In June this year my life took an unexpected turn. I had my parents (John & Jenny) visit from New Zealand, they said it was to visit Sam and I (but I knew the truth, my 2-year-old was the main attraction). After an action-packed week of Aquarium and Zoo visits, and tramming their way all … Continue reading The whole world turned upside down: brain cancer & awesome workplaces
Everything is more likely to kill you in Australia right? The snakes, the spiders, the great whites... When I moved to Australia (from New Zealand, a rainforest-filled paradise with amazing beaches... but a small economy) I had a rude awakening – luckily this wasn’t in the form of meeting the wildlife face to face. Despite … Continue reading HR in Australia (Unlike everything else here, it probably won’t kill you)
This article was first published at Blogging4Jobs.com We hear it a lot: the world of work is changing. Often we hear it at the beginning of a big sweeping statement about how we need to become more ‘responsive’, more ‘agile’ and that because Google, Facebook and Snapchat are doing something new with their approach to … Continue reading Getting Uncomfortable in HR: Adapting to our Changing World
I woke up this morning and felt incredibly... lucky. Lucky that I am excited to go to work. Lucky that I enjoy my career and I get to work for an organisation I believe in. Lucky that I have been fortunate enough to have some incredible mentors throughout my career. (In case you can't tell, … Continue reading Mentoring is AWESOME!
This past couple of months has been pretty standard of any new year - I, like many others, get all excited and motivated at the seemingly limitless prospects of a new year - the projects, the cultural change, the lofty goal of happier, more productive people. No matter the quality of planning somehow we always … Continue reading Genuine Space to Think Big
Yesterday I attended the YMCA Victoria / AFL SportsReady joint program graduation for a group of leaders within the YMCA. The participants are concluding their YMCA Leadership Stage 2 Certificate jointly with a Diploma in Management and presented their group projects to their peers and guests from the wider organisation. It was pretty awesome - … Continue reading Storytelling: People with a Passion for Making a Difference
I was recently asked to participate in a specialist department's retreat - I know I know, 'retreat' is often a catch-all we use to either shove a tonne of information down unsuspecting employee's throats or a flowery-feel good waste of time (and often company funds). But then I spoke to the team manager and to … Continue reading Team Retreats – What’s the Point?
Everyone’s an Expert L&D has a slightly co-dependent relationship with HR. If we’re in-house often we’re a part of a wider P&C team – and many of our colleagues have started their careers in more HR focused roles. HR often writes the book on ‘having difficult conversations’ – but sometimes it’s really hard to have … Continue reading Difficult Conversations in the L&D Universe