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Does your energy serve you as a leader?


We have this amazing seventy-year-old blue gum that in summer is dappled in sunlight and makes the view out of our second floor window look awe inspiring.  In winter it sways and captures the rain droplets on each leaf making it look like a vertical trajectory of diamonds dancing in the grey sky.  There is never a time I don’t walk past the window and feel thankful to have such a magnificent tree in my view.  Old, majestic and providing the landscape with the energy of movement and adaptation, so much so that it actually prompted us to build a round porthole window facing it, to capture it in its entirety.

That was until last month when I woke up to the buzzing of chain saws and three men in harnesses abseiling down the tree strategically lopping off every limb.  My first reaction was shock, how could this seventy-year old tree be totally destroyed in five hours?  The answer was simple, not easily digestible but simple, the property is going to be developed and therefore the tree needed to be removed, for progress.

With the tree removed I looked out to where it once was.  The view has changed and there is a real lack of energy. The birds no longer frequent, the leaves no longer sway and the change of the season is less evident.

This got me to thinking and reflecting on how important ones energy is.  The energy we project is so vital in everything we do especially when in a leadership role.  What we give out or omit to give out can really impact on those around us.

Some people are neutral communicators and can come across as monotone and very focused on the words of others and what they are saying.  For an affective communicator who is very in  tune with non-verbal cues (body language) there could be a disconnect in energy.  There is no right or wrong way to be but an effective communicator will pick up on this and adapt.

Our energy comes from four dimensions:

  • Physical
  • Emotional
  • Mental
  • Spiritual

When one or more of these dimensions are out of balance we need to focus on bringing        balance back so our energy is congruent with whom we are and what we portray.  We sparkle when our energy is evenly distributed across all dimensions.

A few questions to reflect on:

  • What energises and excites you, what lights you up?
  • What energy do you give off to others and the space around you?
  • Do people notice when you aren’t there?
  • Does your energy impact others in a positive way?
  • How often do you seek feedback on how your energy is received?
  • As a leader does your team appreciate or deviate from your energy?
    • Do you give energy or take it?
  • What energy do you admire in those around you?

There is a topic I am passionately researching and learning about that links the head, heart and gut brains to the way we feel and think and the energy we therefore project.  It is scientifically proven we project an energy field that can be felt by others.  Think about walking into a tense meeting and you feel you could cut the air with a knife? On the flip side I walked into a room to run a focus group last week where the team were laughing and where there was clearly high morale and commitment and the space felt amazing, warm and comfortable, hence the workshop mirrored that and was a huge success.

Be conscious of the energy you project and the evidence of this.  Dial your energy up to match your surroundings or dial it down in some cases to match and build subliminal rapport with those around you.

Do what lights you up and what really motivates you!

Renée Giarrusso, Lead Coach, Trainer and Founder of Metamorphose Consulting, works with high performing executives and teams across a myriad of industries and organisations.  Her expertise in growing and developing capability and behavioural change around leadership, communication, transition and sales effectiveness leaves her clients inspired, re-energised and with improved results.

Drop into our website and contact us for a chat and see how we can collaborate with you for even more success!



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Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

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Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

That warm comfortable bubble that surrounds us all at times keeps us safe but where there is safety there is usually not much growth.  Growth is one of the 6 core human needs and we all need to grow in some way to develop both personally and professionally.  Some of us are drawn to growth, me being one of those of those people, I live to learn and love sharing what I learn with others.

Some of us avoid stepping out of our comfort zone, and usually aren’t even consciously aware we do this.

So, how do you know where you currently sit?

Are there times you feel stagnant and in what I call “maintenance mode”?

PastedGraphic-1When in this mode we are usually not consciously aware of it, it’s almost like we are on autopilot. So what would you be doing when in “maintenance mode”?

What does it look like for you?  Think things such as routine tasks, for example if you are in a leadership position you will most probably be doing things without having to really think about them, we call this unconscious competence.   There is nothing wrong with this as it means you have mastered a skill or behaviour but we do need to layer onto our learnings through growing our skills, experiences and adding to what I call our tool kit of life.

When you are in “maintenance mode” it can be like sitting on a train with no set destination or stations to gauge where you are going.  Where there is not a lot of change, there is usually very little stress or drive and usually a lack of motivation because you are going with the flow. Everything is maybe too easy?  For some it can be a strategy to keep you safe as there is no risk of failure but what is it costing you, your team and ultimately the organisation or business you work for?

Being the visual I am I see the shift of getting out of your comforts zone or “maintenance mode” like the rings in a cross section timber.  Once you are within a ring you become comfortable and once you try something new such as a change in career/role or taking on a new team you cross into the next ring.  Being in this ring then takes you out of your comfort zone.   There is new motivation and drive and before long that new ring you are in becomes a comfort zone and you need to challenge yourself to cross into the next ring so to speak.

So how do you do you make this shift? We need to go into what I call our “progressive mode” where we are doing things that propel us forward.

It’s a bit like having a clean house, which can feel great; we all love a clean house but imagine getting that renovation done.  The clean house fits into “maintenance mode” as it is cleaned every week whereas the renovation has added value and space to the property and therefore puts you into “progressive mode”.

Wouldn’t you rather challenge yourself to grow and be in what I call the “progressive” mode” where things are not the same as they were yesterday?

If you feel you want to get outside your comfort zone here are a few ideas:

  • Think of something you have been putting off and do it!
  • What skill do you want to dial the needle up on?
  • Who could you forge a better relationship with at work?
  • Run a team workshop on providing feedback to each other in an open forum?
  • Change the who and what goes on in a team meeting
  • Challenge yourself to coach individuals and set a schedule for this
  • Be strategic in your relationships at work
  • Study and learn something new, for you!
  • Go to work a different way and see things with fresh eyes
  • Do something you have never done before!

It’s all about embracing uncertainty and remember, everything outside of “I know” is growth.

Enjoy the challenge, rewards and growth this will bring!


Renee Giarrusso

Metamorphose Consulting










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Mapping Motivation for Success

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Mapping Motivation for Success

What really gets you out of bed in the morning?

As an executive coach, facilitator and consultant I was looking for a profiling tool that was unique, applicable across an organisation and one that would identify key motivators in a work context at the deepest level. I noticed that certain people I was coaching and training may have been good at their role but were not motivated to do so and therefore were not being as effective or as happy as they could be within that role.

I came across the iWAM-profiling tool in 2007. iWAM stands for inventory of Work, Attitudes and Motivations and is an online tool being used in over 21 countries and 59 Australian companies to date. It looks at the 48 key ways we are motivated and driven at work, your preferences if you like. A good analogy I use is imagining the 48 key motivators on 48 separate tapas plates. What ones would you choose if you had a choice?

iWAM has applications across all areas of an organisation. It can be used in any division from early on in the HR process to coaching a individual or team or within a team forum to assist in individuals understanding each other better in order to compliment each other for maximum effectiveness. It also can assist in identifying training gaps and motivate individuals.

Imagine how you could strengthen your leadership by knowing what really motivates individuals within your team?

What is it?

iWAM is a system that provides a window into the intrinsic motivations and attitudes of people in a particular context. Our use of the iWAM tool focuses on the context of the workplace. It is not a personality profile and can determine the unconscious cognitive filters used by individuals that determine their thinking styles and ultimately their behaviour. Completing a simple questionnaire on line captures these valuable insights. An iWAM profile covers the following dimensions and many more.

Attaining objectives & problem solving?

  • Are you motivated to work towards objectives?
  • Do you have a problem solving approach at work?
  • Do you look for potential pitfalls before they occur?

Your work priorities and which of the eight below do you prefer?

  • People/money/systems/activity/information/status/time/ geographical position

How do you think at work?

  • Are you motivated by the detail?
  • Do you have a sense of overview and the big picture?
  • Are you a systematic thinker?
  • What amount of structure do you need in your work?
  • Do generating options and alternatives motivate you?

Dealing with change and time issues at work

  • How much do you learn from the past/ look to the future?
  • Do you need a change in your job, and how often?
  • In the workplace how do you approach change?
  • Do you have a vision for the future?

Dealing with people at work

  • How satisfied are you when working with people?
  • How tolerant are you of other people and their ideas?
  • How much Social Contact do you need at work?
  • Are you motivated within a team?
  • Do you work for someone else or do you have a preference to be your own boss?


  • What is your Decision Making Strategy?
  • What channels are most convincing to you- what you see, hear, do or read?

Primary work motivators

  • Are you primarily motivated to take responsibility and have the power to do significant work?
  • Are you primarily motivated to achieve and perform at work?
  • Are you primarily motivated to belong to a group, make friends and get on with people at work?

For a psychometric test to be effective it must be able to reflect these differences in people and iWAM does just that.

The iWAM tool is based on the powerful cognitive processes in our minds called Meta Programs.

What are Meta Programs?

Meta Programs or patterns are filters that determine how we sort and perceive our world at work. For instance do we filter information by seeing what is there (glass half full), or by what is missing (glass half empty)? What we decide to pay attention to in turn determines how we communicate, how we interact with the world around us and ultimately how we are motivated to behave.

Applications of iWAM

iWAM can be used in the following ways:

  • Leadership
    • Identify your true motivators and those of others
    • Build your leadership around your preferences
    • Open and in-house workshops run on Leadership, Mapping Motivation and Influencing 
  • Executive/Leadership/Transition Coaching
    • An iWAM profile is incorporated into your coaching program
    • We can also do a full one on one 90 minute debrief on your results to raise awareness
    • Then consistent support to tap positive motivators and address the areas of opportunity in your iWAM profile
  • Recruitment
    • IWAM can be used throughout the recruitment process from building a success profile to individual screening and final selection
    • Motivators can determine up to 65% of predictability in a role – a huge advantage in selection
    • iWAM Models of Excellence allow for the top performers to be modelled for future recruitment profiling
  • Team Building
    • Team workshop
    • All attendees complete the iWAM
    • Workshop is then tailored to suit current team objectives
    • Building an even higher performing team is the outcome

How powerful would it be to really understand what motivates yourself and your team at a deeper level? Remember, a person may be good at a certain role but unless they are motivated to do so you are not getting 100% out of your people.

At Metamorphose Consulting we look forward to consulting with you on the most effective way of incorporating iWAM into your organisation.

Success and growth

Renee Giarrusso

Director- Metamorphose Consulting


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The 4 Levels of Thinking

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The 4 Levels of Thinking

With the year-end fast approaching and another new year about to begin I reflect on a fantastic year of assisting our clients to grow and develop both professionally and personally.
Mindset has been a common theme this year, especially within coaching programs and with those leaders further developing positive psychology within their teams and in their thinking.
This has prompted to me to share some methodology behind the way we think. We always need to start with our thoughts as these trigger our feelings and therefore our actions and results.

4 Levels of Thinking

There are 4 levels of thinking within the psych of the human being.
By being aware of the levels and the impact they have on us we have the ability to know where we are positioned in our thinking and who we need to be and what we have do to get to a resourceful level of thinking. We use this tool in many of our coaching programs with clients and also within team workshops.

Let’s have a look at the four levels of the way we think:

Level 1
Doing what feels good
Is good for you
Is good for others
Is good for the greater good

Level 2
Doing what does not feel good
Is good for you
Is good for others
Is good for the greater good

Level 3
Doing what feels good
Is not good for you
Is not good for others
Is not good for the greater good

Level 4
Doing what does not feel good
Is not good for you
Is not good for others
Is not good for the greater good

Ideally you want to live in Level 1 & 2 as these levels are ecological & empowering and provide growth therefore assisting you to meet your needs resourcefully.

Level 2 becomes level 1 after some time; an example of this is when you may not feel good about learning a new skill. Once you have mastered this you feel good again and therefore are at level 1.

Level 3 becomes level 4 after some time. An example of this could be living in a comfort zone where you may feel good keeping safe and protected but after time this will no longer work for you and therefore you end up in level 4.


Level 1- Eating organic food, recycling etc.
Leading a high performing team, being a coaching resource

Level 2- Learning a new skill, once you have mastered a new learning you are back in level 1
Taking your team and self out of your comfort zone, challenging the status quo

Level 3- Procrastinating, living at effect
Not challenging yourself or the team, keeping things the same, no growth

Level 4- Living day-to-day, lack of motivation and growth as a team
Depression, burn out and loss of purpose

So how you can apply this to your personal or professional life?

• Be aware of what level you are thinking in
o If level 3 or 4, what do you need to do to get back to level 1 or 2
• What would you be doing if you were living at level 1 or 2?
• Where do you think the majority of the time?

What level are you living in?

It is a great time to reflect and see where your thinking is at as we end a year and soon start a new one. Start your new year in a positive mindset that will serve and empower you and ensure you are living on purpose.

Have a fantastic and safe festive season!

Renee Giarrusso
Director- Metamorphose Consulting

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Listen to what is NOT being said

Listen to what's not being said

As many of you know we run numerous workshops that include the fascinating topic of emotional intelligence (IQ) and Body Language. I have had 3 requests in the last week to write an express blog on this and will post additional information over the next few weeks. It links in well with connecting to people as when you read and observe body language you are completely in the moment and will rapport more quickly and easily.

I am only going to cover the basics and the best way to fine tune your skills in reading body language is to practice and become aware of one pattern at a time. It is important to remember that a pattern usually means something when in sequence and context so watch out for all the signs.

Did you know 70% of first impressions you leave on someone come from your body language? 55% of the way you communicate is via non verbal signs such as body language. Only 38% is the way you speak and a staggering 7% are the actual words. Now you can see how powerful it is to understand body language as it can really help you connect, build rapport more easily and persuade and influence.

Today let's look at one of the most powerful types of communication ……EYE CONTACT

There is a saying “Hearts have been broken and wars have been declared in the blink of an eye”. Eye contact shows respect and interest. In many western cultures it is said that we should maintain eye contact for 60-70% of the time. This is different for some cultures where eye contact can demonstrate lack of respect. Using more than 60-70% of eye contact can cause the other party to feel uncomfortable as you will come across as too intense. Strong eye contact shows self confidence, strength and belief in what you are communicating.

Where a person looks can also give you an insight of what is going through their head.

There is a lot I could write on this but the basics are:

-Looking up means the person is visualising something

The language used may include words such as seeing, paint a picture, imagine and so on.

-Looking Side to side means they are hearing something

The language used could include words such as hearing, sounds like, boils down to etc

-Down to their left- Feeling something

-Down to their right- means they are processing something which is usually self talk

If they look to their left they are usually remembering and to their right they are usually constructing.

I always ask a question to verify this and this enables me to tap into the other person in a much deeper way.

Remember to bring in everything you notice, not just one aspect and include the power of language in this.

Have fun with this……. remember to listen to what is not being said.

Keep Flying!