Author Archives: Genevieve Matthews

Finding Yourself Running on Empty Lately?

Operating on an empty tank, no juice left? Did you know one of the most common problems for women in leadership is they are smashed, burnt out and so drained from being all things to everyone else? They’re pretty awesome at giving out all their energy to others, looking after team, family, friends, relatives….. yet,…

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Why Kicking Goals as a Team takes Practice

Soccer season is over. It was 20 years since I’d played competitively. We made it all the way to the grand final. Quite an achievement for us all. Some games during the season we played like women possessed, passing, lots of great fancy moves and phenomenal teamwork – goals scored – games won. Then during…

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3 Quick Steps to Clearing the Chaos and Creating Clarity

  Too much on your mind? Being pulled from pillar to post? It can look and feel a bit like chaos. When you’re leading a team, growing a business, looking after customers and clients, it can be very busy being all things to everyone. Except for the one person that matters the most. Because you’re…

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The Truth about Magic Pills and Overnight Success

‘No Pain No Gain’… It’s an old adage, that has been around forever, used often by PT’s as they flog you hard or those of us sports fanatics who feel like unless there is some kind of ‘pain’ involved we haven’t done a workout. For me, business does equate to pain. There is no such…

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How to be Courageous for Certain Conversations that Need to Happen

Are you needing to have a conversation with someone? It could be a business discussion or something personal. It’s on your mind. It’s been niggling, bugging you and you’ve been putting it off? Firstly – ask yourself why have you been putting it off? Is it that you think it’s going to be awkward, painful,…

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What To Do When Your Motivation Takes a Dive!

A common question cropping up lately is “How do I stay freakin’ motivated? You know that feeling when it’s all too much. Maybe it’s a ‘not want to get out of bed thing’, or an ‘I can’t be bothered thing’ or the ‘everywhere I look are jobs to do, it’s never-ending’. Those 1000 things on…

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Is it Time to Get Creative with the Way You’re Communicating?

It never ceases to amaze me how unique yet similar humans. Not to mention how we can tend to bunch everyone together as if they’re the same, yet then be so surprised when there are raging obvious differences. Every Monday I volunteer at Art Class, helping out our amazing Artist in Residence, who is sharing…

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Uncovering Your Team’s Potential

One family holiday we decided to brave it and all go snorkelling. It seemed like a fairly mammoth effort getting everyone kitted out in wetsuits, snorkels, and fins. In the back of my mind, kept thinking, this would just be easier to stay on the boat, enjoy the views and the sounds of the waves…

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Is it Time to Refresh or Reset Your Boundaries?

Imagine if you built a new house. You created this gorgeous home, yours. Tell me… Would you build a fence? Would you create a garden path? Would you make sure the house had a front door on it? Or would you leave your house open… for anyone to walk in, YELL and SCREAM, make a…

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Sea of Overwhelm

Firstly overwhelm is normal, you’re human and pretty much everyone experiences it in some way, shape or form. The thing is everyone has different skills, capabilities, perceptions and language they use for describing their ‘experience’ of it. Regardless of the perception, it’s the impact that is the problem, because it’s can be debilitating, slowing down…

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Overcoming Presenting Nerves and Doubt

Did you know a crazy large percentage of people would love to be in their own coffin rather than giving a eulogy at a funeral? Morbid I know, but so many people HATE public speaking with a passion. Are you one of those, or are you kind of like neither here nor there, have you…

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Kicking Goals Together It Takes an Extraordinary Team

Several months ago, set a huge project. Relaunching www.theartofextraordinary.com (TAoE) and all it has become over the last 12 – 18 months. Quite a challenge. YET, took the advice I give my clients. Create your vision. Lead with purpose. Perform at your peak. It meant really designing out the future, I want for TAoE for…

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Are Your Habits & Routines Working For You?

The other night on the way home from a long day at work, I realised (yes a smack over the head/lightbulb moment), that I had created a routine with a particular habit, that whilst it was completely good for me on one hand, on the other hand, it wasn’t and here’s why. For years now,…

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How to Make the Systems the Solution to Success

Often get lots of varying answers to one of the first questions I ask people when we start conversing and talking about business leadership and growth. The question is “What is your biggest leadership challenge right now?” It’s always interesting what comes up for people and what they’ll share, ignore or admit too. Honesty is…

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The 5 Common Culture Killers that cause Business Breakdowns

She only has a small team. It’s all about quality not quantity. And it wasn’t until someone new recently joined the team, someone with a very different attitude to everyone else, that she realised with surprise, quite how important company culture is. “Is it too late?” She wondered. “Had she hired the wrong person?” She…

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Why Blend In when you were Born to Stand Out!

Why Blend In, when you were Born to Stand Out? All through the teenage years, having spent hours sitting, practising and contemplating life in the music room of boarding school, the same question often came up, “Why do I seem so different from everyone else?” It was a feeling. Whether I was or wasn’t doesn’t…

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How to Lead with Emotion and Thrive

In our Empowering Women in Leadership Facebook Community, we ask every week, what is your No. 1 current Leadership Challenge you’d love to overcome or solve? People will share what they want and need help with. Recently someone posted that she wanted to be able to “Lead without Emotion”. Ahhh, to lead without emotion and…

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Is it more about managing time or priorities?

  Time Management is one of life’s great challenges and yet also one of our greatest opportunities. Because in truth, it’s never about time, it is always about priorities. Met this amazing lady called Bree, she’s a pro on the World Fitness Stage. She reminded me one day, that a 1-hour workout is only 4%…

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Need to Stop Spinning in Circles?

What happens when everyone on the team starts spinning their wheels? When suddenly it feels like nothing is moving forward? Projects left, right and centre are stalling… incomplete or even at a standstill? The air in the lunch room seems stifled, there is little or no vibe going on. Everyone seems flat, despondent and dejected?…

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How to Become the Meaning Maker Rather than Letting What Others Say or Do Bring You Down

Some time ago, I’d visited an Aunt. In a home. Walls bland, she’s the youngest by far and tragic circumstances have changed her life. Wanting to do something to bring some colour and cheer, I painted a canvas. Colourful, unique and my style. A gift for her. Oddly, when I asked my parents, could they…

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