Why wait for opportunities when you can create them?

When Sonia McDonald found herself alone as a single-mum in China, she had been working in a senior HR role which she loved. She then made the difficult decision to come home to Australia and to work remotely in the same role, however, that didn’t work out.

McDonald then struggled to find flexible work that suited her needs and experience. In her podcast interview on The Mentor List, she described how, when the opportunity came up to become a leadership development consultant, she exaggerated her experience to get the role. She soon found she had a passion for coaching others to become better leaders and set about learning everything she could on the subject.

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The value of business knowledge and where to find it

Many people believe that education stops once you finish school, but this is not the case. Your education stops the moment you believe you can’t learn anything new anymore. For most people, that means the moment they draw their last breath — so, you’ve still got time!

Formal education is just one step in the learning process, yet there are many more and you can take as many steps as you like.

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10 steps for building a positive company culture

It doesn’t matter if you are the leader of a large organisation or you have just hired your first employee, you’ll want your team to function efficiently and harmoniously. That’s a given. Yet, this doesn’t always eventuate and you may not even know why.

When you created your business plan, no doubt you looked at sales projections, target markets, key personnel, systems and processes and much more. But, how much time did you spend planning how the people would work together?

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How to keep your two brains healthy

Did you know that we each have two brains? That’s right, the brain in our heads and the ‘brain’ that lives mainly in our gut.

This brain is called the microbiome and it is made up of many millions of tiny bacteria cells (called microbiota) that have lived happily within your body since you were born. Together, they have around the same number of cells as the rest of your body combined and weigh up to 2 kilograms.

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How to grow from adversity

In 2014, Rosie Batty became a household name in Australia following the tragic and brutal death of her son at the hands of his own father. Since then, she has championed the domestic violence cause with dignity and courage. Rosie mourns her son everyday yet she continues to speak out and fight for tougher laws and reviews around this once taboo issue.

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Why working for yourself gives you greater job security

David Meerman Scott makes a living by writing international bestsellers, presenting his acclaimed sales and marketing strategies to audiences of the most respected organisations and associations in 40 countries, advising exciting start-ups, and much more. He doesn’t need to worry about money.

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How to maintain your humanity while immersed in technology

The distinctions between human beings and the technologies around us are becoming increasingly blurred as our devices get smarter.

Our phones are smarter. Our cars are smarter. Even our fridges and washing machines are smarter. Now, the clothes and accessories we wear are getting smarter, too.

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Joining the dots of success

“Careers and businesses don’t develop along a straight line. If you plot their milestones or turning points most would resemble a child’s join-the-dot picture with scattered points and no clear pattern. The picture doesn’t begin to emerge until you start making connections between the points.

These connections can take many real-life forms. They could include personal and business networks or linking ideas and industry fields. Sometimes the connections don’t make sense at first or they may lead to dead-ends. However, they can also lead toward rich and innovative creations.”

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Are you fluent in body language?

We are all good at communication. With all the video calls, text messages, social media comments, emails and more, we certainly get a lot of practice. So, we’d have to be good at it by now, wouldn’t we?

Well, maybe not. While technology does give us more communication options, it doesn’t stop us misinterpreting each other’s messages or unintentionally causing offence. So, maybe it’s time we stop to consider how communication works.

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Why market research is the key to brand loyalty

Your business is customer-focused, right? Everything you do is for the customer. So, why are you struggling to get them to remain loyal to your brand? The answer is simple.

If you want customers to come back, you have to give them a great experience at every level, every time.

Let’s say that again. Say it out loud if you want to.

If you want customers to come back, you have to give them a great experience at every level, every time.

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Success comes with risks: Are you willing to take them?

Have you ever stopped to reflect on what success looks like to you? Most of us have a dream of becoming ‘successful’, but our dreams can look very different. They could include a nice house and car, having a life-long partner and kids, becoming a CEO, joining a rock band or simply having the time and space to do what we want. Sometimes, we define our success by someone else’s standards. Whether this is done consciously or unconsciously, we end up living life by default and not design. Social norms can dictate what we ‘should’ or ‘shouldn’t’ be doing with our lives and we can end up fearing the consequences of not fitting in.

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Why self-improvement needs to begin on the inside

"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you".

Matthew 7:12 NCV, see also Luke 6:31

This fundamental moral principle has appeared in many religions and cultures over thousands of years and it continues to be relevant today.

It’s a simple philosophy that we all genuinely believe we follow, but some of us are much better at it than others. This is especially true of the leaders around us and in the media. It’s not hard to see that some have become too self-absorbed to notice how their behaviour affects others. Some may never have known and others simply might not care. Yet, how leaders treat others will often determine their success.

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3 golden rules for effective leadership

"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you".

Matthew 7:12 NCV, see also Luke 6:31

This fundamental moral principle has appeared in many religions and cultures over thousands of years and it continues to be relevant today.

It’s a simple philosophy that we all genuinely believe we follow, but some of us are much better at it than others. This is especially true of the leaders around us and in the media. It’s not hard to see that some have become too self-absorbed to notice how their behaviour affects others. Some may never have known and others simply might not care. Yet, how leaders treat others will often determine their success.

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How to build a mentally healthy team in a growing business

“Adam Trippe-Smith is also no stranger to burnout. As an entrepreneur, he was a co-founder of easyCar.com in London, co-founder of McLaren Vale Beer Company, co-founder of the Independent Brewers Association, founder of Kegstar and founder of The Balmain Ball. In other words, he’s been busy.

In his interview on The Mentor List, Trippe-Smith described the ups and downs of his entrepreneurial journey. As well as sharing his successes, he was quite open about the delayed effect his years of constant activity had on his mental health.”

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Disruption in healthcare advocacy – fixing an ailing system

“Tony McGinn knows how to get things done.

Through his company, MCM Entertainment, he has been a driving force behind media content production and syndication in the Australian music industry for several decades. His company created ways to create and transport several kilograms of pre-recorded large audio tape reels via courier to hundreds of radio stations across the country so that shows like Take 40 Australia could be aired at the same time each week. Then they had to collect the tapes and bring them back to start the whole process again for the next week. Later, the tapes were replaced by CDs and, eventually, by digital platforms.”

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Change Happens! How to Make it Work for You

“Are you the sort of person that likes to know what they’ll be having for lunch in 3 weeks’ time or where every cent of your money goes?

Maybe you prefer to leave each day totally unplanned or you have no specific goals, budget or savings?

Or, maybe you’re a bit of both? Most of us do sit somewhere in between. You might have plans or routines in some areas of your life but be happy to drift through others. Is that a conscious choice, though?”

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How Small Steps Lead to Giant Leaps

“You’ve heard the saying, ‘If nothing changes, nothing changes”. It makes sense, doesn’t it? We can’t expect to improve something without changing it in some way. So why is it that many of us allow our careers (or our lives) to fall into monotonous patterns?

We don’t start out that way. Babies are fascinated by new things, even something as simple as the feel of grass. Toddlers spend whole days exploring and pushing their boundaries. Schoolchildren build up their knowledge year after year. If we go on to further study, the habit continues. However, many of us lose the habit of learning once we join the workforce. We may gain more knowledge or skills incidentally but not always as a result of deliberate or planned progression. Why not?”

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Why It’s OK to Reinvent the Wheel

“Can you imagine what the world would be like if we never developed new ideas or new ways of doing things? We’d be right back in the pre-historic ages with no fire, tools or clothing. But even then, there were some groups who didn’t catch on. It’s hardly surprising that they weren’t the one that survived and evolved.”

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