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Three Lead Metrics Every Workplace Should Consider

Chances are that you already know about the difference between ‘lead’ and ‘lag’ measures/indicators.  Just in case, lag indicators are those that are best described as outcomes, like sales revenue and profit.  The performance that led to the number has already happened.  Lead indicators, on the other hand, are those which are most likely to

How Exercise and Diet Can Boost Your Productivity at Work

I am lucky enough to be working for a fantastic company that has a great team, culture and great managers that support us not only professionally but personally. Twelve months ago, my boss organised group personal training sessions for anyone in our office that was interested in joining. Having not exercised for a number of

The Comfort Zone: Why should I get out of it?

We have all heard this phrase: “You have to get out of your Comfort Zone – you have to push yourself to the next level” But do we actually know what the Comfort Zone is and what are the pros (and cons) for pushing people out of it? What is The Comfort Zone? The comfort

Are you spreading yourself too thin?

Do you start early and finish late? Are you the kind of person that always says yes to more work? Do you feel like you’re at a breaking point? If so, you could be at risk of burnout. But what is burnout? Well since you asked, burnout is a state of emotional, physical and mental

Managing different generations in the workplace

Generational gaps in the workplace can be as diverse as Kylie Minogue’s wardrobe. See how to effectively manage the age gap without any bias involved. With an aging population, generational age gaps are fairly prevalent in today’s job market. And, over the next two decades, these age gaps are only going to become more dominant.

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

7 Hot Tips for Career Reflection

This is a bit of a personal reflection moment but the theme of career reflection is common at certain milestones, it is human nature! My personal situation is that I have just rolled over the 3 years of employment mark in my current company and I find myself reflecting on my current role; the last

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

From Chaos to Productivity – 7 Tips!

How many of us work in chaos? How many of us think we do not have enough hours in the day to do our job? At certain points in time all of us! Take a moment to think about a situation when you have been out of control at work: everyone wants a piece of