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Dr Louise Metcalf

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Chatswood, NSW, 2067

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Internationally published leadership expert. One of the top 100 Sustainability Leaders in the World (ABC Carbon, 2011, 2012). BA (Hons in Psych), Masters of Applied Psychology Organisational, MBA, PhD, Member APS College of Organisational Psychologist, membership of Academy of Management. Louise has decades of experience in the field of organisational psychology and general psychology. She is a highly respected leadership and change management consultant in Australia

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How to Negotiate Like A Boss!

Negotiation is one of those skills that will always be useful, no matter what you do. You can use it to get a better salary, or just a better phone plan. It’s endless! We should really learn this skill in school. But now is the second best time… so let’s start learning! 1. Before you get to the negotiation Put at least an hour aside to think about all your options and alternatives. The tr...

Leadership

Are you ready for the innovations being developed right now?

These days we talk a lot about change and disruption. I often hear people say that the world isn't changing faster, really! But the record of patents and the production of new technologies indicates that it probably is. Change is a big issue and few do it well. If you're creating leaders every day, like I do, you need to keep an eye on the future. However predicting the future can be highly probl...

Leadership

Your team is your reputation - so are you on their side?

'It's not me, it's my staff, you just can't get good people these days!" You'd be amazed how often I hear that and it's total rubbish. As Sun Tzu said, if you want to be a good leader you must "cultivate your resources", and that includes your people. If you look around and think your staff could be better, you may be right, but guess who's fault it is... YOURS! And... here's the bit that will ...

Leadership

The problem of the overly critical... do you know what ails you?

There are some people out there who just love to criticise, so much so that they can't come up with a single positive statement, they can only be negative. But what is really going on there, do they just wear darker glasses or is there something more telling here... what does hyper critique say about you? In that statement it's really the 'hyper' that matters. We can all be critical, and should ...

Lean Startup Methodology

The power of a great question in business!

Today I was sent a link to a TED video on the power of asking better questions. It was mind blowing! Here was an esteemed medical doctor and expert in immunology talking about diabetes and obesity, and he was saying that he got it wrong! That he got it wrong with a patient and the whole medical establishment has it wrong when it comes to obesity. Imagine how many people that video will upset. Po...

Leadership

Let's talk about happiness...

Happiness is largely about good habits. Good thinking, good relationships, good eating, good 'being' habits. It's as simple as that. Even if you have the worst things happen to you in life, if you have good basic habits you can fall back on you will get through it, and you know you'll feel good again. It's survivable and even thrive-able. It would be quite a big blog post to cover all these thi...

Leadership

Do you know yourself as a leader?

One of the downsides of leadership in an SME is the demand to be extremely competent in a wide variety of complex leadership roles. You're asked to be a CEO, COO, CFO and CMO (that's Chief Marketing Officer) in one person with only one person's hours in the day. Is it any wonder that most of us work phenomenal hours! As the organisation grows you can hire people to take these roles off your hands...

Leadership

Stop paying attention! it's making you dumb...

If your mind often wanders during speeches and, dare I say it, reading articles (!) then it's time to stop feeling guilty. It's good for you! Everybody knows what it's like to have your mind wander and we often berate ourselves when we realise we've done it, especially if we feel we've missed something important. Research psychologists have also been avoiding the subject as they've felt it was ...

Leadership

How journaling helps you reach your goals faster than ever before!

Here at my company we have long been advocates of regular journaling. Children are often encouraged to keep a diary of their hopes and dreams because we believe it helps them sort through their experiences, and it's even more beneficial for adults. Adult journaling has all sorts of benefits: It's quite literally a 'life tool', it helps you to get the most out of your life It helps you identify ...

Leadership

How to set really, really smart goals for the new year!

Personally, I disagree with new years resolutions. I don't understand that tradition at all. Usually people declare they will "stop smoking" or "start exercising", but you can't change a habit simply by declaring it. It takes time and dedication and human beings quite often take two steps forward and one step back when they change. No, much better to set some real SMART goals instead. To set rea...

Leadership

Are emotions and leadership a good idea?

I've been arguing this for some time and it's always surprised me how controversial it is to many people, but leadership is an emotional business. We have this strange faith in the highly logical, as if life really was a mathematical equation, but we forget about how this logic is received at the other end. Even if you really believe you are highly logical or rational (you do? really??), you ha...

Leadership

How to Negotiate Like A Boss!

Negotiation is one of those skills that will always be useful, no matter what you do. You can use it to get a better salary, or just a better phone plan. It’s endless! We should really learn this skill in school. But now is the second best time… so let’s start learning! 1. Before you get to the negotiation Put at least an hour aside to think about all your options and alternatives. The tr...

Leadership

Are you ready for the innovations being developed right now?

These days we talk a lot about change and disruption. I often hear people say that the world isn't changing faster, really! But the record of patents and the production of new technologies indicates that it probably is. Change is a big issue and few do it well. If you're creating leaders every day, like I do, you need to keep an eye on the future. However predicting the future can be highly probl...

Leadership

Your team is your reputation - so are you on their side?

'It's not me, it's my staff, you just can't get good people these days!" You'd be amazed how often I hear that and it's total rubbish. As Sun Tzu said, if you want to be a good leader you must "cultivate your resources", and that includes your people. If you look around and think your staff could be better, you may be right, but guess who's fault it is... YOURS! And... here's the bit that will ...

Leadership

The problem of the overly critical... do you know what ails you?

There are some people out there who just love to criticise, so much so that they can't come up with a single positive statement, they can only be negative. But what is really going on there, do they just wear darker glasses or is there something more telling here... what does hyper critique say about you? In that statement it's really the 'hyper' that matters. We can all be critical, and should ...

Lean Startup Methodology

The power of a great question in business!

Today I was sent a link to a TED video on the power of asking better questions. It was mind blowing! Here was an esteemed medical doctor and expert in immunology talking about diabetes and obesity, and he was saying that he got it wrong! That he got it wrong with a patient and the whole medical establishment has it wrong when it comes to obesity. Imagine how many people that video will upset. Po...

Leadership

Do you know yourself as a leader?

One of the downsides of leadership in an SME is the demand to be extremely competent in a wide variety of complex leadership roles. You're asked to be a CEO, COO, CFO and CMO (that's Chief Marketing Officer) in one person with only one person's hours in the day. Is it any wonder that most of us work phenomenal hours! As the organisation grows you can hire people to take these roles off your hands...

Leadership

Let's talk about happiness...

Happiness is largely about good habits. Good thinking, good relationships, good eating, good 'being' habits. It's as simple as that. Even if you have the worst things happen to you in life, if you have good basic habits you can fall back on you will get through it, and you know you'll feel good again. It's survivable and even thrive-able. It would be quite a big blog post to cover all these thi...

Leadership

Stop paying attention! it's making you dumb...

If your mind often wanders during speeches and, dare I say it, reading articles (!) then it's time to stop feeling guilty. It's good for you! Everybody knows what it's like to have your mind wander and we often berate ourselves when we realise we've done it, especially if we feel we've missed something important. Research psychologists have also been avoiding the subject as they've felt it was ...

Leadership

How journaling helps you reach your goals faster than ever before!

Here at my company we have long been advocates of regular journaling. Children are often encouraged to keep a diary of their hopes and dreams because we believe it helps them sort through their experiences, and it's even more beneficial for adults. Adult journaling has all sorts of benefits: It's quite literally a 'life tool', it helps you to get the most out of your life It helps you identify ...

Leadership

How to set really, really smart goals for the new year!

Personally, I disagree with new years resolutions. I don't understand that tradition at all. Usually people declare they will "stop smoking" or "start exercising", but you can't change a habit simply by declaring it. It takes time and dedication and human beings quite often take two steps forward and one step back when they change. No, much better to set some real SMART goals instead. To set rea...

Leadership

Are emotions and leadership a good idea?

I've been arguing this for some time and it's always surprised me how controversial it is to many people, but leadership is an emotional business. We have this strange faith in the highly logical, as if life really was a mathematical equation, but we forget about how this logic is received at the other end. Even if you really believe you are highly logical or rational (you do? really??), you ha...

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