UN’s Sustainable Development Solutions Co-Chair, John Thwaites on timing those tricky and charged conversations

We’ve all heard the saying it’s all about timing, which eludes to waiting for the right time in the calendar or season. But what if it’s not about waiting. It’s about getting into the right mindset before you nosedive into those tricky and charged conversations. That’s what we spoke about with John Thwaites in this week’s Top Five Movement Leading Generous Teams podcast.  John is a Co-Chair of the Leadership Council of the UN [...]

Our Watch CEO, Patty Kinnersly, on how to use your team to change your mindset on hard days

When you’re not feeling like you’re on your game, motivation’s waning, and you can’t talk yourself out of your funk, no matter how many positive affirmations you recite, it’s time to look towards your team.  In this episode with Patty Kinnersly, Chief Executive Officer of Our Watch + Vice President of the Carlton Football Club Board, we discuss a really powerful technique to use your team to change your mindset in an unexpected way. [...]

Bonus Episode + Invitation: How we build “unbreakable teams” at Top Five Movement

A client recently shared that we’ve made their team unbreakable.  Why? As a team of award-winning mindset coaches, we deliver innovative leadership programs that disrupt unhelpful thinking + patterns, develop new perspectives, raise the bar on solutions, and help your leaders create high performing teams. Led by Clare Desira, International Coach of the Year and Fellow of the Centre for Sustainability Leaders (now Monash Sustainable Development Institute), Top Five has worked with thousands of [...]

Why Hollywood motivation just doesn’t cut it…when it comes to building teams

You’re watching a movie. You’re really getting into it. The main character is on a heroic journey. Against all odds, they overcome all of the things to get the happy ending. The credits roll and it’s just like what The Age reviewer said: “Inspiring. Moving. Unforgettable.” How is it that one movie can make us feel anything is possible? With this newfound motivation, you head back to work with a pep in your step.  Only to be [...]

ACOSS CEO Dr Cass Goldie on why switching off doesn’t cut it when it comes to leading teams

When leaders encourage their team to “switch off” they don’t always realise it can be demotivating and inaccessible. For many, the idea of switching off is actually daunting. Like a void of space and time that could be used to be making a difference.   Also, you’re not a lightbulb. You don’t have an on and off switch. It’s not that black and white.  The best thing you can do is learn to go from [...]

St Luke Health’s Barb Brown on how role clarity unlocks purpose and builds motivated teams

Role clarity. It seems so simple it’d be easy to miss.  Of course there’s a job description when the contract is signed, but how do you use that as a tool to support mental fitness and wellbeing in your team? One of the most important ingredients for a successful team is when they know what their role is and how it fits into the purpose of the organisation. This is what we spoke about [...]

CASE STUDY: Top Five made our team unbreakable

As a leader it makes sense to do team building work when you’ve got a full team right?  The truth is, there’s so much change and movement within roles and across organisations right now that having a full team is rare. And every day you wait on team building is another day that the culture you’re trying to shift is under pressure.  If you want to future-proof your culture, it starts now, by focusing on your current [...]

Telstra’s Former Group Executive, Alex Badenoch on what vulnerability looks like practically, at the highest levels of leadership

Leaders are often looked to as experts. But they’re not. The strongest leaders surround themselves with experts, which means, you don’t know the answer a lot of the time.  When leaders feel like they should know, they miss the opportunity to invite their team to step into their strengths, rally around you, draw out their skills and talents to solve the problem in ways you couldn’t imagine. This is what vulnerability looks like practically, [...]

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