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“Have you got five minutes?” and other lies

“Have you got five minutes?” Only, we all know it’s never five minutes and it’s usually asked for right when we’re about to race off to a meeting, are on deadline for an important task, or focussed on an important task. For many of us (particularly the people pleasers and passive communicators) the yes response […]

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Assume positive intent and transform your response

James was anxious. Jenny hadn’t said anything about the report he’d submitted two days earlier until the meeting that morning when she’d described it as a ‘good starting point’ in front of the team. What did that even mean? James assumed the worst. Obviously, Jenny didn’t like it. Actually, she probably thought it was terrible. And that he’s […]

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Book review for Soft is the New Hard

“Great books on effective communication are rare! But Soft is the New Hard by Leah Mether does the genre justice… Detailed and practical – it has the right balance between theory and application. This book is a masterclass and a coach rolled into one.” Thank you Suman Kher for your wonderful and comprehensive review, and […]

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How to communicate at Christmas after a year from hell

Communication at Christmas can be fraught at the best of times. But this year, after the cluster-f…storm that has been 2020, the potential for conflict is higher than usual, with many people stumbling towards the finish line exhausted, traumatised, and polarised in their opinions. Tolerance levels are low, tempers short, stress levels high, and patience […]

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Five traps that add to your stress

Are you heading towards burnout in what has been a crazy, high-stress year? If so, you’re not alone. Many people are skating dangerously close to the edge and barely hanging on as they limp towards Christmas. But while a lot has been totally outside our control in 2020, have you stopped to think about the […]

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People drive performance

The culture and performance results of a team are driven by the focus and communication of its people. That culture can range from thriving to diving. Below, I unpack each level of my ‘People Drive Performance’ model.  I encourage you to reflect honestly on where you, your team and organisation sit now, and where you […]

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Watch your words

The words we tell ourselves have the power to influence how we feel. I was reminded of this last week when, in a morning of frustration, I caught myself muttering over and over, "I hate remote learning." You see, I have three primary school-aged boys at home at the moment and although my husband is […]

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What balls can you put down?

For yourself, your team, your organisation, your family? Not drop but consciously and deliberately put down. This is a question for everyone but particularly leaders. I have had conversations with people from a wide range of organisations over the last couple of weeks as the situation in Victoria has grown direr. The feedback has been […]

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Ten tips for communicating with a mask on

Of all the things I thought I’d be writing about at the start of 2020, how to communicate while wearing a face mask was not on my list. But here we are, and the good news is, I’ve got some tips to help. As many of you have probably discovered, wearing a face mask takes […]

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Equality can only exist if there is equity first.

A monkey, an elephant, and a fish are asked to climb a tree to pass a test. It’s the same tree and they have the same amount of time, so the challenge is equal, right? But obviously the monkey is going to win because the test is not equitable.

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Leah Mether is a  communication and soft skills trainer obsessed with making the people part of leadership and work life easier.
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