Made For More

Ally Nitschke

Leadership is an inside-out job. The Made For More podcast is the ultimate leadership resource providing advice on tangible and tactical skills to level up your leadership. Including your leadership mindset, to lead yourself, your team and your organisation.

The podcast interviews lighthouse leaders from all areas of leadership; business leaders, entrepreneurs, authors, speakers and gurus.

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The Benefits of Being a Generalists in the Current Business Environment Generalists are people who choose to focus their time and resources on learning about a wide range of topics. Most leaders in today’s world are generalists. They perform multiple tasks, sometimes across departments, and understand all the moving parts of an organization. Unfortunately, the current business environment places more emphasis on specialising that we’ve forgotten the value of being a generalist.  Of course, the world needs specialists, and there’s nothing wrong with having an area of focus. However, people should be mindful of the demerits of specialization. For example, people tend to specialise without knowing why. They pursue lucrative college degrees, spend years perfecting the craft, only to find out later that this is not where their heart is at.  Nevertheless, the one misconception we need to push out the door is that specializing is the only way to get ahead and take up a leadership position. In fact, the opposite holds true. Most aspiring leaders should be able to wear many hats within an organization. Businesses need specialists to solve problems. But they also crave generalists to connect the dots. Today’s guest, Jo Thomas, is one such generalist. She is the CEO of the Australian Institute of Business, the largest online MBA provider in Australia.    Topics we Discussed Include: ·        Getting to Know Jo Thomas (03:25) ·        Why Jo Considers Herself an Accidental CEO (08:40) ·        Jo’s First Taste of Being a Generalist (12:02) ·        Data Science and Building Predictive Algorithms (13:50) ·        Why Data Science is the Career of the Future (15:30) ·        How to Give Your Career a Definitive Direction (15:50) ·        Why Jo Decided to Pursue an MBA (19:40) ·        How to Pandemic has Made it Easier to Build Communities Online (23:55) ·        Jo’s Leadership Experience at LED Lighting (26:29) ·        Top 5 Tips for Leaders and Aspiring Leaders (31:50) ·        The Best Leaders Know Their Numbers (35:20) ·        How Leaders can Know Their People (39:40) Links and Resources (Jo’s LinkedIn) (The Australian Institute of Business) Connect With Ally Nitschke ( Connect with me on ( LinkedIn) Connect with me on ( Instagram) and ( Facebook) Subscribe to my ( YouTube) channel Get our ( Courageous Conversations Guide)

Nov 22

45 min 54 sec

We live in a digital-centric world where we've, unfortunately, lost the art of effective communication. Today's communication channels have become increasingly volatile, uncertain, and complex, making it harder to collaborate and improve problem-solving within organisations. The pandemic certainly hasn't helped much either, but that doesn't negate the fact that effective communication is still one of the most crucial aspects of business success.    As a leader, your ability to convey your message with meaning and purpose is extremely crucial in the workplace. Whether you're trying to communicate with a co-worker, the CEO, or an associate, you can take steps to influence others. But there is a problem; not many leaders know how to create a clear message and purpose. It's even more frustrating when leaders struggle to evaluate and tailor their communication to the proper occasion.   If you ever want to capture attention and spark behavioral change, you must be able to influence emotion and motivate action. We've all seen great communicators in action. And what they usually do is they command a room and articulate a vision. But how do they manage to be so engaging and persuasive? In today's episode of the Made for More Podcast, Gary Edwards shares strategies for leaders and entrepreneurs on how to have trusted conversations with their colleagues, clients, customers, and prospects.    Topics We Discussed Include: Getting to Know Gary Edwards (03:20) Gary's Slow Transition from Law into Teaching and How His Family Reacted to it (06:19) Defining Influence and Its Link to Business Success (09:35) How Leaders Can Strengthen Their Ability to Influence Others (12:15) Influence, Communication, and Negotiation in The Workplace (17:30) The Link Between Poor Communication and Conflict in the Workplace (21:10) Why Proper Leadership Starts Effective Communication (23:10) The Connection Between Beliefs and Behavior (26:45) The Most Overlooked Communication Skills in Leadership (29:17) Gary Talks About His Favorite Magic Trick (34:08) Top Five Tips for Leaders and Upcoming Leaders on Influence (37:49)   Connect with Gary Edwards (Gary’s LinkedIn) (Gary’s Website) (Ten Strategies to Be More Influential in Any Situation) Connect With Ally Nitschke ( Connect with me on ( LinkedIn) Connect with me on ( Instagram) and ( Facebook) Subscribe to my ( YouTube) channel Get our ( Courageous Conversations Guide) Full shownotes -  

Sep 13

41 min 31 sec

Successful parenting is tricky. The kids don't come with a 'manual,' and the guides we find online do not guarantee quick fixes because, let’s face it, every child is different. So, how do some parents make parenting look so easy while others struggle? In fact, the question should be, what defines a truly successful family?  First, success is subjective, and your definition of success might not necessarily match the next person's definition. However, some things remain constant among parents, and that's raising happy and contented kids who mature into responsible, hardworking, and caring individuals. Yet, it's no secret; these milestones are not reached quickly or easily. It takes 6570 days, to be precise.  Parenting, at its core, is all about making crucial decisions to prepare your kids to be exceptional in school and tackle the world as responsible adults. Wouldn't it be nice if we could all build solid foundations for our kids and still have big belly laughs along the way? That's why we're pleased to have Nellie Harden with us today. Nellie is a family life coach and mentor who helps parents build a strong foundation of Self-Led Discipline and leadership for their children.   Topics we Discussed Include: Getting to know Nellie Harden (03:15) Dissecting the 6570 Family Project (08:01) Why parents are the true architects of their child's life (11:05) Successful parenting: Shifting out of survival mode (12:45) How to set family goals and build happy families (17:10) The four principles of the Family "ROKS" (18:19) What's it like raising four kids? (19:50) Promoting Self -led discipline in children (26:10) Top five tips for building parent leadership (31:02)   Connect with Nellie Harden (Nellie’s LinkedIn) (Nellie’s Website) (The Family Success Vault) Connect With Ally Nitschke ( Connect with me on ( LinkedIn) Connect with me on ( Instagram) and ( Facebook) Subscribe to my ( YouTube) channel Get our ( Courageous Conversations Guide)   Episode shownotes -

Aug 30

38 min 49 sec

10 or 20 years ago, the role of CFOs in the corporate world was pretty straightforward. They kept books and records for their companies, did financial reporting, and maintained statutory compliance. Interestingly, CFOs operated behind the scenes and made company decisions sorely based on budgetary reasons; all the other strategy implementation and decision-making were left to the rest of the C-Suite executives. But in today’s world, that’s no longer the case.    Gone are the days when CFOs only had technical skills that revolved around financial reporting, compliance, and audits. The CFO of today plays a key role both in capital allocation and corporate leadership decisions.   Unfortunately, not many CFOs possess the crucial leadership skills needed to accommodate the quick pace of innovation and heightened competition in today’s economy. And sadly, not many are willing to learn these essential skills. So, what can be done the situation? Today’s conversation with Alena Bennett is centered around outlining the roles and responsibilities of the modern CFO and helping current and aspiring CFOs develop effective leadership and communication skills.    Topics we Discussed Include: Getting to know Alena Bennett (02:39) Modern CFOs: A new type of finance executive (05:10) Building good working relationships (07:15) Why Alena decided to settle on the world of CFOs (08:12) How CFOs have evolved from bookkeeping into corporate leaders (10:32) Essential leadership skills for technical leaders (12:48) People leadership skills for the modern CFO (15:45) How CEOs can support their CFOs improve operational efficiency (18:28) Dissecting Alena’s new Book: CFO of the Future (20:29) Top 5 tips for leaders and upcoming leaders (25:20) Temporal landmarks and goal achievement (27:15) Links and Resources (Alena’s LinkedIn) (Alena’s Website) (Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl) (Drive by Daniel Pink) Connect With Ally Nitschke ( Connect with me on ( LinkedIn) Connect with me on ( Instagram) and ( Facebook) Subscribe to my ( YouTube) channel Get our ( Courageous Conversations Guide)  

Aug 23

31 min 10 sec

Have you ever noticed that your thoughts, to some extent, affect how you behave? Like, for the most part, thoughts lead to actions, and not the other way round. For example, if you believe you’re going to have a great, productive day, chances are, you will have a good day. This fundamental truth is one of the reasons why mindset is so important. Unfortunately, our minds often prove difficult to manage. Although our thoughts can be a source of happiness and positivity, the mind somehow enjoys reminding us of our anxieties, failures, and limitations.   Learning to control your thoughts is essential for building a sense of calmness in life and at the workplace. When you learn to control your mind, you open your life to unlimited possibilities and find the path to lasting, unshakeable contentment.   Today we’re going to talk about mindset. It’s no secret that how we think about things determines our beliefs, actions, and relationships. If you’re struggling with self-limiting beliefs or approach life with a negative mindset, this episode is for you. There are many ways to shift your mindset towards success, and our guest for today, Charlene Norman, is here to help us master the power of positive thinking.    Topics we Discussed Include: ·     Getting to Know Charlene Norman (02:00) ·     How to Overcome Low Self-Esteem and Build Your Confidence (04:56) ·     Tips to Help You Develop an Inner Winning Mindset (08:10) ·     Confidence: How to Overcome Self-Limiting Beliefs (09:45) ·     The Six Steps to a Winning Mindset (11:56) ·     How to Start a Gratitude Practice and Change your Life (16:28) ·     Tapping into the Value of Experience (20:20) ·     Learn how to Control your Mind (22:58) ·     Why you Should Always Push Yourself to do More (23:54) ·     Finding Purpose in Everyday Moments (25:30) ·     Life Doesn’t Happen to you; it Happens for You (29:30) ·     Top 5 Tips for Leaders and Upcoming Leaders (31:50)   Links and Resources (Charlene’s LinkedIn) (Charlene’s Website) Connect With Ally Nitschke ( Connect with me on ( LinkedIn) Connect with me on ( Instagram) and ( Facebook) Subscribe to my ( YouTube) channel Get our ( Courageous Conversations Guide)

Aug 16

34 min 20 sec

Critical Steps for Sustainable Change Management and Long-Term Adoption Change management is arguably one of the most critical factors that guarantee business success in today's rapidly changing world. However, managing change is tough. And postponing change can be detrimental to future success. Companies that fail to adapt and grab growth opportunities are most likely to be outcompeted by flexible competitors. Interestingly, part of the problem is that most organisations don't know what to aim for. Transformation initiatives lack intent such that five executives spearheading change in the same organisation will give you five different answers when asked about the objectives of change campaigns.  This begs the question, why do so many initiatives fail, leading to wasted resources, frustration, and distrust? Why do change promoters fail to attend to employees' healthy, authentic, and justifiable reactions to disturbance of their routines?  The answer: sustainability and intent. Although the last decade has seen an increasing number of organisations embrace the idea of change management, transformational practices are not sustained over time. That's why we're pleased to have with us Dr. Ian Brooks, a personal and professional development guru. He talks about the critical aspects of change management, leading with intent, and the power of consistent work ethic.  Topics we Discussed Include: Getting to know Dr. Ian Brooks (01:59) Dr. Brooks' Passion for Psychology and Personal Development (04:45) The Heart of Resilient Leadership in the Corporate World (08:28) The Crucial Aspects of a Change Management Process (11:40) Intention: Building Capabilities to Transform Your Story (17:45) Why Change Begins with Personal Acknowledgement (21:47) Building Capabilities for Work and Life (25:20) Embracing New Routines and Behavior (28:20) Top 5 Tips for Leaders and Upcoming Leaders (30:42) The Power of Consistent Work Ethic (32:46) Embracing Failure and Closing the Gap (34:03) Links and Resources (Dr. Brooks’ Website) (Intention: Building Capabilities to Transform Your Story) (Connect with Dr. Brooks Via Twitter) (Check Out Dr. Brooks’ Instagram Page) Connect With Ally Nitschke ( Connect with me on ( LinkedIn) Connect with me on ( Instagram) and ( Facebook) Subscribe to my ( YouTube) channel Get our ( Courageous Conversations Guide)

Aug 9

37 min 42 sec

Mindful leadership is important now more than ever. Not because of our current complex and fast-paced way of living, but because mindful leadership is way more effective. Think about it this way, why do so many people believe that they can get more done if they switch to autopilot and get through the day in a somewhat scripted routine? Mind you; we're not against following a routine. But an unchallenged overreliance on patterns can be detrimental to an organisation. This is because disengagement leads to missed opportunities and mistakes. Moreover, it can be dangerous to get too comfortable and stop paying attention, letting your mind drift from the present.    Wouldn't it be nice if you could completely shift every aspect of your leadership while guaranteeing job satisfaction and productivity? Well, guess what? You can. Mindful leadership is focused on cultivating significant levels of self-awareness, wisdom, and self-mastery, allowing leaders to express their best self in all aspects of leadership and inspire greatness in others.   This uncomplicated shift is the basis of our topic for today's discussion. Our guest, Nicola Lipscombe, is a mindful leadership expert who preaches heart-wise leadership and living purposeful lives.    Topics we Discussed Include: Getting to know Nicola Lipscombe (02:33) Teaching Communication Skills to Pharmacy Students (07:20) Nicola's Travel Adventure Around the World (09:40) Values-Based Leadership: Leading from the Inside Out (11:30) What is HeartWise leadership? (14:07) Brene Brown’s Pillars of Courageous Leadership (16:30) Yoga and Mindfulness (17:40) Nicola's Meditation Routine (19:20) Friday's Mindful Moment (22:40) Top 5 Tips for Leaders and Upcoming Leaders (27:06)   Links and Resources (Nicola’s LinkedIn) (Nicola’s Website) Connect With Ally Nitschke ( Connect with me on ( LinkedIn) Connect with me on ( Instagram) and ( Facebook) Subscribe to my ( YouTube) channel Get our ( Courageous Conversations Guide)

Aug 2

34 min 12 sec

With most organisations preaching gender equality in the workplace, women continue to be under-represented. The reality is that, for aspiring women leaders, being hard-working, smart, and savvy isn't enough. Sadly, the situation worsens when it comes to entrepreneurship.    When a woman plans to open up a business, naysayers often predict that the business is doomed to fail. That type of thinking is untrue and only promotes negative stereotypes. However, for women, starting a business still comes with its fair share of difficulties. For example, female entrepreneurs often lack access to capital and exhibit different mindset constraints such as risk-aversion, which impede business growth. Thus, for female entrepreneurs to succeed, it all comes down to personal traits, entrepreneurial skills, and how supportive fellow female entrepreneurs are towards achieving their goals.    Men have been dominating the world of business ever since the industrial revolution. But the digital age gave birth to influential women like Tina Tower, giving rise to a whole new era of women in business. Tina is a serial entrepreneur, author, world traveler, and high-performance business consultant. In 2014, she was the winner of the Australian Telstra Young Business Woman of the Year award and later named by Huffington Post as one of the Top 10 Aussie Women to watch in business. In this super exciting discussion, we talk about women in entrepreneurship, the pandemic's effects on the online business space, and how to hire new employees.    Topics we Discussed Include:  Getting to know Tina Tower (03:52) Things Tina had to unlearn after selling her business (07:27) Women empowerment in the business world (09:20) 100 women making $1 million a year by 2025 (13:02) When and how to hire the right people (14:57) Building your empire as a female entrepreneur (16:30) Unique and profitable niches in Her Empire Builder (22:20) The pandemic's effect on the online courses space (23:25) Dissecting the million-dollar micro-business (25:35) Tina's book tour party (28:10) Top 5 tips for aspiring businesswomen and future leaders (29:40)  Connect with Tina Tower Tina's book tour (Tina’s LinkedIn) (Her Empire Builder Website) (How to Have the Life of your Dreams) by Tina Tower (Million Dollar Micro Business )by Tina Tower (Her Empire Builder Podcast) Connect With Ally Nitschke ( Connect with me on ( LinkedIn) Connect with me on ( Instagram) and ( Facebook) Subscribe to my ( YouTube) channel Get our ( Courageous Conversations Guide) For full show notes, go here:

Jun 28

39 min 45 sec

What does it take to be an entrepreneur? Is it a solid idea for a new product or a strong business plan to back it up? Yes, both these things play a part in the initial stages of entrepreneurship. But, for a new entrepreneurial venture to achieve long-term success, the entrepreneur must have the leadership qualities necessary to transform that vision into reality.   It’s no secret that you can’t grow a business without employees. Yet, most business owners focus their attention on everything except leading their teams and forget that employees don’t see the bigger picture from an entrepreneurial perspective.   The business world is overwhelmed with expensive, complex, and time-consuming growth strategies. These strategies look fool-proof in the boardroom but fail when deployed in the real world. Your business craves leadership strategies that take the organization where it needs to go in simple and easy-to-follow steps. In this episode, we’re pleased to have Cam Miller with us. Cam boasts a string of successful global careers and leadership experience in engineering, investment banking and co-founded what has twice been the UK Babywear Brand of the Year. We talk about leadership    Topics we discussed include: Getting to know Cam Miller (02:45) Growing up in an engineering family (06:45) Career change and employee burnout (10:36) The differences in leadership styles between France and Australia (12:45) How to transition from engineering to a career in business (16:45) Why entrepreneurship is not for everyone (21:05) Leadership differences between executives and entrepreneurs (26:10) Top 5 tips for leaders and upcoming leaders (34:01) Building a culture of ownership in the workplace (37:45) Inputs versus outputs in impact monitoring and business success (39:10) Benefits of coaching for employees and entrepreneurs (41:00) How to spot and deal with work burnout (45:00)   Connect with Cam Miller (Cam’s LinkedIn) (Cam’s Website) (Cam’s Instagram)   Connect With Ally Nitschke ( Connect with me on ( LinkedIn) Connect with me on ( Instagram) and ( Facebook) Subscribe to my ( YouTube) channel Get our ( Courageous Conversations Guide)

Jun 21

49 min 11 sec

Are you in your 20s with dreams of launching and scaling a business? Are you worried about your chances of success? You’re not alone. Most people will argue that you’re too young and lack professional experience. Some will further highlight that you’re not mature enough to handle the responsibility of owning and operating a business. That may be true, but don’t let the naysayers dissuade you from becoming an entrepreneur. After all, the only way to achieve your goals is through trial and error. Just do what you have to do to get it done, no matter the odds. Remember, some of the most successful and notable entrepreneurs of today launched their business in the 20s, some in their teens. The likes of Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, and Mark Cuban are people you should look up to.   Of course, the path to successful entrepreneurship is not without its fair share of difficulty. People sometimes work years without earning a single penny or witness several of their businesses fail one after another. But they braved the storm, and today we’re pleased to have one such entrepreneur. Trevor Oldham is a serial entrepreneur and the founder of Podcasting You, a podcast booking agency that helps real estate investors raise capital, generate more exposure, and increase their networking opportunities. We talk about the difficulties of running a business in your 20s, proper onboarding and training of new employees, and the money mindset.    Topics Discussed Include: Getting to Know Trevor Oldham (01:56) Trevor’s Journey into to Podcasting World (06:58) How to Successfully Build a New Team (08:03) Why Proper Onboarding and Training is Key to Employee Success (09:40) How to Streamline your Candidate Selection and Hiring Process (11:20) Key Tips for Exceptional People Management (14:12) Improve your Leadership Skills Through Personal Development (16:30) Podcasting You’s Inspiring Vision for Growth (18:52) How to Successfully Manage Remote Teams (21:01) The Biggest Business Challenges Plaguing Growing Companies (22:10) Money Mindset: Change the Way you Think About Money (24:10) Podcasting You’s Business Model and Services Offered (25:50) Trevor’s Top 5 Go-To Podcasts (29:01)   Links and Resources (Trevor’s LinkedIn) (Podcasting You) (Trevor’s Instagram) (Building Wealth Made Simple) Connect With Ally Nitschke ( Connect with me on ( LinkedIn) Connect with me on ( Instagram) and ( Facebook) Subscribe to my ( YouTube) channel Get our ( Courageous Conversations Guide)  

May 10

30 min 57 sec

Workplace culture is the character and personality of an organization. It's what makes an organization unique and is the sum of its values, traditions, beliefs, interactions, behaviors, and attitudes. Positive workplace culture attracts talent, drives engagement, impacts happiness and satisfaction, and affects performance. Unfortunately, organisations let their workplace culture form naturally without first defining what they want it to be.   Recent research by Deloitte has shown that 88% of employees and 94% of executives link business success to corporate culture. Establishing a culture within a workplace environment takes a lot of time and repetition. Still, it takes a committed group of individuals to ensure that standards are maintained, especially in an aged care facility. Unlike the vast majority of workplaces, aged care facilities are homes to the residents within its walls; thus, leaders must create an environment that operates more like a collaborative community instead of the typical workplace.    Excellent care requires upper management that encourages dialogue from their staff regarding process improvement due to residents' ever-changing needs. Our guest for today, Sophie Bretag, is a human resource specialist who's passionate about workplace culture, employee well-being, industrial relations and Return to Work strategies. We talk about forming connections with your team, the benefits of a highly functioning team, and workplace culture.   Topics we Discussed Include Getting to know Sophie Bretag (03:04) Sophie's transition from sales to working in an aged care facility (05:00) Sophie's go-to self-care routines (09:15) The benefits of forming morning connections with your team (14:37) Sophie's passion and thoughts on mental health (19:50) Why leaders must create time for self-care (22:30) Creating professional boundaries (26:50) Dissecting Sophie's project on Metta Leaders (29:15) Appreciating caregivers in critical and aged care (34:50) Top 5 tips for leaders and upcoming leaders (34:50) SHOW NOTES: ( Connect with Sophie Bretag (Sophie’s LinkedIn) (St. Paul’s Lutheran Homes) Connect With Ally Nitschke ( Connect with me on ( LinkedIn) Connect with me on ( Instagram) and ( Facebook) Subscribe to my ( YouTube) channel Get our ( Courageous Conversations Guide)

Apr 26

43 min 29 sec

In an industry that runs 24/7, 365 days a year, mining never stops. The work is hard and hazardous, while the working conditions are among the most unfriendly of any occupation. Furthermore, the typical miner earns good wages and is also forced by circumstances to work longer hours, live away from family, and operate in extremely dangerous or remote environments. All this, coupled with the notion that miners must not show any signs of weakness, means that the industry is flooding with people experiencing mental health issues.  According to the Hunter Institute of Mental Health, men and women in the mining industry suffer predominantly from anxiety, which is likely brought about by tight schedules, finances, work stress, and personal issues. Although the exact cause of these mental health issues is not known, what is known is that lifestyles associated with mining can pose distinct challenges for mental health, family, and relationships. Our guest for today, Rob Kalwarowsky, aims to encourage mining executives to invest and focus on promoting good mental health practices and policies in the mining industry. Rob has spent more than 10 years as a reliability engineer & asset manager within mining, oil and gas pipelines, and consulting industries. His primary focus areas are failure prediction, condition monitoring, spare parts optimization, asset management and people-centric leadership.   Topics we Discussed Include Getting to know Rob Kalwarowsky (02:45) Rob’s thoughts on leadership and high performance (06:00) Dissecting people-centric leadership (07:51) The link between leadership and mental health (09:50) Converting a disengaged employee into an engaged one (11:00) Importance of soft skills among technically gifted individuals (14:04) Impact of change management across industries (15:31) The gap in leadership training (17:50) Leadership is a choice and not a rank (19:05) Top 5 tips for leaders and upcoming leaders (21:02) Adopting a growth mindset (22:28) Vulnerability in heavy industries (24:53)  Connect with Rob Kalwarowsky (Rob’s LinkedIn) (Rob’s Website) (Rob’s Podcast) Reach out to Rob via Email Connect With Ally Nitschke ( Connect with me on ( LinkedIn) Connect with me on ( Instagram) and ( Facebook) Subscribe to my ( YouTube) channel Get our ( Courageous Conversations Guide)

Apr 19

33 min 17 sec

Every generation has its own struggles. The sad reality is that older generations often struggle to understand and relate to the issues plaguing today's young adults and soon-to-be adults. Additionally, these problems are completely different from how it was a decade ago. Of course, they may differ depending on who you ask, but it's clear that something needs to be done. The rise in social media use has also contributed to a change in how our young generations learn, consume information and interact with each other. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it is different. Thus, it would be best if parents, organisations, and teachers all joined hands to tackle these issues from a combined front. Unfortunately, there exists a communication gap between the youth and their elders. The good news is that our guest for today, Erin Faehrmann, and her organisation, Youth Opportunities SA, provide opportunities that positively impact the youth to better their lives and those around them. We talk about the personal leadership program, the power of goal setting, and the benefits of play in today's work environment.    TOPICS WE DISCUSSED INCLUDE Getting to know Erin Faehrmann (03:01) How Youth Opportunities SA is impacting the youth through digital media (06:20) Embracing technology in a post-pandemic world (08:10) How working in several organizational departments prepares one for leadership (10:50) Why most leaders are generalists (15:15) Erin's personal leadership program (16:40) Importance of setting achievable goals (20:10) How youth can adopt and implement goal setting strategies (25:47) Analysing the goal-setting program Erin's journey towards leadership and challenges faced (28:04) Why leaders need to adopt play in the workplace (30:10) Erin's go-to play resources (34:07)  Benefits of using ice breakers during meetings (35:55) Erin's Four Big Decisions (38:30) Erin's top five tips for leaders and upcoming leaders (41:37)  Links and References (Erin’s Website) (Erin’s LinkedIn) Connect With Ally Nitschke ( Connect with me on ( LinkedIn) Connect with me on ( Instagram) and ( Facebook) Subscribe to my ( YouTube) channel Get our ( Courageous Conversations Guide)

Apr 12

45 min 4 sec

Not many industries are as people-intensive as the retail industry. Even with the pandemic giving birth to contact-less transactions, there is still constant interaction between the store manager, store employees, and the customers.  Leaders in the retail space were already being seriously challenged before the pandemic hit. The sector experienced a period of unprecedented change and transformation that required a shift from the traditional brick and mortar environment. With that, managers need to develop leadership skills that will be tested as they navigate a new reality of cleaning, lower foot traffic, and employees needing more rules of what they can and can't do.  As with any leadership role, retail management is a highly challenging and complex role. It gets even trickier when a manager is in charge of several stores. The good news is that a leader can manage different teams over a more expansive geographical space through influential leadership. And that's what our guest for today, Alison Crabb, will try to dissect. Alison is a retail leadership expert with more than 25 years in the industry. We talk about influential leadership, the power of delegating responsibilities and how strategies and work environment affect results.    TOPICS WE DISCUSSED INCLUDE: Getting to know Alison Crab (03:10) How Alison switched from teaching to retail (05:55) Alison's journey into leadership and entrepreneurship (08:30) Alison's first encounter with leadership and how she matured her leadership traits (11:09) The power of delegating responsibilities (15:08) Alison's transition from a store manager into an area leader How to lead and influence multiple teams (20:40) How strategies and the environments affect results (24:20) Analyzing Alison's book: The Essential Guide For Area Leaders in Retail (26:32) The top 5 tips for leaders (28:31) Links and References (Alison’s website) (Alison’s LinkedIn) (Check out Alison’s Retail Leadership Book) Connect With Ally Nitschke ( Connect with me on ( LinkedIn) Connect with me on ( Instagram) and ( Facebook) Subscribe to my ( YouTube) channel Get our ( Courageous) Conversations Guide Show Notes:

Apr 5

34 min 29 sec

To succeed in today’s highly competitive business world, you need to be flexible and have exceptional planning and organizational skills. Unfortunately, many people start a business thinking that they’ll instantly be successful, only to find that running a business is much more than putting in the hours. The dedication, creativity, and even luck required to make a business successful can demoralize even the most inspired entrepreneurs.   If starting one business is all that, what happens when someone juggles one, two, or even three businesses? When you add another venture into the mix, you’re not doubling your workload; you’re probably tripling it. Moreover, running multiple businesses does not mean each one will require an even split of time and energy. As any serial entrepreneur will tell you, starting, managing, and scaling multiple businesses is not all that crazy. In fact, it boosts your financial security, forces you to maximize all your skills, and diversifies your portfolio. But how can you divide your time among all your ventures and still make time for family? Today’s guest, Simone Douglas, is a serial entrepreneur running multiple thriving businesses ranging from hospitality to digital marketing and is also a best-selling author. If you’ve ever thought about opening multiple businesses, then this episode is for you.   TOPICS WE DISCUSSED INCLUDE:  Getting to know Simone Douglas (03:40) Dissecting the role of a Fix-It specialist (07:04) How personal reflection can positively impact an organisation’s business culture (09:14) How Simone took over and scaled The Duke of Brunswick Hotel (10:06) Why Simone decided to go gluten-free with her pub (11:00) The evolution of the social media space (14:37) Simone’s thoughts on new social media platforms (18:30) How Simone balances social media usage and family life (21:26) Dissecting the world of BNI (23:56) How Simone successfully runs her businesses while taking care of her team (28:21) Top 5 tips for upcoming leaders (30:55) Connect with Simone Douglas (Simone’s LinkedIn) (Check out Simone’s Website) (Simone’s latest book) Connect with Ally Nitschke ( Connect with me on ( LinkedIn) Connect with me on ( Instagram) and ( Facebook) Subscribe to my ( YouTube) channel Get our ( Courageous) Conversations Guide

Mar 29

36 min 12 sec

Breaking a bone or experiencing a severe cold can make life a little unbearable. Fortunately, a doctor's appointment later, you're practically good to go. However, with spiritual matters, it gets a little complicated than that. Firstly, most of us don't even acknowledge that we're hurting, which makes seeking help even harder. This is mostly because spiritual and mental health issues are often shamed and ridiculed.    Deep down, we all know we aren't immune to life's lemons. Thus, whenever unforeseen things happen, our weaknesses are usually compromised, making us vulnerable. Vulnerability generates fear, which is why most people would rather suffer than seek help.   Of the thousands of people trying to find themselves, only a few manage to do so, and even fewer openly share how they did it. With us today is Jared Schuster, a holistic life coach who spent years learning from Yogis and Shamans, all in the hope of finding himself. We talk about spiritual healing, Ecuadorian healing ceremonies, and how to find your life's purpose.      Topics We Discussed Include Getting to know Jared Schuster (02:16) Why money doesn't necessarily guarantee happiness (06:50) Jared's life-changing encounter with traditional healing ceremonies (10:25) Jared's deepest learnings from his time in Ecuador (11:40) Analyzing the different kinds of healing ceremonies (13:40) Jared's approach to life after leaving Ecuador (15:10) How Jared implemented healing teachings into his everyday life (16:22) The link between spiritual healing and self-compassion (19:48)  The importance of communication and connecting with our feelings (23:30) Dissecting Jared's manifestation course (26:16)  RESOURCES MENTIONED Jared's (Website) Jared's (Instagram) Check out Jared's (self-guided masterclass) Connect with Jared via (Linkedin)   CONNECT WITH ALLY NITSCHKE Connect with me on LinkedIn Connect with me on Instagram and (Facebook) Subscribe to my (Youtube) channel Get a copy of our' (Crush It Daily' Planner) Get our (Courageous Conversations Guide)

Mar 22

29 min 45 sec

Every year, we celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month and Self-Care Day, yet it takes tragedies before people can talk about mental health. Unfortunately, the stigma surrounding mental health issues means that millions of people worldwide suffer in silence due to the fear of being shamed. The pandemic might have highlighted the need to have meaningful discussions about mental health, but there is still more to be done. With this in mind, leaders need to adopt a new leadership style where they embrace vulnerability and create safe spaces where team members can be open about their mental health.  Nonetheless, the first step towards a happy and healthy workplace is by focusing on self-care. Self-care is vital for building resilience towards life's stressors that can sometimes be overwhelming. When you take steps to care for your mind and body, you'll be better equipped to live your best life. With us today is Rosie Bartlett, founder of Mindseye Training and a principal master instructor with over 13 years experience in the mental health space. We discuss how mental health affects productivity, the importance of self-care, and how to create happy and healthy workplaces.     Getting to know Rosie (02:05) Defining mental health First-Aid (04:17) How to create and develop happy and healthy workplaces (06:07) How mental health care has evolved over time (07:05) How the pandemic shaped our approach to mental care (09:50) The link between mental health and your team's productivity (10:52) Why happy and healthy workplaces are more productive (14:06) The future of happy and healthy workplaces (16:28) First-Aid protocols when dealing with mental care (19:39) Rosie's go-to self-care regime (21:49) Why leaders need to have a self-care system (25:29) The importance of practicing self-care (26:58) Defining boundaries from a self-care perspective (27:50) Rosie's tip 5 tips (29:40) Connect With Rosie Bartlett Rosie Bartlett's ( Website ) Connect with Rosie on (LinkedIn)  Connect With Ally Nitschke ( Connect with me on (LinkedIn) Connect with me on (Instagram) and (Facebook) Subscribe to my ( YouTube) channel Get our ( Courageous Conversations Guide)

Mar 15

36 min 1 sec

Have you ever asked yourself what the more successful companies do differently that makes them so successful? Is it their market understanding, their customer focus, or maybe a visionary growth strategy? Yes, all these factors can play a part in a company’s fortunes, but one thing makes all the difference. We know that they don’t develop innovative ideas by a stroke of good luck because luck is not guaranteed.  The one thing that makes them win consistently and attract the best talent is cultivating a culture of innovation. They build frameworks within their teams that support consistent strategic and creative thinking. They understand that every new day packs new problems that require different problem-solving techniques. Unfortunately, only a small proportion of organisations are giving their employees room to be creative, and even fewer are cultivating a culture of innovation. That’s why we are pleased to have with us today Marque Kabbaz, an industry leader in the strategic and creative thinking space. We talk about building a culture that promotes innovation, the evolution of design thinking, and how innovation is slowly taking over our everyday lives.   Topics we Discussed Include: Getting to know Marque Kabbaz (03:35) Resilience in the creative industry (06:20) Combining creative and strategic thinking to develop creative problem-solving skills (12:15) Innovation as a mindset (15:45) Building a culture of innovation (18:15) Why forward-thinking Organisations are prioritizing innovation (21:00) How Isobar stands out through startup accelerated thinking (22:11) How innovation is slowly creeping into every aspect of our lives (30:10) Dissecting Marque’s BCII program at UTS (32:25) The evolution of design thinking (36:08) Top 5 tips for leaders and upcoming leaders (37:25) Connect with Marque Kabbaz on ( LinkedIn) Connect With Ally Nitschke ( Connect with me on ( LinkedIn) Connect with me on ( Instagram) and ( Facebook) Subscribe to my ( YouTube) channel Get our ( Courageous Conversations Guide)

Mar 8

43 min 11 sec

Today's guest joins me to discuss using Empathy in the workplace. Madhavi Parker, Managing Director of Positive Minds Australia, psychologist, multi-published author, and all round incredible person; discusses the importance of empathy, how to practice empathy, and what it actually means to show empathy to others. Empathy is a necessary skill in today's environment. whether you're a leader of people, leading a business, or even your family. Being able to show empathy to others is the quickest way to diffuse conflict, and connect with others. You can check out the details of the show in the shownotes here, and where to find Madhavi and her work. 6IbdlycbnTD9PR3a2ojk

Mar 2

36 min 13 sec

And we're back for a cracking 2021. After a successful season 1 and launch of the Made For More podcast, we're giving you more of what you asked for. Don't forget to subscribe so you're updated each week with new episodes on Courage Building, and of course guest interviews with some of the best in the business from around the globe. As always, reach out to to be featured or submit your question for our Q&A episode. If you want to check out and listen to past episodes, you can find everything you need at


Feb 22

10 min 51 sec

In a world full of anxiety and stress, leaders are increasingly short of options for boosting work engagement. The interesting part, however, is that these leaders are ignoring one of the most underutilized and undervalued tools to boost office engagement- humor. As a stress buster, most psychologists believe that humor is the opposite of stress. An important thing to note is that humor is not primarily used as an office stress reliever but as an engagement tool.   Using your sense of humor is not all about telling jokes; it’s about saying the right words at the right time to the right people. The harder you try to be funny, the more likely your joke will end up falling flat.  Being happy is important. Since you are more likely to spend more time at work than at home, being happy at work is even more important. If you are planning to incorporate humor into your workspace, no need to worry as today we’ve got a professional humor monger, Ally Nitschke, with us. Ally discusses how to effectively use humor in the workplace, identifying where to draw the line and how non-humorous people can be funny.   TOPICS WE DISCUSSED INCLUDE: Getting to know Kate Burr (01:58) Starting her own business (03:03) Becoming a humor coach (04:30) From survival mode to service mode (07:03) Humor in the workplace (08:33) How to boost message reception through humor (10:30) Focusing on people’s feelings (10:44) The science behind the benefits of laughter (12:10) How non-humorous people can become funny (15:06) Humor in the business context (15:58) Why jokes are the worst way to be funny (16:53) How frequently should a leader add humor into the workplace? (18:30) The different parts of humor (19:26) Why relevance is as important as the joke itself (20:45) How humor works (22:01) Being funny is a virtual team (24:37) Top 5 tips to help you boost our humor (26:48) How to use memes and YouTube clips in your daily tasks (27:50) Fill up on Funny (28:33) Using humor for attention, engagement, and connection (29:30) Humour Booster: 5 steps to use humour for engagement in you day to download the shownotes, check out

Nov 2020

32 min 57 sec

In an already uniquely stressful year, many people are trying to redefine the word normal to fit their current situations. Although some people find themselves struggling with their emotions and channeling their energy to more meaningful objectives, others are already creating opportunities for themselves.  The fact of the matter is that not everybody can be great, but everybody can make an impact. That idea that everybody thinks is crazy has every chance of being the next big thing. It doesn’t matter what people say, and it also doesn’t matter what times we’re in; all that matters is that you believe in your idea and are actually willing to put in the hard work. Always remember, miracles will only find you when you’re in action.         While most people only dream about being a Fortune 500 executive, today’s guest, Tony Loyd, has been there, and he’s here to tell us how he continues to inspire lives through his projects while juggling all the different roles he continues to hold. If you’re feeling all the feels or are struggling to make an impact, this episode is definitely for you.  TOPICS WE DISCUSSED INCLUDE: Getting to know Tony Loyd (02:18) Feeling all the feels (03:10) How to channel your energy to things that matter (05:05) How a crisis can create an opportunity (05:19) Hold tight to the vision but let the form be flexible (05:55) Where to channel your energy to (07:370 Importance of having self-care (08:05) Success leaves clues (09:48) How to recognize your strengths (11:50) Strategizing your actions (13:25) Miracles find you when you’re in action (13:50) How your social environment may be stopping you from moving forward (15:28) Mastering mindset and emotions (15:49) Finding your purpose (18:40) Bringing purpose and meaning to the important part of your life (19:50) Pay attention to the heartbreak (21:25) You don’t need to be great to make an impact (23:08) Lots of problems equal lots of opportunities to find a solution (23:42) Introducing Tony’s book (24:42) Crazy ideas give birth to crazy impacts (26:20) Top 5 Tips (28:45) Why you need to lift the underrepresented voices (28:53)

Nov 2020

32 min 21 sec

Moving, on its own, is a daunting task. Moving because of work takes the stress and doubles it. However, moving to another continent is a whole different ball game altogether. So, when Noa Ronen moved from Israel to the U.S, she thought things would remain the same. Little did she know that adapting to a different culture and professional atmosphere would not be as easy as she had imagined.   Other than the physically tiring activities associated with moving, most people overlook the psychological stress of moving.    Once you decide to move, the first thing you need to understand is that it won't be easy, neither will it be the same. Things won't be the same, and the sooner you learn to accept that, the faster you'll adapt to your new surroundings. In today's amazing episode, we're happy to have with us Noa Ronen, who talks about how she managed to successfully move to the U.S, albeit with a few hiccups, and how she was able to overcome the struggles associated with moving to a new place. TOPICS WE DISCUSSED INCLUDE: Getting to know Noa Ronen (02:25) Moving to New York (04:28) Adapting to a new environment (08:30) Creating a space for yourself to show up differently (11:02) The grieving process (12:19) The 'Doing' and 'Being' energies (12:55) Pairing the 'Being' and the 'Doing' energies (14:19) Definition of the 'Being' energy (14:40) Working with yourself before working with others (18:25) Change management (19:19) Why successful leaders need to learn and adapt really fast (22:18) The 'Being' energy within a system (23:43) Leaders taking charge of difficult situations (25:40) The future of leadership (27:13) Why leaders need to start leading from the side (28:10) Deciding to do coaching (30:09) Being the disruptor (33:00) Why you need to stop taking experts as the diamond mark of quality (34:02) Asking the 'Why' question (34:40) The recovery time (36:10) Going against the norms (38:08) How to stop working against yourself (39:30) Procrastinating is not really laziness (42:05) 5 top tips for leaders (43:50) The 'What' questions (45:55)

Nov 2020

49 min 55 sec

From growing up in a circus, to building a multi million dollar property portfolio, some jail time and now training for an ultramarathon. Today’s interview with Oliver jackson is the stuff of movie.  With more than two-thirds of ex-felons getting rearrested within the first two years of being free,  the probability of an ex-con becoming a successful entrepreneur? Well, not high. When the going got tough, Oliver got focused on what he did want. Society has been known to frown upon ex-offenders with the assumption that they haven’t been rehabilitated enough. With limited options, they are left with only two choices, either go back to crime or become entrepreneurs. What’s clear is that traditional employment channels aren’t always an option. Survival of the fittest means being mentally fit. Survival depends on them being entrepreneurial enough to generate legitimate income streams for themselves.  Yes, you can come from somewhere, and yes, you can have a not so pretty past, but that doesn’t have to define where you are going. That was certainly the case for Oliver Jackson, an ex-con who spent two years in prison but managed to change his life for the better.  TOPICS WE DISCUSSED INCLUDE: Getting to know Oliver Jackson (0:40) How it was growing up in a circus (0:50) Oliver’s transition into what he is today (2:31) It’s never too late to learn how to read (4:38) Living the party life (4:55) Prison as a reality check (5:20) The first step towards change (6:23) Life after prison (8:03) Trying to prove to people that he can rebuild himself (9:18) Structure and routine (10:26) Getting things done before people wake up (11:38) Oliver’s current business (12:00) The entrepreneurial spirit (12:40) Building resilience (14:34) How 2020 became his best year despite the pandemic (16:40) Cutting down on junk food (19:16) Switching to a plant-based diet (20:35) The power-down routine (21:20) Top 5 most impactful books (23:50) The best piece of advice to the listeners (25:40)

Nov 2020

27 min 12 sec

A leader might possess the technical know-how, knowledge, and resources to achieve managerial success, but does that make him/her a great leader?  A Big, No!  The one desirable trait you as a leader should possess is the ability to coach your team. You know why? Because when executed correctly, coaching inspires your team members to be self-reliant, discover new things, and have the willingness to perform tasks on their own. The difference between coaching and management comes down to focus. In management, the focus lies in directing your employee on what to do, how to do it, and when to do it. Coaching, on the other hand, is all about collaboration and empowerment.  If you’d want to be an effective leader leading a productive team, you need to answer this all-important question about inspiring or instructing your team members. With us today is a high-performance leadership expert, Stacy Ashley, who’ll discuss all about coaching and how to incorporate coaching into your leadership style.  TOPICS WE DISCUSSED INCLUDE: Getting to know Stacey (01:50) What prompted Stacey to set up her own business (02:20) Working with leaders on leadership styles (03:03) Giving your team the inspiration to come up with productive pathways (04:45) Leading leaders in the right direction (05:28) What leaders need to focus on (06:30) Red Flags that a leader needs help (07:05) Leaders as coaches (09:20) Creating learning opportunities (10:14) Why leaders don’t need to know everything (10:30) Coaching questions (12:30) The power of ‘how can you help’ (13:05) Embracing coaching in your organization (15:10) Moving the responsibilities from the coach to the person being coached (17:11) What you need to unlearn before learning about coaching (19:03) Asking instead of commanding (19:30) How to elevate your listening (20:05) Listen to understand rather than listen to respond (20:39) Top 5 tips for leaders (21:30) Leading yourself before you can lead others (21:50) Why leaders need to be continuously learning (22:10) The need to create more leaders (22:30) Enjoy your leadership (23:15) Importance of leading yourself first (24:10) Lead yourself, then lead your tribe and then lead your world (24:20) Discussion about Stacey’s upcoming book (26:50)

Oct 2020

29 min 16 sec

Finding, developing, and retaining terrific team members is hard, but finding and retaining exceptional managers is even more challenging. While most positions within an organization are tasked with a particular set of responsibilities based on experience and skills, managers are charged with vast and complex duties. In recent times, both employers and employees have come to expect managers to keep up with the industry management trends, run a successful team, and still get work done.    A manager’s ability to navigate countless structural and procedural issues while keeping a cool head is what best describes excellent management.   The phrase, ‘that’s the best boss I’ve ever had,’ is often used by employees to describe great managers. With that in mind, we welcome Ralph Peterson to this week’s episode to help you become the boss everyone wants to be associated with.   TOPICS WE DISCUSSED INCLUDE: Getting to know Ralph Peterson (02:25) The wonderful world of management (03:45) Being the manager of managers (04:43) Having difficult conversations with difficult people (05:53) Working with Ralph (08:18) Including people interested in management in your management talks (09:05) 7 out of 10 first-time managers fail in their first 90 days (09:53) Super workers progressing to become super leaders (10:50) What best describes a great leader? (11:35) 5 traits every great manager should have (11:45) Working in the business versus working on the business (16:35) New managers and timekeeping (16:50) Demerits of the open door policy (18:50) The time it takes to get back to being laser-focused after being disrupted (19:50) The manager’s job is to go and find the problem and not wait for the problem to come to them (20:45) Maintaining fairness across your team (21:20) Making sure everybody sees you (25:19) Why you need to stop taking your work home (26:34) Being visible in a remote team (27:18) Proving your worth when working remotely (27:55) Having clear expectations (29:18) The good manager (30:40) To be a good manager, you have to be a good person (30:53) How to be good at being a good manager (31:50) The golden rules of management (32:37) Getting the job done (36:50) The way you treat people matters (38:10) Top 5 tips for upcoming managers (38:40) The shortage of managers (39:18) The way you see things now is not the same way you’ll see them when in charge (42:15) Going from super worker to supervisor (43:05) The idea of being in management is prettier than actually being in charge (43:36)

Oct 2020

44 min 44 sec

Although thought leadership has been around for quite some time, not many people can completely decipher what it is and how best to utilize it. A thought leader uses his/her expertise to offer unique guidance, influence others, and inspire innovation.  Thought leadership can sometimes have more return on investments than any other marketing strategy. This is because thought leadership changes your company’s brand perception and potential customers start seeing you for the industry specialist you genuinely are. In an age when a person with a large enough following on LinkedIn can be deemed a thought leader, it’s crucial to understand the precise definition of who a thought leader is.  This is one of those episodes you can’t afford to miss. We unravel the charismatic world of thought leadership, when to use it, and develop the right balance between experience, skill, authenticity, and talent in today’s leadership demands.    TOPICS WE DISCUSSED INCLUDE: Your name is your business (3:50) Retention strategies for leaders in corporate (7:10) Why it’s so important to retain a good leader (7:38) Training your managers (9:10) Looking for the next leaders in your organization (9:28) Leadership identity (10:03) Implementing teamwork projects (10:30) Building a coaching capability (11:33) How to identify your own leadership identity (12:12) What creates identity (12:35) Why identity is formed from not having a lot of choices (13:17) Exposing yourself to other forms of identity (13:50) Who you are and what you’re trying to achieve (14:20) Your identity as your brand (14:50) What’s your identity, and who do you sell your time to? (15:30) Thought leadership (16:14) What is thought leadership (17:30) How to become known for knowing something (19:05) How to get started as a thought leader (23:10) Importance of thinking about your tribe and the communities you can lead (24:30) Why LinkedIn is so essential for your leadership journey (25:38) How you as a leader represents your brand (26:50) Content creation as a crucial part of thought leadership (28:20) Gathering a group of people who’ve got the same experience as you do (29:20) Getting some imperfect action (30:50) You won’t recognize how unique your thoughts are until you start sharing them (31:38) Top tips for leaders aspiring to get into the thought leadership space (32:30) Working on your identity (33:20) The types of content you need to create (33:43) The Importance of creating your community (34:13) Why you need to start reading more often (35:17) Create a platform for yourself (36:30) Your knowledge and expertise are what sets you apart from the competition (37:13) l  How to get your ideas out there (39:10) l  Leveraging a great piece of content (40:35)

Oct 2020

43 min 7 sec

When it comes to being true to yourself, you'll face a lot of pressure from society as it tries to influence who you genuinely are. Whether at your place of work or with your family, it can be helpful if you take a step back and think about your identity.    But how do you get to figure out your authentic self? In as much as your environment can affect how you approach authenticity, your authentic self is reaffirmed by the ability to realize your life's purpose and living by it. If you stray from your true purpose, you are at risk of losing your authenticity and therefore, your approach towards life.    Are you true to yourself? Are you the source of most of your behaviour and not necessarily a product of what society dictates? If you don't have answers to these two questions, then this episode is for you. We take you through an in-depth look at how to connect with your authentic self and help you find your identity.    TOPICS WE DISCUSSED INCLUDE: Getting to know Michelle (1:45) Being true to yourself (2:05) What is authenticity (4:06) Why most people believe they are genuine (4:40) Why authenticity is like a puzzle (5:39) The essence of who we truly are (5:48) Importance of being the same person both at work and at home (6:15)  Connecting all the different factors of who we are (7:20) Congruency in life (7:50) Trying to impress as opposed to being who you are (8:20) What authenticity is all about (8:50) Showing up with what's real on the day (9:10) Shame shields (10:45) What are life masks? (12:31) Why you need to start giving yourself some credit (13:35) Recognizing your unique magnificence (15:23) The power of being you (16:00) The little experiences are what best describe who we are (17:30) Can you change who you are? (17:55) Focusing on things you can not control (18:13) Being kind, compassionate and respectful to yourself (19:47) How to recognize you are doing better (20:25) Where to place your identity (20:44) Why your work is not something that you are but something that you do (22:38) You can be anything you want to be (23:20) Fixing your identity crisis (23:47) How life-changing occurrences can influence your identity (24:20) What is muchness? Rediscovering your muchness (25:02) Signs to look out for when faced with an identity crisis (27:15) Most common symptoms of an identity crisis (28:40)

Oct 2020

31 min 8 sec

Networking is not all about exchanging information but mainly functions as a medium for creating long-term relationships with mutual gains. Often perceived as selling, networking gives you the chance to meet people who can help you, and you can assist them in return. Once you understand that networking is all about sharing and not receiving, you’ll find it easier to network with other people. Although not everyone’s strong suit, some of the most successful people in the corporate space have attributed their success to the strong networking channels they have created over time.  Many people pay lots of money to attend networking events, but very few know how to network successfully. If you are struggling with creating meaningful networks, this episode is for you. We traverse through the Networking world with Paul Kitching and answer some crucial questions like why you need to network, the skills you need to succeed in networking, and how to ensure people remember you after the events. TOPICS WE DISCUSSED INCLUDE:  Getting to know Paul Kitching (2:35) Attitude is key (4:33) Closed doors presenting new opportunities (5:17) From selling media to selling marketing services (8:41) Difference between selling media and selling marketing services (9:00) Not being too hard on yourself (10:50) Cementing the relationship before closing the sale (11:40) Coffee with PK (12:20) How Coffee with PK has evolved (14:50) Vital elements of being a great networker ((18:03) Having a tremendous elevated pitch (18:21) Why no one wants to be sold to at functions (19:10) Importance of remembering peoples names (19:30) Benefits of being a great networker (21:25) You are an extension of your brand (22:06) Make people remember you (22:25) Mini sub-brand of your company’s brand (23:30) Park Run (23:400 Getting out of the Funk (25:12) Moving on (25:40) Accepting change (26:37)  Top 5 tips for upcoming networkers (27:44) Wearing your name tag on the right (30:28) Approaching people with measured confidence (30:28) Asking people interesting questions (31:40) LinkedIn requests courtesy (32:38) Seeing the positive side of every event, you attend (34:56) Why networking is such an important skill (37:35)

Sep 2020

40 min 33 sec

In this episode, i introduce you to my coach; Samantha Riley. Of the thousands of businesses that are launched every day, only a handful end up being successful. With such tight margins, is quitting your day job worth the risk? Taking the first step of your entrepreneurial journey is always daunting. Whether you want to pursue entrepreneurship full time or just part-time, you’ll never be ready for the obstacles that you’ll meet along the way.  Despite all the challenges that come with entrepreneurship, deciding to embark on this excursion can be hugely rewarding and, in some instances, life-changing.  Entrepreneurs rarely start their businesses by quitting their jobs and going all-in. It’s usually an ease-in, making sure the business can stand on its own before deciding to quit. Although different strategies work for different people, being passionate, hard work, having a knack for learning, and having great ideas are what will make or break your entrepreneurial spirit. In today’s episode, we take a deep dive into the world of entrepreneurship, discussing everything you need to know, how to tackle obstacles, and so much more. Everyone dreams of one day becoming an entrepreneur, but is it the right move for you?  TOPICS WE DISCUSSED INCLUDE:  Getting to know Samantha Riley (1:44) Transitioning into the world of business (4:40) Making an impression (5:30) The essence of resilience (6:18) Having your own cheering squad (7:20) Being inquisitive and wanting to know more (8:26) Seeking advice from experts (10:07) Working on your terms (13:50) Utilizing your knowledge and experience to better your business (15:01) What makes your business stand out (19:20) How to find your ‘thing’ (21:23) Understanding what makes you unique (22:19) Courageous conversations (22:32) The golden handcuffs (23:08) Transitioning from being employed into the world of business (23:39) Bee Life (24:07) Why now is such a good time to start 25:00) The K-E-E-P model (26:10) If you don’t like it just change it (29:52) Obstacles you need to overcome before you can start (30:10) Actions come before clarity (30:30) Mindset and strategy (31:40) Momentum builds motivation (32:13) Moving your focus when feeling overwhelmed (32:53) Ask better questions, and you’ll get better answers (34:40) Top 3 tips (34:53) What do you want your life to look like (35:03) Surrounding yourself with the right people (35:41) Why the naysayers are also important (36:10) Just do it (37:40) Don’t compare your beginning with someone else’s middle (39:40) (Employee to Empowered Entrepreneur)

Sep 2020

42 min 3 sec

It's no secret, the best performing organizations are continuously championing for inclusivity and diversity. For businesses trying to enhance their diversity and inclusion agenda, the shift can be challenging--and eventually, worthwhile.   Unfortunately, determining what makes your team diverse isn't as straightforward as it seems. The simplest approach to understanding diversity is by highlighting the different aspects that make people unique.    While different elements define uniqueness, you, as a leader, have the responsibility to discern what makes your team unique. Establishing a work environment where your team members can feel appreciated for their diversity is the first step in making your team an inclusive one.   In this episode, we tackle diversity, inclusivity, and all the benefits that come with it. Whether you are a leader, an aspiring leader, or an advocate for inclusivity and diversity, you are definitely in the right place. TOPICS WE DISCUSSED INCLUDE:  Inclusion and diversity (2:50) Diversity is a fact, but inclusion is a choice (3:05) Making your team an inclusive one is a choice (4:15) Advocating for inclusivity and diversity (4:40) What it means to be disadvantaged (6:10) Leaders as champions of inclusivity and diversity (7:10) Being involved in your team's life (7:50) Benefits of inclusivity (8:00) The existence of invisible disadvantage (9:50) Mental health (12:15) Mental health as a taboo subject (13:00) Cultivating inclusion in teams (15:56) Importance of having conversations (16:40) Gaining trust and respect in the workplace (17:40) Why you don't need to have all the answers (19:15) Owning up to your mistakes (19:30) Teaching your kids about inclusion (21:18) Diversity and your children (24:40) Top 5 tips for emerging and upcoming leaders (26:40) The equality you see in two people is not reflective their struggle (27:11) Being the first penguin (28:40) Culture change doesn't happen until the first person makes a change (29:16) Diversity and inclusion is more than just marginalization (30:14) The square peg in a round hole (31:00) Shining up people's strengths (32:00) It matters not what someone is born but what they grow to be (33:23)

Sep 2020

35 min 55 sec

In the corporate world, vulnerability is typically perceived as a weakness. By its definition alone, vulnerability seems not to fit in the same sentence with leadership. If you are honest with yourself, there are moments where you feel vulnerable. Leaders are no different; just like you and me, they also need to express their emotions. However, society has come to expect people in leadership to ooze with confidence and never show their weakness. This is where we go wrong.   A leader who understands the power of vulnerability does not feel the need to be the first to talk or come up with new ideas. Being vulnerable allows you to see through the eyes of your team. In so doing, you invite people to become drivers of the conversation.  “Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity, and change.” Brene Brown  In today’s episode, we decipher the business approach to vulnerability, vulnerability in leadership, and why you should embrace vulnerability as a leader.    TOPICS WE DISCUSSED INCLUDE: Getting to know Michelle (1:40) Business Culture space (5:17) Curiosity (6:58) People problem solving (7:30) Anthropology meets corporate (8:10) How we are influenced by the people around us (8:38) Brene Brown (9:35) Why part of the process is in being vulnerable (10:29) You do not do vulnerability; vulnerability does you (12:00) If you protect yourself from negative feelings, you protect yourself from positive ones as well (14:24)  The trust exercise (15:18) The lazy girl’s approach to life (17:30) Leaders Struggling with their identity (19:40) If you don’t like it, you can change it (20:00) The acceptance of vulnerability (21:50) Empathy (23:02)  Feeling with somebody (24:01) How empathy works alongside compassion (30:20) Being there for people without taking over their emotions (26:55) Empathy is compassion in action (30:20) Self-compassion as a skill (31:15) Going through things individually and collectively (32:45)  The soft skills that leaders should be learning about (33:20) Giving and receiving feedback (34:21) Providing observational feedback (34:55) Why humans need to feel like they are contributing (36:19) How feedback has become a scary word (37:03) Teaching people on how to receive feedback (38:40) The act of reinforcement (41:50) The top 5 tips (44:55)  Being human first (45:07) Understanding the differences in people (46:19) Holding people accountable (48:50) Acknowledging other people’s feelings (51:16) What do you want? (53:05) Understanding that fear and feelings are part of the process (57:20) Being self-compassionate (57:40)

Sep 2020

1 hr 2 min

One of the most challenging skills you can ever acquire is knowing when to quit and when to keep going. Often, things don’t go according to plan. We are all bound to mess up sometime. However, how we deal with our failures is what ultimately defines who we are. Failing will most likely hurt; sometimes a lot. There’s nothing wrong with that. If you feel confident about something and are incredibly passionate about something else, there’s no harm in trying your hand at something new. Living a life without failure is impossible unless you are so cautious about your every step that you might not have lived at all. Gold Nuggets and failure in one setting are unheard of. But that’s what this episode is about. We’ve packed so much information about failing, dusting yourself after setbacks, and all you need to know about setting up a successful online business.  TOPICS WE DISCUSSED INCLUDE: Introduction (1:30) Being good at something vs being passionate about something (2:20) Making international sales pre-internet (3:30) Failure: things taking a turn for the worst (4:42) Being unemployed and unemployable (6:55) Solid knowledge without opportunities (7:44) The birth of E-courses (8:20) Purpose and living in service (9:40) Leadership and personal branding (11:03) Developing yourself as a personal brand (12:45) The mindset philosophy (13:08) Success is 80% mindset (13:12) Imposter syndrome and perfectionism (14:11) Struggles of a female engineer (15:30) Learning the art of communication (16:45) Taking different communication approaches with different people (18:12) Productivity Tips (18:55) Figuring out what works for you (19:33) Dream Life (23:08) Turning your online business dreams into reality (23:11) The D-R-E-A-M acronym (23:15) Top 5 tips for upcoming leaders (26:31) Resilience in leadership (27:28) Learning techniques for you and your team (28:21) How to become an effective listener (28:41) Learning as much as possible from industry specialists (29:50)

Aug 2020

32 min 16 sec

Today I talk with Bridie Walker, an online Pilates coach. the owner and creator of She Moves a wellness studio dedicated to helping women transform their relationship with their bodies, food and exercise. I love Bridie's energy, passion and down right truth bombs, about loving what you've got already, and her philosophy of exercising based on how you FEEL rather than how you LOOK. There's some absolute gold nuggets in this episode, head on over to the show notes to find out more. TOPICS WE DISCUSSED INCLUDE:  How ‘She Moves’ was born (2:10) The real power of having a tribe (4:10) Importance of the personal connection gym (4:24) How it feels versus what it looks like (5:30) Teaching about feeling good (6:58) Future Pacing (7:05) Focusing on post-workout (7:25) Pride that comes with weight loss (7:36) Things that kill your workout spirit (9:40) Mindset Shift (10:30) Childhood beliefs (12:00) Curating your social media fee (12:35) The importance of therapy (16:55) You can’t see the label from inside from inside the jar (19:33) The most important thing about Mindset (21:10) Feeling before the action (23:20) Feed the ego and give to the soul (23:39) The onboarding process (23:46) The Essence of commitment (24:30) The online program (25:28) Getting out of the funk zone (27:04) The top 5 tips for people starting out (28:25)

Aug 2020

31 min 1 sec

We discuss what our definition and beliefs are at Made For More when it comes to Courageous Conversations as well as how you can have these conversations for yourself. Download Courageous Conversations guide

Jul 2020

13 min 17 sec

There is nothing as mysterious yet so powerful as our beliefs. Beliefs tend to have the power to dictate the trajectory of our lives, emotions, and actions. Acquired throughout the course of our lives, beliefs are filters on a lens over which we view life. They determine your priorities, your focus, and how you face your daily struggles. At times you might be completely oblivious of the power beliefs have on you that you hardly ever notice they exist. Our minds work in such a way that what we think is what we are. If you believe you are bad at something, you will continuously be bad at it, whether you are or not.  In this episode, we address beliefs, how they influence our daily lives, and how to change your attitude towards beliefs. If you are struggling to cope with your beliefs, have a negative approach towards life, or just want to know more about beliefs, this episode is definitely for you. l Introduction (1:42) l The Belief Principles (4:00) l Inspiration to write the book (4:40) l Hardships growing up (5:30) l How changing your mindset can change your life (6:48) l The transition from being ‘thick’ into having self-belief (7:40) l Overcoming limiting beliefs (8:35) l Brainwave patterns (9:20) l Why most of our beliefs are forged at 7 years old (10:10) l You can change any belief you want (10:35) l Parental tips about beliefs (11:10) l Importance of feeding positivity to your children (11:46) l The ‘I am’ statements (13:20) l The beliefs filter (13:44) l Your approach towards reality (13:54) l How you view of the world is filtered through your beliefs (14:45) l Taking responsibility for everything that happens in your life (16:24) l Limiting beliefs and impounding beliefs (17:50) l The tree of beliefs (18:24) l The 7 major beliefs (20:07) l Accepting responsibility (21:48) l The Comfort zone (23:22) l Why you can never grow inside the comfort zone (23:49) l Stretched comfort zone (26:40) l Mantras (28:05) l I am the light, I am the energy; I am the love, I am the universe (28:47) l Recognizing you are part of the bigger picture (29:04) l Beliefs being all about how you feel (29:35) l You can not hold two opposing beliefs at the same time (31:03) l Inspiration (33:43) l Information from a different perspective (35:30) l 5 top tips to younger self (36:04) l The world changes according to our beliefs (36:29)

Jul 2020

39 min 41 sec

Developing your leadership qualities doesn’t have to wait until you hit the top. Whether you are just starting or already at the top, you can start to develop leadership traits as early as now. The process of coming up with leadership styles will vary from one person to another.  With our three industry professionals still with us, you are in the right place if you are looking for tips to figure out your leadership styles.  As highlighted in part 1 of resilient leadership, how strong your leaders are will determine how you come out of this pandemic. In part 2, however, we deviate from the course just a little bit and focus on leadership styles, positive traits displayed by leaders, and the top 3 tips for new and upcoming leaders. TOPICS WE DISCUSSED INCLUDE: Modeling your leadership style (1:15) What you gain from reading books (2:20) Creating your own leadership style (2:40) The silver-lining from a global pandemic (4:20) Working together as a team (5:05) Developing a culture where people speak up (6:30) Driving change (7:07) Top 3 tips (7:40) Communication (7:50) Daily meetings (8:40) You are never too old to learn something new (9:39) Transparency (9:53) Resist the temptation to profit from a crisis (10:55) Importance of being comfortable in your own decisions (12:42) Empowerment and delegation (13:02) Staying human and humble (15:21) Taking every opportunity presented to you (18:09) Don’t fake it till you make it (19:40)


Jun 2020

21 min 18 sec

People often look up to leaders for guidance on what to do, how to act, and what to anticipate. During uncertain times, the need for strong, resilient, and focused leadership is more crucial than ever. Stable leadership is the backbone of companies that are successfully coping with the pandemic.   Crises are known to bring out the best and the worst in our leaders. The unexpected and complex scenarios that demand quick thinking and action taking can overwhelm even the toughest of leaders.    If you are a leader and are struggling with the pandemic, you are not alone; we are here to help. In this episode, we are joined by not one, not two, but THREE industry leaders who highlight how they are coping with the pandemic, how the virus has affected them, and what they plan on doing about it.    TOPICS WE DISCUSSED INCLUDE: Introductions (1:24) How to keep your team engaged (4:44)  Setting up your team to operate remotely (6:05) Being clear about changes (7:15) Biggest challenges in working from home (7:41) Why you need to answer that video call (8:15) Engagement strategies during isolation (10:01) Maintaining connections with all the staff (11:35) Checking on your team’s mental health and well being (12:02) Why the day-to-day needs to feel the same even though it isn’t (13:55) Disconnected physically but not socially (14:05) The Stand-up (14:30) Getting people to talk (15:35) The 12 laws (16:08) Leopards and spots (17:35) Doing the right thing (18:08) Making money the right way (18:26) Benefits of having a mentor or a coach (20:45) Hierarchy causes fear (21:45) Important lessons about the 360 (22:58) Being honest with yourself (23:30) Being willing to self-reflect (23:58) Mentor-mentee relationship (24:30) How to find your mentor (26:05) Building trust (26:50) You don’t have to come up with all the answers (27:10) Defining leadership (28:24) Leading by example (29:35) Showing up for your team (31:10)


Jun 2020

32 min 4 sec

In this episode you'll hear from Ally Nitschke on what the Made For More podcast is all about.

Jun 2020

10 min 36 sec