Life is too short to not love what you do | Laini Bennett

Life is Too Short to Not Love What You Do

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It was the people who believed in AIDH CEO Dr Louise Schaper who gave her the confidence to believe in herself. Now an accomplished leader, she reflects on her journey and shares her lessons learned. Around the same time as the ‘#Metoo’ movement began in the US, Dr Louise Schaper was being introduced as a

The Feminine CEO | Laini Bennett

The Feminine CEO

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Is it possible to be a feminine CEO and still kick goals? Aged care service provider Benetas CEO Sandra Hills certainly believes so. She shares her advice for balancing femininity and strong leadership, and managing in times of change. A couple of years ago, Benetas CEO Sandra Hills was sorting through her mail when she

A Woman of Stature | Laini Bennett

A Woman of Stature

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When Maria Palazzolo started at not-for-profit organisation GS1 Australia, she never expected it to become a life-long passion — or career. Nor did she expect, as their CEO, to find she is often the only woman in the room. Here, Palazzolo speaks about her career, her advice for women seeking leadership roles and her proudest

The road less travelled | Laini Bennett

The Road Less Travelled

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Recognised with an Order of Australia for her leadership roles in medical administration at a state and national level, and to the discipline of psychiatry, Dr Peggy Brown is former CEO of the National Mental Health Commission. She shares her journey to success and the lessons she’s learned during her 30-year career as a woman

Dare to be yourself | Laini Bennett

Dare to Be Yourself

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As a young mother and sole breadwinner, Australian College of Nursing CEO Kylie Ward was motivated by both need and ambition to pursue a career in nursing management. Now she’s in a position to give back to the profession she respects so much. Adjunct Professor and Australian College of Nursing CEO Kylie Ward is often

Taking the Leap | Laini Bennett

Taking the Leap

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Dr Lesley Braun, Group Director of Blackmores Institute, talks about juggling multiple careers in parallel, and her lessons learned. Dr Lesley Braun was working in Monash University’s Faculty of Medicine and Surgery when she encountered the then CEO of Blackmores, Christine Holgate. She was meeting with Braun and a surgery professor about research they were undertaking into complementary

How Do I Manage People Who Are More Experienced Than Me? 6 Key Tips | Laini Bennett

6 Tips for Managing People Who Are More Experienced Than You

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Jo* was a relatively inexperienced people manager when she was promoted to take on a larger team. “I was very excited at being given the opportunity, but also a bit worried,” Jo said. “Most of my direct reports were older than me, some by two decades, with significantly more knowledge and experience.”  Initially, Jo got

Can I be friends with my employee? | Bennett

Can I Be Friends With My Direct Reports?

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Sarah* got on really well with her direct report and they soon became friendly outside of work, hanging out with each other’s friends and family. But after a while, Sarah’s direct report stopped performing; she kept making excuses for her poor behaviour and performance. “Initially, I believed her excuses, because I trusted her as a

I Am New To A Team And Need to Conduct Performance Reviews. How Should I Handle Them? | Laini Bennett

I Have Just Started Managing a Team. How Should I Handle Performance Reviews?

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Bec* was thrilled to have her first management role. Albeit, she had one direct report and two contractors, but it was a good start. Six months later, the company underwent a major restructure and she was promoted to manage a team of 16 people.  “I was warned that some of my new direct reports were