Chris Law Top 5 Pearls of Wisdom

This month’s Top 5 Pearls of Wisdom come from Chris Law, CEO and co-founder of Future Grid. Chris has found amazing success through his relatively short career. Being a dynamic, results focussed engineer, he has quickly ascended the corporate ranks. He has taken his fair share of risks along the way, always betting on his own abilities to get the job done.

Here are Chris’s Top 5 Pearls of Wisdom:

  1. Plan.  Understand why you are doing what you are doing and how it helps you achieve a goal.  Time is a precious resource so spend it well.  A plan provides a north star for you to follow when obstacles arise, which they will. Ironically by having a plan, you are in a better position to change it because it will help you recognise when and why you need to change it.
  2. Sleep on it – always. I can’t tell you how many tough business problems have been solved by taking the time to think about an approach or strategy rather than reacting to what is in front of me.  I find the concept of the infinite mind introduced by Dale Carnegie a useful tool.  It’s fascinating how sleeping on tough issues allows your brain to iterate more quickly and formulate better solutions – its worked for me many times in fascinating ways.
  3. Effort. You don’t always need to be the smartest person in the room, just the most persistent.  Sure, being super smart is helpful, however never underestimate how lazy people can be within the workplace.  I have often found having a solution with a path to execution is far more powerful than the ideal solution.  It’s about being practical and it’s about working within the constraints of the business. I have found people within businesses know what all the problems are. Listen to them, this is gold. Take this information and plan solutions with them and you will find yourself not just improving the business but building a circle of influence as the go-to-person in the future.
  4. Strengths. Figure out what you are good at.  This may seem obvious but from my experience it takes time through trial and error in different roles. Understanding this will help you understand your key point of difference- this is what you can offer that others cannot. I have often found doing things I’m good at makes me happier. Often I am able to do these things to a level that can really make a difference, which for me is a real motivator.
  5. Always Selling. If you want to make change in the workplace you need to convince others to make it a reality.  One of the hardest things to do in this process is to summarise your concepts into 1-2 slides.  We live in a Twitter world so less is more in terms of content. A game-changer for me in the workplace was the concept of What, So What and What Next model. Developed as a reflection model by Rolfe et. al. in 2001, this approach helps create a laser focus on the problem and why it needs solving.

Nadja Conaghan Top 5 Pearls of Wisdom

Nadja Conaghan is a trained psychologist, coach, facilitator and resilience champion. Nadja is the founder of Great Minds United where she helps individuals and teams perform to their full potential along with helping build resilience and productivity.

Here are Nadja’s Top 5 Pearls of Wisdom:

#1 Pace yourself – you have time.
We live in very fast paced world – everything needs to happen now and according to our schedules. We tend to set ourselves very ambiguous and unrealistic schedules about our career and life; and often we compare ourselves to others who seem to be ahead of the game. Time (or the feeling not having enough time) is one of the biggest stressors in our society. The irony is that when you are stressed about time, you cannot think clearly and don’t use your time effectively and are at risk of burnout and compromising on your (mental) health. Take the time that you need and don’t forget to recharge. Life is a marathon not a sprint. Enjoy the journey and do not use up all your resources at the beginning.

#2 Be mindful of your priorities and watch your work-life balance.
There will be times in your life where your career is your top priority – this is especially true for most who start their career. Be mindful of what your priority is and why – which helps you to keep focused, motivated and resilient in adversity. At the same time keep an eye on the other areas of your life – e.g. (mental and physical) health and personal relationships – to ensure that you do not neglect them and permanently damage these areas for your career. The Wheel of Life is a great tool that may help you to reflect on your priorities and create a balanced life.

#3 Embrace your imperfections and seek learning opportunities.
If you do something for the first time, it is okay and totally normal to be not perfect. Indeed, no-one expects you to be and often we are our harshest and biggest critic. Be kind to yourself when you face setbacks. Reflect on your “failures” by seeing the lessons and actively seek opportunities to grow and learn. Practising self-compassion and a personal growth mindset are typical for resilient people.

#4 Stay curious, open-minded and flexible.
Be curious and open-minded and genuinely interested in others and what they do and the different ways of doing things. When you are too focused on a specific career path, you may miss out on opportunities and fun. If you always go the straight path and never explore what is around, you may resent your career and others who are happier and have more opportunities. I found that every little detour made sense to me looking back and got me on the path that is meant for me. I am not saying that you should not pursue your dreams – quite the opposite. What I ask of you is to keep an open mind and be flexible, especially when things are difficult when we try to achieve our goals. Being flexible and open-minded will help you to see alternatives and opportunities rather than obstacles, find solutions and overcome adversity – i.e. be resilient.

#5 Find and seek advice from your mentors.
I am a big believer that you cannot do everything on your own and that your support network – be it your colleagues, family and community – is your biggest resource and the key for your success and being resilient. Especially for your career and life in general, mentors are so valuable. In hindsight, I had many great and inspiring (mostly informal) mentors who supported me throughout my life, helped me to see a different perspective and shared their life lessons with me, so I don’t make the same mistakes. One piece of advice I got when I started my career was that the way I show up in the first few days in a new job, determines how I will be perceived and treated by others. If you are the first and last in the office, your boss and colleagues expect that you are always available and work long hours.

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Sally Prosser Top 5 Pearls of Wisdom

It’s Top 5 Pearls of Wisdom time and this month we are sharing some great insight from Sally Prosser.

Sally Prosser is one of Australia’s leading voice and speaking coaches.

As a former TV journalist, Sally reported for Channels 7, 10 and the ABC before crossing over to public relations (the dark side!) and taking on the role of spokesperson for Urban Utilities. Prior to her broadcast career, Sally ran a successful Speech & Drama studio and holds a licentiate teaching diploma in the field. Sally also has university degrees in journalism and law!

These days Sally has taken on more entrepreneurial pursuits founding Sally Prosser Voice, where she helps people speak with confidence, clarity and charisma.

Sally is also the host of That Voice Podcast which offers heaps of practical tips as well as interviews with people from all walks of life about what their voice means to them.

Sally’s also built a following of more than 200K people on TikTok. You can follow her @sallyprosservoice.

Here are Sally’s Top 5 Pearls of Wisdom to help you find your confident, authentic voice:


Your real voice is a megaphone for your inner voice.

You don’t want those pesky negative thoughts to sabotage your voice before you even make a sound.

I recommend writing mantras, saying them aloud and making recordings of them. Feel free to pinch this one – I’m grateful for the opportunity, they want to listen to me, I deserve this space!


Imagine you’re wearing Victoria’s Secret angel wings – yep, blokes too!

Your shoulders will come back, your head will rise up and you’ll create a visual that you take up more space than your body.

This does wonders for your posture, your confidence and the energy you bring into any room.


Oxygen fuels your voice. Are you speaking on almost empty?

Shallow breathing really kicks in with nerves! You want the air to get in low and deep – your tummy should expand. Imagine you’re breathing into your buttocks – yep, you won’t forget that in a hurry!

It’s also important to breathe out while you’re speaking. Sounds obvious, but I hear a lot of people – especially under pressure – speak while holding their breath.


Nobody is born a brilliant speaker. It’s a learned skill.

I’m often shocked by the number of people who go into an important presentation or an interview or a tough conversation without practising.

It’s like running a race with no training – you’re never going to reach your potential if you don’t do the prep work.


If you don’t love the sound of your voice, how can you expect others to?

If you don’t feel your voice has influence, how can you expect it to have influence?

Your voice is like a pet. Show it attention and treat it well and it will love you back.

One of the best ways to love your voice is to warm it up every day.
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Kate Hinton Top 5

Kate Hinton – Top 5 Pearls of Wisdom:

It’s Top 5 Pearls of Wisdom time and this month we are sharing some great insight from Kate Hinton an educator, facilitator, coach mentor and andragogy enthusiast.

Kate is passionate about developing others personally and professionally to help them grow successfully in their careers. She has a demonstrated history of working in the classroom along with school leadership. Kate is highly skilled in coaching, mentoring, building teacher capacity, facilitation of adult learning, leadership development and strategic planning.

Over the past few months, I have given myself permission to take time to understand more deeply who I am personally and professionally. This has allowed me to lead more from the heart and foster my style of leadership through actions and words. The critical element to my growth is being deliberate towards inviting support with what I need, and staying steady with what I want.
This year I am all about the STRETCH! Stretching my mental strength, and stretching my capability to get uncomfortable, take a risk, be the advocate for others and remove self-doubt. In a snapshot, I am attempting the 5 following attributes to lead from my heart:

  1. Be committed – Stretching others and stretching myself to make deeper connections in the work and with people.
  2. Be resilient – Rather than fearing a possible failure, acknowledge and embrace the learning challenge.
  3. Be present – To myself in filling my cup with joy, peace and fun. For others virtually or face to face, but regularly. To listen and connect with their emotions.
  4. Be of service – Doing this with hope and compassion. Be the smile, the resource, learn and discern with respect.
  5. Be courageous – Just be me! Be brave enough to take a step and then take a few more, knowing that what I am doing is who I am and that’s ok.

To be true to my STRETCH, I need to be kind to myself and kind to others, always.

Kelly Pfeffer Top 5 Pearls of Wisdom

It’s Top 5 Pearls of Wisdom time and this month we are sharing some great insight from one of Australia’s leading personalities in the graduate recruitment and development space.

Kelly Pfeffer has been specialising in the graduate recruitment and development space for over 10 years and has managed programs in Queensland Government, Suncorp, TechnologyOne and GHD.  Actively engaged in the industry in Australia, Kelly has also volunteered on the Board and Committee of the Australian Association of Graduate Employers.


  1. Adversity can be a good thing – difficult situations will arise no matter who you work for or how experienced you are.  Whether it be organisational change, your project is cancelled or something happening in your personal life, some of our greatest lessons come from facing tough times and realising what you can still achieve.  Rather than focussing only on the negative (because we all will in varying degrees), take time to reflect on what happened, how you handled it and what you might do differently next time.  Knowing the best way to care for yourself is also a great thing to think about now.
  2. Not all leaders are created equal – when I was younger, I immediately looked up to anyone more senior to me.  What I worked out eventually (after working for a few different people) is that not all leaders are awesome at being leaders.  I think when you work this out, it makes it easier to adapt and work within the team environment you find yourself.  Managing upwards is an important skill to be aware of and learn more about.  In addition, different tools that help you to identify your communication preferences, how you like to work, and your strengths etc. will help you to better understand yourself and those around you and in turn you can adapt and adjust to different situations you find yourself in.
  3. Learn through others – whether this is through colleagues, leaders, mentors or family it really does not matter as long as you open your mind to different perspectives and leverage the experience of others.  Not all of it will be relevant all the time, but you will be surprised when and how often you draw on that knowledge.  I do a lot of reading and scanning of information written by people that I relate to and who I find inspirational.   I prefer reading biographies to business specific books, as I enjoy learning from the experiences and lessons learned of others rather than books focussed on telling you how to do something.  LinkedIn is also another great platform to follow people that you admire.
  4. Be patient – not everything happens as quickly as you want, particularly when it comes to your career.   You will be working for a long time, so do not think you need to achieve everything in the first five years.  As you mature, your interests will change, as well as your outlook on life, and so your career will move with these changes.  One of my favourite sayings is from Ralph Waldo Emerson “It’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey”.   I am in a job now that I never knew existed when I was 20.  It has taken me a few lateral moves and saying ‘yes’ to new opportunities to find the purpose I now have in my career.
  5. It is OK to ask for help – not everyone knows everything all the time, nor can we navigate through every situation smoothly and without mishap.  Asking for help when we really need it is not a sign of failure.  If anything, if done well, it also empowers the people around you who are willing to help and support you.   Having a mentor (either formally or informally) can be a great support early in your career.   I have found mentors in my life have taught me in many ways, either through me observing their behaviour, or challenging my way of thinking or approaching certain circumstances. Remember, a good mentor will not ‘give’ you the answer, but help guide you to come up with the answer yourself.


Andrew David Courtney Pearls of Wisdom

I recently met with Andrew Courtney and it quickly became apparent that he had a wealth of knowledge to share.

Andrew is a strategic financial advisor at Plenitude wealth. Plenitude Wealth is a holistic wealth management firm that is dedicated to making a positive change to the financial landscape of Australia and ultimately the world through creating an educational foundation of social awareness, enterprise and social consciousness. Their aim is to create a movement that will aid in the fight against limiting beliefs & absolute & relative poverty by utilising existing financial instruments everyday families can use.

Andrew David Courtney – Plenitude Wealth – Pearls of Wisdom:

1. Audit your daily habits – We are creatures of habit. If you’ve tried to make a change recently and failed, you’re not alone. I’ve literally failed to build all of my current habits at least 10 times each before I locked them down. What makes the biggest difference in habit building is how you deal with failure and what you do right after you fail. The most important habit as far as I’m concerned is to learn to embrace failure as a sign of progress, learn the lessons, move on from the set back and try and try again. Now why am I talking about habits so much, you may ask? Well, your habits in life define who you are and who you are going to be therefore if you overlay the financial context in your habit building process, you’ll find the same kind of result in the back end of your financial journey. Make sure that every habit you have is moving the needle toward your goals, not away. This is binary and results come at you like an avalanche when you understand and live by the fact that it is binary.

2. Audit your language patterns – Negative self talk is one of the most deviant ways to sabotage your progress. Always use empowering words and recalibrate the message you tell yourself when you’re learning from your mistakes. Beating yourself up is not going to help because everyone else is already doing that. Be your number one fan, block out everyone else’s opinion in your life and choose who your influencers will be. The beauty of the world we live in today is we’ve had an unprecedented amount of information freely available to us at a click of a button so use it to your advantage. Ask yourself what your chosen person/people would do in the exact situation you are in and play the game at a different level. Choose your internal dialogue wisely is a big takeaway. Going off the back of that, the words you use in everyday conversations can also impact the results you get from increasing your influence, getting a result you’ve always wanted, making new friends, empowering yourselves and others and making a difference in people’s lives. Words are powerful. Use the right ones and set yourself up for the pathway to success.

3. Always plan ahead – I have never heard of anyone successful who did not have a plan. The key steps to take are: know where you are today, know where you want to be and make the necessary changes to get to the end point. This is called planning. Now if you constantly ask yourself what can I do to make my progress go faster or how can I make it better? You are bound to effect the changes one needs to make to create a synergistic tidal wave of results that comes from patiently tinkering at your craft to make it better. Financially, you’ll need to know what capital you’ll need to produce the income you desire at the back end of your investment career. Set yourself a “goal”, a “stretch goal” and a “scary as all hell goal” and run it against a timeline. Be ambitious and be prepared to change course if you’re not on track. Goals are not meant to be set in stone but be as flexible as you need them to be. It doesn’t make any sense to keep an old goal that is not aligned to your current values. Reverse engineer the ideal outcome and use all the available resources you have at your disposal. If you’re not aware of the resources, get help. No highly successful person got there alone. It makes sense to build a solid team around you. The sooner the better!

4. Your network is your net worth – Start building your network and nurturing the relationships you deem worthwhile. Yes it sounds Machiavellian but it makes a hell of a lot more sense to keep the contacts you have that you can have a relationship of mutual benefit rather than a one sided affair. Protect your time and only spend it with people who are making you happy, helping you, providing you with support and an overall feeling of positivity. It’s just not worth filling your mobile full of numbers that are negative influences in your life. Just like habits, treat this exercise as a binary one. People are either helping you or hindering you in achieving your lifestyle and financial goals. Choose who you spend your time with wisely as the people you surround yourself with will ultimately determine what kind of future you are going to have. Find a way to build three groups in your life: your peers, a group of people you can mentor and a group of mentors. Having all three groups in your life will allow you to see your life from a different perspective and save yourself a bunch of time.

5. Audit your finances and always optimise for a synergistic outcome – Learn from others who have gone down the path you’re heading toward. Push the boundaries by being open to ideas that make sense and ensure you are pushing yourself past your financial comfort zone. The status quo is very alluring for most people and can certainly feel very comfortable. I can tell you right now that no one who is comfortably down the path of status quo feels anywhere near financially resilient. Your aim should be to become financially flexible, free and resilient. Now this is different for all of us as your lifestyle choices will dictate what level of capital (savings) you’ll need to produce the income you want. What I suggest you do is to make sure you live within your means and challenge yourself to save 1% more every month. If you do this, it will take you 4 years to get pretty close to saving 50% of your income which is more than enough for you to achieve all of your financial and lifestyle dreams in the back end of your investment career. Don’t succumb to thinking that your career is 35 years long. People overestimate what they can do in a year and underestimate what they can achieve in 10 years. It’s amazing to see what is possible if you set the right financial habits from the start of your career and learn from professionals who walk the walk.

Andrew regularly posts lots of valuable content on his social media channels. I strongly recommend you connect:

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Jason Daniel Pearls of Wisdom

Earlier this month I had the privilege of interviewing Jason Daniel – Founder and Director of LSKD. It was an amazingly insightful chat with so many valuable takeaways.


Jason began his career as a carpentry apprentice. He also had a huge passion for action sports and racing as a pro motocross athlete. Back in 2007, working from his mums’ bedroom, Jason launched LKI releasing some caps, shirts, apparel and stickers. Three years later he managed to hang up his tool belt and take the plunge into running his business full time.


Jason’s journey over the past 13 years has had its fair share of challenges. The brand has gone through three major rebrands over this time, recently changing the name to LSKD. This move has opened up a much larger demographic and catapulted the business to become the fastest growing wheels and water lifestyle brand in Australia!


Jason has managed to build an amazing following through the hugely recognisable LKI/LSKD branding. Their vision and mission is clean, crisp and totally inspiring. It was amazing to hear Jason’s journey, the struggles as well as the massive wins. Personally, Jason has been on a massive journey of discovery, his management style has been refined over the years and he is proud of the culture he is fostering within the LSKD offices. The employees are growing with the brand and are a massive part of their success.


Proudly, Jason has built LSKD to what it is today. Following other brands is not his style; instead choosing to carve his own path and helping his followers to follow their passion. He has built a brand ethos around the feeling you get when you are engaged in the sport you love or chasing the vibe. For me this feeling can be summarised as the feeling when I put my motorbike helmet on. My brain switches off, heart rate accelerates and I slide into a flow state, purely focussed on pacing my bike as fast as I can around the track. This is the feeling I remember when I see the LSKD logo – for this reason alone I am happy to wear a LSKD shirt any day of the week.


Here are Jason’s pearls of wisdom that I extracted from our chat.

  1. Find the right mentor – over the years I have had many different mentors, ranging from trade based, real estate and brand development mentors. I think it is critical to find mentors that have been where you want to go. No single mentor will be ‘for life’; you need to find new people to guide you as your journey unfolds. Your mentor shouldn’t seek anything in return; they should purely want to see you succeed
  2. Listen and act on the advice given by mentors – If someone you look up to gives you advice, try it out and give them feedback. If you ignore their advice, chances are they won’t be as willing to provide assistance in the future.
  3. Ask yourself why – Why are you are passionate about what you do? Why do you love your industry, your business, your job? When you can articulate why you do what you do, you can sell the emotion associated with it.
  4. Chase the vibe – This is the motto of LSKD, it is what we are all about. We want people to feel like they are a part of a movement when they wear our brand. Figure out what your personal vibe is and follow it.
  5. Read/listen to Little Black Stretchy Pants by Chip Wilson – This book has been an absolute game changer. I have listened to it over 4 times now and I can’t recommend it highly enough. Other great courses that I received great value from are the Landmark Forum and Tony Robbins. They were transformational to say the least!
  6. Starting a business can be a lonely journey – During the early stages there will be some tough times. Times where people don’t want to buy your product. People close to you won’t believe in you and others may even laugh at you. During these times it is more important than ever to be focused on your why and learn to believe in yourself. Again it is crucial to have great mentors in your corner during these times.


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Chase the vibe everyone!


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Sarah Perrens Top 5 Pearls of Wisdom

Sarah Perrens – Top 5 pearls of wisdom

Sarah Perrens is EY’s Head of Graduate Recruitment for Oceania.  Her career has taken her from the UK to New York and now Sydney is where she calls home. During her 12 years at EY she has engaged with both ends of the career spectrum from those who are starting out; attracting and onboarding graduates; to managing the Partner Pipeline Program, an experiential learning journey for Directors on their path to be Leaders of the firm.

Here’s Sarah’s 5 pearls of wisdom;

If I was to give my younger self advice or to others starting out in their career:


1. Mindset over skill set
With technology progressing faster than ever, most of the skills you are learning today are at risk of being irrelevant in the near-to mid-term future. As a result, success is increasingly being defined not only by your skill set, but also by your mindset.  AT EY we stress the importance of a global, analytical and innovation mindset.  These are the mindsets that will best help you navigate a global marketplace, use data to make decisions, solve the problems and seek opportunities that don’t yet exist.  Your career will evolve numerous times, so get ready for a life-long learning journey.

2. Find your purpose
When I graduated University, I landed what I thought was my dream job as a trainee HR Manager on one of the most sought-after UK Graduate Programs.  I soon realised I didn’t want to be a HR Manager, but I loved the recruitment side of the role.  I would tell my younger self that your first job is not your last job, it’s an opportunity to experiment, explore and help you make decisions to get you closer to that dream job.
Now inspired by the work of Simon Sinek, who educates people on the importance of finding their why and their purpose in work and life, I encourage others to follow his guidance and reflect as far back as childhood on the activities you have always enjoyed and the things you are good at. This is where you start to build a picture of where your strengths lie and can start directing yourself to embark on the activities that light you up both in life and your career.

3. Live and work overseas
Family and friends thought I was crazy to leave my job and its prospects to take an internship in New York.  It turned out to the best decision I ever made, personally and professionally, combining work with exciting new travel experiences.   Building a new life overseas can be challenging, which is why not everyone does it.  But the rewards are outstanding and it really broadens your horizons and outlook.  So step out of your comfort zone and do it.
With globalisation, multinational companies such as EY encourage employees to gain international experience.  It helps them build a global mindset, knowledge of global markets and cultural awareness.  Research indicates that these attributes are critical to be a leader in a global world.

4. Opportunities don’t land in your lap
I was excited to join EY with the prospect of overseas opportunities; however the programs and openings were generally directed at client facing staff.  The advice I now give to the junior staff is to seek and ask for opportunities, don’t wait for them to come to you.  And what’s the worst that can happen, they say no! I caveat this with asking when you have built up enough value in your ‘work bank’ (tenure, performance, relationships).  I was lucky that EY said ‘yes’ to a two-year international secondment to Australia.

5. Treat yourself like a VIP – The only person who really cares about your career is you.
As a marathon runner, I know that persistence and dedication is critical to success in work and life and the best rewards and achievements are never easy and never achieved by luck alone.  However life is short and it’s important to regularly take stock of the goals you want to achieve in life and to recognise when a particular path is no longer challenging you, rewarding you or helping you grow, be that a role or relationship.  Take a flexible approach but know when it’s time to expect more for yourself and seek it.

Steph Clarke Top 5 Pearls of Wisdom

Steph Clarke is a modern day Superwoman! After leaving the confines of a stable corporate career spanning over 13 years at EY where she pivoted from auditing to learning and development, Steph has gone full ‘solopreneur’ launching her own facilitation business.  She is a Board member for Laneway Learning, hosts her own totally awesome podcast called Steph’s Business Bookshelf and to top it off, ‘moonlights’ as a spin and Pilates instructor on the side.

As a facilitator and team coach she works with teams to not just identify the behaviours and strategies that will make them successful, but stick to them.

Using a facilitated process, teams engage in interactive discussions on their potential and how they can contribute to achieving this through the conversations they need to have and building better daily habits for working together.

Steph has a wealth of knowledge to share. Here are her top 5 pearls of wisdom to help your career.

  1. Learn to teach and teach to learn: nothing will accelerate your career like a habit of learning.  Find something that interests you and go deeper through books, courses, work experience, shadowing, coaching, mentoring… the list is endless.  Don’t keep your learning to yourself – share whatever you learn with those around you.  Not only is this a good thing to do but it will also embed your own learning as you have to explain the concepts and ideas.
  2. Buck conventional wisdom: my two greatest career decisions have been the ones that other people questioned the most; 1) not going to university and 2) moving from accounting into L&D.  Only you know what’s right for you and other people’s insecurities or opinions aren’t always very helpful.
  3. Nothing is permanent: thinking that every decision you make is stuck forever can quickly drive inaction, avoidance and freak-outs.  Take everything as an experiment that can be tweaked and adjusted along the way – and enjoy the ride.
  4. Experience first: don’t get hung up on rank or titles. I’ve seen so many people lose themselves over not getting a promotion, or not take an opportunity because it will put them back for promotion for an extra year or two.  They totally forget about the work they’re doing and the experiences they are getting.  We’re going to be working a lot longer than previous generations (something I find very exciting) so put things in perspective; seek out the experiences you want (for life and your career) and have those conversations, don’t chase the titles.
  5. Find your people: surround yourself with the best people.  Look for the good humans who will support you, challenge you, make you laugh, celebrate with you, tell you when you’re wrong, and help you raise the bar and (most importantly) who you can do the same for.

Sonia McDonald Top 5

For this month’s Top 5 Pearls of wisdom I had the absolute pleasure of sitting down with one of Australia’s leading courageous leadership advocates and speakers Sonia McDonald.

OK so let’s start with a short list of Sonia’s accolades:

  • Global Keynote speaker
  • Author of Leadership Attitude and Just Rock It
  • CEO and founder of LeadershipHQ – helping 100’s of organisations develop high impact leaders across their businesses
  • Founder of Tea for Teens, a social enterprise supporting the community around teenage mental health
  • Board Member for Ixa

Honestly with all that she has going on at the moment I don’t even need to go into her previous roles. Sonia now has over 45,000+ followers on LinkedIn and is a guiding light for so many leaders and aspiring leaders across so many different industries.

Sonia is 100% living life to the full with here Keynote speaker engagements, leadership coaching, Authoring, facilitating workshops, advisory roles filling the role of CEO.

Here are Sonia’s Top 5 Pearls of wisdom for living your life to your absolute full potential:


Be a Leader.

If I could go back in time, the one thing I would say to my younger self is to learn leadership now. Leadership isn’t a role or title; it is an attitude and mindset. If I had learnt this sooner, I would be in an even better place than I am now.

The best leaders embody the Leadership Attitude and Mindset that transcends merely being called a ‘leader’. They are courageous and face things head on; even if they’re scared, they know what they have to do and so they just do it. They are authentic, inspiring others with their genuine commitment and lack of hypocrisy. They are kind, truly caring about those around them and investing in their success.


Be Courageous.

It’s incredibly freeing to realise that it’s okay to fail. It allows you to be courageous and push past the fear, knowing that no matter what the outcome, you will come away having learned something.

Courage doesn’t have to be giant gestures either; it can be something as simple as raising your hand and speaking up for yourself, or saying ‘no’ more often and showing respect for your own boundaries.

Be Authentic.

This is really important. It is pivotal that you know who you are – and that you own it. Take the time to really get to know yourself through reflection activities, and you’ll be able to align your values, behaviours and actions with who you really are.

Be Kind.

Leadership is about others, first and foremost, so it is vital that you are kind to those around you. Show empathy, take the time to really listen and care, and treat people as you wish to be treated.

Kindness is free, and has a profound effect on your leadership and your life. The ripples from even the smallest act of kindness, such as smiling at a stranger, touch so many people and make their lives that little bit better.

The world needs more kindness, so lead the way and be a great example.

Be There.

Surround yourself with people who believe in you and support you no matter what. In turn, be there for others and give. Even lending an ear to a friend or team member that is having a tough time emotionally has a huge impact on their wellbeing.

We all need support at times, and if we wish to receive it from others, we must also be willing to give it. You don’t need to overstep your own boundaries, but simply letting people know you are there for them, and then following through, is incredibly effective in supporting others.


If you are interested in checking out the work Sonia is doing, you can check out her various enterprises at the following locations:

Nadia Golenkova Top 5 Pearls of Wisdom

Nadia Golenkova is an experienced people leader with a passion for delivering high-impact, contemporary HR solutions. As L&OD Manager for Winson Group, Nadia’s current focus is to drive organisational resilience, performance, and growth by developing future ready, capable employees.

Strongly committed to the advancement of the HR profession, Nadia regularly volunteers her time as a mentor, NFP consultant, and is a member of the AHRI QLD State Council. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Masters of Business from the University of Queensland. In her spare time Nadia enjoys travel, learning to ballroom dance, and trying to keep up with over 30 favorite podcasts.

Here are Nadia’s Top 5 Pearls of Wisdom targeted at graduates and those early in their career:

  1. Always understand your business.
    It’s not enough to be a specialist in your field. To be successful and effective, you need to understand your commercial environment. No matter if you’re in private, not for profit, or government, you will have major customers, key deliverables, and core metrics that your organisation will sweat. Learn the language of your workplace, and understand how your role contributes to the larger goals.


  1. Care about what you do – everyday.
    Sometimes “loving” work is a bit of a big ask. You won’t always enjoy your job, and you won’t always feel motivated – but you should always show care about how your work affects others. That care factor is as applicable to your entry-level role, as it is when you’re a business leader. Don’t forget that even on the days that you don’t feel engaged, you can still care about your impact on people.


  1. Be like a duck!
    Challenging situations will come up all the time throughout your career, and it’s absolutely OK to ask for help. However, when the going gets tough, you will stand out by projecting an air of calm, rather than shouting about the sky falling.  Float on the water, but pedal hard beneath the surface.


  1. Don’t search for a passion, cultivate one.
    Most people don’t discover their career passion out of the blue. Passions are interests that have been cultivated and nurtured over time. Invest in your curiosities: read, listen to podcasts, go to events,  dedicate time for practicing things that interest you. Over time you’ll find that your passion will grow out of this investment.


  1. Create your own luck. 
    Don’t wait for your manager to come to you with the next challenge. If you know and care about your business and are cultivating your interests into passions, you’ll soon discover plenty of opportunities. Be brave and share your insights with others, run with projects, and keep making your own luck as you go.


If you would like to get in touch with Nadia feel free to send out a connection request via her LinkedIn profile: LinkedIn

Get Floating

Float Tank Experience

Now I have really taken one for the team this month and trialed a new relaxation method. This month I plucked up the courage to try out my very first float tank experience.

Now this may not sound scary to some, but the idea of spending an entire hour in complete darkness with absolutely zero noise with no one but yourself could and does sound terrifying to others.

For my initiation into the world of floating, I made an appointment to head into The Float Space in West End Brisbane. First off all the staff were great, when you booked you were emailed a quick video induction of what to expect and this really helped settle the nerves ‘knowing what you were in for’. The whole premise was great, a neat relaxing waiting area with meditative colour in books, water and teas on offer. After a few moments you are ushered off to your private pod room where you strip down, shower, plug some ear plugs in and slide into your pod before you lower the hood and settle in. Pressing the big green button in the pod switches off the lights and let me tell you it is DARK, like the darkest dark I have ever experienced (you can’t tell if your eyes are open or closed it is that dark).

The water is heavily saturated with Epsom salts, over 550kg per pod. It is heated to the perfect temperature and it is fair to say you are super buoyant, it almost feels like you are floating on a warm gel. Even though the water is only ~15cm deep there is no way you are touching the bottom when lying down.

At first it takes a little to get used to. You drift around and bounce off the edges a few times and get comfortable. Once you relax, the magic happens. Personally, my experience was a little euphoric. I noticed the water would warm up in a small zone around all of my body parts (when you moved you would notice it cool down) so it became a challenge to lie as still as possible and enjoy this sensation.
Thoughts would come and go from your mind and I found I would cycle through states of alertness. I wouldn’t say I fell asleep at any stage but the meditative state was quite noticeable.
After what felt like more than an hour music began to play in the pod meaning it was time to get up, shower off, and retreat back to the relaxation area for a tea and reflection on the time in the pod.

So, how did feel afterwards?

  1. Drowsy, kind of deeply relaxed and like I had had a huge mental reset
  2. My muscles felt relaxed, very different to a massage. The floating meant there was zero tension on anything. My muscles were allowed to naturally release as I didn’t need to support myself. The general aches and pains had also diminished for sure
  3. The silence and darkness was amazing. I don’t know the last time I experienced such a sensory deprivation
  4. From a mind perspective, there was a fresh sense of clarity, similar to a relaxing massage but in my opinion better

Some key pointers if you want to try it:

  1. They provide a balm to put on any cuts or scratches, I had a tiny nick on my finger that stung a bit for around 15 minutes – I should have gotten out and put some balm on it – deal with any discomforts straight away.
  2. There is a float for your head – use it if you need, many people need it for their first few floats.
  3. With the hood closed it can get quite humid, lifting the hood a little lets much more fresh air in (still completely dark) I found it quite humid with the hood right down, much better with it up a little.
  4. The water tastes BAD – Don’t taste it!
  5. If you get uncomfortable at any point, move or change your position and reset – I would much rather you try to get a few quality 10 minute zones than being “not quite there” for a full hour.
  6. For those that suffer from Anxiety or Claustrophobia:
    1. Take it at your own pace – there is a light button and a buzzer to call the staff if needed.
    2. You are in control and feel totally safe in the environment.
      • The darkness can feel quite engulfing, if you suffer from claustrophobia you may want to leave the light on, you are completely in control.
    3. I didn’t feel anxious in any way during the float, again the light is there if you need it and I would recommend you don’t fully shut the pod if you have any breathing difficulties.

So, should you try it?
I realise this might not be for everyone. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would definitely go back again. If you are keen to give it a try, I say go for it, it is definitely relaxing and my muscles feel soothed. It’s perfect for when you feel mentally drained and need a mental reset.

Thanks again to the team at The Float Space – check them out here:

Petra Zink Top 5 Pearls of Wisdom

Top 5 Pearls of Wisdom:

Petra Zink is a prominent figure in the Future of Work space. Petra is a consultant to many companies helping them attract and recruit talent, build brand identities and also works in the personal career coaching space.

Over the last 5 years Petra has specialised in helping companies and their leaders to grow their Businesses & Careers by combining Branding, Marketing, Coaching and Recruitment expertise to build their Brands so they can stand out for all the right reasons.

Petra has also coached over 300 Digital/Marketing & Technology Professionals on building & managing their Brand and have worked with 50+ companies on their Talent Strategies & Tactics.

Petra is an amazing personal brand specialist and has the following top 5 pearls of wisdom to help with your personal brand and career.

  1. You need to be your own number 1 first and foremost. There is nothing selfish about wanting to be at your best as this means to can give your best to others. Knowing and owning your point of difference and what makes you tick is how you can positively influence others and this is where you can make the biggest impact. If that means you need to have some alone time to work out, to listen to podcasts, to read a book, to catch up with friends, then plan it and put it in your diary as your me-ting. For me, me-time is so important as I’m one of the biggest introverts you will ever meet and I recharge from being on my own.
  2. If you don’t sacrifice for what you want, what you want becomes the sacrifice. No matter how much you love certain things, you always have to also take the sh*$ sandwich with it. If you are willing to sacrifice the short term pleasure, you will get the long term rewards
  3. If you don’t take control over your career and life, someone else will do it for sure. Fact is, no matter how junior or senior you are, which role or industry you are at – people put us in a box based on their perception. And as we know, perception = reality. The good news about it is that we can influence this perception – in a good and in a not so good way. Many people complain about not being able to progress in their career, missing out on opportunities or never get chosen for a step up – well, this is a reflection of the behaviour we put out there and what others observe. They pick up on what we put out there.
  4. If you are in a jar, you can’t see the label. People often believe that they ‘just’ need another degree, more experience, an MBA, to get ahead. However, no knowledge in this world can make up for perspective. It’s often that we are stuck in a situation and hope that external factors like another degree, more years of experience under the belt, will help to change that situation but most often it’s a matter of being clear with ourselves and gain a new perspective that often changes everything.
  5. No one is you and that’s your super power. In a world of more competition than ever before, with more noise than ever before – it’s harder to stand out. However, the only way to stand out without being loud and one that no one else can compete with us is by being our full self. Owning this requires courage as it will mean rejection, but when you realise the potential you and your story have and when you share it, this is when magic happens. Then you have realised the 2nd most important day in your life (after your birthday).


If you would like to get in touch with Petra feel free to send out a connection request via her LinkedIn profile: LinkedIn
Petra also co-hosts a great podcast called We ‘R’ Future – all about the future of work – fascinating stuff that you can tune into here:
Check out the great work Petra is doing at Impaccct here:

Therese Lardner Top 5 Pearls of Wisdom

Top 5 Pearls of Wisdom:

Therese Lardner is a Leadership Coach and Registered Psychologist with over 14 years of experience in helping businesses select, develop and retain talent.

Therese also the founder of Mindset Coaching and Consulting where she works with HR executives to help them to recognise and harness the potential of their people so that their talent stops burning out and leaving. Therese is in the midst of writing a book on the virtues of burnout that we just can’t wait to read!

When Therese is not coaching leaders and facilitating workshop seminars, she is a very proud mum of two and a passionate advocate of building thriving, resilient kids.
Here are Therese’s top 5 pearls of wisdom for taking care of yourself and reaching your full potential.

  1. Connect to what’s important to you and do your best to always move in that direction. The moment you start being and doing in a way that isn’t aligned to your driving purpose, you’ll start to feel lost, frustrated and potentially constrained. Two amazing books that will help you keep growing and ‘on track’ are Start With Why and Find Your Why, both by Simon Sinek.
  2. Being really stressed and busy aren’t badges of honour. They’re signs that you’re just doing what you can to get by, rather than living and working in a way that is both fulfilling and sustainable. Being stressed can’t go on forever. Eventually it will impact on your mental and physical health, your work and relationships with those around you.
  3. If you find that you’re close to exhaustion, all the gym and yoga in the world won’t work to help you recover if you don’t understand the patterns of behaviour that you’re taking with you from job to job, from project to project. You can change your surroundings, but you’ll need to understand more about yourself to navigate through your natural limitations and to leverage your strengths, so that you don’t repeat the same old pattern.
  4. Just because you’re early in your career doesn’t mean you don’t deserve to have a voice. Feeling ‘not enough’ is so common and it can lead to not contributing, not putting yourself forward and not performing to your potential. You have experience, you have value to give – own it.
  5. Be mindful of the people you look up to. As humans we take on the styles, approaches and even mannerisms of people that we respect. Be picky about what actions you will take on as your own strategies and ones that are really just not helpful. Ask yourself “what’s the impact of that approach?” to decide if that strategy is really for you or not.

If you would like to get in touch with Therese feel free to send out a connection request via her LinkedIn profile: LinkedIn
Or you can tune into her latest Podcast appearance on Beneath the Surface – A really great deep dive into the world of burnout: Here:

Going for Gold with Matt Levy OAM

Top 5 Pearls of Wisdom:

For this month’s Top 5 Pearls of Wisdom I have the pleasure of introducing Matt Levy OAM.

As a world champion swimmer, he has won a staggering 53 major swimming championship medals from state, national and international events (including Olympic GOLD).

When it comes to performing under pressure, he has most athletes covered!

Matt has also had his fair share of obstacles too – 56 operations to be exact. There hasn’t been a part of his body that hasn’t been poked, prodded or operated on. It goes with the territory of being born 15 weeks premature and having cerebral palsy. Oh and being legally blind too!

Matt has certainly made a splash in the world swimming arena, however, he is also doing great things in his career away from the pool including working at Westpac as a Business Implementation Manager, an Athlete Advisory Member for Commonwealth Games Australia and World Para Swimming, Treasurer for the Australian Swimmers Association and a Committee member for Swimming NSW.

Here are Matt’s Top 5 Pearls of Wisdom for overcoming adversity, rising to the challenge and reaching your full potential.

  1. Be true to yourself  – Know your values and always strive for what you truly believe to be right
  2. Always look at an obstacle as an opportunity to grow – Re-frame your problems to see the positive side of any situation
  3. You are always better than you think you are – Don’t let negative self beliefs ruin your chances of a great result
  4. If you want something bad enough, you can do it, if you believe – A positive mindset can make your dreams a reality
  5. Be better than you were yesterday and you are winning – Make the priority of each day to keep winning!

Honestly, we can’t thank Matt enough for taking the time out to contribute to this episode!

Matt is also available for motivational speaking – if you would like to know more or connect with Matt use the following links:

To check out other great examples of the skills sports teach us that we take into other areas of life check out inspiresport’s article here:

Simone Jeavons Top 5 Pearls of Wisdom

Top 5 Pearls of Wisdom with Simone Jeavons:

Simone Jeavons is an industry leading Organisational Psychologist who specialises in leadership development, executive coaching and cultural alignments. She enjoys building strong working relationships with her clients to achieve the best results for both her client and the organisation. Between working on leadership projects and coaching her clients, Simone takes groups of professionals to a remote island off Vanuatu to find themselves.

Since I have personally engaged Simone for her one on one coaching services, attended her retreats and workshop facilitation, I can attest she is one of the most influential leaders in her industry! For those that tuned into my appearance on the Beneath the Surface Podcast, you will be familiar with the work Simone has done to help me find my purpose in life and bringing the vision of Rapid Mentoring to life.

Here are Simone’s top 5 pearls of wisdom for finding yourself and reaching your full potential.

  1. Expand your mind by reading books – here are my top 3 reads of all time:
    1. Eckhart Tolle’s The Power of Now is one of those books that has the power to change the way you look at life. I first read it in 2008, then a few years later I found a special hardcover edition that takes pride on my bookshelf and I continue to pick it up and read a chapter every time I need some inspiration.
    2. Daring and Disruptive by Lisa Messenger (and the Daring and Disruptive Playbook) was another one that really struck a cord for me. It gets you into the creative space where you start thinking anything really is possible!
    3. Lastly, The Motivation Manifesto by Brendon Burchard is another favourite of mine, focusing on how you can live your best possible life.
  2. Find something that you love to do and keep doing it. Just continue to develop yourself in that space, even if you can’t see just yet how you can turn it into a career. I am a true believer of strengths based development and if you are that passionate about it, you will find a way to make it your career. When you find yourself in ‘flow’ this is a clear sign that you are doing something right. Keep in mind that just because you are good at doing something, doesn’t mean you should be doing it. Do what excites you and makes you want to leap out of bed in the morning. 
  3. Say ‘yes’. To everything. Even if it frightens the life out of you. This is how you learn and begin to identify what you love and what you don’t. It also sets you up to possess a breadth of skills that are transferable which translates into more career opportunities. Playing cautious with your career gets you nowhere. My motto is ‘Just jump’. 
  4. You have the power to create your own reality. If you don’t like something that is happening in your career, change it. If things aren’t going to plan, do something about it. The moment that you realise that you are in control of your life, you stop giving your power away to others and things start to change for the better. You are the master of your own destiny so believe in yourself and take considered action.
  5. Do yoga or meditation. Or both. Have something outside of work that allows you to completely turn off, to give you ‘space’ in your mind. It is when we turn off that we are able to listen to our intuition and the answers to the questions we have been asking, come to us. If you don’t give yourself the space to stop and listen, you’ll never hear those really important messages. And when you get those ‘gut feelings’, trust them. Your intuition is one of the most powerful tools you will ever possess. Use it. 

If you would like to get in touch with Simone try the following channels,

Or check out the blog from my time on the Retreat here:

Ripping with Dean Ferris

This month I was lucky enough to spend the day with Dean Ferris who is one of the top Pro Motocross Racers in Australia. His dedication to his sport and drive to be the best is second to none and it shows in the record books.

Dean is a 3x Australian National Pro Motocross champion. Early in his career he spent time at the AIS (Australian Institute of Sport) and has spent time racing across Australia along with a storied international career racing in both Europe and the United States. Last year Dean managed the first clean sweep winning all 10 rounds of the 2018 Australian Motocross Championship. Yes the guy is super-FAST on a dirt bike!

A few weeks back I had the privilege of being invited to spend the day with Dean tagging along to one of his coaching sessions with some junior riders. There were a number of things that stuck out for me throughout the day and I was amazed at how many of the pointers and tips he gave have great application in the world away from a motocross track. It was quite surreal to be on the track while Dean was riding. He has an amazingly smooth, effortless flow around the track that is seriously impressive, let alone the amount of speed he carries.

Over the course of the day Dean pointed out a heap of tips to improve my personal riding. I have bundled a few of these up and given some anecdotes on how they can be applied to your life to help you take your career and life further, faster.

As mentioned above, these are not a standard ‘interview’ style top 5 pearls of wisdom, more takeaways and anecdotes from the coaching sessions.

  1. If you blow a corner, forget it straight away! Don’t take that negativity into the next corner or I guarantee you will blow the next one as well! Don’t let one bad corner ruin your whole race!
    • In life we can’t keep carrying the negative things that happen to us. We need to be able to look forward positively. One bad experience doesn’t need to ruin your whole day!
  2. Don’t waste energy worrying
    • Dean actually quoted Oprah on the track (totally not what I was expecting on a motocross track) but they are both right, worrying doesn’t help anything it only consumes energy that could be better spent solving the problem you are worrying about.
  3. When asked about sleeping the night before a big event, Dean mentioned that he sleeps really well all the time and big events don’t seem to phase him that much. He mentioned that while at the AIS he learnt that it takes over 20hrs for a sleepless night to catch up with you, it is highly likely the event will be over by the time it catches up.
    • This helps to reduce the anxiety over not getting enough sleep the night before and helps you get to sleep easier. Many, many Olympic athletes have had sleepless nights and performed well the next day and so can you.
  4. Practice good technique EVERYWHERE – even when riding down to the track, EVERYWHERE – you don’t see pro riders riding around looking sloppy, perfect technique is how they ride!
    • Quality is doing the right thing even when no one is watching. Make your work the highest Quality even when no one is looking – make it a HABIT.
  5. Do what the Pro’s do! Get a video of a pro and get a video of yourself and compare what they do differently – then copy their technique.
    • This applies to so many facets of life. For example, if you want to learn public speaking then study someone good at it, video yourself and learn from it. If you want to learn to play golf, do the same…

One final take away was all around corner speed, “if you believe that you can’t take a corner any faster, you won’t! You always need to believe there is a faster way around that corner”. Again this quote has so many applications to life, keep striving for greatness, and always look to beat your personal bests.

A massive thanks to Dean and his family for having me for the day, I certainly learnt a lot and had a great day.

There you go, some great tips to help you ‘rip it up‘ in any area of your life!

Hold on tight!

To check out other great examples of the skills sports teach us that we take into other areas of life check out inspiresport’s article here:


The Barefoot Investor – Scott Pape

Barefoot Investor

A book that contributed to making the Rapid Mentoring Program a possibility: Yes the Barefoot Investor over the past 5+ years has helped us reach financial independence to chase our dreams.

The Barefoot Investor by Scott Pape (aka the barefoot investor).

The book is touted as “the only money guide you will ever need” and I say that is a pretty fair call. Regardless of your situation in life, I honestly think there is so much down to earth quality information in this book that it is totally worth a read.

The book is broken down into chapters, which Scott has gone with a weird tact of calling ‘financial date nights’. It is intended that you take your significant other (or yourself) out for dinner and work through a chapter over dinner and make some real changes to how you manage your money.

I love the way the whole book has been written, totally charismatic and easy to take a way and implement. After all what is the point of a book that you cant implement the learning?

Well worth a read for anyone looking to take control of their finances (which should be all of us), a rating of 4.5 stars and getting close to a 5.

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Arbess Top 5 Pearls of Wisdom

Top 5 Pearls of wisdom:

Arbess is the Managing Director of Achroma Group, an upcoming Civil Engineering, Construction Management and Facility Maintenance company. He has worked his way up through various engineering and construction roles before taking the plunge into self-employment.
Building on a Civil engineering background and focusing on establishing his early career as an engineer, Arbess has worked on some of the largest construction projects in Australia before starting his own business, building it from the ground up.
Arbess has a way with people and quickly develops lasting relationships; he prides himself on the quality of his and his team’s work and always looks for favourable outcomes for all.

Here are Arbess’s top 5 pearls of wisdom for accelerating your career.

  1.  Read Change Your Thinking by Sarah Edelman – This book was an eye opener for me as a technical engineer as it helped me ‘round-off’ those sharp edges and encouraged me to focus on my goals better.
  2. Build your professional and personal network as early as you can. I can’t count the number of times people in my network have helped me think through a tough situation – they are my angels.
  3. Embrace failures in your career. This is not a perfect strategy but WHEN the failures knock on your door, be nice and welcome them in. Learning from my failures have only made me wiser and more creative.
  4. Education. Education. Education. Be it academic, vocational or other, keep learning and exercise those brain muscles.
  5. Be proud of your successes and who you are, but also be humble and selfless – the universe will thank you for it.

Importance of Performance Reviews

Welcome to our short spin on why you need to take your next performance review seriously.

Firstly, there are many names for a performance review, your organisation may call them; PDR (Performance Development Review), Development Review or just a yearly catch up. Regardless of the name, there are a number of reasons why you should take them seriously.


This is your chance to show what you have done through the year and how you have gone above and beyond!

You are given the opportunity to address any shortcomings in your performance. If this is done well in a one-on-one scenario, there is no reason why this can’t be a productive discussion with meaningful achievable outcomes. Top tip, it is best to reflect on your own regarding your shortcomings prior to heading into your performance review.

KPI’s are key! Review your yearly Key Performance Indicators and ensure you have tangible examples of each to prove you have met your goals with metrics.

Performance reviews are not a time to focus on the negative, but rather the opportunity. Don’t see this as a punishment session, rather see it as an opportunity for growth.


This is your opportunity to provide input into your own development. Prior, do some research on training you may wish to undertake in the coming year. A good performance review should be as much about the coming year as the performance in the year passed.

Also, try to get your hands on the position description for the next step up the corporate ladder and do a gap analysis against your current skill set. This will be the best place to start for a development plan in career progression.


Pay raises don’t come easy! Generally, there will be a standard ‘corporate-wide’ pay increase, however, there is usually a little room to move for those that under-perform and those that exceed expectations. To give yourself the best shot at being seen as someone who ‘exceeds expectations’, take time to prepare for your performance review. We can not stress this enough!

As you can see from the compounding example below, it is important to chase this pay rise every year.

Download our free performance review report and start preparing now.


Now is your chance to discuss your promotion aspirations with your line manager. Take a look at the department organisation chart as a good starting place. Your aim should be to find out what the next role is for you and set your own expectations for when you should be ready to take this position.

Try to have an open discussion with your line manager about your aspirations and take note of where they see you in relation to the new role i.e.What timeframe would they expect for you in order to reach this new role? What do they see as the development areas you need to focus on?


If your organisation has a bonus structure chances are it works something like this;

The board of directors will allocate a great big bucket of cash for the entire organisation. This will be passed down through the corporate ladder splitting the pie more and more as you go down through the various departments and levels of management. Chances are your manager would be given a small slice of this pie to distribute to her team within some preset guidelines (such as all employees will get a 2% bonus +/- 1%).

If your boss has a 2% figure in mind when she walks into the room +/- 1% depending on your performance review then this is your opportunity. Doing well will land you a 3% raise whereas not preparing and botching your review could lead to you only getting 1%. This ~2% gap is worth fighting for and worth spending only a few hours preparing for!


“Compounding is the 8th wonder of the world” according to Albert Einstein and here is how it can work for your salary over time:

As a comparison between two employees who start at the same salary. The first employee prepares well and scores a 3% rise year in and year out just by taking two hours of the company time to prepare for her performance review. The second one doesn’t prepare for her pay review and gets a lowly 1% pay rise each year.

The results are in the table below. Within the first 10 years, we can see a yearly salary gap of close to $12,000, however, getting close to a retirement age of 62, we have a profound gap of over $88,000! Over their life span the total earnings are $3.9M Vs $2.5M – yes a whopping $1.4M gap!

Now, we are not saying that this is the only factor but you can see for yourself how the little extra effort (on work time) can really have a dramatic impact on your salary.


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Enhanced pay rises over time really add up


As you can see from the above examples there are a lot of opportunities that come from a well-run performance review. Don’t leave it up to your line manager to run your performance review; let them lead it but be prepared and willing to guide where you want the discussion to go. Above all else PREPARE PREPARE PREPARE! Not only is there a great opportunity to increase your salary or pick up a little more bonus but there is a great opportunity to show you are interested in advancing your career.

Please check out the Rapid Mentoring Free Performance Review Report and follow our 10 step guide to Acing your next performance review!

For more information on advancing your career consider signing up to the Rapid FastTrack program and check out the Career Builder section.