Michelle McFadyen

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Navigating 2024: A Chat About Health and Safety Trends

Recently Health and Safety Index published their Trends of 2023 following an analysis of benchmark data.  Their report looks to trends, concerns and insights that we can use moving in to 2024. Let’s have a high-level look at the results – you can go to the full article more details.  There are some important insights […]

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Passion led us here

A Temporary Role with a Lasting Impact – The Life of a Locum CEO

As I wrote this, I was on a REX plane – and had been for more than 7 hours out of Brisbane, with a final destination of Bedourie, Far Western Queensland, butted up against the Northern Territory and the South Australian border.  I was heading out for a few months as a locum to take

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Everest Base Camp

5 Lessons I Learnt Surviving an Earthquake

“I am not what happened to me. I am what I choose to become.” ~Carl Gustav. It used to be my favourite guided meditation. You know the one about the mountain, where you imagine yourself as the mountain? Strong, tall, standing firm in the face of all that comes at it — rain, hail, shine. Letting it

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Conflict

Cracking the Code on Conflict Conversations: Your Handy Guide

After completing Conflict Coaching Training many years ago, I learned to understand conflict better, how I manage conflict and how to best approach these situations.  I still use these skills today with my clients and frankly, in my daily life.  Navigating those daunting and dreaded conversations requires finesse and preparation. However, with a structured approach

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Shaking Hands

Beyond Roles: Trust and Communication in Local Government Leadership

Well just how important is it? Trust and Communication in Local Government Leadership.  And actually, what’s even more important?  As local governments in several States across the country are gearing up for elections and for inductions post election, I thought it timely to bring some light to that relationship – the one between the CEO/General

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Change is Coming

Navigating Organisational Change Like a Pro: 10 tips and actions

I can’t even count the number of organisational change initiatives I have been involved in across my 25 year local government career, nor could I count the number of mistakes we made each time!  Organisations I am working with at the moment are either commencing or undergoing significant change, and I’m on the ground talking

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7 Strategies for Effective Tech Management

If you are anything like me, it’s a constant wrestle.  Keeping my time on technology to just the time needed and no more is a constant battle for me.  Let’s dive into seven ways to take command of technology use while keeping our focus on the corporate landscape. 1. Establish Firm Digital Boundaries In the

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Masks and Hiding

Would you hide a mental health condition from your boss?

I read an article recently by Jasmine Crittenden on the HRM website about some new research that shows that most Aussies would hide a mental health problem from their employer.  In all the work I’m doing with various organisations who are really trying to make a positive difference and support their employees, I have to

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