Leonie Cutts

The reason your new year goals might not be working

By Leonie Cutts

Are you the kind of person who sets up your year with good intentions? You set out your key goals, you even write them as SMART goals – but somehow, things don’t always go as planned. Well, you might be missing the most powerful ingredient.

Winning new clients using CCS Cards

By Leonie Cutts

Trying to win a new client? As facilitators, we are often in a position where we have to demonstrate our expertise by running a ‘sample’…

Patricia Parish, certified CCS Practitioner with her Moving toward my True North CCS activity

Finding Your Direction In An Uncertain World

By Leonie Cutts

Helping people to see things a little differently is something that Career Education Consultant, Art Therapist, and Certified CCS Practitioner, Patricia Parish is familiar with. At a recent career conference, Patricia shared her thoughts on managing these turbulent times, along with a unique CCS Cards process she has created for identifying your own True North.

Using the CCS Cards VFE in a session with Baxter

Face to face – But wait, someone’s Zooming in!

By Leonie Cutts

As facilitators we are used to things changing and having to adapt in the moment. As CCS users, being able to mix real and virtual CCS Cards in your sessions, is just another way to help you feel relaxed and assured that you can handle anything!

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Refreshing Strategy

By Leonie Cutts

What conversations are you planning to have with your team to realign for our new normal? We spoke with Jessica Rivera, Senior HR specialist at Patties Foods, about how she engaged the whole team in conversations to help refresh business strategy and create a Culture Action Plan.

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Unlocking Self-belief

By Leonie Cutts

I heard my new client before I saw her. I was walking up the stairs to her office and she was on the phone to her team. Our meeting ended with her saying, “I feel like I’ve been given a hug”. Find out how CCS Cards were used in a professional career coaching session to help unlock self-belief.

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Keep The Lessons Learnt

By Leonie Cutts

Last year gave us lessons in spades. As we now embark on the new year, it’s prime time to reflect on the lessons and decide what is important to take into 2021 and perhaps beyond. What did you learn from 2020? And how will you make sure you use the lessons to thrive in 2021?

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10 Ways to Think More Effectively

By Leonie Cutts

In a world that seems intent on throwing shiny things and loud distractions in our path, it is critical that we pay attention to how we think, and how we impact others’ thinking. Let’s take a look at ways to think more effectively — with and without CCS Cards.

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Not Creative? Here’s 4 Things To Get You Started.

By Leonie Cutts

Creative thinking is one of the first steps in innovation and something that many organisations are prioritising. So, is it possible to turn creative thinking on when we need it? Bill Jarrard says yes, and gives the four key ingredients.

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The Missing Piece from the Leadership Conversation

By Leonie Cutts

What does leadership mean to you?
The definition you hold of leadership is important because it will inform how you see yourself as a leader, how you lead and how you help others to do the same.

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3 keys to having tough conversations

By Leonie Cutts

Some conversations are tough, but not having them might be even tougher. Living with the discomfort caused by assumptions or worrying about negative outcomes, can churn up a lot of energy and waste a lot of time. How can CCS image cards make having tough conversations easier?

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The Right Formula for Successful Collaboration

By Leonie Cutts

My partner, Craig and I have lived and worked together for over 25 years. If you were to test us on any personality, learning styles or team profile, you would see that we usually come out in diagonally opposite quadrants. This can cause a lot of tension, heated debate but ultimately, hopefully, a great outcome.

Calamity and connection

Calamity, connection, growth
[And a free board game!]

By Leonie Cutts

Like many Australians, we spent the summer glued to our ‘Fires Near Me’ app — checking it 24/7 to see if we would make it through the heat with our house still standing. Now here we are, self-isolating and social distancing — terms that now roll off our tongue like we have been saying them our whole lives …

Healing Hearts

By Leonie Cutts

What do you do when you gather for a fun night with girlfriends and the high energy, effervescent, joy giver of the group, confesses she is not in a good place?

What Freddy Mercury learnt about collaboration

LeadingQueen: What Freddy learnt about collaboration

By Leonie Cutts

Have you seen the movie Bohemian Rhapsody? If you haven’t, you must — I believe it will touch your heart and soul and remind you…


Permission to connect

By Leonie Cutts

Maslow placed connection about 3 rungs above basic needs in the hierarchy of needs. We now know that connection is a basic need. It belongs…

Bad neighbours and world peace

Bad neighbours and world peace

By Leonie Cutts

I opened my mailbox to find a hand delivered printed letter. (Real mail in a mail box — what a concept!). It began with “Dear…

Unpacked: CCS User Manual for expert use of image cards


By Leonie Cutts

Our attention spans have dropped at least 4 seconds, Netflix is a household name in Australia, and the iPhone has had at least 6 versions.…

Three Simple Steps to immediately experience the Happiness Advantage

By Leonie Cutts

‘The happiness advantage – because positive brains have a biological advantage over brains that are neutral or negative, this principle teaches us how to retrain…

Prepare to get better

By Leonie Cutts

It may happen at the beginning of a new year. It may happen at a transition point, between projects, when teams are merged, or simply…

Why The Best Gift This Christmas Is TIME OUT

By Leonie Cutts

There’s a lot of good reasons that you should take a break over Christmas. One of the very best reasons (at least in my opinion),…

Bank On Hope

By Leonie Cutts

Giving. Generosity. Hope. They’re probably not words you tend to associate with a bank. But that is exactly what I have just experienced and seen…

Achieving beyond the vision

Achieving Beyond The Vision: 6 Factors That Make The Difference

By Leonie Cutts

When things change – whether it’s a merging of two teams, new leadership, or the original purpose of your team has shifted – it’s probably…

One Conversation You Must Have Before You Die

By Leonie Cutts

Five hours into his career as a physician, Timothy Ihrig, a palliative care physician, had to tell his very first patient that he had cancer and was…