Success or failure is never alone

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It is tempting, isn’t it, to think of ourselves as singular individuals with our own fears, concerns, aspirations and resources. We are taught in our society that we each need to be independent and stand on our own two feet. But increasingly in my work and life, I am recognising how interdependent we all are ...

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To prosper we need to recognise that we only have one planet

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Did you know that if everyone on Earth lived the lifestyle Australian’s live, that we would need approximately 4 Earths to survive? And that number is getting larger each year – not smaller. It is, how can I say it… unsustainable! A great video from TEDX where Terry A’Hearn identifies three ways you can exercise ...

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Leadership & Trump: What can we learn?

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What can we learn about leadership from Trump? I could sit back and howl at those who elected Trump – or I could learn from it. I choose to learn. Keep reading if you’d also like to discover what you might learn too. Heifetz (author of my favourite leadership framework) makes a clear distinction between the ...

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High performance and the pressure of expectations

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This morning I have had two experiences collide. The Rio Olympics are coming to a close and the Australian obsession (that becomes apparent every four years) with “who is to blame for us not winning as much gold as we expected (and paid for)?” is in full flight. The second is a question that arose ...

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Strengths of Australian leadership

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Victor Perton is attempting to develop an understanding and confidence in the strengths of Australian leadership style and capacity. He asked me to contribute my thoughts to this ‘100 year project’ as he referred to it. I have reposted my article below and if you click through to the original you will find a wealth of other ...

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Purpose and meaning at work – a possible outcome!

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Do you have an inkling that you could be contributing a meaningful purpose and you could be more deeply satisfied by your work? In the not so distant past, you would start your career based on a few choices aligned with how you performed in standard subjects like science, math or english at school, when you ...

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Feminine leadership is emerging

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Leadership is often a centralised concept that also encompasses notions of power and how it is used. But a more feminine leadership is emerging to engage and inspire people to nurture a better, more flourishing tomorrow. Many organisations we work in are unintentionally stuck in a scarcity mentality. Who can blame them? There is so ...

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Attention – it’s the greatest gift of all

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It may sound trite, but your attention is the greatest gift you can offer anyone this Christmas and on every other day of the year too. I would like to explore this idea of attention more fully. It’s something we take for granted really. But how we offer people our attention is a quality that can be developed ...

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Caring and Purpose: cradles for better business and a better world

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Leaders who are interested in productivity, innovation and providing an attractive workplace, could liberate all these qualities with one very simple exercise… Helping people to identify and then live their own life purpose. As the organisation opens itself to embrace their people’s purpose; it will also find that the organisation purpose expands in ways that meets everyone’s ...

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Learning to ‘see systems’

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Sometimes, we all get too close to the trees to see the forest. And when we are in such a position, we miss vital clues about the context of the challenge or opportunity in front of us – our next moves then often trigger unintended consequences, those nasty surprises most managers dislike, that either make the problem worse ...

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