Leadership

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 people across 40 countries to flip the script on mindset, resilience + leadership. They don’t call us the most refreshing take on mindset, resilience, and leadership for [...]

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 greeted by a spiraling inbox, back-to-back Zoom meetings, and a tricky client situation. By the end of the day, the movie is long forgotten and you’re back [...]

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 “on” to “recharge.” This is what we discussed in the episode with Dr Cassandra Goldie, CEO of the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS).  Cass brings public [...]

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 with Barb Brown, Executive Manager of People & Culture from St Lukes Health on the podcast this week.  Barb is an award winning HR leader who has [...]

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 team, regardless of a few empty roles on the org chart. That’s where we met Will Wettenhall.  Will heads up an Environment + Community team and when [...]

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, at the highest levels of leadership. This is what we discussed with Alex Badenoch, Telstra’s former Group Executive – Transformation, Communication and People on our Leading Generous [...]

ACF’s CEO, Kelly O’Shanassy on why being a pushover won’t build collaborative or motivated teams

People think that a collaborative team is being a yes person, never disagreeing, and singing kumbaya in a circle.  But actually, leading a collaborative team takes some hard decisions. This is what we talked about with Kelly O’Shanassy, CEO of the Australian Conservation Foundation on our Leading Generous Teams podcast this week. We discussed how she fuels herself and her team/ to make the hard decisions and stay focussed on the goals that matter. Kelly is experienced in executive roles in business, government and the community sector. In her career, Kelly has led the charge to boost clean energy, save water [...]

Bonus Episode: Inherited a team with the wrong attitude?

Inherited a team that is stuck in old ways of thinking + working? The ol’ “Hire for attitude, train for skill,” doesn’t cut it anymore. We’ve all heard the saying “Hire for attitude, train for skill,” and that’s nice, but how often do you get to build a team from scratch?  More often than not, our teams are a patchwork of other people’s decisions and history. So when you inherit a team, the “hiring for attitude” ship has sailed. In this episode: Why this happens Why it’s critical to "train for attitude" How to get some complimentary [...]

Your first team meeting sorted + other ways to shake off confusing new year motivation

Life back at work in January can feel like a confusing patchwork of exciting plans and low motivation. Especially if you're recovering from extra time with extended family, looking after others and enviously daydreaming about others still on leave. That to-do list you diligently wrote out in December for the "New Year you" can feel heavy + uninspiring. We've got loads of ways to help with this: YOUR FIRST TEAM MEETING SORTED Refresh the rhythm of your first (or next) team meeting by sending these prompts in advance and ask your team to come along ready to share: Three things you're celebrating from 2022 [...]

By |2023-01-17T13:14:41+11:00January 17th, 2023|Change Management, Leadership, Mindset, Mindset Tools, Resilient Teams|

Oxfam CEO, Lyn Morgain on the strategic importance of learning how to share joy, motivate teams and lift culture

Shallow or strategic?  What comes to mind when you think of the highlight reel of your work?  It’s shallow. Like you’re glossing over what still needs to be done. You just don’t have time for it. And yet, in my conversation with Lyn Morgain, CEO of Oxfam on our Leading Generous Teams podcast this week, we discussed the strategic importance of learning how to share the joy and those moments of highlight. Lyn Morgain is the Chief Executive of Oxfam Australia. As leader of Oxfam Australia, Lyn oversees the delivery of a broad range of long-term development programs, advocacy campaigns and [...]

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