why some people struggle with anxiety and others don’t, fear and your flow state, and why calling people fearless sets our society up to live under an impossible ideal. You will definitely want to take notes on this one! Especially around Kristen’s top three tips to start embracing your fear. Key episode highlights include: If you embrace fear, it just feels like excitement and presence. We can’t see what’s really going on in our undercurrent until we raise our antenna (our awareness). You cannot have less fear by controlling it. The ONLY way you can have less fear is by taking risks and expanding your comfort zone. Your unwillingness to feel fear is actually what’s holding you back - not fear itself. If you are yearning for more then you can grab a copy of Kristen's book here. And the best place to connect with Kristen is via her website (don't forget to take her quiz), Facebook or take up the opportunity to meet her in person at her ski camp in Alta, Utah. #podcast #leadership #business #mindset #fear #athelete #extremesport #ski #skiing #sport #entrepreneur 
In this episode, I chat with Elena Pastore, an aspiring strengths coach who has a passion for people development. Her current roles in marketing and business help people understand their areas of strength and inhabit a growth mindset. We discuss Elena’s multiple roles in the workplace, her passion for changing the antiquated education system, social media and re-confirmation of belief, and how to embrace a growth mindset (especially during 2020!). We also touch on how Elena leads with the Strengths WOO and Includer, and how that has helped shape her connection and relatability with others. Key episode highlights include: The most successful people are the ones who are emotionally intelligent The best way to cultivate a growth mindset is to create self-awareness - look internally and get vulnerable with yourself You cannot force someone to have a growth mindset Let’s not wait for a crisis to start looking after ourselves To connect further with Elena, you can find her on LinkedIn or over at her website. #strengths #cliftonstrengths #coach #coaching #business #consultant
In this episode I chat with Tyann Osborn, a Gallup-certified Strengths coach and trainer, whose passion is creating positive cultures and making the complex, simple. Using Strengths-based training, she transforms workspaces and teams to be more productive, authentic and stronger relationship builders. TyAnn inspired me to have her on the podcast again (she was on episode 24, which you can find here) after publishing an article on LinkedIn on micro-agressions. In the article, Ty vulnerably shares her experiences over the years with micro-messages and micro-agressions. The article has received plenty of positive feedback (which it should), as it has inspired others to talk about their experiences and help people understand the impact of these behaviours. In this conversation, we certainly cover some ground, including some of TyAnn’s personal experiences and in the workplace, and how that contributes to your sense of belonging and identity. We also delve into the Black Lives Matter movement in the U.S., the realisation of privilege and what that means, along with how you can be a more impactful ally. Key episode highlights include: Have you asked someone how do you feel lately? Allow individuals to tell you what they need from you. Your words matter, every conversation is an opportunity to influence the culture. So what words are you using? Reframe your language from what you HAVE to do, to what do you GET to do. Always be mindful of what conscious actions you can take when showing up. Take the time to reach out to the leaders that have inspired and supported you. The best place to connect with TyAnn is via LinkedIn or her website. Read TyAnn's article on Micro-Aggression here. #leadership #culture #hr #business #teams #communication #2020 #covid19 #microagressions #micromessages #blm #blacklivesmatter
In this episode, I chat with Jim Collison, a powerhouse Talent Acquisition and CliftonStrengths Community Manager at Gallup. Jim brings his incredible knowledge of people, podcasting, and purpose to this discussion. He has facilitated and been featured on over 1000 podcasts and generously shares his top tips on the podcast process - including how to make other experts look even better and the keys to being a pro-interviewer. We also discuss his journey of Strengths discovery, the impact it's had on his relationships, the positives from the pandemic, and how to start being a better leader by shining the light on others. Key episode highlights include: It’s all about the person you’re interviewing, it’s not about you. Make other people the big deal. The less the agenda is about you and the more the agenda is about your kids/spouse/team members/employees, the more effective it is. When you find the thing that inspires you, boundaries don’t matter. What matters is the flow. Strengthening partnerships starts with one simple question: What can I do for you today? You can discover the work Jim does at Gallup by heading to Gallup - Coaching, tuning into The Average Guy Network, and Ask the Podcast Coach. #podcast #leadership #cliftonstrengths #strengths #covid19 #leadership #culture #employeeengagement #technology #gallup
In this episode I chat with Paul Dunlop, who works with organizations to implement change and improvement through lean thinking and methodologies. Paul brings with him over 20 years of management and manufacturing experience in a broad range of industries, and provides a holistic approach with the pillars of People, Process, Play and Profit.  He’s passionate about the importance of engaging people at the frontlines of organizations and developing servant leaders to facilitate cultures of learning and improvement (i.e. nice places to come to work!). We discuss the three L’s - Lean, Leadership and LEGO! Paul talks us through why he’s the 'chaos to calm’ guy in the eyes of his clients, how implementing change is always incremental, and why decluttering your business allows you to see where improvements need to be made. Key highlights include: Where can you tighten up your processes so you have time and space to think above the day-to-day processes. Lean is a way of thinking. It’s about ownership and empowerment. Culture and performance is always a reflection of leadership. Implementing change (that sticks!) in organisations is a lot like losing weight. You need to build the structure, the habits and the daily routines, to see the long term changes. To connect further with Paul, you can find him on LinkedIn. #lean #leadership #culture #lego #legoseriousplay #lsp #business
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 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
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