“Career Leap is a great leap forward for anyone navigating work in the 21st century”

Bernard Salt


How would it feel to know that you had in your hands all the tools and techniques to land a new career – whenever you wanted it?

With the increasing use of automation and artificial intelligence and the rise of freelancing and the gig economy comes enormous workplace change and flexibility, but also less security. You cannot future-proof your job, but you can future-proof your career.

Career Leap shows you what you need to know, how you need to change and how you can prepare for the inevitable tides of change.

This book sheds light on the choices you make, and the steps you can take to reignite, reshape and liberate your career.

In Career Leap, career expert Michelle Gibbings walks you through the 10-step Career Reinvention Cycle to help you assess the status quo and determine where you need to go, and then gives you a solid framework for making a move when the time is right.

Having worked with hundreds of people to accelerate their career success you too can learn the inside secrets to:

  • Future-proof your career with the new laws for success
  • Undertake a health check of your career and make deliberate career choices
  • Design, build, and execute your influence and career strategy
  • Be equipped to take control and leap ahead with your career.

What people are saying about ‘Career Leap’

“Career Leap by Michelle Gibbings is an outstanding guide for leaders and individuals to draw their own map to leap up, out or across to expanded or radically different career paths as the future of work in Australia rapidly changes from emergent technologies.”

Anne Bennett – Executive General Manager, NAB

Warning… If you aren’t looking for a new career yet, by the end of Michelle’s wonderful book you just might be!  She packs the pages with tools and inspiration that will have you seeing your own potential.  You will be excited, energised and equipped for your next career move.”

Kieran Flanagan – Co-Founder, The Impossible Institute

“Taking the Leap is something many ponder, dream about, fantasise over and procrastinate on for months or years.  Sadly, some miss the opportunity by allowing it to build into something bigger than it needs to be.  I’m the type of person that often takes the Leap and then does the thinking, Michelle’s book has given me fantastic insights into what can be defining moments and decisions in our life.  If you’re considering taking the Leap, stop and read Michelle’s book first.  I’ll think about my next Career Leap differently now having read the book.”

Peter Baines OAM – Founder and Managing Director, Hands Group

“Pablo Picasso’s famous quote comes to mind, ‘Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist’. Jam packed full of provocative thinking, actions and ideas, Career Leap by Michelle Gibbings does just that. It also shares anecdotes and personal insights of those that have gone before and taken the leap, giving us real-life examples of what IS possible. A must read for all, no matter age or stage of life.”

Dr Jess Murphy – Founder of Pathway to Your Potential experiential programs and self-confessed Career Leapist

“In the uncertain world that is the new world of work, Michelle has given us a really practical and wise handbook full of clarity, optimism and inspiration. She deftly combines some of the most useful models from diverse research fields, with personal insights and powerful stories from professionals who’ve excelled at career transitions. Best of all, she provides a practical and accessible step-by-step guide to help you leap with confidence into your new career.”

Professor Richard Hall – Deputy Dean, Leadership and Executive Education, Monash Business School



Step Up

“Michelle Gibbings has written an excellent book which deserves a wide audience” 

Elizabeth Proust AO


One of the challenges confronting technical people in organisations is how to best enhance their skills and expertise so they can secure greater influence and promotion into senior roles.

Today’s organisations are complex to navigate and challenging to succeed in. If you want to grow your career you need to be able gain greater traction at work and make progress. In short, you need the capability to influence at all hierarchical levels.

A purely technical approach to your work doesn’t cut it.

If you struggle to be heard and to build stakeholder support for your ideas, or feel that your career needs a boost then this book is for you.

The world is changing – rapidly. If you want to make the most out of changing circumstances you need the skills to influence effectively – so you can better challenge, inspire and engage those around you.

“Step Up” provides the insights and techniques to help you do this, and in turn, secure greater progress for the organisation and your career.

What people are saying about ‘Step Up’

“Michelle Gibbings has written an excellent book which deserves a wide audience. One of the key issues facing technical people in organisations is how to build on their skills and expertise to gain greater influence and promotion into senior positions. Michelle has written an eminently practical book which will assist many people to do just this.  Her personal insights and ideas will inspire all of those who wish to advance their careers and indeed their lives.”

Elizabeth Proust AO, company director and former banking executive

“Michelle Gibbings’ “Step Up” is a clear, accessible guide to influencing progress for self and for organisation. Reaching out to both emerging and well-established leaders, she powerfully narrates experiences and examples in shaping messages and activating transformation in complex organisations and systems. A leader in her own right, Gibbings shares her acumen and distils the character and lessons of many leaders: utilising integrity, agility, insight and impact to motivate, communicate and mobilise. “Step Up” packs a hefty punch: a book providing the opportunity for anyone, anywhere to forge ahead on tough  21st-century challenges – personal or organisational.”

Richard Dent, OAM FAICD, CEO of Leadership Victoria

“Crucial to a successful career, and to an extent life, is the ability to influence others. Michelle Gibbings has written an easy to read and practical guide to building your influencing skills. This guide would assist people working in the private, public and non-profit sectors.”

Helen Silver AO, corporate senior executive and former Secretary of the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet

“Authentic, practical and insightful Michelle Gibbings writes about change with the authority of someone who has lived it and someone who has brought the understanding of self and organisation together in a most readable form. Step Up brings a deep understanding from much of what has been written on the psychology of the individual and the understanding of organisational behaviour to produce a most useful book for those wanting to leverage their technical competence so as to have impact by working with others to achieve valuable outcomes. This is a must-read for anyone in business, information technology and the public sector wishing to engage their careers in today’s agile and innovative economy.”

Chairman of Readify, Folk and Tesserent and Director of Wunderman-Bienalto and VGPB

“Step Up is an excellent book with key tips, principles, case studies and examples critical to successfully lead in business. The guidance in this book will have a very big impact on the leadership of the reader. During my career, I have applied many of the principles in the book and they have had a profound impact on my leadership and how I bring my “whole self” to work. They’ve been instrumental to my career success. I’d encourage Step Up to anyone who wants to take their career to the next level”.

Greg Braddy, Executive General Manager, Chief Financial Officer, Business Banking, NAB