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How not to be on the chopping block post covid

9th Nov 2020

Because our economy has been booming for the last 7 (how odd) or so years there have been people who think they can go to work and do an outstanding job of looking busy or spend most of the time stirring up other people’s grievances because unemployment is at an all-time low and businesses were crying out for workers.


That may have been working during the boom times but it just won’t cut in the era of COVID.

For the first time in a generation we’re facing a huge recession, and most businesses will be looking to cut expenses including wages.


What can you do to make sure you aren’t on the chopping block first? Here are my top 3 suggestions that have worked for my clients in the past and I have noted top Australian Investment Advisor,  Scott Pape also recommends. Yay, good to know someone else agrees with me. ;-)

  1. Write down the 3 essentials in your job description. NOTE: If you need to get your contract and j.d out of your bottom drawer, do that now.
  2. Write 3 really out there goals you are going for in the next year.
  3. Learn how to put authority and power into your voice so you don’t sound wobbly (I sound like I’m going to cry and I’m not, voice) when you go to that appraisal interview to show your boss why you should stay.

You are possibly thinking, I just want to keep your job, let alone ask for a pay raise. Yep, hearing that, but show your worth anyway. In fact, it's crucial. 

Diary in one thing a day that moves you towards those 'big' goals within the year.

Work on putting authority into your voice (hint – it’s related to breathing).

Set a time for an appraisal meeting if you haven’t had one yet.

When you get there tell your boss about how you’ve met your KPIs for the year, plus the goals for yourself and therefore the company in the coming year.

3 steps. GO! Stand out!

PS – that’s exactly what I did just before writing this and for the first time I’m actually looking forward to 2021.

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New Job, New Business, New Goals.

1st Nov 2020

Last week in my blog I discussed what could happen if your role has been dis-established and what you can do to upskill or retrain in your own new business or a new role. If you aren't there yet here's what I recommend.

1. Find out what you love to do the most. Dr Gay Hendricks call this your 'genius zone'. There are other social media giants out there claiming this phrase but as Dr Hendricks wrote his book "The Big Leap" in 2009, I'm fairly sure it's his phrase to claim. If reading the whole book isn't your thing print off the PDF of finding your genius zone off my website.

2. You need something extra on your CV to show you are open to learning, upskilling and retraining. Of course, I have the courses for you that not only show you are willing to learn but also the skills you will actually learn will mean you can win the job by smashing the interview. PLUS, being an amazing team worker with your fabulous communication skills.

3. Just do it. Thanks Nike, for your catch phrase. Procrastination is a killer and the longer you leave it the longer the tiny little amygdala in your brain will tell you NOT to do it. It's a real thing and the only way to silence it is to do something. Trust me on this, putting things off for another day is one of my worst habits. 

That's it. 3 things, go do it now. If you are super stuck, book a time to call me and have a chat about what you can do next. 

PS - you may be eligible for funding for your retraining, ask me how. 



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More communication, just in case you haven't had enough yet

21st Oct 2020

The Sunday Star Times can have some great articles and Sunday the 18th had a couple of really good ones. “Build your team like it’s a Mars mission” David Winsborough, in particular was spot on. I would put in the link but I can’t find it online now so here’s a couple of quotes that sums it up.

“The idea of choosing people purely on their technical abilities just won’t work for missions like these (heading to Mars). Choosing crew will rely on deep-level characteristics, like values and personality, just as much as medical, engineering and slight skills. (This was actually a colleague of Winsborough's, Suzanne Bell).

You may feel, as an employer or head of an organisation that your place of work isn’t as intense as a mission to Mars (or maybe it is?) but if think of the cost of recruiting poorly, it can actually make your business implode, then taking these characteristics into account right at recruitment is an excellent idea.

Recently I’ve worked with a business that employed someone whose values did not fit theirs. Long story short there was a personal grievance that was extremely costly. So why did they employ someone who’s values were so completely different? Because, when I asked, what are your values (this is me to the business owners). Ummm, we don’t really know. Excellence I suppose? (that’s them to me). Right. So. There lies the case in point.

  1. Know your own values so you can recruit people who match yours.

“Research from Earth-bound workplaces has shown that personality is one of the most powerful drivers of team effectiveness” Winsborough states. Should I have put that in capitals? There are a multitude of personality tests out there, some that take 10 minutes to complete and could be a life saver when you are interviewing. My favourite one has 4 different personality types, is easy to complete, is fun and once done you can see very quickly what type you are. If you do something like this with your team first, you will see where the gaps are and can recruit to fill that specific personality type.

  1. Know your personality type you recruit those that don’t match you.

A mix of personalities can balance out negative tendencies. Even Elon Musk is in on this “My biggest mistake is probably weighing too much on someone’s talent and not someone’s personality. I think it matters whether someone has a good heart” Hear, hear Elon!

To find out more about personality testing and how this fits into workplace communication flick me an email

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