Author Archives: Genevieve Matthews

Food for Thought – Cookies n Cream

Food for thought. So lots of conversations these last couple of weeks with middle managers feeling very ‘stuck in the middle’. It’s not the yummy ‘cream in the oreo’ feeling. It’s actually super uncomfortable, frustrating and demotivating. They’re in management roles yet not actually being empowered to lead or manage their team. It can happen…

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Merry Christmas

As 2020 comes to a close, we would like to say Merry Christmas. It has certainly been a year of highs and lows in so many ways. A year to forget, yet a year to remember. Here at The Art of Extraordinary, we have been incredibly blessed to work with some amazing leaders who through…

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Top 10 Triggers in the Workplace

Top 10 Triggers in the Workplace

Whether it’s for improving peak performance, peace of mind/wellness or healthy relationships, these top 10 triggers have an enormous impact in the workplace.  This year has certainly had its challenges and they continue…! Whilst we may not be able to control what is going on around us, we certainly have the opportunity to adjust how…

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Celebrate the Wins

No matter how micro or small, it’s a really important daily or weekly practice to celebrate the wins for a leader and as a team. Often we’re so focused on what’s next, maybe what didn’t work, that we might not take time to celebrate what actually did work. Or even what we learn from that…

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Calm for Christmas

The sound of laughter, the smells of Christmas, red and green everywhere, a present is passed to you with the words ‘Merry Christmas’ and despite the beauty, joy and family in front of you, surrounding you, it’s hard to be present and focused. With so much on your mind, the presence of family or friends…

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Forget to Plan or Planning to Forget?

Only 1 month till Christmas.  2021 is around the corner. When it comes to ‘Planning’ it’s one of those words that evokes varying responses. Some people love planning and let’s face it some people don’t. For some it’s a finely tuned capability and they can plan every minute of the day, large projects, or small…

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Back to Basics

Recently took the plunge on committing to a 12 month fitness program. Finished last year’s soccer season with an injury. So making choices this year and really had to reassess what help most. See, have this secret vision. Want to be a really fit and healthy 90 year old. With this in mind, the next…

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Flick the Switch or Blow the Fuse

What if you could flick the circuit breaker first before the fuse blows? When it comes to the human mind there is so much you can do to circuit break the traditional responses and reactions when it comes to being in overdrive, handling stress, overwhelm, frustration, disappointment or low self-esteem. The thing is only 20%…

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Keeping the Battery Charged Up

What’s worked well already for you today? What can you improve on? A leader recently, rushed, stressed and so busy, came onto our Coaching Call pretty amped up. Made them stop, breathe… feel their feet and do a HD video of the surroundings. Could tell by the body language (over zoom), they thought I was…

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Getting the Best out of the Team

Eleven people sat around the table. All part of a common cause, one team, a few similarities in character, very different in looks, speaking multiple different languages and completely unique in personality. All passionate and dedicated to customer and industry. Similar yet so very different. Running team meetings and wanting to best communicate with each…

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Love Hate Relationship with Time?

Do you have a love/hate relationship with time? Time is a precious commodity, one which we too easily give away and can never get back. What’s your thing with time? Is it the wasted time in meetings (online or in person), going around in circles because people aren’t prepared, aren’t contributing or are reluctant or…

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Developing Mental Fitness

Are you over or under-compensating with physical fitness? Ever considered working on your mental fitness? Will never forget sitting at the doctor’s after the antenatal depression diagnosis, as she said “Well you’ve probably been depressed for most of your 20’s and 30’s, you just did a lot of exercise to compensate.” No kid, a lot…

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Are you leading the way?

Are you the light in the darkness? A beacon of safety and support? Are you leading the way? Great leaders know how to park their own ego, get out of their own way to help others learn, grow and develop. So that a team and business can thrive and do well even in very troubled…

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Are your Values in Overdrive or Conflict?

Are your values in overdrive or conflict? One of the very first jobs I had was a ‘pinch me, I must be dreaming’ kind of job. Totally unreal and still to this day one of my most favourite ever. In fact as I get a little older, it’s the one I look back at now…

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How Judgement impacts the Workplace

So there has been a lot of talk about elephants with coaching clients lately. The expression “The elephant in the room” is often a problem that everyone knows is there but no one wants to acknowledge or talk about / open up about. For many situations I’ve come across – the elephant – is huge, it’s…

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How to handle the internal conflict when part of you wants to and part of you doesn’t

Here’s a little magic to help you handle the internal conflict when part of you wants to do something and part of you doesn’t. Let’s take having a difficult conversation with someone that you’ve been putting off talking to. You know it matters for the individual, for the team, the business… and yet you’ve been…

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How flexible are you and the business?

Let’s talk adapting to flexible working arrangements. This could be a game changer for leading a team both in the short and over the long term. In the SMH recently, it quoted ‘from 9000 people working from home, when asked, whether they wanted to stay there? The very strong answer was: yes!’ Or, to at…

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How to Set Aside Unrealistic Expectations

As a child needs time to learn to ride a bike, play tennis, pick up and develop new skills, adults do too. We can have some pretty unrealistic expectations of people in the business world. Frequently hearing words like “they should be able to lead, they should be able to communicate, why can’t they listen,…

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Why guilt and shame in the workplace are NOT ok!

Guilt and shame are ineffective, unproductive and absolutely have the reverse effect. Rather than engaging and getting work done, they disengage teams, slows everybody down. Now I would be the first to admit, as a leader, there have been times in my life where I have used those strategies. For leading from people, for getting…

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Communication is Key for Great Leadership

If you want the answer, it is one word. COMMUNICATION Across the last few months talking to hundreds of business leaders, whether in CEO, GM, department managers, supervisors or team leader roles, regardless of title; the resounding key requirement for every business has been communication. Often leaders think they’re pretty good at it. Doing enough.…

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