Education Archives - Optimum Consulting

My experience as a FTM (First Time Manager)

Over the last 12-months I have moved into a leadership position within our company, Optimum Consulting. Managing/Leading a team is something that I have wanted to do since I entered the workforce and a goal that I have spoken to my manager about for the last few years. I think it was even something that

Teamwork – Learning from the New Zealand All Blacks, Harvard Research and Ants!

How do the best teams work?  I’ve collated three extremely different reference points to help answer this question. Teamwork is the combined actions of a group of people working together effectively to achieve a goal. So, for most managers in the workplace, the focus on building great teams should be front and centre and I

Memory and Team Performance

Is relying on memory damaging the experience and performance of your team? Many years ago I found myself moving into a Senior Leadership position in a fast-growing global company.  At the time I was horribly unprepared for the experience and essentially had to make things up as I was going along.  It seems learning on

More Resilient Than Plastic.

Ok, let’s talk about this ban on single use plastic bags. There seems to be various reactions to this new rule that some major supermarkets and outlets have implemented. Some Australians are happy that the big stores have begun to take a more environmentally friendly step. Others are downright angry and so annoyed that their

Career Tips – Open letter to my boys.

To my wonderful sons, Currently, you are both in school, one of you in early primary years and one just commenced high school.  So far, your school experiences have been vastly different.  To my youngest, you are enjoying the opportunity to learn about numbers, shapes, stories in books, the environment, how to play sport, how

One Simple Way to Work Smarter, Not Harder!

One trend which has gained a lot of traction over the past few years is the idea of working smarter, not harder. Businesses have started embracing this idea, and it’s difficult to go a day without hearing the phrase mentioned somewhere. The idea of working smarter not harder is great, but the execution of this

The Failed Leader

I woke up the other morning at about 5.00am, switched on the television to watch the news. The ABC 24 hour news channel led with the story of the Australian cricket side had been involved with a ball tampering scandal and it went directly to a live press conference with opener Cameron Bancroft and captain

My Younger Self

  Wouldn’t it be great if at any one point in our lives we could go back in time and talk to our younger selves? What would we say? What advice would we give them? What would we have done differently? Recently I was in a meeting with a client who is heavily involved in

Fostering An Organisational Learning Culture

Organisations are seen to “learn” through their individual members – employees acquiring new information, or employees joining the organisation bringing with them new knowledge. The challenge for Learning and Development (L&D) teams is to therefore understand (a) how to efficiently capture the new knowledge being brought into the organisation, (b) how to foster a high