Flat structures look good on paper, but stink in reality

Baby boomers have a lot to answer for when it comes to creating flat organisation structures. Not sure what inspired the ‘flat structures are ace’ mantra of the 90’s, but it is an epidemic that is stripping millions from the value of baby boomer businesses across Australia. At the critical time when most are looking to exit and enjoy a …

Necker Island to Noosa – don’t lose your way!

Sometimes you come across people who make a huge impression, and when I met Jane Wurwand, Founder of Dermalogica, she did just that. Down to earth, interested and curious; she was amazing, a true inspiration. Like the golden sunshine warming you through an afternoon breeze, while enjoying a Caribbean sunset; Jane set alight all natural sensors. “Nothing is random, everything …

Performance Ecosystems – How to create the best

I had a new client come to me recently because they needed help. They had a strong vision, a great team and one of the most important things in the work that I do – a genuine desire to create a great workplace. They had a lot of initiatives in place but something just wasn’t quite right and they couldn’t …

State of Origin – the battle of the businesses

There’s been a long standing rivalry between Queensland and New South Wales. I grew up on a border town and let’s just say you wouldn’t want to cross the bridge at state of origin time (ok, slight exaggeration, but you get what I mean). There seems to be a big divide in opinion when it comes to working and living …

The rollercoaster to Sydney!

I’m sitting in the new wattsnext offices in Sydney, still in disbelief that I’m here! I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting and thought I’d share my wattsnext journey to date. It all started three years ago, where during my interview Sue-Ellen asked me why I decided to get into HR. I don’t think at that point I’d really worked …

On a scale of 1-5, how ugly is my baby?

Would you expect an acquaintance, or even friend, to respond with complete honesty if you asked them whether your beloved child was smart/attractive/well-behaved? I can’t imagine I would be that confident. At the very least it could be an awkward interaction for all involved. Why would it be any different to assume your employees are going to give you an …