As we move through our leadership career, often our career trajectory is headed for the boardroom. When looking to become a board member, how do you know if this is the right career move for you? Paid board positions are few and far between, and a board position can be very time-consuming. These roles also come with a high level of responsibility, accountability, commitment and risk. That being said, it can be an enriching experience if you are passionate about the organisation or not-for-profit’s purpose and people.
What would you say to your younger self about leadership? Becoming a confident and courageous leader is both an attitude and a process. Like many undertakings, developing the ability to lead is one that benefits from the experience. When it comes to gaining the insight that we need to lead ourselves and others, there is no substitute for experience.
Last night my partner and I had dinner at a friend’s place, and after with self-made apple crumble in hand, we sat down to play overcooked – a fun PlayStation game for kids and adults alike as we found out.
The premise of the game is straightforward. Four players cook together as a team, serving up the orders displayed in the top left corner. One person runs vegetables to and fro, another cuts vegetables and cooks them, while the third person plates and serves the food, and the last person does the dishes, natural right?
1. Go paperless
Transition all company mailing, resources and notices to digital versions where possible. This not only cuts expenses but drastically reduces your carbon footprint.
Coaching in the workplace happens every day, planned or not, and there is ample opportunity during daily interactions between leaders and teams. Being a strong and impactful leader requires identifying and taking advantage of these ‘coachable’ moments to improve your employees’ performance, workplace satisfaction, bottom lines and the company culture as a whole.
Feeling fear is a natural part of life; you will encounter many situations that make you feel fear. At present many of us are feeling fear, including me. These are unprecedented times. You must know how to overcome these feelings so that they don’t stop you from achieving your goals and reaching your full potential. I want us all to use our feelings of fear as fuel to get to courage.
Starting my career as a journalist, I learned the power of a great, perfectly timed question. As I moved into leadership roles, I realised my job boiled down to three things:
•Giving generously of my time and attention.
•Listening with empathy.
•Asking great questions.
This week saw Australia Trusted Brands release its national and international winners chosen by Australian consumers. Winners include the likes of Vegemite, Qantas, Penfolds Wine, ING Banks, Weetbix and Toyota.
As a nation of big consumers, the COVID-19 pandemic has confronted us with changes that have not been experienced bar the treasured few who remember the world wars.
Every few years, our workforce completely reinvents itself. We have seen the advent of a large uptake of women joining the workforce, computers becoming a necessary part of work and now the fourth industrial revolution has brought about the age of automation and artificial intelligence.
The late Australian Labour Prime Minister Bob Hawke acknowledged the growing consensus amongst scientists about climate change during the 1980s.
In 1991, Hawke pledged to attend the Rio Earth Summit Conference, a landmark global warming think tank. However, Australia never attended the Summit as priorities shifted under his successor Paul Keating’s Government.