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November 08

New to leadership? Your 2024 Kickstart Guide to Success

As a new leader heading into 2024, you’re probably asking yourself, "How do I gear up for success?" Fear not! We’ve got you covered with a robust game plan tailored to make this year your leadership playground.

1) Harnessing the Power of Self-Belief

As the confetti settles, you might find that little voice of doubt trying to dull your sparkle. Here’s your first assignment for 2024: kick that doubt to the curb. Building confidence is your mission, and yes, it’s an inside job.

Picture this: What does a confident leader look like to you? Got that image? Great. Now, what do they have that you want to embody? Harness those traits, and let them become part of your leadership DNA.

It's all about playing to your strengths and converting your uncertainties into opportunities. When you're faced with a challenge, flip the script and ask, "What can I learn here?" This mindset isn't just a game-changer; it’s your rite of passage as a leader.

2) Creating Your Circle of Trust

Imagine starting 2024 with a support system so robust that nothing can shake you. That's the goal. Forge connections with individuals whose leadership qualities make you want to take notes. Mentorship is a two-way street, and every relationship is a learning experience.

Take a moment and think about the people you know. Who inspires you? Reach out. Networking isn’t just about adding contacts; it’s about building relationships that build you.

And remember, you're not just cultivating your own growth—you're also there to energize your team. Your mantra for the year? "Empower and be empowered." That’s the kind of synergy that can move mountains.

3) Sharpening Your Leadership Toolkit

With each passing month in 2024, focus on honing three crucial leadership capabilities: strategic, relational, and cultural. These are the pillars upon which your leadership temple stands.

Can you effectively communicate your vision and align it with your team's actions? That’s strategic prowess. Are you able to foster strong one-on-one relationships that enable your team to thrive? That's relational mastery. And, can you cultivate a culture that resonates with positivity and productivity? That's cultural finesse.

Take every opportunity to learn and grow in these areas. Workshops, books, podcasts, and yes, real-world experience—these are your bricks and mortar.

The 2024 Leadership Launchpad

So you’re fired up and ready to go, but you might wonder where to begin. Don’t worry, Cuppa and Shane Hatton have done some of the heavy liftings for you. They’ve pooled their wisdom into the “So Now You're A Leader” self-serve course, laying down the foundations for leadership success.

Find out more in this link:

As we stand at the threshold of 2024, this course is the launchpad you need. It’s packed with insights that will not only set the tone for your year but also for your entire leadership journey.

Finally, as you stand on the brink of this promising year, ask yourself, "Am I ready to take the leap?" Because 2024 is not just another year; it’s your canvas. And with the right skills, mindset, and resources, you're going to paint a masterpiece.

Let’s raise a toast to your leadership success story in 2024. It’s time to lead, inspire, and transform. Ready, set, lead! 🚀

One more thing

Want to take the next step before purchasing the course? Check out the below FREE conversation we had with Shane on what holds early stage leaders back. 


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October 21
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Have you ever noticed how certain stories stick with you, long after you've heard them? That's the power of storytelling. Let's dive into a conversation  with personal and team branding expert Nicole Hatherly had on Cuppa, as she unravels the magic behind storytelling in branding.


The Unforgettable Nature of Stories in Personal Branding

Nicole Hatherly made a compelling point about stories and personal branding: while data and hard facts might fade from our memory, stories tend to linger. Think about it – you might not remember the exact details of someone's resume, but you'll certainly remember a gripping tale from their past.

By framing our life experiences and accomplishments within a narrative, we not only make our personal brands stickier, but also more human. Nicole drove home the point that these shared snippets of our lives, these personal stories, help us genuinely connect with others.


Storytelling: The Heartbeat of Team Branding

Shifting gears a bit, Nicole and Cuppa host Cookie touched on a significant distinction – that between personal and team branding. While both share the core principle of establishing a clear identity, team branding is about collective stories, shared values, and common goals.

And guess what’s right at the center? Yep, storytelling. By weaving together individual stories, teams can outline their shared journey. This approach not only showcases the team's values and mission but also strengthens bonds between team members, making them feel they're part of something bigger.


Personal Meets Team: The Branding Intersection

Nicole was keen to underline an essential insight – personal and team branding, though distinct, are deeply interwoven. It's not about shedding your individual identity when you're part of a team. Instead, it's about aligning your personal beliefs and passions with the collective ethos of the team, creating a unique blend that stands out.


How Stories Forge Trust and Commitment

Now, this is where things get intriguing. Nicole introduced this idea of a trust model she employs with global teams. It revolves around laying out shared values, pinpointing growth areas, and celebrating strengths. When stories wrap around these areas, they form a binding narrative that aligns everyone.

With trust as the bedrock, accountability becomes the watchdog of a team's brand. Leaders, Nicole suggests, need to create an environment where open conversations happen, ensuring that the brand's essence is upheld by all.


Rooted in Stories: The Preservation of Culture

Adding another layer to the storytelling tapestry, Nicole drew attention to the First Nations people. Their rich tapestry of stories, passed down over generations, is a testament to the power of oral traditions. It's a reminder that stories are more than mere branding tools; they're the very essence of our cultural heritage.

In today's digital age, where it's easy to feel disconnected, stories serve as a bridge, connecting us to our roots and to each other.


To Wrap It Up...

In the vast realm of branding, storytelling is the magic wand. Whether you're an individual looking to leave an indelible mark or a team aiming to etch a lasting legacy, stories are your allies. They humanise, connect, and resonate. As we navigate a tech-driven world, let's not forget the stories that anchor us to our essence. So, next time you think of branding, remember – it's all in the story.


  • Book in Cuppa and Nicole Hatherly for a private session on personal or team branding: Click here to request information

  • Join the Cuppa community and get access to this show: Click here


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October 03

What a Cuppa ☕ with celebrated humanitarian Peter Baines OAM who shared remarkable stories and unique insights about leadership in challenging times.

During this conversation 💬 Peter draws on more than 20 years of experience in leading others through crises and disasters. 

Here are some of the key takeaways you will learn👍: 

  • What the one thing leaders of today need to focus on 

  • What holds back leaders in business today from being successful in their roles

  • Embracing fear and failure 

  • Leading through highly emotional moments 

  • Supporting early stage leaders to be successful 

  • Why giving and purpose are your superpower 

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September 26

Get your pens🖋️ and paper 📄 ready as our conversation with Ella Zhang on elevating from our default self as leaders was AMAZING! 

As leaders, what you think, feel and do has direct  consequences which impacts everything from the performance  of your organisation to the people around you at work and at  home.

In this conversation Cookie and Ella opened up some incredible insight around the following areas: 

  • What characteristics are associated with our default self and when we need to upgrade

  • Why pain is critical for growth

  • What to do if you are fatigued as a leader (or anyone really) 

  • How to gain clarity in who you are and what you stand for 

  • Controlling yourself in uncontrollable moments 

  • Defining your true character during challenging times

  • + much much more 

This conversation will definitely leave you wanting more and that is why we recommend also purchasing Ella' book 'Upgrade' by clicking here 


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