Everybody Loves Lauren: How One Brisbane Mum Is Putting the Real Back into Real Estate
Integrity, passion, and keeping it real aren’t words that people often associate with real-estate agents, but Lauren McHutchison is a breath of fresh air in the real-estate world. Community minded and family focused, we spent an hour talking real estate, honesty, and why communication is all important when you’re juggling community and family commitments with a 60-hour work week. As we sat in the local coffee shop, it became clear very quickly that everybody knows Lauren and that Lauren has time for everyone.
PASSIONATE PEOPLE PROFILE: SUE INCH
When Queensland’s number two ENJO consultant cleans out an hour of her calendar to talk to you about the secrets of her success, you don’t walk, you run! I was lucky enough to catch up with Sue Inch, where we talked about stickability, self-belief, and why this ENJOpreneur never throws in the towel.
When the Creative Director of an internationally acclaimed and chart-topping, Opera ensemble--The 7 Sopranos--asks you to collaborate on the wording for their latest CD insert, you put on your ruby shoes, click your heels, and skip straight to the keyboard.
Ever wanted to show a colleague or contact your LinkedIn public profile, but can't remember the very long combination of numbers and letters in the auto-generated URL? Did you know you can create your very own custom LinkedIn URL? It's so easy. Just follow these steps, and never miss an opportunity to connect again.
How to build great workplace relationships: Homer Simpson’s insights into the importance of EQ
Think about this for a moment: According to acclaimed Harvard Business School professor, Dr John Kotter, poorly managed workplace relationships have the power to disrupt our productivity more than anything else. "...it is not a question of strategy that gets us into trouble, it's a question of emotions." (and dare I add, alcohol).
So you got the memo, and you’ve had a butcher’s at LinkedIn. But you’re still not really sure if it’s for you?
Who can blame you? On the surface it’s got a very stiff, corporate, too-cool-for-school ‘tood going on. You can smell the exclusivity and aftershave wafting from the screen. Everyone’s wanking on about KPIs, leadership, strategic management, and performance.
You could be forgiven for feeling like you’ve just walked into a pretentious, top-floor board room--fully equipped with oversized mahogany table, leather chairs, and a room full of suits--wearing nothing but bed hair, drool, and your comfy slippers. At this moment your give-a-flying-f*ck factor is pretty much set to zero. It would be so easy to toss in the idea right about now.
Let’s just put it out there. Holidaying with your kids really sucks the big one. Actually, I’m pretty sure I’d rather eat my own earwax. Maybe even yours.
I’m probably breaking the mo code--or some bloody thing that I’m not supposed to say--lest we tarnish the veneer that is idyllic, cookie-cutter motherhood and incur the wrath of mummy mafia everywhere. You know who they are. They’re your local Bollinger Bolsheviks, social-media slacktivists, and Champagne socialists. They have secret handshakes and codewords to recognise each other like: #KickAss-Thrifty-Organised-Wholefood-Wellness-Fierce-SAHM-WAHM-Mama and #firstworldproblems. They wash it all down with a big cup of apple-cider sick and paleo protein balls then clean it all up afterwards with nothing but bicarb and vinegar. Pinterest has a lot to bloody answer for.
I had an absolutely full-on, hands-down, strobing-disco-lights, 21-gun-salute, ‘aha’ moment a few months ago when a client I have worked closely with for a few years now (let’s call him BH22) asked me to help him write a values statement for his business.
The brief was well, brief. BH22 gave me an outline of the sort of thing he was after via a couple of sentences in an email, with a view to it underpinning future recruitment exercises. Oh and while you’re at it, make it fun and easy to read!
Fiona waxes lyrical about whatever takes her fancy. Some stories, some tips, call it a blog if you like.