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We ask AIM Members a few tricky questions about themselves and their businesses.

Michelle Carlyle, Director, Thought Ratio Michelle Carlyle, Director, Thought Ratio

What is the key lesson you have learned from doing business over the past 12 months?

The past 12 months for me has been a steep and exciting learning curve as I’ve opened the doors to my new business, Thought Ratio Pty Ltd. I’ve come from managing large teams and projects in a global organisation, to managing a small start-up with all the opportunities and challenges that presents. To say it has been a big change is an understatement.

“Successful change comes through maintaining a positive and resilient mindset.”

I’ve had to dig deep into my own resources of courage, positivity, and resilience to ensure a successful start. That has required daily effort and focus. With all change, there are some unexpected setbacks, but there are also moments of great celebration. A key lesson has been that successful change comes through maintaining a positive and resilient mindset. 

What’s one thing you’d like other AIM members to know about you or your business? 

The one thing I’d like to share about myself and Thought Ratio is that every thought entering our minds has an impact on our performance and wellbeing. Habitual unhelpful thinking styles, cognitive biases, and negative behavioural patterns can be detected, challenged, and modified. Believing you can directly influence your experiences means you are capitalising on what’s possible. Combining this with positivity and confidence will broaden the scope of your thinking into new ideas, and build on your knowledge and skills. 

At Thought Ratio, we have brought together our years of practical experience in business and senior leadership, with the science supporting resilience. It's a powerful fusion that we love bringing to life in our programs. 

Do you have a ‘most disliked’ piece of leadership jargon?

My answer to this question digs a bit deeper than a simple yes or no. Because I believe that language is a mirror into our thoughts and beliefs, my “most disliked” leadership language is that which is not mindful. It’s a leader’s responsibility to notice, question, and analyse information they receive, and then respond thoughtfully. If their language doesn’t reflect this process, then they’re likely to be relying mostly on their beliefs and past experiences which may have limitations. 

There’s a lot of jargon out there. I hear “bandwidth” used a lot and of course it’s used in the negative. “We don’t have the bandwidth right now.” Whilst that may be true, have the options been considered or has habitual “black and white” thinking taken place?

I’m all for honesty in our language that is mindful, respects all parties, and is open for discussion. This language will develop trust, open up opportunities, and move the organisation closer to becoming a thriving and high-performing organisation.

What is the business advice you most often share with others?

Take responsibility for your own thoughts and behaviours. Know your strengths and what makes you excited when you’re in a state of flow. 

Ensure that every day you’re open to new ideas and learning. Education, in whatever form it takes, is critical for individuals, whether you’re a leader or not. Connections and meaningful relationships are also foundations for success that you need to maintain. And finally, move your body. Exercise is vital for a healthy brain, and a healthy brain will make better decisions.

Michelle Carlyle, FAIM, Founder/Director at www.thoughtratio.com.au

decision making

From the Knowledge Centre

From the Knowledge Centre

A selection of useful digital and print resources on decision-making from the AIM Knowledge Centre. Access is free to all AIM Members, online, or at one of our AIM libraries around the country.
A selection of useful digital and print resources on decision-making from the AIM Knowledge Centre. Access is free to all AIM Members, online, or at one of our AIM libraries around the country.

Professional development

Developing Decision Making Skills – A Checklist

Developing Decision Making Skills – A Checklist

Decision making skills enable a manager and leader to consider alternatives and use judgement to choose an appropriate and timely course of action. The checklist below is a numbered guide to ensure decisions ...
Decision making skills enable a manager and leader to consider alternatives and use judgement to choose an appropriate and timely course of action. The checklist below is a numbered guide to ensure decisions ...

decision making

Revisiting the Six Thinking Hats

Revisiting the Six Thinking Hats

Edward De Bono’s famous system is a group decision-making technique used to help analyse a decision prior to implementation. The technique looks at a problem from six different perspectives.
Edward De Bono’s famous system is a group decision-making technique used to help analyse a decision prior to implementation. The technique looks at a problem from six different perspectives.

Professional development

6 Simple steps to making good decisions

6 Simple steps to making good decisions

To achieve big things in business, and life, you need to make good decisions. Here are some simple steps you can take to make sure you get things right, more of the time.
To achieve big things in business, and life, you need to make good decisions. Here are some simple steps you can take to make sure you get things right, more of the time.

Professional development

Decision made: the new Insight Edge

Decision made: the new Insight Edge

Decisions are made every day by managers – some easy, some tough. The way in which decisions are made will be influenced by an organisation's structure, procedures and policies, and more subtly by its ...
Decisions are made every day by managers – some easy, some tough. The way in which decisions are made will be influenced by an organisation's structure, procedures and policies, and more subtly by its ...

Global

Leading internationally capable organisations

Leading internationally

If overseas expansion is the key to future competitiveness, how do we prepare our leaders and the organisations they run?
If overseas expansion is the key to future competitiveness, how do we prepare our leaders and the organisations they run?

global leadership

Does your business have what it takes to succeed in Asia?

Do you have what it takes to succeed in Asia?

Globalisation, hyperconnectivity, the proliferation of free trade agreements: a range of factors are combining to ensure that all business leaders must think internationally. What are the 11 capabilities ...
Globalisation, hyperconnectivity, the proliferation of free trade agreements: a range of factors are combining to ensure that all business leaders must think internationally. What are the 11 capabilities ...

global leadership

12 ways to make your trade mission work for your business

Make trade missions work

Trade missions may be as much about 'the vibe' of a new market as they are about sealing the deal. How do you prepare and execute a successful trade mission?
Trade missions may be as much about 'the vibe' of a new market as they are about sealing the deal. How do you prepare and execute a successful trade mission?