Did you leave your communication baggage at the door?

What is the first thing you think of when you think of communication? Is it the words? Is it the tone? Is it the body language? Is it silent communication? There is a saying in the theatre ‘leave your baggage at the door’. It means that you are present in the moment and not thinking … Read More

What is endowment, and how can I use it to succeed in the workplace?

Ask any NIDA-trained actor what endowment is and they’ll tell you that they use it to create truthful and engaging performances with their co-stars. But how can this help in the working world? Endowment is about the way we relate to one another, and how our expectations and preconceived opinions shape our responses and interactions … Read More

Are we hardwired for trust

Are we hard-wired for trust?

When I heard the words ‘the soft stuff is the hard stuff, nothing beats face-to-face’, I had gone from intrigued to genuinely captivated. I was attending Wired for Wonder in Melbourne, a richly rewarding program of diverse speakers from the arts, business and science. I was there in support of a colleague who was giving … Read More

The secret to a great team? Let them play!

I remember attending a dress-up party when I was seven years old. The theme was ‘princesses and pirates’. As a young girl easily influenced by my older brother, I decided on a pirate. With a patch on my left eye, a jingling pocket of coins and a hook in my left hand, I was practically … Read More