Kate with Mark Robinson

 

The commercial building industry is tough. Often the laws of the jungle apply. The demands on and expectations of the successful tenderers are very high; usually unrealistically so. So how do you compete in that market and how do you look after your people so that they can withstand the intense pressures of big business?

 

Special Guest: Mark Robinson, Comace Commercial Joinery, Fitout & Maintenance

 

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Kate with Simone Douglas

 

Simone shares the life of a publican. They have to read people very well and they have to be hyper-vigilant because they need to look for and manage danger. This can skew the world view of a publican and their staff. But on the upside, the pub is its own community. When the Duke of Brunswick went gluten-free, the increased demand nearly broke the pub – but at the same time, it created new opportunities for the pub to become a home for many community groups.

 

Special Guest: Simone Douglas, Publican at the Duke of Brunswick / CEO of Social Media AOK

 

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Kate and Melanie Mansfield

 

Do you have someone external helping you look after your business? As a recruiter, Mel Mansfield needs to understand her client’s business and its needs as well as her client does so that she can find the right person for the job. We discuss how a recruiter is one of the rare people that is in a position to give frank and honest feedback to the CEO or the general manager.

 

Special Guest: Melanie Mansfield, Mansfield Blackman Recruitment

 

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Kate and Lindsay Miller

 

The world is moving so fast. Jobs that were once secure and profitable are diminishing all of the time. This has the potential to create a lot of stress and fear. Kate speaks to Print SA’s Lindsay Miller who provides a bespoke printing service in an increasingly competitive and rapidly-changing market.

 

Special Guest: Lindsay Miller, Print SA

 

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Our lives are often frantic. These days we have to be super workers, super parents, super partners. We have to give our children meaningful experiences and there is a world of guilt associated with your children having too much screen time. Landscape designer Stacee Krylov of Inside Out Makeovers & Maintenance and Gardens for Kids designs outdoor spaces to keep little people entertained and take the pressure off busy parents.

 

Special Guest: Stacee Krylov, Inside Out Makeovers & Maintenance | Gardens for Kids

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Do you feel confident in how you look? Has your lack of confidence impacted on your relationships? Many of us feel a sense of shame about our bodies and that is often reflected in what we wear. Stylist Stephanie Vaughan of Infinite Styling supports people to become the best version of themselves by updating and refreshing their wardrobes.

Special Guest: Stephanie Vaughan, Infinite Styling

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High levels of stress are a significant trigger for conflict. Exercise can be a powerful tool to combat stress and help us to feel better about ourselves. Kris Massie of Chi PT helps people find new energy through exercise and nutrition.

Special Guest: Kris Massie, Chi PT

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In our first episode, we introduce you to Kate Russell: Conflict Coach, facilitator, mediator, trainer, wife, mother and Port Adelaide fan. Kate helps leaders step into their power so that they can create conflict resilient teams; teams that thrive. Find out how and why Kate does what she does.

Special Guest: Chris Edgar, Red Dog Building & Renovation

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I love people and I love their stories. 

In my life, I have been blessed to have met or spoken with literally thousands of people. I have heard so many people’s stories. Stories of pain, joy, grief, humour and love. 

I love talking to people and I have found people like talking to me.  I have often thought that there is an invisible message on my forehead that says “tell Kate your story” because so many people have entrusted me with their incredible and sometimes intensely personal stories. 

I am also interested in conflict. In how conflict presents itself in other people’s workplaces or lives.  I am not just talking about workplace conflict; in fact, that is only one type of conflict. But so many industries and services organisations exist to help people manage their stress and deal with issues which in the long run reduce the incidences of conflict and pain in our world. 

I want to talk about those conflicts more.  I want to understand the stressors that are associated with (for example):

  • working in an industry like printing that is going through such extraordinary change; 
  • a pub owner who is regularly dealing with people who come to their hotel to avoid going home, to drown their sorrows or who use the hotel as their social life; or 
  • the general practitioner who has patients coming to them seeking prescription drugs to help dampen the physical and emotional pain they feel day in and day out. 

I love podcasts. I listen to them when I walk or run; in the car and sometimes when I am pottering around my house.  

So I have created my own podcast.  

Each week I interview guests who tell their stories about how conflict presents itself in their workplaces plus I catch up with either my good friend and my Construction Mediation side-kick Chris Edgar (Red Dog Building) or my daughter Lucy Russell Byrne (Girl Friday Media) in every show.  We catch up for Cup of Tea Time. We chat about popular culture and family matters. We have to use a timer for every interview because, truly, we could talk for hours. 

You can find my podcast The Conflict Coach on your favourite podcast site.  Here’s the link to the first episode. Show notes are available here.

And don’t forget to rate and review the podcast on iTunes. 

Enjoy.