Designing post-pandemic work-life

How different will our post-pandemic work-life be?

A recent study predicts that almost half of all employees will work remotely at least some of the time. This compares with 30% before Covid-19 (Gartner, 2020).

In our latest Leadium Podcast, we explore the science of work design. Our expert talent is Dr Sharon K Parker, the Director of the Center for Transformative Work Design at Curtin University. Dr Parker has developed the "SMART Work Design" model which every leader must know about.

This timely conversation examines:

- Optimising hybrid working
- Leading remotely to balance trust and accountability
- Applying the 'SMART' work model
- The importance of mentally detaching from work

Listen now if you are grappling with return-to-work issues.

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SMART Work Design with Dr Sharon Parker

 Redesigning Post-Pandemic Work

Without notice, the coronavirus pandemic forced companies to radically change how their people worked.  Nearly 90% of businesses globally mandated or encouraged their employees to work from home, as the virus spread exponentially (Gartner, 2020).

Twelve months later, with vaccines being rolled out, organisations are developing return-to-work strategies.  Leaders have a unique opportunity to engineer smarter ways of working.  The research indicates that for many organisations working-life will look very different to pre-2020 norms.  A recent Gartner study reports that close to half of all employees will work remotely at least some of the time in the post-pandemic world., compared with 30% before Covid-19.  

A larger remote workforce will force leaders to rethink their approaches to leading teams. Many challenges surfaced last year including trust issues between remote managers and staff working from home. The cost of working...

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Executive Presence for Next Generation Leaders is live

It's brilliant having the Executive Presence for Next Generation Executives program underway with the Monash Business School.

At the heart of this program is building self-leadership and congruence. By this I mean how you think, act, speak and look are aligned and signal self-assurance. This internal alignment is more important than ever as leaders usher their organisations through this season of massive upheaval.

A highlight for me on this program is the diverse and generous group of professionals we have with us on this learning journey. They span many sectors including aviation, renewable energy, tertiary education, the financial sector and food. 

We are two weeks into the 6-week program and we have so rich content still to explore including commanding the room, energy management and presenting with power. Every session features practical tools and techniques that can be immediately put into action by these busy professionals. 

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Rare Birds Mentoring Scholarship

I am thrilled to be a recipient of this Federal Government program. I'm a passionate supporter and practitioner of life long learning. Thank you Inspiring Rare Birds, I will make the most of this experience. 

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Eating for Resilience with Tabitha McIntosh

Flexitarianism, food and flourishing

'You are what you eat' is a maxim with layered meaning. Having a balanced, healthy diet not only boosts our immune system but also our emotional fortitude. While poor food choices can make us less resistant to life’s inevitable stressors and infections.

Seemingly harmless choices like giving soft drinks to our kids or consuming coffee with sugar on an empty stomach can have negative effects on our health and wellbeing. The good news is that we can bolster our overall resilience with simple changes to our diet and by eating diverse, seasonal foods.

In this episode of the Leadium podcast, Sharon Longridge interviews respected naturopath and clinical nutritionist Tabitha McIntosh. Tabitha is the Founder and Director of complementary medicine and natural health clinic, Awaken Your Health, and co-author of the book 'One Bite At A Time’. She is passionate about integrative health and takes a refreshingly pragmatic approach to...

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The Crossover: Catching your team's exhaustion

Is your team's exhaustion contagious?

A recent study confirms that the more empathic you are as a leader the more susceptible you are to 'catching' your team's emotional exhaustion. 

This is called the crossover, according to the paper What About the Leader: Crossover of Emotional Exhaustion and Work Engagement From Followers to Leaders?

"Leaders’ who consider themselves to be particularly competent in the emotional area pay more attention to emotional expressions of their staff, are more likely to detect negative emotions, and are, in turn, more likely to experience negative emotions themselves. "*

These findings remind us of the complex emotional and psychological feedback loops that exist within our teams. We know that leaders influence the wellness and engagement of their teams and, in turn, team members can affect a leaders' wellbeing at work.

This report builds the case for strengthening your people's coping skills and emotional fortitude, as...

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Neuroscience of Change with Dr. Kelly McGonigal

Proven hacks to embed positive habits

Is there an aspect of your life that you would benefit from changing? For example; watching less Netflix, exercising more, checking your phone less, connecting with nature more. These changes involve dropping old habits or creating new ones. Unfortunately, our noble goals can be harder to realise than we would like. Many people struggle to covert positive change into lasting behaviours. If you’ve had this experience, you're far from alone.

Setbacks and the need to get back-on-track are part of the change process. However, when we fall back into old habits feelings of failure can arise, triggering self-criticism and self-doubt. Science tells us that this response trips us into a downward spiral of shame, pain or fear. Here’s the rub - when we are upset our brain is not good at making decisions and we seek instant relief, even if it means engaging in the habits we are trying to quit.

But there is hope; you can mentor yourself and...

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Growing Mental Stamina podcast

Are you running on empty? I don't mean you just need a decent nights sleep or two, rather do you have a deeper sense of exhaustion or fatigue?  We are pre-occupied by your energy levels at Leadium and for good reason. Energy management and vitality are foundational to performance and life satisfaction. 

I was delighted to be interviewed by seasoned HR professional Melissa McGowan recently and we explored the science of stamina. Melissa has over twenty years of experience and cumulative wisdom leading People and Culture teams. She has recently launched her inspiring Go To Grow podcast featuring wide-reaching interviews spanning the growth offered by parenting, inclusive workplaces, living with breast cancer and the power of moving. Melissa and I had a highly relevant conversation on growing mental stamina at work and it's implications for every busy professional. Some of the topics we cover include: 

  • Seeking out ease in our...
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Leader's Haiku 02

Exhausted by imagined threats

One aspect of the brain's negativity bias is that we tend to overestimate threats and over-learn from difficult experiences. Left unchecked, this default habit of mind can be highly corrosive and depleting. It also results in us regularly misperceiving reality, which is far from ideal. 

Rebalancing your brain

We explore this fascinating topic in our Expert Insight podcast with respected Neuro-psychologist Dr Rick Hanson. In this episode on Hardwiring Resilience, we decode why the brain is tilted to the negative and we explore simple yet very powerful strategies to rebalance the brain. We are huge fans of Rick's work (and his many books) and we encourage you to listen to his wisdom and insights.  

We should mention that you need to subscribe to Leadium to access our library of podcasts. It's well worth it! 

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Neuroscience of Feedback with Dr Anne Lytle

Beyond radical candour 

When we receive negative feedback at work the floor can shake beneath our feet and it is very hard not to take it personally. We can feel our job is at risk. We can feel diminished by the person pointing to our flaws. Sometimes we shut down and stop listening.

Most people would agree that giving and receiving feedback can be complex. That is why so many managers feel inhibited around these on-the-spot performance conversations.
However, feedback is a critical ingredient in creating an engaged and high-performing organisation. Therefore building a thriving, performance-based feedback culture needs to priority for every leader.

In this episode of the Leadium podcast, Sharon Longridge chats with Dr Anne Lytle.  Dr Lytle holds a BSc from Cornell University in Neuroscience and her MS and PhD in Organisational Behaviour from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University.  Anne has taught, presented, and consulted in...

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