by Louise

12 Leadership lessons from The Walking Dead

in Get Your Shit Together by Louise

It’s been a while since Season 3 of the ridiculously successful AMC series The Walking Dead premiered. I recorded both episodes, but was too squeamish to watch them. Until today. You see, the sight of blood and guts makes me pass the F out, and zombie killing methods are particularly gruesome – not to mention the sight of the zombies themselves. For the past two seasons it has had me on the verge of bringing up my lunch every episode, but I persevered because I was researching zombie special effects makeup to help style my Australian Professional Photography Awards entry. It was tough going, let me tell you! So like a total chicken, I steeled myself to sit down when it was daylight and watch episodes 1 and 2; and then it hit me that there are some fundamental leadership lessons to be had in a zombie apocalypse. 1. Celebrate small wins, but don’t lose sight of the bigger picture. In the opening scenes of episode 1 the group made it to the security of an abandoned prison. Their relief at feeling the most safe and secure they had in countless days of being on the run was palpable. Rick
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The importance of first impressions for your business

in Be a Fabulous Badass by Louise

During the first impression phase (backed up by proper science) you have a very small window to make the right impact and engage someone’s interest – so make it count! If you’re thinking that you want to celebrate your milestones or take your personal branding to the next level, then consider these points from the experts: Represent the value you are consistently able to deliver  Personal branding, much like social media, is about making a full-time commitment to the journey of defining yourself as a leader and how this will shape the manner in which you will serve others. via Glen Lopis @ Forbes Magazine Attract the right clients. The first thing I do before I do business with anyone is to Google them and get a feel for what they’re about. And I look you up across all your social media platforms too so that I can see if I like what you have to say and the personality you are trying to represent. That’s why I truly believe that your visual identity is so important in order to help you attract the right kind of client or potential collaborator – be that another small business or large brand. via Louise @ Foxy and Fabulous
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Rik is dead, the people’s poet is dead

in Get Your Shit Together by Louise

A young girl, stricken with terminal cancer, once asked Rik Mayall for an autograph. He wrote: "Young Ones are never afraid." — Hugh Laurie (@hughlaurie) June 9, 2014 I had a really long list of things I needed to get through today, and then I heard that Rik Myall (aka Rik, the People’s Poet) had died suddenly overnight and time just slowed down right before my eyes. My mind was racing back through rude vignettes of my youth and sniggering in front of the telly in my dressing gown. And then nothing else seemed as important as a bit of nostalgia mixed in with my own mortality. Talk about a productivity killer! The Young Ones tore into my living room sometime in the early eighties. I don’t know if we had early access or just permanent access because my brother worked for the BBC in Sydney and we, err… ‘acquired’ a set of video tapes of the whole series. I can’t go to prison, I’m too pretty! Before this I was never really interested in comedy, or politics or satire but after watching the Young Ones on endless rotation (to the point where I could parrot them without provocation) my
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5 Lessons from Knitting Failure

in Be a Fabulous Badass by Louise

Recently I tried to knit an infinity scarf following this pattern, but after completing about 12 rows of it and ending up 14 stitches less than what I should have I cracked it and undid the whole thing. Undoing knitting is something I NEVER do, it feels like failure and a waste of all that effort up to that point and so I really hate to do it and avoid it at all costs. I tried, I TRIED not to blame everyone and everything except myself for the error (Dad drilled into me that ‘a poor tradesman always blames his tools’) but I knew that I was so far off the pattern that the only option was to start again. There was a sneaking suspicion that there might have been an error in the pattern as I’d gone back over the row, stitch by stitch, 7 times to try and found out where I’d gone wrong but to no avail. I even showed a colleague who is a great knitter and she couldn’t find the problem either! So as I pulled it off the needles and noticed it was waaaaay longer than I’d like anyway I resolved to cast back
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Fabulous at Forty

in Get Even More Foxy by Louise

I came up with that title around two years ago when I decided that by the time I turned 40 I wanted to be in better control of my health and wellbeing. Well, time is up. I turned 40 years old TODAY! I’m fairly well pleased with myself that I met that goal, but I have to admit that it was only as recently as Christmas of last year that I thought I’d blown all possibility of achieving that goal. You see, when I went clothes shopping in the lead up to Christmas I went to one chain store to buy some basics for the Summer and I had to go up to a very large size (for what I like to feel comfortable in) and even that was fitting way too snug for my liking. ‘Ah, they switched to getting things manufactured in Bangladesh and the sizing is all out,’ I rationalised. No need for alarm, I’d just go to a different store where I knew the sizing was true and comfortable.Right? WRONG! I went up to the largest size this store carried, and STILL pants were really tight. By this stage I was freaking. the fuck. out. to
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Entrepreneur essentials: Trusting your gut

in Get Your Shit Together by Louise

I’m a bit of an old sea dog when it comes to the weather, I trust what I see and know to be true. The same goes for my business. As a kid my Dad forced me to learn the weather map on the nightly news, to understand air pressure, wind, heat, cold fronts and rain. I quickly learnt that what’s on paper isn’t always a substitute for what’s happening in front of you. Cue an adult obsession with what’s going on in the sky, very handy as a photographer chasing the light and shade – thanks Dad! This is Melbourne this morning, after a hot and steamy start to the middle of Autumn. Just bananas, it’s already 6′C over the forecast daily maximum at 6am! Red in the morning, shit’s about to get real today! The sky don’t lie. As an entrepreneur and a small business owner you will frequently encounter situations where a piece of paper or indeed another person is telling you one thing, but your gut is telling you another. Don’t be afraid to follow your gut, ever. But know the difference between a fully body no, the kind where it feels wrong at a very
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3 tips to avoid overwhelm

in Get Your Shit Together by Louise

How do you know when you’ve over done it? Burnt the candle at both ends or overloaded your schedule? People often exclaim that they don’t know ‘how I do it all!’ Truth is I’ve always worked really hard, with lots on my plate and don’t really know another way to operate. I don’t think I’m uncommon in that regard either, plenty of parents and CEOs juggle a gazillion things and somehow manage to survive. I’ve had a preeeetty full-on schedule these past ten days and as an introvert who likes my solitude it doesn’t take much to upset my balance. I find I can manage about 2-3 nights of commitments per week as long as I balance that out with slow weekends and alternate nights in between at home doing lo-fi, mundane things. Earlier today I couldn’t quite work out why I woke up early after staying up late and was all systems go to MC an event. We’ve just wrapped and I’ve hit a BIG fucking wall! The adrenaline that was coursing through me and keeping me ‘on’ has now been replaced by the sudden urge to fall face-first into my keyboard!! On reflection I’ve realised where I went
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My daily non negotiables, even on tour

in Get Your Shit Together by Louise

My recent perking tour, while filled with ahem… challenges, has demonstrated to me that there are some routines in my day that I don’t negotiate. They are the things (or a version of the things) that MUST happen in order for me to get the most out of every day. Now while I’m not fussed on how I meet these must-haves, I am a little like a crazy person if I can’t sort the majority of them out. I apologise if you ever have to experience my crazy, but just think of it as part of my charm! Real food + good fats – my hotel had a buffet style breakfast included as part of my tariff each day. I made sure I loaded up on eggs, cremated bacon and some stir-fried vegetables first thing every morning. It was a super weird collection of food, but I made the most of what was there and was the only one steering clear of the pastries, cereal, toast and pancakes. I really missed snacking on my regular favourites like boiled eggs, celery, Greek yoghurt and frozen raspberries but I did manage to make a packet of macadamias I brought with me last the length
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Hey Jetstar, we need to talk!

in Get Your Shit Together by Louise

Despite Jetstar’s efforts I’m finally baaaack after the trip to Phuket I almost didn’t make! Lordy, what a trip that was… My friend Wendy commented that my calamity metre must have been set to ‘high’ after my outbound flight was cancelled and I pinched a nerve in my back en route to Sydney’s International Terminal on a rescheduled flight. I ended up spending my entire trip trying to manage my back pain. So what happened to cause the pain? Dear @JetstarAirways thanks a fucking lot for canceling the flight of my first holiday in 5yrs at 9.30pm the night before I fly. — Louise (@FoxyRevolution) March 2, 2014 Aaaaand 60mins later I'm back on a flight. Let me tell you, I will never fly @JetstarAirways ever again. Atrocious customer svce. — Louise (@FoxyRevolution) March 2, 2014 @JetstarAirways I pinched a nerve in my back lugging my bags around in ways I never intended to. Wouldn't call 17hrs of pain a great start. — Louise (@FoxyRevolution) March 4, 2014 Fucking Jetstar cancelling my original outbound flight, rescheduling me on a very early domestic flight where I had to haul my own luggage across terminals because ‘we don’t have an agreement on
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