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Can you leverage resistant employees to implement change?


Can you leverage resistant employees to implement change in your organisation?

Of course you can, we do it all the time by using existing models which inform the employee of “what’s in it for me” and then they become our champions.  But is this successful all the time?

The Ironic Manager project looked at those employees who were mocking, sarcastic, resistant and yet also worked to implement the change.  What they found has the ability to change the way we think about these employees, but also how we engage them through change to achieve more successful outcomes.

Dr Richard Claydon and Professor Richard Badham found that these employees were generally ironic because they were trying to survive in an ever changing organisation.  This sarcasm, cynicism and resistance helped them to cope and understand the life around them.

Think about it, do you know anyone in your organisation who appears to be ironic?

Over the next week we will look at ways we may be able to leverage these employees to not only implement change, but improve it also.


Do you understand what is going on in your business?


Do you understand what is really going on in your business?  Are you leveraging what you know to get the best from your employees and for your company?

The Ironic Manager is a new concept about how to create change and leverage your employees to be part of the solution and less about being part of the problem.

What stories do you hear in your organisation, are you brave enough to explore those further to improve your productivity, culture and outcomes.

I heard about the Ironic Manager originally on an ABC interview which I have attached here to give you an understanding and decide are your brave enough to change and try another approach.

This week I am going to research The Ironic Manager more and provide information that will help you to decide if being an Ironic Manager is right for you.



Everybody’s free to wear sunscreen


This video was sent to me by my son this morning.  Don’t you love the feeling when your son is the one giving you advice and he is right.

Anyway, I encourage you to listen to the words of Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)

The video says it all, and thank you Adam for reminding me.

Stop blaming the tools and look inside


Do you find yourself blaming your tools, your environment, your finances or even your situation for not making the change you need?

If you find yourself answering yes to this question, take a few minutes to watch Mel Robbins Video

Stop blaming your tools, your environment, your finances or even your situation for not changing, and look inside you to understand why you don’t want to change.

The answer is inside you and once you find it change is on the horizon.  If you find you can’t find the answer and you need support  contact us here at Startafreshlife.

But whatever you do, take that time to find the answer and begin the change.


Nothing more important than self-care!


There is nothing more important than self-care.

I know, I know, you have housework to do, work to catch up on, kids to feed, and I am guessing another 1,000 excuses why you don’t have time for you.  I know this because I tell this to myself on days I don’t take time for self-care.

On the days I make the time, I am more energised, more focused and it is much easier to be there for everyone else.

I know it is tough, but take the time, even if it starts at 5 minutes and you work your way up, you will not regret that time you take for self-care.

After all if you don’t look after you, how can you be there for others.

Is what you see holding you back?


Often in life it is the lense we are looking through that prevents us from changing.

We are fearful of what it looks like in the future if it all goes wrong.

Just for one day I would encourage you to change your lense and see what it could look like in the future if it all goes “right”, and ask yourself could you live with the worst that can happen.

If so, take the leap and keep looking through the “right” lense to get you where you want to go.

Are you stuck somewhere you don’t belong?


Change can be hard, change can be scary and change can also be exactly what you need – NOW!

Ask yourself do you want to stay where you are, or are you ready to change?  Which gives you more pain, where you are now, or where you could be?



Just do it!

Crazy Ideas

Have an idea and you don’t seem to be able to turn it into action?

Ask yourself:

  • What is stopping you?
  • What do you need to do to make it happen?
  • Is it aligned to your values and beliefs?
  • Who can help you make it happen?
  • What is the worst thing that can happen if you do this?

The difference between success and failures is having a go and being prepared to make a mistake vs finding reasons not to do something.  Use your energy in a positive way and who knows what success you may have in the future.

Do you need to change?

Different Life

Are you at a crossroad in your life?  Do you know what it is you need to change to get to the next phase in your life?

There is one thing that is a constant, and that is that every next level of your life will demand a different you.

Take sometime to understand what is working for you now, what is not working for you now and develop a clear action plan to get you to where you want to be.

Startafreshlife can support you with a structured program and tools to set you up for your next phase.  Contact us below if you would like to know more.

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