Kim Grady goes Gourmet Roaming!

Kim has made the incredible decision to leap into the not yet chartered territory of being her own getaway reporter… well sort of… she gets to choose the destination, the script, and the menu!  Having worked her way up the career ladder at an awesome speed, she got to the top, looked around and felt the need to feed a different passion. This chat covers how this farmer’s daughter (then a ski instructor, lawyer, tour guide, general manager and the rest) came to the decision to test out the new world of work… what else is out there that might feed (literally and figuratively) her passion for food, wine, and travel…

There is so very much to love about her story, so much to be inspired by, and so much fun to follow. Enjoy the chat, and find out more at:

http://www.gourmetroaming.com 

Skye Hart – Our Flexibility Guru

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We had the pleasure of interviewing an amazing General Manager who has implemented flexible working practices with her whole team.  Yep, she’s adopted a one in all in approach and best of all, she agreed to come on our PodCast.

Now Skye Hart is not her real name, but to protect confidentiality and commercial sensitivities we had to use an alias, and Skye Hart is what we came up with – who said being creative wasn’t one of our strong suits???

Skye Hart is married with 3 children, GM in a major global organisation and she agreed to talk with us about how her and husband manage their parenting, career and personal pursuits and it was great to hear.

Skye has a beautiful nature, has some great insights and very considered way in which she works.  We were thoroughly blessed to have so much insight, information and tips on how to make flexibility work in the workplace.

We hope you enjoy our chat with Skye as much as we enjoyed having her on!

Working from Home & Employee Trust: What’s the Problem?

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This is a very interesting read.  One of my constant findings as we delve into the world of finding the balance between our professional and personal lives, is employers distrust their employees.  This article highlights some really interesting points about how business needs to adopt the way different people work.

It’s not about presenteeism, it’s about results, output and delivery of business requirements.  Employees who are known to business seem to have better results in obtaining flexible working arrangements.  But if you’re re-engaging in the workplace, how do you manage your flexible working arrangements as a negotiation tool?

How is your business managing this?  Are your Managers’ equipped to manage staff remotely, flexibly, or in fact, at all?

FlexConnect engages, equips, empowers people and organisations to work flexibly.  Don’t miss this wave of engaging and empowering your people.  FlexConnect – TODAY.

FlexConnect.com.au

Click Here for the full article

Champagne in your French Chalet & Flexible Work Darlinks? Why, yes please….

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What is there to say about this jet-setting amazing person? 

Allison is inspirational.  In the short time I’ve known her, she returned home to Australia in tow with her lovely partner, Rob.  She’d completed her gig at Burberry, moved to regional Victoria and took on a major role with a retail chain.  She subsequently was made redundant whilst she was on maternity leave with Scarlett.  

Allison flitted between the UK and Australia, finally settling into some pretty senior contract roles with PwC, purchasing a Chalet in France, getting married Great Gatsby style and then negotiating an amazing arrangement of flexibility that allows her the best balance she can find whilst pursuing her career, renovating her chalet and enjoying her life in Europe as she flits between London & France.

Allison is truly spell binding, her approach to life is like a cold glass of lemonade on a hot day – refreshing, sparkly and effervescent.  Luckily for us she also adds some vodka and lime along the way during our chat to truly inspire us in how to live our lives better.

We are truly blessed to have Allison join us to chat about her life and thank you from the bottom of our hearts as she caught up with us from her French Chalet!  We hope you enjoy this chat as much as we enjoyed having it!

Adele & Tash: The CEO & HR Manager who make flexibility work!

This PodCast was such a delight to be a part of and we could have kept chatting for hours (hmm, yes okay we like to chew the fat).  We were so grateful to have Natasha Besliev, CEO of Bonnier Publishing Australia, and Adele Coultas, HR Manager of Bonnier Publishing Australia.

Their stories of flexible work, the dreaded term “work life balance” and how they’ve implemented a cultural change from presenteeism/standard office hours, to output driven is one that is inspiring.  These ladies just clicked when they first met, are both career women, mums, professionals who put their heart and soul it seems into everything they do.

This is a realistic look at teamwork, and an honest, pragmatic and true account of how to get flexibility right in the workplace.  It hasn’t been without hiccups, or opponents but it is being adopted very well.  This Podcast will give you a feel for what an interesting and successful company these two amazing woman are enjoying being apart of.

We find these ladies inspiring, thoughtful, considerate in their approach to people and delivering business outcomes with sensitivity, precision and care.  A huge Thank You to Tash and Adele for your valuable time.  Enjoy!

Carolyn & Priscilla – Absolutely Fabulous in their own way!

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It’s a Friday lunchtime.  We could be at the gym, we could be reading a book, we could be running around crazy, performing any number of juggling acts, like most days, oh yes, and we could be at work…  but instead we are  drinking champagne, eating delicious food from The Mabel, and chewing the fat on flexibility. 

The fact that we each have the flexibility to do so is worth celebrating, but for single mums, Carolyn and Priscilla, flexibility is not a luxury but a necessity.    

Carolyn and Priscilla join us to chew the fat on the flexibility it takes to raise a child on your own – from deciding how many days to work once the kids are at school, to learning how to stop and smell the roses (roses?), to being able to ask for help, to feeling like you are not alone… and then there’s the conversation about … oh, that’s right, we had pressed stop by then thank goodness!  There was a limit on the warts and all… just!

Carolyn and Priscilla are both human resource champions.  They have both managed  and developed their careers whilst raising their children, sought out the flexibility they needed, and very much kept their sense of humour throughout.  They shared with us openly and candidly their challenges, what they wish they had known and what they do to make the juggle work for them.  We hope you enjoy the conversation as much as we did.  Thanks Carolyn and Priscilla for your generosity, openness and for the ripsnorter laughs. 

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Thanks to the Mabel for a great lunch.

Holiday Queen

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Laini Shaw is the Holiday Queen.  And I’m jealous.  She has managed to intrinsically manouvre a HR career and massive chunks of time off to enjoy her passion of travel.

How? What? Why? How? Blink, gulp, how on earth did this HR Professional manage to challenge the status quo, re-align her entrenched professional ethos of 4 weeks annual leave per year and move to a more holistic, laid back, balanced lifestyle.

Well, her gorgeous bloke had something to do with it.  A Mr “Challenge the Status Quo” kind of guy who adores the pants of Laini and gives her passion room to roam and her head space to think.

Laini is fabulous.  She talks us through her background and how she came to breakthrough her thinking of enjoying life more, embracing her passion and loving life more and more, enjoying and thriving in her career and taking stock on what’s important.  Laini lights up my world when I’m around her, I hope she lights up your life for 40 minutes or so and you can enjoy her story.

Laini hopes her chat with Helen will inspire others to think outside the box of 9-5 and do things that make their heart sing – including travel…take that trip!!!

You can check Laini out on Facebook or Instagram – The Occasional Israeli.  

Enjoy x

Finding Your Balance

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It’s a pleasure to bring you the altogether fabulous Jo Stevens.  Jo is someone who is ridiculously talented, hard working, courageous, smart, delightful and effortlessly classy.

I have had the pleasure of knowing Jo for over 8 years now and she helped me pass the dreaded Performance Management Class at Uni – I’m forever grateful Jo!  

Jo and her gorgeous partner Jamie, have a little guy Alfie and some ups and downs along the way which Jo talks about which will break your heart.  We want to acknowledge and thank Jo for sharing her heartfelt story with us, her candour, raw honesty, yet gentle and exploratory way of embracing life, hurdles and all that she shared was truly humbling for me.

Her approach to flexibility, pursuing life and passions and sharing the family load is gorgeous.  She’s considered, smart, breathtakingly refreshing in her pursuit of life.

I take my hat of to you Jo Stevens, you amazing Lady.  Knowing you professionally was an honour, but to have a journey with you into some of your most sacred world and for sharing it with us, was truly special, I sincerely thank you.

Ladies and Gents, the amazing Jo Stevens.

The Whole Package

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What do you get when you put a Car Karaoke Queen who is a HR Guru together with a Travel Queen & highly intelligent CPA/IT/Business Transformation Specialist ….. you got it, The Whole Package.  We are delighted to introduce to you Sharna Peters and Deanna Spowart, the newest and brightest combination to hit one of Australia’s well known organisations right between the eye balls, in a totally awesome way.  The Job-Share Dynamos!

Deanna & Sharna are Job Share Partners in their workplace and they talk us through the dicy, amazing, often sizzling world of Job-Share.  The insights, laughs, intelligence, thought and results that these ladies bring to the table will give you goose bumps.  This is a warts and all look at how they’ve manufactured the path of Job-Share within an organisation that absolutely raves about all things flexibility, and they are pioneers in their space.  They very much remind us of our PodCast “My Work Wife” and we hope you enjoy the effervescence of these two, and you learn and glean tips of how much hard work they have put into making their Job-Share work, and work well.

 If you hang around at the end, there’s a little surprise for you, something you might be able to sing along to …. and that’s all we’ll say!