Sarah Stark – Question your pathway.

Watch the replay of online lunchtime Engineers Leading for Success Conversation – with the amazing Sarah Stark – who after a career in the Resources sector in geology, leadership and project management has recently joined Safescape.

Watch the replay HERE>>>

I wanted you all to hear Sarah’s story – because what’s fascinating to me is how Sarah got clear on what matters and took the road less traveled to land her where her passion lies!

Sarah has always cared about others – putting her hand up for committees that make a difference in safety and wellbeing at workplaces. Now she gets to make a big difference in making workplaces safer, using her exceptional project management and data analysis skills in driving practical innovation in a sector she knows well.

I have no doubt Sarah’s journey will inspire you – to think differently about the paths open to you – especially in traditional hierarchical workplaces.

I can’t wait to share my latest leadership tip and have a conversation with Sarah on how to  “Question your pathway” 

Can’t wait to see you there!

 

Best regards

Mel McCarthy


Lisa Renato – From Doing to Leading.

I’m incredibly excited to bring you the first Leading for Success Event for 2021 – Online – to celebrate the incredible Lisa Renatorecently appointed the Executive Officer of Lifeline – Central Victoria and Mallee. 

Lifeline- Central Victoria and Mallee supports Australians through times of personal crisis through their crisis support service and providing community training.

I can’t wait to hear Lisa’s speech – titled How to move from “Doing” to “Leading.” 

Lisa’s career journey includes management in Hospitality, Financial Services and Community Leadership Development in the Not-for-profit sector; and also a small business owner in Bendigo.

Lisa is going to share with the audience how to move from being an indispensable operations “doer” driven by lists and tick-boxes, to a “leader” who listens intently contributing to causes that matter.

And Lifeline-Central Victoria and Mallee is one of those causes and I’m keen to hear Lisa’s vision for Lifeline in our region and how we in the community can also help.

Lisa also volunteers as a member of the Bendigo Health Human Research Ethics Committee, and is in the final stages of a Masters of Business Administration at La Trobe.

Can’t wait to see you there!

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Hope to see you there!!

Details:
Date: Wednesday 24th February 2021
Online
Time: 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Hope to see you there!!

Best regards

Mel McCarthy


Peter Fairfield – Bridging the gap.

So excited that Peter Fairfield is the next Leading for Success Guest Speaker.  Peter is someone with incredible professional experience in over 30 years across site based technical and operational leadership roles in the mining sector throughout Australia and the United States.  Most recently Peter was a Practice leader at a leading consulting business and has recently started his own business “Miner Insight”. The play on words is intentional as Peter uses his unique insight and experience to work with technical and non-technical clients, to help deliver projects and value through his ability to understand and bring parties together.   

Peter is now about “Bridging the Gap” between the technical and non-technical.  In his speech Peter will reflect on his career learnings through technical, operations, consulting and leaderships roles in small and big business.  And what has led him to create Miner Insight to create value for the sector and for society at large.  Hope you can make it!

Details:
Date: Thursday 26 November 2020
ONLINE!
Time: 6.30 PM to 7:30 PM (Melbourne time or ADT)
Hope to see you there!!

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Best regards

Mel McCarthy


Onisha Patel – opportunities through non-conformity.

Our next inspirational guest speaker is Dr Onisha Patel.
Dr Onisha Patel is a structural biologist at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (WEHI). She has over 15 years of experience in medical research where she uses cutting-edge imaging technologies to capture the inner beauty of the tiny molecules that make up life. These tiny molecules, called proteins, have a unique shape at the nanoscale. When proteins don’t function correctly, they can cause diseases. Onisha’s work uncovers the structure of proteins and contributes to a greater understanding of how they work. This knowledge helps scientists develop more targeted treatments for a range of serious diseases.
As a researcher, Onisha has made an impact. Her research has led to a drug in clinical trials for a type of bone marrow cancer and was recently granted a ‘fast track designation’ status by the US Food and Drug Administration. Her discovery on a novel type of immune cells led to the Eureka Prize for Scientific Research and development of reagents to detect these immune cells, now being distributed by the National Institute of Health. Onisha has published in high profile journals, secured competitive funding and fellowship and holds a patent. She is also an artist and uses art to illustrate her research and as a tool to communicate her love of science through exhibitions, collaborations with schools and public talks.  She recently delivered a successful pitch that lead to ‘Art of Science’ exhibition as a finalist for the City of Melbourne Awards (2019).
Onisha grew up in India and moved to Australia to pursue a career as a scientist. She was inspired to study in Australia by the story of Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, CEO of India’s largest biopharmaceutical company Biocon. Now Onisha herself is a ‘Superstar of STEM’ at Science and Technology Australia, where she is a visible role model to smash society’s stereotypes and assumptions about women in STEM. Through her own journey as scientist and an artist, she wants inspire the next generation of young leaders. She believes interdisciplinarity is the future of workplaces.
Onisha’s talk is titled – ‘Opportunities through nonconformity’. She will reflect on her life experiences that has led her to this journey on breaking down stereotypes and looking beyond the obvious.   

Details:
Date: Wednesday 21 October 2020
ONLINE!
Time: 6.30 PM to 7:30 PM (Melbourne time or AEDT)
Hope to see you there!!

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Best regards

Mel McCarthy


Suhani Vaidya – From powerless to influential.

Our next inspirational guest speaker is Suhani Vaidya, a technically trained professional (BSc Computer Science; MBA from Cardiff University) who is making the transition from employee to entrepreneur!  She is also an accomplished published author in “Stories from the Heart”.

Suhani has worked in the corporate sector in the UK, India, and Australia in the mining software space. Overcoming her own internal struggle, Suhani got clear that her vision of success is to help career-driven achievers to become purpose-driven influencers.

She is also passionate about influencing organizational culture, so people come to a place where they love what they do, and they become the best of who they are meant to be.

A loving mother to her precious daughter, Suhani enjoys dancing, music and is a damn good cook – just ask her husband!

Suhani speech is titled “Be bold, be brave, be YOU!” where she will share her story and inspire the audience to “find their voice” and move from feeling powerless to influential!
Can’t wait to invite Suhani to the Leading for Success stage!

Details:
Date: Wednesday 30 September 2020
ONLINE!
Time: 6.30 PM to 7:30 PM (Melbourne time or AEST)
Hope to see you there!!

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Best regards

Mel McCarthy


Derek Hannigan – Leadership Props.

Come along to the next Leading for Success Online event and take-away:

“Leadership props for when you are out of your comfort zone!” 

This event series is specifically for technical people who know the quickest way to fast track your professional development is to surround yourself with people that inspire you!! 

This happens at our on-line event!

Our next guest speaker is Derek Hannigan who trained as a Civil Engineer and has over 30 year’s industry experience in upstream gas, power generation and mining in both management and consulting roles. 

Derek has walked through many open doors in his career with experience that includes general and project management, business and strategy development, procurement, contract negotiation and management, process improvement, system implementation, engineering and maintenance management.

Looking forward to hearing his career journey and what “Leadership props” work for him around uncomfortable situations!

Details:
Date: Wednesday 02 September 2020
ONLINE!
Time: 6.30 PM to 7:30 PM (Melbourne time or AEST)
Hope to see you there!!

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Best regards

Mel McCarthy


Todd Sheldon – Planning to prosper.

This event featured Guest Speaker is Todd Sheldon who is a local Bendigo born and raised engineering entrepreneur! Todd recently made the change to leave the city and a stable senior executive role in a multinational firm – to start his own consulting business SCE. For those of you who have thoughts of doing the same – this presentation is not to be missed! I can’t wait to hear how Todd has set up regionally and is adding value to large complex projects all over the country.

Prior to returning to Bendigo Todd spent 2 decades mastering his craft in Melbourne and London on complex and challenging projects across the world. In Todd’s role as Technical Director with Aurecon Australia for over 10 years, he led large teams and was responsible for significant projects throughout Victoria and Australia.

Todd is down to earth and is dedicated to bring back a client centred culture to the industry –and his core values of authenticity, integrity and positivity are now a trademark of his consultancy.
Todd will share his story in his presentation titled “Planning to Prosper” – how goal setting can produce incredible results.
Todd will share key ideas that have served him well in leading large teams on complex projects; to how to work hard, achieve results and have fun doing it!

CLICK THIS LINK TO WATCH EVENT RECORDING

 

Best regards
Mel McCarthy


Dean Jarvis – Leadership & Self.

Leading for Success is a gathering for leaders and motivated people who want to grow their own leadership capability. We connect to share stories and be inspired by our leadership journeys, no matter what your definition of success is.

Our next Guest Speaker is Dean Jarvis who is passionate about continuous improvement – not only for maintenance systems – but for himself and others!

Having worked his way up from fitter to Senior strategic level roles at multinational resources companies, Dean is currently an independent consultant who is an expert in project and maintenance management, life-cycle costing, and holds a Masters degree in Asset and Maintenance Management.

Continuing with the theme of bringing technical people to present to Leading for Success stage – Dean has a fascinating perspective on what “Leadership and Self” means.

Dean is a technical leader who values people and invests in them!    He will present on the tools and systems for successful self leadership – and the key drivers for cognitive development and how you can identify thinking patterns to create whatever future you desire!

Details:
Date: Wednesday 22 July 2020
ONLINE!
Time: 6.30 PM to 7:30 PM (Melbourne time or AEST)
Hope to see you there!!

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Best regards
Mel McCarthy


Leah Sertori – Impact in collaboration.

Leading for Success is a gathering for leaders and motivated people who want to grow their own leadership capability. We connect to share stories and be inspired by our leadership journeys, no matter what your definition of success is.

This month Bendigo’s Leading for Success is in for a treat!

Our next Guest Speaker is Leah Sertori – a well-known and respected leader who continuously inspires all who connect with her – me included!  Leah has held many CEO roles including at Be.Bendigo, Sustainable Regional Australia and Melbourne Cares and most recently Executive Officer of LEAD Loddon Murray.
Her launch onto the stage comes at a pivotal time – she is now dedicated to contributing to developing leadership and teaming skills to support people and organisations achieve impact through collaboration through Sertori Consulting.

Her speech is titled – “Leading for Impact in Collaboration”

Leah’s experience leading formal collaborations includes the $43million Central Victoria Solar City which included construction of Victoria’s first two solar parks. Leah was involved in collaboration between Bendigo Health, tier one contractors and local business during the construction of the new Bendigo Hospital as a Business Broker.
Leah will share the lessons she has learned about preparing to achieve best value from formal and informal collaboration.   This is not to be missed – be connected and learn from Leah who knows how to create incredible value for people, organisations and community through collaboration.

Details:
Date: Thursday 9 July 2020
ONLINE!
Time: 6.30 PM to 7:30 PM (Melbourne time or AEST)
Hope to see you there!!

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Best regards
Mel McCarthy


Are you being you?

As we evolve and mature as people, we get more comfortable with ourselves. 

As Dr Seuss wrote, “Today you are you! That’s truer than true,” so why would we want it any other way than to be ourselves?  I’ve written and spoken about how you can be yourself in every situation – whether you are talking to the CEO, in a management meeting or buying groceries at the shop –  Ask yourself,  is there a difference in the person you are in those times and places – or do you assume a role, a mask?  Have a think about that now; and reflect on whether you are doing that.

In the case of talking to the CEO or in a management meeting, you might be second guessing what comes into your head, your thoughts, and overanalysing your contribution to a topic.  I certainly did this early on.  Afterwards I would have thoughts about – “I should have said that;” or someone else would have the same idea as I had,  but spoke up – and in a competitive environment where valuable contributions to a discussion wins brownie points –  I would beat myself up that I didn’t speak up.

In the case of buying groceries – are you really connecting on a human level with every person you meet?  Or going through the checkout blindly, thinking your role as customer somehow is more important or higher than the person serving?  What’s the difference between the CEO and the grocery shop attendant?  Absolutely nothing.  If you are being yourself in every situation then the way you interact to every human on the planet would be the same.

This is important stuff as I frequently hear of people that if they are leading teams, and are having a bad day, they feel like they must put on a front so their team isn’t affected by their mood; and I also hear of many lost opportunities for people who hold back in speaking their mind when something comes into their head in meetings and environments where they want to contribute valuable ideas but the moment is lost.

Why is it important to be yourself in every situation?

You will increase your confidence

It will give you confidence to be yourself in every situation.  As we gain experience and try different roles and environments like technical roles or leadership roles,  we are constantly gathering evidence for where our contribution to our craft will have the greatest impact in our career; and what will give us enjoyment every day.  Where we feel we can add maximum value.  So the more you verbalise those thoughts as they come in – the feedback you get will be positive and this will become a practice to share who you are as a person – that’s why you  are part of a team in the first place!  In understanding why you hold yourself back is also worth going deep on – is it concern for not looking good? Being discovered as a fake? There are all illogical fear-based reasons why you might be holding back.  But doing the work to understand your brain to get over them will massively increase your confidence, as will getting into the habit of verbalising your valuable thoughts to discussions.

You will reduce stress

If you are holding back your thoughts, you are constantly second guessing yourself.  This will be using energy that serves no purpose on the quest to contribute to what you are engaged with in life.  Best to get that thought verbalised and have positive feedback and responses from others, as this is additional evidence gathering that will hone your craft and contribution.  If the feedback isn’t positive or you feel like your contribution is ignored- then this is another piece of evidence that might be telling you that the culture of the team you are in may not be aligned with your values.  So, find those people who inspire you who can feed off your contribution!


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