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This Connected Life with Mel Kettle is the show where connected leaders share their experience, values and strategies that have helped them become more connected so they achieve success in life and business.

This Connected Life with Mel Kettle is the show where connected leaders share their experience, values and strategies that have helped them become more connected so they achieve success in life and business.
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This Connected Life with Mel Kettle is the show where connected leaders share their experience, values and strategies that have helped them become more connected so they achieve success in life and business.






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This Connected Life Ep. 027: Andrew Short

Andrew Short AFSM is the Assistant Commissioner for the State Emergency Services for Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES). Andrew is no stranger to the challenges associated with providing effective emergency management, having worked for QFES for over 20 years. He is passionate about lifelong learning, especially when it comes to investigating how organisations can improve how they lead, manage and train to achieve the outcome of operational excellence. In 2007 he was...


Know your purpose

When you know your purpose, it’s easier to plan, to set goals and then take relevant action to achieve them. In the past I’ve found that when my goals are connected to my purpose, I’m far more likely to achieve them. In this episode I talk about: · Simon Sinek Start with why · Stephen Covey – begin with the end in mind · How knowing our purpose can help us in life · The Japanese concept of Ikigai · Four questions to help you find your purpose · Creating goals Do you know your...


Coping with overwhelm at Christmas (and other times!)

Christmas and the holiday season can be a really difficult time for a lot of people. And even for those who love it, there can be pockets of stress and overwhelm. One of the things I’ve learned from life, and from horribly fraught Christmases, is that it’s so important to look after yourself. While it’s not always possible to avoid stressful times – at Christmas and at other times of the year, it is always possible to build in some tactics to make it easier for yourself. 6 tactics for...


The importance of rest

In my last solo episode I spoke about the importance of sleep. Today I want to talk about rest. Our brains thrive when they have time to rest. We make over 30,000 decisions a day, so the cognitive load on our mind is immense. If we don’t take some time during the day to rest our brains, our performance, moods and physical and mental health all suffer. The risk of fatigue is well known. When we are over-tired our brain switches off and we have micro-sleeps. These can last from a fraction of...


Live your magnificent life with Lisa O'Neill

Lisa O’Neill is feisty, funny and fabulous. She has been described as a human version of Berocca and is one of my favourite people for her energy, her positivity and her ability to cut the shit and tell it as it is – always with love. Lisa wants us all to live big lives and to become the best version of ourselves. She is the former fashion editor of NZ Women’s Weekly and today is the author of three books, a highly sought after conference speaker and MC, and a mentor to loads of very...


The importance of sleep

There are four ways we need to look after ourselves physically - we need to get enough of the right food, water, exercise and sleep. Sleep is often the one that is ignored. This episode is is part 1 of a 2-parter – talking about sleep and rest. Rest is more than just sleep at night. Most of us are aware that we need enough sleep (which doesn’t mean we get enough!), but too many of us go hell for leather during the day, without giving in to our body’s need for rest. And I don’t mean a quick...


Financial fitness with Lara Bourguignon, CEO SuperConcepts

I first heard of Lara Bourguignon when we received an email she sent to all SuperConcepts clients, introducing herself as the new CEO, and inviting us to get in touch via her direct email if we had any concerns or otherwise. I was incredibly impressed so reached out to her on LinkedIn to say so. I loved how she was so keen to connect, as well as to listen to clients in her early days in the role. Lara was appointed into the position of CEO, SuperConcepts in April 2019. Prior to that, she...


Connecting through kindness

I’ve been thinking a lot about kindness lately. And how a small, kind gesture can make such a mammoth difference to someone’s life. Kind is possibly my favourite four letter word. Being kind is one of easiest things we can do, and it can have life‑changing consequences. Kindness doesn’t need to be difficult or expensive or time consuming. I feel as we become “busier” we are becoming less kind. If you’re wondering, busy is my least favourite four letter word! I’m so very grateful to have...


Connecting with food - Dani Valent

I think I first "met" Dani Valent on Twitter about ten years ago, around the time I first bought a Thermomix. #bestkitchengadgetever Dani describes herself as a writer, eater, traveller and cook. Everything she does is linked by a simple idea: leading people to great food experiences. Like me, Dani is passionate about food because she loves connecting with people, and especially connect with people through food. She believes good food is central to a life well-lived. It’s nourishment and...


Marketing to women

Today I’m talking about marketing to women. A lot of people don’t realise that women are responsible for 90% of consumer purchases. Which equates to over $20 TRILLION in global spending. In Australia, women own just over one third of all businesses, and this number is rising. Australian women are also becoming more educated – in 2014 almost 45,000 more women graduated with tertiary qualifications than men. Also, in many households, women are increasingly becoming the main income earners,...


Stop drifting and start living with Dominick Quartuccio

Dominick Quartuccio is a NYC based international speaker, author, mentor who focuses on Elevating Performance and Short-Circuiting Burnout. He is also the co- host of his own podcast, Man Amongst Men. You can connect with Dominick via his websites and Do Inner Work. You can also: The Bold Journey Women Want Men to TakeDesign Your FutureLinkedInInstagramMan Amongst Men What Dominick Quartuccio and I talked about The Way of the Superior ManThe 4-hour WorkweekOutwitting...


Connecting with your health

In this minisode I talk about the health checks we should be having on a regular basis. I recorded this episode about an hour after having my biannual mammogram and ultrasound, and it prompted me to have a chat about looking after our health. A big part of being connected with self is knowing what’s going on with our bodies and looking after ourselves from a medical perspective. Did you know that while most women see a doctor at least once a year, men tend to go far less frequently, have...


Julie Trell - a human API

Julie Trell tells me she is a human API. Of course, I’m immediately curious! Of course, once she explains to me what that is, it all makes total sense. And no, I’m not giving a spoiler alert – you can listen to this episode I first heard of Julie when I became involved with SheEO last year, and we met earlier this year and the fabulous s p a c e event at Byron Bay. Julie is Head of Telstra’s startup accelerator, muru-D. She has a vast and varied background spanning both startup and...


Creating collaborative teams

We know that creating collaborative teams, whether in your organisation or more broadly across your industry, can increase ideas, save money and result in better project outcomes. And yet, too often we sit independently within our siloes, frantically working on projects with looming deadlines, wondering if we’re doing the right thing. I’ve been really fortunate to have worked on a number of collaborative projects over my career. Those that have been the most successful, and have given me...


AFL and art - with Cameron Schwab

Cameron Schwab is mostly known for being a former CEO of the Richmond, Melbourne and Fremantle AFL Clubs, and for being the youngest CEO in the history of AFL when he was appointed CEO of the Richmond Football Club at age 24. Today Cam is a leadership coach and strategist, working with CEOs and emerging leaders to achieve high levels of trust – personally, culturally, strategically and organisationally – as the basis of high performance. He is also an incredibly talented artist and...


Connect authentically

What does it mean to connect authentically? It can sometimes be confusing as authenticity is one of those words a lot of people use – and often overuse. I think it’s one of those concepts we recognise when it’s really obviously there – or not there! The Cambridge English Dictionary defines it as “the quality of being real or true”. Brené Brown tells us that “authenticity is a collection of choices we have to make every day. It’s about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be...


Transforming capability with Dr Kelly Windle

Dr Kelly Windle is one of the smartest people I know, with five (!!) degrees. She is also very human, as she is a psychologist who is passionate about helping people and businesses evolve. Kelly works with people to align, curate, and accelerate their personal and organisational capability. Currently, she is the VP of Organisation Capability and Corporate HR for BlueScope, a top 100 ASX listed company. Here she is focusing her thought leadership to make great people at work. Her mission is...


Connecting with laughter

Earlier this week my friend Emma put up a post on Facebook saying that when we are children we laugh 400x a day. And now as adults, we laugh an average of 15x a day. Quite simply, laughter makes us feel good. It also improves our physical health and it can definitely improve our mental health. Why do we need to laugh more at work and what can we do to encourage more laughter at work? According to research from Wharton, MIT, and London Business School, laughter relieves stress and boredom,...


Fully human leadership with Kate Billing

Kate Billing and I met when we both started at Thought Leaders Business School on the same day, about two and a half years ago. I immediately knew we would become firm friends, and we have. As well as being one of the smartest people I know, she is also kind, generous, funny and determined to make the world a better place. I can’t tell you how delighted I am to share some of her wisdom with you. Kate is an edge thinker and path-maker on a mission to forge better leaders for New Zealand....


Become a Social CEO - a minisode with Mel

We live in a digital world and people today expect CEOs and leaders to be seen and heard. Both within your organisation and within the broader community. This means you need to have an active presence on social media. In this minisode we talk about how you can become a Social CEO. Why is this important? It’s important because people do business with people they know, like and trust. And if they can’t see you or hear you then how will they get to know you? Let alone like and trust...