Corporate executives destroying peoples lives

One has to wonder what is the point of passing legislation to protect our workforce when those at the top responsible for role modelling compliance are the first ones to breach it.  I’m no stranger to how these elite players operate and the demands they place on their staff.  The number of stories I’ve heard about employees resorting to counselling in order to deal with the harsh demands from their bosses is alarmingly frightening.  Nobody should have to go home in tears or fear due to being bullied in the workforce.

Its a tough world out there no doubt but this is just unacceptable.  Organisations enticing us in with their flexible, work-life-balance pitches until you sign on the dotted line, only to realise you signed your soul to the devil. I don’t know about you all out there but I for one believe in making a difference to those who have suffered in silence (and/or continue to do so).  I am here for you, to support you, to guide you and to educate you on the power of choice, the choice to say no and a choice to stand up to corporate executives.  The bullying, manipulating and down right disrespect has got to stop!

Stopping to smell the roses….

Although life throws some harsh curve balls and tests our boundaries, its still a great journey worth exploring!

Today, I took a deep breath and stopped to smell the roses which for some reason took me to Michael Jackson’s rendition of ‘Smile’.  So to all you beautiful people out there needing courage, hope and love…..

Smile though your heart is aching
Smile even though it’s breaking
When there are clouds in the sky, you’ll get by
If you smile through your fear and sorrow
Smile and maybe tomorrow
You’ll see the sun come shining through for you

Light up your face with gladness
Hide every trace of sadness
Although a tear may be ever so near
That’s the time you must keep on trying
Smile, what’s the use of crying?
You’ll find that life is still worthwhile
If you just smile

That’s the time you must keep on trying
Smile, what’s the use of crying?
You’ll find that life is still worthwhile
If you just smile

They say cash is king…..I say confidence is king!

Being able to speak your mind and assert yourself doesn’t happen overnight but its well worth your investment!

The amount of times I made an absolute ass out of myself as a result of speaking my mind in retrospect was priceless as each experience taught me a new lesson.  You need to put yourself on the spot and ‘experience’ in the moment – this is what confidence is all about.  Sure its not easy but unless we all wake up to the reality that we can and should challenge authority (yes even parents get it wrong sometimes) we will end up living in a society where people are allowed to mistreat and be mistreated.  If you don’t like what you hear….say something!

Regain some power and control of your life by stepping outside your comfort zone and speaking your mind!  Remember so long as its not illegal, immoral or unethical…..its open to your point of view. 



How smooth was your job on-boarding?

Some food for thought to all the Executives and/or business owners out there……..

You must constantly monitor and keep a pulse on feedback loops from your on-boarding processes.  Do not under-estimate the value your HR Team can bring and you must hold them accountable to deliver.  Since first impressions are everything, organisations with sound recruitment and induction processes will gain a competitive advantage in the long run.  Successful staff engagement equals successful client engagement!  They go hand in hand if you want to attract and retain talent capable of supporting your client base.

We all know change is constant and the pressure to keep on top of your game is more demanding then ever.  Organisations with sound, in-depth handovers are likely to prevail whilst maintaining productivity rather than writing off their losses.

Rising above adversity and taking control of your life

Hello to all you beautiful people out there!  For those who might be wondering what on earth happened to me, well after a miserable reception by the job market, not to mention the negativity from a number of recruitment agencies, I decided to focus on completing my MBA degree which is now done and dusted!  I’d be lying if said there were no tears, screams or panic attacks but I’m back on track and ready to share my story of rising above adversity and being grateful to those who push us over the edge!

If someone said to me a year ago, Lil you will quit your job and become a full-time student, I would have told them, dream on! No chance.  My financial commitments meant quitting my job was out of the question.  I’m sure most of you can relate to this age old problem.

In late February this year that all changed with a single decision to take control of my destiny rather than allow someone else to do it for me.  I was well aware of the risks BUT there was no turning back as I faced my fears of losing the house, car all the things I had worked so hard for.

Whilst it wasn’t the easiest decision I ever made, it was the best decision by a long shot.  Today, I am grateful to my former boss for the conversation that took place back in February because it changed my life forever.  It truly opened my eyes to the fact that I had committed my future to an intimidating and controlling workplace which was sucking my will to live and for what?  A flippin pay cheque.

I keep asking myself, why do we do this to ourselves?  Why do we allow those in authority to bully and disrespect us? Why? Because of our preconditioned belief not to challenge or question authority and our culture teaches us to believe that we have limitations.  Well to hell with that!  I’m here to tell you that you do have a choice.  The one thing you can control is YOU.  Others will try to control you but ultimately you have a choice.  As Anthony Robbins puts it…’decision is the ultimate power’. 

To anyone out there reading my story, you must believe in yourself, don’t let others define you.  I know this can be really hard and I was challenged on a number of occasions during my job search.  People do their best to try and break your spirit but you must look beyond that and find the confidence to just stand your ground, know what you want and continue to want it.

During my job search I had the embarrassment of recruitment agencies telling me:

  • Your salary expectations are unrealistic – Why would I want to sell myself short.  I had a figure in mind and believed it was attainable. End of story, I wasn’t giving up!
  • You’ll never get a job outside your current skills – What happened to giving people a go?
  • We will require you to do a mock interview with us – WTF??  Someone with 18 years’ experience supporting Boards and Executives needs a mock interview?  Are you kidding me?

I lost count of the number of rejections which followed.  I redesigned my Resume so many times I cannot even remember only to eventually revert to its original format.  I attended a number of interviews with top tier firms whose CEO’s failed to align with my values of respect and fairness.  The ultimate blow was from a Director whose interview question included:

  • Have you heard of FIFO?  I said sure the mining industry use if for fly-in-fly-out.  He said no here we use this acronym as ‘fit in or f’off’.  I thought what hope in hell do I have if this was the level of professionalism coming from the top.

Whilst the road has been more than bumpy, through sheer persistence and determination I followed my heart at continued to believe that the right job would come along and that’s exactly what happened.  Two weeks after completing my MBA degree I received a phone call from a woman who inspired me with one of her speeches during an MBA class.  Little did I know that four months later she would offer me an opportunity of a lifetime! 

Stay true to you, expect the unexpected, dare to dream and live life to the fullest.  Miracles happen every day, all around us so don’t ever let anyone control or put limitations on your destiny. 

“Life is all about choices. Every day you choose your attitude. Your attitude is the most important thing you own.” – Unknown