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March 04

Explore the transformative insights with Clint Pulver on the nuanced differences between managing, leading, and mentoring for impactful organisational culture

Ever wondered what truly separates a manager from a leader... and then, where does a mentor fit into the mix? 🤔 Dive into a fascinating chat with Clint Pulver, a maestro of organisational culture, as we peel back the layers of what makes each role unique and indispensable. In this eye-opening conversation, Clint shares insights that challenge the conventional wisdom, especially in the aftermath of the pandemic's shake-up of the workplace.

Are you leading, managing, or mentoring? And more importantly, how does each approach impact your team's loyalty, productivity, and overall happiness? We're not giving away the secrets just yet, but get ready for some revelations that might just redefine how you view your role within your organization.

Click play below and join the business brew to uncover the subtle art of truly effective leadership - It's about more than just guiding the ship; it's about caring for everyone on board. 🚀


Unlocking the Secrets of Le...

Ever wondered what truly separates a manager from a leader......
February 29

Organisational responsibility in the digital age

In our hyper-connected world, the boundaries between our online and offline lives are blurring. But as we embrace this digital age, are organisations doing enough to safeguard their teams? In our thought-provoking 'Eggshell' conversation with digital empowerment expert Yasmin London we explored the role of organisational responsibility in the digital landscape.

Watch the free replay here

First things first, have you ever considered the impact of the online world on your team's well-being? Yasmin shares a startling insight: "96% of deepfakes are pornographic in nature and 99% include women." It's clear that the digital realm is not just a playground but also a battleground, especially for women. How is your organisation addressing this?

But it's not just about deepfakes. The online disinhibition effect, as Yasmin explains, is where "people are more willing to say or do things online that they would never do in a face-to-face situation." This can lead to a toxic online environment that spills over into the workplace. Are you fostering digital resilience among your team to navigate these challenges?

Now, here's the million-pound question: What is your organisation doing to support employees facing online abuse, even if it happens outside of work? Yasmin emphasises the importance of creating safe spaces for conversations and providing resources for online safety. "It's not just about responsibility," she says, "it's about doing what's right."

So, let's reflect. Is your organisation proactive in educating and protecting your team in the digital world? Are you fostering an environment where everyone feels safe, respected, and empowered, both online and offline?

We'd love to hear your thoughts and experiences on this crucial topic. Let's keep the conversation going and work together to make the digital age a safer and more inclusive space for all.

Watch the free episode by clicking below


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February 04

Understanding Where Businesses Stumble in DE&I Efforts

In an eye-opening video discussion with Yvonne Kelly from Glow Up Careers, we delve into a critical yet often overlooked aspect of business success: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I). Many businesses profess commitment to DE&I, but how many truly succeed? This conversation explores the pitfalls and missteps businesses often encounter.

The Subtle Traps of Unconscious Bias and Inadequate Strategies

Yvonne Kelly uncovers the layers of unconscious biases that permeate corporate cultures, often unnoticed. These biases are not just about workforce diversity but also about the ingrained habits and perceptions that hinder true inclusivity. Drawing inspiration from James Clear's 'Atomic Habits', the discussion highlights how habitual thinking patterns can obstruct DE&I efforts.

Real Stories, Real Failures, and Real Lessons

The conversation brings to light real-life stories that exemplify where businesses go wrong in their DE&I journey. From the experiences of migrants like Anna Das Gupta to those of refugees, these narratives expose the gaps between well-intentioned policies and their practical implementation.

A Misguided Approach to DE&I

One critical point Yvonne emphasises is the superficial approach many companies take toward DE&I. Celebrating diversity during specific events or through token gestures is not enough. The conversation challenges businesses to move beyond performative actions to foster genuine inclusivity.

The Risk of Complacency in DE&I

The video serves as a wake-up call for businesses that are complacent in their DE&I efforts. It's not enough to have diverse teams; what matters is how these teams are integrated, valued, and heard within the organisation. Yvonne Kelly urges businesses to actively confront and dismantle the structural barriers that impede true equity and inclusion.

A Must-Watch for Forward-Thinking Businesses

For businesses aiming to make a real difference in their DE&I initiatives, this video is an essential watch. It's a resource for understanding the common failures in DE&I efforts and learning how to address them effectively.

Be Part of the Solution

Watching this conversation should be the first step in a larger journey of transformation. We encourage business leaders and teams to reflect on their DE&I practices, identify areas of improvement, and commit to making meaningful changes.

Join Us in Making DE&I a Reality

We invite you to watch this insightful 'snackable' conversation with Yvonne Kelly. Let it be the catalyst for change in your organisation's approach to DE&I.

If you want to watch the full episode you can here

Share your experiences, learn from others, and contribute to building a truly inclusive business landscape.


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January 31

Ever noticed how the higher you climb the corporate ladder, the fewer laughs you hear? Well, Professor Robert Povine from the University of Maryland has, and he's got some research that's pretty eye-opening. It turns out, the big bosses – yes, we're talking about leaders like you – tend to laugh less. Why? Maybe it's the pressure to seem smart, the relentless chase for results, the lack of playful chit-chat, or maybe it's just too much screen time and not enough face time.

But here's the thing: laughter matters, especially at work. And who better to weigh in on this than Annie Harvey, our go-to guru for joy at work? Annie's got some insights that'll make you rethink the whole stiff-upper-lip approach.

Why Laughter is a Game-Changer in the Workplace

Annie's take is simple but powerful: laughter and fun can totally transform your workplace culture. Think about it. When was the last time you had a good laugh with your team? Dr. Rose Colston's research says a lot of adults have forgotten how to just play. And it's not only about cracking jokes. Sometimes, people who are naturally funny can even cross lines, which might be why some leaders keep their humor under wraps.

But here's the deal: laughter is like a magic wand for the workplace. It breaks down walls, lifts spirits, and creates this awesome sense of togetherness. Plus, it's great for mental health, reduces stress, and guess what? It can even smooth out those rough edges in team disagreements.

5 Easy Ways to Bring More Laughs to Your Leadership

Ready to add some chuckles to your leadership style? Here's how Annie suggests you can start:

  1. Lead with Laughter: Show your team it's okay to laugh, even at yourself. A leader who can take a joke sets the tone for a more relaxed and open work environment.

  2. Meme Magic: Who doesn't love a good meme? Share a giggle-worthy meme with your team. It's a small thing, but it can really lighten up the day.

  3. Kick-off Meetings with a Chuckle: Start your meetings with something light and funny. It's a great ice-breaker and mood-lifter.

  4. Celebrate with Fun Fridays: End the week on a high note by celebrating the little victories. It's a great way to appreciate everyone's hard work and have some fun together.

  5. Lunch, Laugh, Learn: How about a 'lunch 'n' laugh' session with Annie? CLICK HERE TO ENQUIRE You can do it in person or online. Check out her TEDx talk here for a taste of what you're in for!


So, leaders, let's cut to the chase: it's time to bring more laughter into your leadership style. Not only will it make your workplace a happier place, but it'll also boost team spirit, creativity, and productivity. Let's turn those boardrooms into burst-into-laughter rooms!

January 28

Let's Talk Gender Equality: Beyond the Visible Barriers

Let’s have a real chat about gender equality. It's a topic we've all heard about, but there's so much more beneath the surface. Did you know that, according to Sandra D'Souza, author of "From Bias to Equity," a whopping 30% of men in Australia don’t even think gender inequality is a thing? It’s like we’re looking at an iceberg with most of it hidden underwater.

Now, when it comes to the workplace, it's not just about blatantly saying "no" to women. Sandra makes a great point about unintentional bias. It's the kind of bias that sneaks up on you, influencing decisions without you even realising it. Think about it – how often have we seen a boardroom or a leadership team and it's just men as far as the eye can see? It’s not always about deliberate exclusion; it’s these invisible barriers that are the real culprits.

Here’s a kicker – both men and women are guilty of this bias. We're all more likely to hire a male over a female, even without meaning to. Sandra throws in this fascinating stat: when there are more women in the final round of a hiring process, their chances of getting the job shoot up. Now, that’s food for thought!

So, what’s the game plan? Well, it starts with us. We need to look at our own biases, be it at work or in our daily lives. Companies, especially, need to do some soul-searching. Are they really giving everyone a fair shot? It's not just about checking boxes for diversity; it's about creating a space where everyone, regardless of gender, can thrive.

But remember, this isn’t just a 'women's issue.' It’s about all of us. When we embrace gender equality, we’re not just helping women; we’re enriching our communities, businesses, and even our personal lives with diverse perspectives and ideas.

What to do next

  • Join the community and watch the snackable conversation with Sandra below

  • Invite your team to our International Women's Day conversation in which Sandra will be joined by Gill Hicks and women's financial guru Betsy Westcott. Click here to find out more

Let's keep this conversation going and work towards a world where gender equality isn't just a goal, but a reality. What do you say?


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January 15

Unlock the Secrets of Business Success in 2024 with Cuppa's Exclusive Trend Report

Are you ready to dive into the future of business? As 2024 unfolds, staying ahead of the curve is crucial for every business leader. But, where do you start? That's where we at Cuppa come in!

Before Christmas, Cuppa embarked on a visionary quest. Our goal? To identify the key factors that held businesses back in 2023 and the top five trends that will shape the corporate world in 2024. To do this, we didn't just rely on data; we spoke to the people who know best.

30 Cuppa Experts Weigh In. We tapped into the wisdom of 30 of our incredible Cuppa experts, seasoned professionals who work closely with organisations. They shared their insights and observations, giving us a unique, ground-level view of the business landscape.

What's in it for you? This isn't just another report; it's a treasure trove of insights. We've distilled these expert opinions into a comprehensive document, and guess what? It's available for free! All you need to do is join our thriving and free Business Brew Community.

Dive Deep into Wellbeing, Leadership, Team Performance, and DE&I. Our report doesn't just skim the surface. It delves deep into critical areas such as wellbeing, leadership, team performance, and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I) efforts. These are the pillars that will support and drive businesses in 2024.

Who Are We at Cuppa? At Cuppa, our mission is to fuel meaningful conversations and bring you the latest and most relevant insights. We've partnered with a wealth of experts to bring you the key trends and behaviors observed in Australian businesses over the past year. More importantly, we explore how these trends will shape the next year and beyond.

Why Download the Report? It's simple. This report is your roadmap to not just survive but thrive in 2024. Whether you're a budding entrepreneur, a seasoned leader, or somewhere in between, our trend report is an invaluable tool for navigating the challenges and opportunities of the coming year.

So, are you ready to be a step ahead? Download Cuppa's 2024 Workplace Trend Report today. Join our Business Brew Community for free and unlock the insights that will drive your business forward.

[Download the Report Here] - Join the Business Brew Community & Get Your Free Copy!

January 14
• Edited (Jan 14, 2024)

The Ongoing Quest for Gender Equality

In our continuous journey towards a more equitable society, the conversation around gender equality remains front and center. This is a topic that transcends borders, industries, and cultures, touching the lives of individuals in every corner of the world. It's a narrative woven with stories of struggles, triumphs, and unyielding hope for a future where equality is not just an ideal, but a reality.

Gender equality is about breaking down the barriers that have historically divided us. It's about challenging the deep-rooted stereotypes and biases that have limited the roles and responsibilities of individuals based on their gender. The focus is increasingly shifting towards creating an environment where everyone, regardless of gender, has equal opportunities to succeed and contribute.

This shift is evident in various sectors of society. In education, there's a growing emphasis on nurturing a culture that supports and encourages both boys and girls to pursue their interests and passions, free from the constraints of traditional gender roles. In the corporate world, efforts are being made to close the gender pay gap and ensure equal representation in leadership roles.

However, achieving true gender equality extends beyond these systemic changes. It's about a fundamental shift in mindset and attitudes. It's about recognising and valuing the strengths and capabilities of individuals irrespective of their gender. It's about understanding that gender should not be a determinant of one's worth or potential.

In a powerful reflection on the subject, Ronni Kahn AO, founder of OzHarvest, shares her perspective: "We stand on the shoulders of all those other extraordinary women... may [our children] not have the same challenge." Kahn's words echo the sentiment of many who are engaged in this ongoing quest.

Kahn's experience serves as a reminder of the work still to be done. It's a call to action for each of us to contribute to this global movement. Gender equality is not just a women's issue; it's a human issue that requires the collective effort of all genders.

As we continue to push the boundaries and challenge the norms, it's important to listen to voices like Ronni Kahn's and others who have been instrumental in driving this change. Their insights and experiences provide valuable lessons and inspiration for those who are part of this ongoing struggle.

To delve deeper into Ronni Kahn's unique perspective on gender equality and to hear more about her inspiring journey, be sure to watch snackable moment below and the full interview HERE. It's a conversation that not only informs but also motivates, reminding us of the importance of our collective effort in shaping a more equitable world.


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January 04

Navigating Through Change: An Exclusive Interview with Jim Batchelor, Managing Director of Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

In the ever-evolving landscape of business, change is inevitable. But how these changes are managed can significantly impact both the organisation and its people. In this in-depth interview, we sit down with Jim Batchelor, the Managing Director of Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, to delve into a remarkable journey of transformation.

Under Jim's leadership, Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment faced substantial organisational changes where they had to shut down operations. However, these challenges were met with an exemplary approach that not only maintained the dignity and support of employees but also strengthened team unity.

Join us at as we explore the intricate process behind these decisions, the resilience of effective leadership, and the lessons that can guide any organisation through times of significant change.

This conversation (Below) with Jim Batchelor is more than a story of managing structural change; it's a testament to the power of compassionate leadership and strategic foresight in the face of adversity.

Want to be a part of a dynamic resource for people leaders aiming to stay at the forefront of their field. Join the FREE 'Business Brew' community here and get access to industry-leading experts, bringing you the latest insights, news, and innovative ideas.


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December 22, 2023
• Edited (Dec 22, 2023)

Let's Get Real Over a Cuppa: The DE&I Scene in Business

Hey there! Let's grab a cuppa and chat about something that's buzzing in the biz world these days: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I). We're in 2024, and it's high time we cut through the corporate fluff and see what's really up with DE&I. Spoiler alert: It's not all as rosy as it seems.

The DE&I Illusion

Okay, so every company and their dog are talking DE&I, right? But when you scratch beneath that glossy surface, there's a lot left to be desired. We're talking about gender equality, fair pay, and actually listening to those voices on the fringes. It's like rocking up to a party in a fancy dress but forgetting your dancing shoes. Looks good, but doesn't quite deliver.

What's Really Going On?

Why is there such a huge gap between what companies say about DE&I and what they actually do? It's a bit of a mess – old-school attitudes, systemic hurdles, and sometimes, let's face it, a sheer lack of real guts to make a change. Saying you're all about DE&I is one thing; actually making it happen is a whole other kettle of fish.

Time for Some Action

This is about getting our hands dirty and making a real difference. We've got to move from just chatting about DE&I to making things happen. True inclusivity isn't just a checkbox; it's about creating spaces where everyone gets a fair go, from pay to opportunities to being heard.

Dive Into the Deep End With Us

And hey, if you're ready to really dive into this, we've got just the thing. "Eggshell Conversations" is kicking off with a bang, and you're invited. We're talking with Yvonne Kelly from Glow Up Careers, and we're not holding back. This isn't your run-of-the-mill virtual chin wag; it's a no-holds-barred look at the real DE&I story in the business world.

Mark the date: Thursday, February 1st at 12pm. This is more than a talk; it's a call to arms for anyone ready to turn DE&I from a buzzword into a reality.

Your link to register for free is here: 

So, as we sip our cuppas and think about the future, remember: DE&I is more than just a fancy term. It's the key to thriving businesses and communities. Want to be part of the real change? "Eggshell Conversations" is where you need to be. Let's make 2024 the year we walked our talk. Catch you there! ☕💬🌟

December 23, 2023


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