Michael Bunting interviewed on Sky News

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ceoHow to Lead Great Workplaces

Workplace management is the single most important factor in creating and sustaining job satisfaction, productivity, and a healthy bottom line. In this article published in the The CEO Magazine, Michael Bunting explains how leadership behaviour is the ‘X factor’ in great culture, but, like anything, requires deliberate practice.

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business dayAppreciating people key to leadership

Leading effectively requires a solid understanding of how relationships underpin all leadership efforts. As documented in the book, Extraordinary Leadership in Australia and New Zealand: The Five Practices That Create Great Workplaces, if you want to provide extraordinary leadership you must be willing to appreciate people, for both what they do and for who they are. The two behavioural commitments associated with this leadership practice are recognising contributions by showing appreciation for individual excellence, and celebrate the values and victories by creating a sense of community.

As published in Sydney Morning Herald Business Day

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brwWhy leadership is different in Australia and five leaders who are nailing it

Australians are fiercely egalitarian. They don’t tolerate hypocrisy and they won’t follow leaders just because of their title. So people who can truly lead in Australia and gain the voluntary engagement of their staff, are worth learning…

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aimHave you earned the right to lead in Australia?

What are the leadership challenges in Australia?  Are they unique to Australian leaders? How do you go about earning the right to lead others? 

Our studies of thousands of Australian leaders, and their colleagues and direct reports, along…

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newsHow to practice mindfulness at work

IF YOU’VE ever wondered what Google, Target, Goldman Sachs, and Oprah Winfrey have in common, it is a commitment to mindfulness in their workplaces.

Once associated with a highly spiritual lifestyle set apart from the mainstream, mindfulness…

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smart companyHow to be an extraordinary leader

Trust pervades nearly every aspect of our daily lives and the foundation of leadership is trust. In our research, we’ve found that trust is one of the top factors that produce positive workplace attitudes.

Leaders realise…

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business-reviewFive crucial paths lead way to strong workplace engagement

Workplace engagement is the single most important factor in creating and sustaining job satisfaction, productivity and a healthy bottom line.

Research firm Towers Watson reports that organisations with high rates of engagement outperformed their sector benchmarks by…

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inside hrHow to Lead Transformation

Transformation is often a tough and usually brutal process, but it need not be so. Michael Bunting explores how leaders can make it easier and put rocket fuel into organisational transformation efforts

True leaders, great leaders, have the foresight to keep their people engaged, especially when it comes to the challenge of transformational change. Leaders need to get their communications right, new processes in place, consult with key stakeholders, organise training and so on. However, there is one key element in the change process that is all too often overlooked and undervalued. We call it modelling the way, meaning, “Are the leaders in the organisation modelling the behaviours needed for the challenge of change to succeed?”.

As published in Inside HR February 2015

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hc onlineExtraordinary Leadership in Action

Jim Zouzes, Barry Posner and Michael Bunting provide five mini profiles of leaders who are excelling in Australia.

AUSTRALIANS ARE FIERCELY egalitarian. They don’t tolerate hypocrisy, and they certainly won’t follow leaders just because they have a ‘leadership’ title or position….

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hr dailyFive practices help overcome the modern Australian leadership dilemma

Exemplary leadership requires a combination of five practices, incorporated into daily activities and exercises, according to new research.

Leaders in Australia face unique challenges stemming from Australia’s colonial history, where the…

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leadershipReview: The Leadership Challenge Workshop Human Resources Magazine — February 2009

“The Leadership Challenge workshop was highly engaging, well structured, practical and inspirational”.

WorkSmart Australia, a specialist in leadership development, is the first company in Australia to be accredited and licensed to run The Leadership Challenge, which was interactive and challenging, with time for self-reflection on current practices and putting together ideas and actions on how we could live each of the practices.

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Surprising Leadership Findings

A recent study conducted by bestselling leadership authors, John Zenger and Joseph Folkman, showed some surprising results. They collected 360° feedback and profitability data on a group of leaders in a large bank. They found:

  • the poor leaders…

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