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Making it Count Podcast
31 minutes | Jul 13, 2021
Levelling Up with Julie Hyde
In this episode of the ‘Making It Count’ podcast, we get a one-on-one with our host, Julie Hyde. This year is flying past at a rapid speed. 2021 has been a rollercoaster for most of us with lots of disruption so, I wanted to share with you what I have been observing in the business landscape over the last 6 months. The game has changed for leaders and it is time to level up and play a smarter game. So, what do leaders need to be aware of moving forward? Fatigue is my number one observation. Although we have become better at managing the disruption, we are continuing to put out spot fires of different intensity. Teams have had to deal with lots of change including the cancelling of holidays. This has a huge impact on performance and wellbeing. In a recent survey, 87% of people believe it is the perfect time to innovate and change how things have always been done. 76% have also seen 2020 as a chance to re-prioritise. As a result, people are taking shorter, more frequent blocks of leave. This can become a problem for business. So, as leaders, we need to make a shift from ‘the employee experience’ to ‘the life experience’. Supporting your employees in their personal lives more effectively enables them to not only live better lives, but also to perform at a higher level. Employers who do this, see a 21% increase in productivity. I have also seen a trend called ‘The Great Resignation’, referring to the number of people switching jobs. In the US alone, April saw more than 4million people quit their jobs, which is the biggest spike on record. Why? The biggest factor is how staff are being treated by their employers. Flexibility has also become a factor. Since the events of 2020, there has been a 63% increase in the expectation that workplaces will be managing a hybrid workplace. We need to measure output vs time at the desk. When, or even where, people are completing their work has become an old mindset. Everyone is exhausted and this is one of the top three issues faced by leaders as it impacts performance. So, how can you keep your work forced energised? I believe that we need to align our priorities and needs, to create a high-performance culture. It is no longer one size fits all as people are more in tune with what is important for them. We need to be creating a culture where employees feel valued and understand how they contribute to the higher purpose of the organisation. As leaders we need to throw away the numbers and understand that your people are the power of your business. Relationships and trust are key. This is where we really need to level up. If your people don’t trust you, it will impact on performance, culture and engagement. We need to understand what people want and, how to get the most out of them. Taking time for reflection is a great way to elevate our thinking as leaders and constantly re-asses the needs of our team. Reflection gives our brains an opportunity to pause amongst the chaos, to untangle observations and then create meaning. I believe that leadership is the difference that makes the difference. By walking in the shoes your employees you can drive change and creating high performing team. So, sit back and enjoy this episode with Julie Hyde as she shares how we can Make It Count as a leader. Links: Making It CountJoin Julie Hyde on FacebookFollow @juliehydeleads on Instagram Connect with Julie on LinkedInSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
26 minutes | Jun 29, 2021
Voicing a Change with Alicia Payne
In this episode of the ‘Making It Count’ podcast, I sit down with Alicia Payne. She is a senior sales executive with Lucid Software, based in Melbourne. As a teenager, Alicia always loved singing, and her path led her to teaching. So, how did she find herself in the world of IT at Lucid Software? ‘A colleague told me I had a passion for connecting with people. I ended up in IT sales and have never looked back - I get excited to get out of bed and connect with customers, and my team-mates. And, that is where I found my purpose’ says Alicia. Alicia has had a huge influence in her company. After falling pregnant, Alicia was the first women, in Australia to apply for maternity leave at Lucid Software. Realising she was not eligible for the government Centrelink scheme; she drew attention to this problem. ‘I wanted to bring attention to the situation’ says Alicia, ‘It is something that would certainly impact the diversity aspect of the business, as we were trying to employ more women.’ Two days before her maternity leave, Alicia was told that a new company policy had been written for this issue. In addition, she would receive paid parental leave. ‘I was so thrilled, not just for me but for what it meant.’ says Alicia. ‘It’s perhaps my greatest achievement so far.’ ‘I’m a recovering people pleaser and I used to find it really hard to speak up’ says Alicia. She goes on to share how she became bold and learnt to share feedback, rather than negativity. ‘When you speak from the heart and share your truth, you can’t go wrong.’ The world has changed dramatically and leadership also needs to change. ‘Empathy and vulnerability are essential to building successful teams and establishing trust’ says Alicia. ‘What I’ve noticed is the ability to be open and honest with each other is missing. It all starts with a wiliness to share.’ As a leader, Alicia is making the most of the opportunity to hone her skills. Connecting with those who are outside of her comfort zone has given her inspiration to continue to use her voice to create change. She also encourages us to be present and provide feedback. She practices this in her mentoring - ‘It’s an ongoing learning process but you just need to say it like it is.’ says Alicia. So, sit back and enjoy this episode with Alicia Payne as she continues to Make It Count and be a voice for change. Links: Making It CountJoin Julie Hyde on FacebookFollow @juliehydeleads on Instagram Connect with Julie on LinkedInConnect with Alicia on LinkedInLucid SoftwareSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
37 minutes | Jun 15, 2021
Leadership Engagement - Brian Hartzer
In this episode of the ‘Making It Count’ podcast, we sit down with experienced financial services professional and the former CEO of Westpac, Brian Hartzer. He is a veteran of New York-based banking strategy firm, First Manhattan Consulting Group, and has held senior roles at ANZ and the Royal Bank of Scotland. His experience in this field is unrivalled and has recently shared his wisdom on the topic of leadership in his book called ‘The Leadership Star - A Practical Guide to Building Engagement.’ Employee engagement is something all leaders strive for. Only 15% of employee’s are actively engaged worldwide. Brian explains that for someone to be engaged they need to be emotionally committed to the organisation. ‘It’s helping people see that what they’re doing isn’t just a job that they show up to and get paid for. You want to create an environment where people think - this is meaningful, worthy of my time and brings a satisfaction that goes beyond just getting paid.’ In his book, Brian covers 5 key steps to building engagement within your team. The first is care. Caring about people as individual human beings and the outcome. Secondly to provide context –why an organisation exists and why their input is important to the organisation. Third is clarity around the role, goals and expected behaviours. Forth is clearing the way – removing the barriers which may get in the way of your employee’s success. And finally, celebrate - recognising achievement and re-enforcing their achievements outside of monetary bonus’. If you organise yourself as a leader around these 5 C’s Brian says ‘you almost inevitably see a significant increase in engagement and, in my experience, that is necessary to achieve great performance as well.’ Leadership can be relatively simple in its structure. ‘I was able to use this structure to embed certain activities into my schedule over the course of a year, which made an enormous difference in my effectiveness’ says Brian. One of Brian’s chapters is engagement in times of crisis. ‘Laying the groundwork is really important’ explains Brian. When we are in crisis people’s psychology shifts from fulfilment to security. ‘As a leader, you need to remember this and address people’s worries and be conscious of what matters in the moment. Be empathetic and give them something to do that is within their control’ says Brian. Brian says, ‘The way you get wise is to go through pain’ and goes on to share how his personal experiences have given him resilience. When speaking about his time at Westpac Brian says, ‘I knew that when I became a CEO, there were times that I would be tested and given choices where I could do what was best for me, or right for the organisation.’ Making the choice to do best by the company meant Brian was able to leave without regrets. ‘I cannot imagine how horrible it would feel to live with the regret of having compromised my values.’ So, what is next for Brian? Well, he is consulting, investing in some start-ups, but is most excited about his work with the Australian Museum where they are making a difference as they aim to learn from the past and help the Australian community build a better future. So, sit back and enjoy this episode as Brian Hartzer Makes It Count. Links: Making It CountJoin Julie Hyde on FacebookFollow @juliehydeleads on Instagram Connect with Julie on LinkedIn Get a copy of ‘The Leadership Star’ - A Practical Guide to Building Engagement by: Brian HartzerSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
29 minutes | Jun 1, 2021
Standing In Your Own Spotlight With Elinor Moshe
In this episode of the ‘Making It Count’ podcast, we sit down with Thought Leader, Mentor, Author and Podcast Host, Elinor Moshe. Elinor’s career started when she enrolled into architecture and discovered she was a creative, but not in the conventional sense. ‘I started asking deeper questions as an architect, which led to me the world of construction and I really enjoyed the challenges and complexities of the industry.’ After getting to her career ‘destination,’ Elinor found herself in a place of unfulfillment. ‘I knew I wanted to climb the corporate ladder but I couldn’t tell you why’ says Elinor. Over time Elinor’s confidence had eroded away and she became meek, diminished and dull. But, meeting her mentor Ron changed all that. It has taken a lot of work on her mindset but Elinor says, ‘what gives me ultimate confidence is I know who I am – to the macro and the micro’. With her new-found confidence, Elinor became an ambitious and driven Thought Leader. However, it has not come without criticism- ‘passive aggressive people can’t stand to see others win’ say Elinor ‘I learnt early on, that I’m very glad to have haters because I know I’m doing something right.’ On a construction site you have to a contingency plan for anything that may go wrong – and this is exactly the same for our careers. ‘On a project we plan for the worst and people aren’t using that same principal-based insight and wisdom in their careers.’ This is why advising and coaching is so necessary. So, what is Thought Leadership? ‘A Thought Leader is someone who is known for what they know, because what they know makes a difference’ says Elinor. ‘It allows you to scale out as you build your message, your brand and your market based on something you are really passionate about.’ It will attract the right, value aligned people, to your business. So, as the top Thought Leader in the construction industry what is Elinor’s top advice? ‘The best thing that someone can do for themselves is dig into their heart of hearts and understand – what is it that I want and what is it that I yearn for. The onus is always on the individual to ask – what do I want?’ So, sit back and enjoy this episode with as Elinor Moshe Makes It Count. Links: Making It Count https://www.juliehyde.com.au/ Join Julie Hyde on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/JulieHydeLeadership/ Follow @juliehydeleads on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/juliehydeleads/ Connect with Julie on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/julie-hyde/ Elinor Moshe https://www.elinormoshe.com/ Follow @ elinormoshe_ on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/elinormoshe_/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
35 minutes | May 18, 2021
Heart Centred Leadership with Sophie Bretag
In this episode of the ‘Making It Count’ podcast, we sit down with Sophie Bretag who is a heart centred leader and works in Aged Care as a People and Culture Manager. ‘Often the elderly are not featured as much as they need to be’ says Sophie. ‘We have 80 residents and it is so amazing to be able to have that time with people who have lived extraordinary lives.’ Sophie’s role is to manage 150 staff who care for the residents. She is first and foremost a heart centred leader with kindness at the core. To make this work Sophie says, ‘You need to be able to set clear boundaries, be direct, give space for open communication and connection.’ It comes down to empowering her staff to do what they need to do and, giving them the tools and information to do so successfully. ‘Respect is hard to gain but easy to lose’ says Sophie ‘I don’t expect anything of my team that I don’t expect of myself – It’s about walking the talk.’ As a leader, you are being watched every second of the day. ‘If you want to be respected, then act in a respectful way. Be what you want to see.’ Since Covid lockdowns, business and personal worlds have collided. Workplace wellbeing and psychological safety have always been a non-negotiable for Sophie. She openly discusses her anxiety and the realisation that her staff may also feel this way. ‘Workplace wellbeing makes sense - If you take care of the humans as humans within the workplace then it is a win win.’ Staff need to feel safe to approach everyone, from the CEO down to the floor manager. ‘It’s our responsibility, as leaders, to make sure it is happening and to trust your team’ says Sophie. ‘The key is one on one conversations. Not to check in on a task, but to ask them what they need from me.’ In 2020, Sophie was a finalist for the Leadership HQ National Women in Leadership Award which celebrated kind, courageous and inclusive female leaders. ‘I have so much respect for women who are thriving, leading, being brave and are unapologetically themselves. To be in that category was overwhelming’ says Sophie, ‘But, the best thing was being able to talk about aged-care.’ So, sit back and enjoy this episode as Sophie Bretag shares how a leader Makes It Count. Links: Making It Count Join Julie Hyde on Facebook Follow @juliehydeleads on Instagram Connect with Julie on LinkedIn Connect with Sophie via email: firstname.lastname@example.org Follow Sophie @mettaleaders on Instagram See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
27 minutes | May 4, 2021
Women Talking Finance with Karen Eley
In this episode of the ‘Making It Count’ podcast, we sit down with Karen Eley, founder of ‘Women Talking Finance’, a service which provides money coaching and financial literacy services specifically to women. Today we dive deep into the psychology behind how we treat money and why we do what we do in this space. She was raised by a single mum who told Karen that ‘a man is not a financial plan,’ an ethos she adopted from an early age. After many years working in the auditing and technical services space, Karen took a leap of faith and in 2019 started her own financial coaching service ‘Women Talking Finance.’ ‘I wanted to work with clients to unpack the psychology behind how we handle our finances so they could make long-lasting and sustainable changes for the better in how they manage their money’ says Karen. ‘Men and women often come from different backgrounds when it comes to values or how we should approach the money we spend’ explains Karen, ‘There are two sides to managing money – the external side and the internal side’. Karen has seen vast difference between how women in their 20s approach their finances compared with women in their 40s. ‘Women have everything they need to be really good investors; they just need to apply the same strategy to an investment portfolio and go from consumers to investors.’ Money is intertwined in all we do as humans. ‘Money stress can impact our health and even relationships.’ So, with that in mind we ask Karen for her top three tips for long term financial goals. First, we need to make financial goals with purpose and direction. Secondly, build your knowledge around your finances and finally, and most importantly, ‘become really clear on what money means to you – reflect on your childhood associations with money - because as children we are conditioned around what we think, feel and how we act with money.’ So, sit back and enjoy this episode with as Karen Eley Makes It Count when it comes to managing our finances. Links: Making It Count Join Julie Hyde on Facebook Follow @juliehydeleads on Instagram Connect with Julie on LinkedIn Women Talking FinanceSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
28 minutes | Apr 20, 2021
21 Ways to Thrive With Self Care and Acceptance with Sonia Bestulic
In this episode of the ‘Making It Count’ podcast, we sit down with Sonia Bestulic, a Multi-Award nominated Author, Founding Director of Talking Heads Speech Pathology, Podcaster of Chatabout Children with Sonia Bestulic, and highly regarded Speaker. As a child, Sonia loved helping people and the older she got the greater this desire within her grew. All of her passion accumulated until she became a speech pathologist and opened her own clinic in Sydney. With the mothers Sonia worked with, she saw that although there were strength and determination, mums are exhausted. ‘I could see that they weren’t including themselves on their list of people to nurture and take care of’ says Sonia. She realised that by supporting mothers – we can support the children in a much more elevated way. ‘I wanted them to know -You matter too’. So, Sonia wrote her third book – ‘Flourish for Mums - 21 ways to thrive with self-care and acceptance.’ Sonia gives us a sneak peek and reveals some her top tips to thrive with self-care. Tip number one - ‘Honour your human-ness – let go of all the high expectations and perfectionism and focus on what matters.’ Sonia goes on to explain the ‘compare and contrast button’ in our brains and how we can interrupt negative thinking with thankfulness. Also, we need to get up and dance! ‘Dance is an awesome re-connection tool - it brings you in a zone of presence.’ We switch gears and talk all things social media. ‘I think sometimes we forget we're in control of it’ says Sonia, ‘You need to make sure you are making it work for you and ask - what is the purpose of me being on social media?’ then take a moment to ask yourself how you are feeling after you get off social media. And finally, we hear how Sonia takes time to reconnect with herself as a working mum of 3 and her ‘to-do’ and ‘to-be' list. So, sit back and enjoy this episode with Sonia Bestulic as she Makes It Count. Links: Get your copy of Sonia’s book Sonia Bestulic Talking Heads Speech Pathology Check out Sonia’s Podcast - Chatabout Children with Sonia Bestulic Making It Count Join Julie Hyde on Facebook Follow @juliehydeleads on Instagram Connect with Julie on LinkedInSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
31 minutes | Apr 6, 2021
Why being uncomfortable is powerful Tory Archbold
In this episode of the ‘Making It Count’ podcast, we sit down with founder of Powerful Steps, Tory Archbold. Tory founded the globally recognised PR agency ‘Torstar’ and was at the top of her game working with influencers like Megan Gale, Zara, Nespresso, Victoria’s Secret and Steve Madden. However, for three years each time she did a launch ‘a little bit of my heart was saying-this is the last time you will do this Tory.’ Sitting at the launch of Drew Barrymore’s ‘Flower Beauty’ listening to her speak about surviving tough times, Tory had her ‘ah-ha’ moment and thought ‘lady, I see you and raise you five. You know what, I’m done.’ And she was – she stepped away from PR to get her life back. Tory had her own story to tell. ‘I wanted a life with more purpose’ says Tory ‘It was time to reshape my story and step into my power zone.’ So, took some time out to re-evaluate and using her forward momentum, founded Powerful Steps in 2019 – A platform to inspire, encourage and empower others to step outside their comfort zone and into their power zone. ‘My values are passion, integrity and delivery – my success is your success’ says Tory. After a near-death experience and ten years of being stalked, Tory gained a fresh perspective. She took the bravest step of all and publicly revealed her personal mask. ‘There is power in connection. I wanted to be a better version of myself to teach others that challenges can become possibilities.’ Julie met Tory through her ‘Business Attraction Program’ where she has been able to develop relationships with other value-aligned female entrepreneurs. A big part of why Tory is so successful is the power of her brand and how she can attract value-sharing people to that brand. She shares with us the key to having a successful and powerful personal brand to ensure it attracts what you want - ‘When you connect with someone, the first thing they will do is google you – so invest in some good imagery for LinkedIn’, and secondly ‘work on the first three sentences of your bio and understand your 5-point story’. It's all about investing in your own story, understanding the power of that story and translating that into a powerful communication tool so that people want to connect with you. ‘You need to believe in yourself and the power if your story’ say Tory ‘the most successful leaders are uncomfortable to be able to step into a higher vibration.’ ‘A happy heart is a magnet for miracles’ say Tory, ‘my life is now in alignment and I am happy’. So, strip out what doesn’t serve you and make yourself available to the things that serve you and your value set. So, sit back and enjoy this episode with as Tory Archbold Makes It Count. Links: Making It Count Join Julie Hyde on Facebook Follow @juliehydeleads on Instagram Connect with Julie on LinkedIn Powerful Steps Follow @powerfulsteps on Instagram See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
20 minutes | Nov 23, 2020
The Role Model Effect - Julie Hyde
Julie Hyde is a leader of leaders. She’s a disruptor and a powerful people enabler who helps leaders make big things happen.Julie Hyde enjoyed a successful 21-year corporate career where she led teams large and small to deliver strong results in a very competitive industry. Julie has transformed poor performance and toxic cultures to be some of the best in the business, ran businesses generating over $20m in profit and received numerous awards.Twelve years ago Julie decided to start her own business taking everything she knew from her corporate days to work with SME’s and entrepreneurs. Three years ago she wrote her first book called Busy?Julie also runs women’s networking dinners in Melbourne called ‘Disruption, Women and Wine’ and is a Telstra Business Women’s Award nominee.In this podcast, Julie chats about One Powerful thing that you can do to step up in 2021 - being a Strong Role Model:The importance of learning from the past to create our futureWhy being a role model is critical to your future successHow to be a strong role model
27 minutes | Nov 9, 2020
The EQ Advantage - Ush Dhanak
Ush Dhanak is one of Australia’s leading experts on emotional intelligence, EQ coach and trainer and a popular keynote speaker at events around the world. She’s the founder and CEO of Emotional Quotient (EQ) Academy, the online hub for emotional intelligence courses, workshops EQ resources in Australia.Her point of difference is using Neuroleadership and EQ to help leaders uncover their true potential.Born in the UK, Ush is a lawyer and barrister by trade. After moving to Sydney 15 years ago, she worked as a lawyer for top-tier law firms, and then moved into Head of HR roles. Around this time, Ush developed a keen interest in emotional intelligence and this remains her focus today.Ush really simplifies EQ for us and shares some pragmatic tips to strengthen your EQ.We chat about:The catalyst for Ush moving from Law into coaching EQWhat the definition of EQ isHow your emotions affect your EQThree ways to know if you have strong EQThree tips for leaders to strengthen their EQLinks:EQ Academy
46 minutes | Oct 27, 2020
Thriving in a Pandemic - Dr Jenny Brockis
As a kid, Jenny’s favourite tale was Kipling’s story of ‘How The Elephant Got His Trunk. Like the elephant she was insatiably curious about the world. It also got her into a bit of trouble, like the time she set fire to the kitchen during a chemistry experiment.Her curiosity led her to ask, why does our body and mind sometimes fail us?As a board-certified lifestyle medicine physician and best-selling author her vision is to enable everyone to be a happy, thriving human. Which is why Jenny chose to switch from being a GP to create a workplace consultancy called Brain Fit, specialising in mental wellbeing, psychological safety and sustainable high performance.Jenny’s fourth book Thriving Mind: How to Cultivate a Good Life (Wiley) has just been published and when not at work you’ll find her cuddled up with a book, hiking in nature, or experimenting in the kitchen.Our chat is focused around how to thrive in a pandemic.This is a brilliant chat with Jenny that includes:How to recognise if you or someone you know is strugglingThe importance of creating a safe space for people to speak upTips for managing your mental wellbeingTips for leaders to support their employee’s mental wellbeingThe biggest influence of Jenny’s life to dateGrab a pen and paper and enjoy this podcast with Dr Jenny.Links:Dr Jenny BrockisLinkedIn
40 minutes | Oct 13, 2020
The Power of the Pause with Helen Fairclough
With 30 years’ experience in Australia and internationally, Helen Fairclough returned to her hometown Melbourne in 2014 to join the award-winning Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) as Director of People and Culture.Recently acting Chief Operating Officer, Helen has currently been appointed in an interim role as the Director of Business Relaunch at MCEC, a role that Helen shares a bit about in the podcast.Prior to MCEC, Helen spent nine years with Chevron Corporation in London and San Francisco. She has also held roles with HRMS Consulting in Monaco, and the Transport Accident Commission and Crown Casino in Melbourne.Helen has worked in environments ranging from start-up to Fortune 500, and in industries as diverse as retail, advertising, government/public sector, hospitality, tourism & events, insurance, law, consulting, manufacturing and energy.Helen has Board level experience as a Non-Executive Director and Executive Council Member of the Victorian Chamber of Commerce & Industry and member of the Australian American Chamber Commerce Board (San Francisco, USA). Her interests include live music, travelling, fashion and sport.When I first met Helen she was sharing how the MCEC had won Employer of the Year Award 3 times. An award that is not easy to achieve, especially for a hospitality business the size of MCEC. In this podcast, you will start to understand how they did this AND they have now been named Employer of Choice again at the time of recording this podcast – that is 4 YEARS IN A ROW!I really love this podcast and I could’ve chatted to Helen forever! There are so many leadership and team engagement tips and insights that Helen shares that will benefit anyone who listens in.Helen generously shares:How MCEC is using this opportunity to innovate and disrupt the sectorThree things that contributed to the MCEC being awarded Employer of the Year 3 times (now 4 YEARS IN A ROW at the time of recording this podcast)The biggest leadership shifts this pandemic has causedThree things leaders need to focus on moving forwardAlso since recording this podcast (Sept 2020) the State Government has extended the funding for the MCEC into the New Year (Helen mentions this in our chat, which is great news for them and the City of Melbourne.Links:Helen FaircloughMCEC
25 minutes | Sep 29, 2020
10 Tips to Move Us Forward - Julie Hyde
Julie Hyde is a leader of leaders. She’s a disruptor and a powerful people enabler who helps leaders make big things happen.Managing people comes with a lot of pressure. Underperformance, culture issues, and poor retention can have a real impact on your business. To continue to grow and scale, you need the right systems and training - and you need a partner who understands how to align your business and your people.As your business advisor, trainer, mentor, and partner, Julie can help empower your leaders to unlock the people potential in your team and business.When you work with Julie, you get HR with a difference: practical advice and strategies for leadership training, culture building, change management, and team engagement.Julie shares her Ten Leadership Tips that she has learnt during the Covid-19 pandemic that we can double down on and take with us as we transition into the next phase.Links:Julie HydeLinkedIn
35 minutes | Sep 15, 2020
Normalising Child Anxiety - Rick Foster
For over 25 years Rick Foster forged a career as a successful copywriter. Twenty of those were as part- owner and founder of Tank, a creative agency that strived to make a meaningful difference through their work.But then Rick had a mental breakdown, suffering severe anxiety which made him relook at everything. His family, life and career.What was the hardest time of his life also became the happiest, as he reignited his passion for writing through pursuing something that he had wanted to do since having the first of his two beautiful daughters – write picture books.Drawing on his own experience and the struggles both of his young daughters experienced with anxiety, he wrote and self-published his first picture book, Why Worry Wally? to help kids talk about and cope with their worries and anxiety.Rick is a strong advocate for mental health, in particular anxiety in children and men, and passionate about de-stigmatising issues around mental health.This podcast is super relevant right now with what we are experiencing. There has been so much disruption to children’s lives because of this pandemic and it has really impacted their worries and anxiety levels. This podcast is full of pragmatic tips to assist you with how to normalise anxiety and encourage your kids to talk about it.We chat about:What drove Rick to write Why Worry WallyHow Why Worry Wally helps normalise anxiety for childrenWhat to do if your child does raise they are feeling anxious or worriedWhy it’s ok for parents not to be the superheroWhy being present and breaking the busy curse is super importantPlease do share this podcast with those you know with kids as it could make a huge difference to their world. As Rick shares you can purchase the book via his website and a percentage of the sales is donated to Kids Helpline.Links:Why Worry WallyRick Foster
35 minutes | Sep 1, 2020
The Diversity Advantage - Fiona Pearman
My guest today is Fiona Pearman.Fiona is the founder and Director of Pearman Partners, a facilitator & speaker. She is a game changer, thought leader and status quo challenger – how awesome is that!Fiona is a sought-after opinion leader, panellist and speaker on creating gender equal and inclusive workplaces, where everyone can thrive. She works with organisations to deeply understand the underpinning systemic and structural barriers that impact gender diversity at senior levels.She is the co-author of Core Confidence. which examines the reasons why professional women can be perceived as less confident than men.Fiona’s background as a corporate brand strategist means she understands the benefits for organisations in fully leveraging the power of gender diversity.In this podcast we will discuss why a gender balanced leadership of your company will create the conditions to outperform the market and give you a competitive advantage – and how to get there.We also cover:Where the obstacles are for gender balanceThe opportunities for leaders to lead the changeHow confidence can play a part in holding woman backThis is a really insightful chat with Fiona who offers some deep insights and valuable tips for all of us and encourages us to look within in order to progress improved gender diversity within senior leadership positions.
35 minutes | Aug 18, 2020
Personal Brand Power - Carlii Lyon
Meet Carlii Lyon. A woman on a mission!For the past 15 years, Carlii has been shaping the personal brands of remarkable individuals from across the globe.Her past clients include a world-leading supermodel (Miranda Kerr), New York Times bestselling authors, inventors, musicians, and even a British celebrity foot reader!Today Carlii speaks about personal branding to the teams of iconic brands internationally and is helping everyday individuals master the art of putting themselves out there.Personal Branding is something I strongly believe in and understand how powerful it can be. Carlii describes your Personal Brand as an asset which I think is a great way to look at it because an asset is value and your Personal Brand can be of significant value to you if approached intentionally.We chat about:Demystifying Personal BrandThe benefits of owning and investing in your brandTips for building your brand in uncertain timesWhat leaders should be thinking about with their brandLinks:Carlii LyonLinkedIn
46 minutes | Aug 4, 2020
The Human Manager - Mark LeBusque
Meet Mark LeBusque.Mark is universally known as the “Human Manager” and his proven techniques for elevating leaders and energizing employees make him an internationally sought after speaker, facilitator, mentor and coach. His books BEING HUMAN and the little book of HUMAN have challenged the way Managers and Organisations view the value of the 100- year old Management system and has sparked a more Human approach across the globe.Mark has developed and refined his “Human Manager” model over a 25-year career in sales, operations and general management, delivering measurable improvements in employee engagement, team performance and business results even in todays climate of fast paced change and uncertainty. He has an innate ability to both speak and seek the truth, provoke humans to step into their own reality and skillfully combines practicality and simplicity with textbook theory. Mark is Harvard Business School Trained and an accredited Practitioner in Adaptive Leadership and Instincts at Work and is affectionately known as a Certified Bogan…I think you’ll agree that right now the world needs more human. We need leaders to step into a more human approach at a time when they are facing enormous challenge too! No easy feat. Which is why this episode is very timely and very relevant.Mark shares:How he became known as the Human ManagerThe shifts required for leaders in this time of COVID-19Tips to rewire your management styleTips for having meaningful performance conversations with your teamA powerful question to ask yourself that will improve your self awareness.Links:Mark LeBusqueLinkedIn
41 minutes | Jul 21, 2020
Sales Redefined - Abbie White
Abbie White is the Founder of Sales Redefined and one of Australia’s most dynamic sales experts.With over 15 experience in sales and sales leadership, Abbie’s proven track record includes assisting in the delivery of over $500M in sales, across a range of industries.Abbie’s modern approaches to high performance sales and her tried-and-tested, authenticity-based sales formula have helped supercharge the performance and profits of boutique Australian businesses, through to large multinationals. It’s her approach that really resonated with me and I believe it just makes complete sense.Abbie is an expert at creating profound shifts in the performance of sales professionals. She is high energy and super passionate and is certainly someone who walks her talk which I admire.My chat with Abbie covers quite a lot including:Abbie’s approach to sales and how it benefits her clientsThe shits and the opportunities since Covid-19Why having skin in the game can be a game changer.Abbie’s tips for managing busyThis is an awesome chat with Abbie where she shares lots of practical tips so you may want to have a pen and paper handy! Links:Sales RedefinedThe Execution ZoneAbbie White
44 minutes | Jul 8, 2020
The Upstander Effect - Jessica Hickman
My guest today is the courageous Jessica HickmanAs the founder of Bullyology and Upstand Academy, Jessica is known globally as ‘The Bullyologist’. Bullyology is a professional anti-bullying methodology derived from personal experiences and meticulous research, dedicated to breaking the silence on bullying while striving to promote healthy workplace relationships.Jessica’s mission is to create thriving workplace cultures where individuals are empowered to be Upstanders rather than silent bystanders.Jessica has worked across the UK and Australia in multiple industries including public and private sectors. She is known for her work delivering an improved workplace culture winning multiple industry awards. Delivering motivational workshops with passion and commitment to engage internal staff and external clients on ‘unspeakable’ topics. Her passion lays with delivering social inclusion programs to promote equality, psychological safety and trust within the workplace.Jessica describes how she now uses her adversity as her superpower to make a difference for others. She is super passionate and driven to do this and we chat about:Jessica’s journey to becoming known as the BullyologistThe Upstander effectTips to becoming an UpstanderThe shift in bullying now more people are working from homeHow we can all make a difference in this spaceLinksBullyology
29 minutes | Jun 23, 2020
The Social Shift - Lee Ussher
Lee Ussher is my guest today.Lee is head of Digital & Social Media Management at Buzz Web Media. A nationally recognised digital marketing agency Lee co-founded, that specialises in servicing companies and leaders establish their brands, and expand customer reach online.With over 20 years of consulting and training experience, 15 of them within the marketing industry, Lee has developed her career as a professional speaker, and residency mentor for University New England's Regional Incubator Program. As a media commentator, Lee is referenced for her thoughts on developing brand leadership, social media trends and digital influence.As a presenter and trainer, Lee is known for delivering practical methods and easy to use resources that any business size can implement to build credibility and maintain an authority of influence. In the last decade her innovative marketing strategies have been showcased alongside recognised brands such as Microsoft, Telstra, Optus, and NAB at national conferences and forums.Lee's passion for helping others rise and curiosity for digital marketing means she still loves getting her hands dirty developing 2 personal media projects: Women With Wit and SER4KIDS, whilst acting as a board advisor and director for 2 organisations.We chat about the impact of COVID-19 on Social and how this has impacted our positioning and ability to influence in this space:What has shifted with social mediaThe importance of the intention of your messagingHow to use social to strengthen your social networksThe importance of keeping your eye on future shifts in this space.
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