Creating a culture of wellbeing: Leading in times of Change

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

That our world is changing and shifting is not surprising – it’s the key definer of our times. On the one hand the centripetal force of change can push us towards constant innovation. We can be invigorated by the newness around us, so that our means of communication, the way we work and the spaces in which we engage are ever-evolving.

On the other, the speed and scale of change can leave us feeling overwhelmed as we work out how to navigate and juggle complex personal and professional demands.

As leaders, we often find ourselves leading teams of individuals immersed in the rapid uptake of change. Our teams respond to this change in different ways – some with a type of change fatigue in which new initiatives are merged with the old, rather than looking to new horizons. Others respond with change apathy, checking out altogether.

 In these fast-moving times, how do we lead ourselves, our teams, and our organisations through times of change?

Leadership author John C Maxwell once said that in order to lead others, we must first learn to lead ourselves. He also advised, “If you’re leading and no one is following, you’re just out for a walk.” Leadership begins by looking inward, rather than outward. It begins by taking a look at your personal values alignment, learning style, and wellness gauge.

  • Your values alignment: How do your personal passions and strengths align with the ethos and values of the organisation that you are a part of? Recognising areas where your personal passions align with your organisation’s passions will give a greater sense of energy and purpose to your work.
  • Your learning style: How do you learn, get inspired, and stay motivated? As leaders, it’s important to stay fresh by identifying sources of personal inspiration – it could be simple things like reading content that inspires, carving out down-time, or networking with leaders who are just that one step ahead of where you are.
  • Your wellness gauge: How are you tracking in terms of your energy levels and personal wellbeing? Busy lives leave little space for margin and it’s more important than ever before to carve out time to be adaptable and flexible. Manage your screen time and bring in more green time, watch your health and nutrition, and create some space for reflection and deep thinking.

The leadership styles that the new generations respond to are those that embody collaboration, authenticity, mutual understanding and empowerment. When it comes to building resilient teams, it’s not just about processes and policies, but about helping individuals thrive in complex and ever-changing business environments. Our research has identified several key drivers among young workers that motivate them towards engagement:

  • The drive for complexity and challenge: Today’s career-starters are full of innovative ideas towards problems and thrive on identifying solutions. Creating space for the cultivation of ideas and innovation is key not only for better organisational performance but strong employee engagement. When was the last time you gave your team permission to step up to the challenge of solving your most critical problem?
  • The drive for variability and flexibility: Empowering your team to take control of their workload provides them with the opportunity to structure their day towards their most productive times and builds greater levels of team trust. When team members are engaged with the vision and have the skills they need to drive the team forward, hands-off management is always better than micro-management.
  • The drive for community and belonging: In an era where movement is a constant and flux is inevitable, workplace communities have become 21st century families. Establishing a team culture where individuals themselves are celebrated (not just their work-related wins) is critical to developing work-place tribes.

Organisational change is up to all of us, and moving ahead as an organisation involves directing individuals at all levels into forward horizons by leveraging the team’s combined power for innovation. We each lead by example by creating the initiatives and by driving the culture.

In our work with hundreds of organisations across Australia, we have identified several consistent characteristics evident within organisations that have thrived in times of change. These include:

  • Organisations who scan the external horizon. By understanding the current demographic, economic, social, and technological environment, leadership teams are able to make robust and solid decisions that guide their organisation towards its future. While the future can seem uncertain, getting a grasp on the current environment adds confidence to the decision-making process that is needed to stir a ship in a new direction.
  • Organisations who commit to being the ‘only ones’ at what they do. We consistently watch organisations position themselves alongside their competitors to understand what the market is offering. Yet it’s so easy to get caught up in ‘keeping up’ that we lose track of the unique abilities that only our teams can bring. Look inside at who is on your team before looking outward to what you can bring. Commit to carving out a niche that is true to who you are, not what your competitors are offering.
  • Organisations who put their people first. Organisational leadership is at its best when people are the priority. There are countless ways to create value for individuals within your teams (50 Best Places to Work 2016 features just some of them!), and when people thrive, not only is there lower turnover and a larger applicant base, but client relationships are at their peak, there is better innovation, greater productivity, and more sustained long-term business growth.

-Eliane Miles

Eliane Miles is a social researcher, trends analyst and Director of Research at the internationally recognised McCrindle.

At the Australian Communities Forum 2016 on October 13th she will give an overview of each generation in the workforce and some analysis of their needs and expectations, as well as strategies to manage change, inspire innovation and create a collaborative and adaptive organisation.

Purchase your ticket here

Mentoring the Next Generations

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Teachers, employers and parents want to see younger people reach their potential, however the problem is that the pathway to productivity and living a life of high capacity and great quality is not a straight line for Gen Y and Gen Z’s. In an era of increasing change, greater complexity and global mega-trends these younger generations need mentors to grow them, guide them and give them the feedback they need to develop and mature.

At McCrindle we know these younger generations and we believe in their potential to achieve greatness. Managers, CEO’s, team leaders, teachers and parents have a unique opportunity to mentor these younger generations through formal and informal conversations. Gen Y and Z’s are keen be mentored. That means they want to be listened to, not lectured at, encouraged and asked open-ended questions that help their decision making process.

The goal of mentoring young people is to expand their values and worldview, strengthen their character and enlarge their personal and professional capacity. These younger generations desire opportunities for personal growth through a friendly and supportive partnership.

Mentors and leaders in society today have an opportunity to shape these younger generations. The challenge mentors often face is around how to turn general conversations into character and skill development.

7 Developmental Areas mentors need to cover

PRIORITIES: Help these generations focus amongst digital distractions

RESILIENCE: Highlight their current experience and strengths to provide assurance in anxious moments

AUTHENTICITY: Showcase the benefits of community in and above digital connectivity

INSIGHT: Provide greater vision to make wise life decisions

ENERGY: Encourage decisiveness to remove blockers, overcome obstacles and move forward

BALANCE: Teach them how to say a positive 'no' in a busy ‘yes’ work/life culture, to maintain a healthy lifestyle

GREATNESS: Inspire the best in these young people as they move through the transitional stages of life.

Geoff Brailey speaking on this topic at the Australian Communities Forum 2016

Understanding the next generation of volunteers and donors

A specific area of focus in the 2016 Australian Communities Report is analysis of volunteers and supporters aged under 30 and in this session, Geoff Brailey, Research Executive at McCrindle Research, will share the findings as well as give practical insights on engaging young people in community organisations and developing the leadership capacity of the next generation of staff and volunteers.


Welcome to our blog...

We have a passion for research that tells a story, that can be presented visually, that brings about change and improves organisations. And we hope these resources help you know the times.

Our Social Media Sites

Facebook | McCrindle Research Social Media YouTube | McCrindle Research Social Media Twitter | McCrindle Research Social Media Flickr | McCrindle Research Social Media Pinterest | McCrindle Research Social Media Google Plus | McCrindle Research Social Media LinkedIn | McCrindle Research Social Media Mark McCrindle Slideshare

Last 150 Articles


intern growth award define marriages video toys men property not for profit work cooking 2015 Valentine’s Day trends consumerism forecast tips presentations office opening NEETs suburbs geomapping January 26th baby new york times rising house prices ACF 2016 menai demographic transformations 10 years JOMO group Gen Y investor owning a home Real Estate social issues earnings panel cold politics staff baby boom summer manly Sydney FOMO generation Z mother's day meetings Res Vis australian communities trends report holidays results weekly earnings optus future-proof family local communities daily commute research visualisation learning blaxland the changing face of English 2013 teaching stay home trend national crime rates supply and demand research data high density New Zeland New South Wales ashley mckenzie domestic speakers logan victoria EFF brand dessert cancelling plans world Do It Yourself shopper's pick office professional services healthy future hopes Mark McCrindle relevant TDE professional school students resource cloudy days ipswich woolworths training Word Up media SA award winner demographic travelling child care sydney metro high density apartments cars Tuesday Trend vegetarian eliane miles suburban living learning styles house price rise holiday Aussies gen alpha omnibus Christmas presents rental stress property market Real Estate Institute of Victoria future of education outsourcing The Daily Edition new office REIV Conference challenge education future pharmacy housing trends Generation X post rationalism DESTEL Channel 7 rain crime recap education research aged care puzzle 24,000,000 high density living pyrmont nfp story education suburb ethnography state christianity wealth and income distribution financial fears educhat australians staying home more research pack engagement 2014 workplace teach happiness Australia Day online community engagement internships culture capital cities emerging trends darwin market research divorce Australian Census group session sports housing growth shifts finance research sunny days hobart mentor teacher faux-cilising stats Australian communities trends of 2017 Financial Planning Association of Australia New Zealand media activity visual researcher eliane Deaths generation alpha gender Social Trend population map study event mccrindle in the media narcissism staying in language society ACT faux-ciliser Merry Christmas financial dreams shopping hello fresh schools neutral bay insight mortgage baby names Adelaide quote millenials Research Executive entrepreneur baby name predictions monarchy learner infographic Education Future Forum friendship food 1994 investment deloitte divorce rate national wealth mover and shaker environment technology government dare to dream households paying to work Financial Planning Week tea parents public speaking networking selfie NSW Western Australia gold coast optus my business awards resilience ultimo snapshot meals Northern Beaches Christian School global aged care year 7 not-for-profit seasons proactive Population Clock australian social research Hornsby Shire Council christmas housing marrickville presentation workplace culture keynote speaker financial future population milestone marketing 2016 australia parenting year 12 generation leader wage states budget students contiki leadership workshop demographics wealth and income sustainable sydneycity media commentary urban living women research services sentiments marriage tv housing affordability future proof internet land of the middle class school satisfaction Tuesday Trends buildings Australian Dream schools students hornsby typical australian affordable Australia Day 2017 social trends home news Channel Seven leadership TAS mythbusters household 2016 census names litter 1968 norwest visualisation WA community event 2020 facts megatrends Australian schools product future student commuters ease of travel 1975 collaborative non profit millennials sydney hills data visualisation wealth acf15 social analysis identity investing 2012 Canberra learn communication social researchers teachers digital commute insights tattoos McCrindle Speakers house prices faux-cilise princess charlotte survey 2016 census results australian communities forum wages gen z global generations teleworking friends emerging generations cash GPO vegemite social commentary community ferry The ABC of XYZ conference poker master Melbourne REIV National Conference christian living census social commentator education future report wedding village small business entertainment global financial crisis public holiday customer DIY mateship cartodb social interactive motivate volunteers NT Assistant Store Manager cancelling event twentyseventeen sun FPA celebration high school criminal in depth interviews google for education coffee Christmas lunch Scouts royal average aussie wolloomooloo responsive cost Duchess of Cambridge area Wodonga Aussie data analyst Australians royal influence World Water Day ageing socialising train publication royal family earn VIC safe the hills shire System's Architect census 2016 Australian Families report ideas property price #censusfail capital city keynote low density apartment easter pharmacies alpha priorities Wagga Wagga innovation media release mythbusting tableau the hills transport business Kiwi waverton sector wide study social research going out sydney event Territory conference speaker bondi Financial Planning Association unaffordable tertiary education social lives financial Royals winter school rule keeper public speaker economy charity Australian Bureau of Statistics 2017 thrive sector wide cultural diversity builders sector demographic trends case study medicine Kirsten Brewer Tasmania emerging technologies futurist Queensland: QLD jobs of the future engage internship offenders potts point winter blues sydney speaker census fail ageing population communications overcast professional speaker goals youth changing face of sydney educated professional development house bureau conference presentation rent Generation Y Australian Communities Trends life trends analyst Christmas season Myth social enquiry social change Charlotte workshop millionth income South Australia wellbeing entrepreneurial organisational culture list mining boom royal baby IT Specialists generations 23 million slideshare survey design population participants click workforce economic national private wealth Queensland statistics authenticity aussie culture change Australian demographics annual income families society trends crows nest entrepreneurs of today lifestyle anzac unemployment events CBD curiosity communities employment social life grandparents salary greatness affordability employers fears world youth day growing population experience cancel plans prince george dreaming socialites trends of 2016 online shopping daily telegraph follow hills shire career father's day social impact mccrindle tea office space earning urban shbc rich Northern Beaches baby name trends forum rise of local residents brands social media 40 million Love future proofing careers tuesday personal growth university spend graphs moderators guide ACF PSI generational trends Engineering Manager thought leadership home ownership Northern beaches Event bus debt optimistic debate work-life Caregiver balance consumer renting youth unemployment moreton bay Northern Territory relational travel Australian Trends townhouses city urban living index know the times google data Geoff Brailey the average aussie brisbane demographer perth newspaper religion huffington post middle class poor fresh Australian Home ashley fell 1980 future of work plans 24 million environmental scanning etiquette jobs population growth long weekend Wellington dream storytelling lalor park weather couple urban taskforce children Gen X equip "know the times" retirement university degree brand experience renter of the future water baby name focus group social shifts program the australian dream repayments Births easy rider culturally diverse Sydney keynote speaker clothing Christchurch energy Bathburst infographic wall mobile sydneysiders analysis kate middleton home owner business index wealth distribution qualitative research real in the media skills census results baby boomers organisations sunburnt country personalities ABS mccrindle car local education sector cost of living Netflix young people forecasting work mates mccrindle research church focus groups communicate conferences social researcher Crime Rates SMSF increasing densification young australians trend tuesday collaboration financial independence HSC February 16 housing market goal house price innovative