Dan Pink + Motivation = COOL

I’ve just used this video in some training for performance reviews. It’s awesome.

Dan Pink is the best selling author of Drive which is all about what motivates us. This video was put together by media company RSA following one of Dan’s keynote speeches. They edited his speech and matched it with these great illustrations which make it really easy to watch and oh so engaging!

This really amped me up to talk to my stakeholders about providing the right atmosphere in which motivation can flourish. Hope it works for you too!


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Mo’ Money Mo’ Problems…

How is the financial health of your employees? Could they use some solid knowledge about the basics of handling their finances?

It’s amazing how distracting financial difficulties can be for employees and how providing financial advice and support can be a great retention tool.

I recently came across the guys from Innergi who provide just this sort of education. They’re holding a workshop soon  on caring for your employee’s financial wellbeing so I thought I would pass on the details.

These guys are leaders in their field and have had articles published on HR Daily and Human Capital Magazine, I think you will find the workshop really valuable. If you are working on attraction and retention strategies, or you are a caring employer or you want to keep abreast of the latest employee engagement strategies, then I think this workshop is really worth looking at.

It looks like it will be incredibly popular and I’m told there are limited seats, so best to book in early to avoid disappointment.

The workshop is from 3pm on the 15th July at the Newcastle Club, the numbers are limited and it is at no cost.

I should also point out that from time to time I will recommend sessions or products like this on the blog but have no vested interest (and although I’d like to receive bribes, I really don’t 😉 ) I really only recommend things like this which I believe can really add value.

So if you’re interested, check out the link below to book your seats. http://www.stickytickets.com.au/3774/Positively_influence_the_financial_health_of_your_employees_Priceless.aspx

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Food for Thought…


Get it? Get it? Oh…you got it. Ok.

Just a quick note to a.) let you all know I’m still alive, well and able to blog! and b.) to draw your attention to an observation I made last night.

Like most good things, it came to me while watching Masterchef….stay with me….stay with me…

It’s all about Trust.

On last night’s episode, chef and resturateur George Calombaris (voted in 2009 as one of the Top 40 Chefs of Influence in the World by the Global Food and Wine Magazine) put the relaunch of his flagship restaurant The Press Club in the hands of a crew of random, shaky handed, sweat-slick foreheaded amateurs.

These guys can hardly tell the difference between a pork and a veal schnitzel (warning: in-joke) yet when entrusted with George’s ‘baby’, they rose to the challenge and acquitted themselves well under the circumstances.

This caused me to think (again – I blogged about trust at work a while ago here) about how we can affect performance by instilling trust and raising expectations…

Do you find yourself doubting others’ abilities at work, or have you ever thought “I just don’t trust anyone else to do it as well as I will”.

Why not try extending your trust and raising expectations of your team, you might just find they surprise you.

At the end of the day, you’re still the head chef yeah?



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Photo Gallery Update!

Big thanks to everyone for coming along last week to the second HR Club Event. Despite the rain, everyone came out in force to hear from our panellists on how HR can better work with business leaders.

There were some interesting, insightful and even some intriguing views put forward from both the panel and our audience which made the night interesting and I hope worthwhile for all who attended.

Thanks again to our wonderful panel Peter Shinnick, Melanie Kneale and Samantha Alford.

Be sure to check out the photos in our Photo Gallery to see if you were captured on film on the night.

I’d also love to hear from you all as to what you thought of the night as an attendee /panellist / ring – in or helper! So please post your comments below or send an e-mail to hrclubnewcastle@gmail.com with your comments or suggestions for topics.

Stay tuned also for more posts from me here. I promise I haven’t forgotten about you all between events and will have some posts coming your way shortly.

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Event Update!

Important Update: HR Club Newcastle Presents – Newcastle Business Leaders Panel

Due to unforeseen circumstances, some of our panel members for Wednesday night event have been revised. We will however, aim to play host to Mark Fitzgibbon and Sue Mather at a later date.


Peter Shinnick – CEO, Hunter Business Chamber

Melanie Kneale – Chief Operating & Technology Officer, NIB Health Funds

Samantha Alford – General Manager Operations and Administration, Scenic and Evergreen Tours

Peter, Melanie and Samantha are all exceptional business leaders in our community with defferent experiences and perspectives when it comes to HR. I look forward to hearing their ideas about how leaders and HR can work better together.

IMPORTANT – Questions for the Panel!

 We have had a few good questions sent in so far for the panel – please send yours to hrclubnewcastle@gmail.com or post it in the comments section below.

 See you at Noah’s on Wednesday night 5:30pm for a 6pm sharp start!

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You’re Invited!

 HR Club Newcastle is proud to present:

The Newcastle Business Leaders Panel.

You’re invited to join us for an evening of networking with Newcastle’s foremost business leaders.

Mark Fitzgibbon, Peter Shinnick and Sue Mather will be answering questions from the audience on the topic:

What do business leaders really expect from HR?

RSVP now at http://hrclubnewcastlepanel.eventbrite.com/

Be quick, limited places available!

For those of you who have questions you would like answered by the panel, comment below and I’ll make sure they are asked on the night! 

Date: Wednesday 19 May 2010.

 Time: 5:30 for a 6pm start.

Venue: The Promenade Room, Noah’s on the Beach.

This HR Club Newcastle Event is proudly sponsored by:


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Panel Complete!

I can now confirm that Sue Mather will be the third and final panellist for our Hunter Business Leaders Panel at the next HR Club Newcastle Event!

Details for your Diary

Date: Wednesday 19 May 2010.

Time: 6pm.

Venue: The Promenade Room, Noah’s on the Beach.

Invitations for this event will be sent through LinkedIn so if you aren’t already a member of the group get LinkedIn  HERE and you will be added to the invitation mailing list.

HR Club Newcastle Hunter Business Leaders Panel

Sue Mather – Director of Corporate Services, Life Without Barriers

Sue has a background in Industrial Relations and Human Resources, mainly in the Financial Services and Pharmaceutical industries. Prior to joining Life Without Barriers she was Executive General Manager, People & Performance, for Suncorp Metway in Brisbane for six years and undertook other corporate services and line management roles in her career up to that point.

Sue is passionate about  people, their relationships with each other, with their clients and key stakeholders. Her focus is to support the people who are supporting the clients, to contribute to their development and fulfilment and to help create a vibrant environment in which both the individual and the organisation can thrive and be successful.

Sue holds a Bachelor of Economics and has completed the Advanced Human Resources Executive Development Program.

Mark Fitzgibbon – CEO, nib 


nib Chief Executive Officer, Mark Fitzgibbon joined nib in 2002 with a mandate to reposition the company to better meet future challenges. Since 2002 nib has increased its membership by almost 70% and revenue by more than 100%.

Today, nib covers nationwide over a quarter of a million people and has annual revenue of over $800 million. In November 2007 nib became the first private health insurer in the country to list on the ASX.

Mark has a Masters in Business Administration and Masters in Arts. He is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a Director of the Australian Health Insurance Association.

Peter Shinnick – CEO, Hunter Business Chamber


 Peter Shinnick is the Chief Executive Officer of the Hunter Business Chamber, a position he has filled since January 2008. Prior to that Peter spent six years as the General Manager of the Hunter Valley Training Company, the largest private Group Training company in NSW with over 1400 employees and 100 staff.During his six years with that company Peter increased turnover from $25 to $60 million, and gained many large contracts including the Australian Technical College Hunter.

Peter has a number of qualifications including a Bachelor of Science, Graduate Diploma in Applied Science and a Master of Business Administration. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

So be sure to SAVE THE DATE in your diary !


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