Leadership in complexity

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A while ago, I was invited to deliver a keynote presentation on the topic of leading in complexity at the Community Centres SA conference. Congratulations to Kylie Ferguson and her team for an engaging, interesting and all-around fabulous conference! My talk was so well-received that I wanted to share an excerpt from it with you ...

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From co-operation to collaboration

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A common theme with my clients at present is the desire and need to get their employees collaborating. Organisations everywhere are seeking better performance, increased levels of creativity and innovation, and a reduction in functional silos.   Collaboration is a step further along from co-operation, which is what most workplaces achieve. Collaboration means people co-designing solutions together ...

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SuperSapiens: consciousness hacking

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Last night I introduced SuperSapiens as a part of the Transitions Film Festival. Below is a copy of my talk that identifies some key concerns about the future trajectory of Artificial Intelligence and how I believe we all need to be involved in deciding what type of future world we want. I also make links ...

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Embedding Sustainability into Organisational DNA: A story of complexity

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My doctoral thesis research into “Embedding Sustainability into Organisational DNA: A story of complexity” is complete! I’m so delighted that after eight years, it has been signed off and my qualification will be conferred in January 2018. Much of our work at The Partnership is a reflection of this research. So what’s in it? Below ...

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Trust is destroyed by heirarchy

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At the heart of my work is the idea of liberating the best effort that each individual has to offer in service to your organisation and more broadly. This liberation requires the capacity of people managers to create a human environment in which every person is fully engaged in what they are doing. Creating that ...

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Self leadership: the source of all leadership

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“Self leadership is the ability of someone to guide themselves to positive places that they have never been before. It enables a person to fulfil their potential while building a strong foundation from which to make daily decisions – both professionally and personally.” Self leadership is greatly underestimated. Usually, when leadership is discussed, it’s about ...

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Two principles to help make your story great in 2017

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What you do in 2017 matters. The year is poised to be a defining one as humanity faces ongoing tough challenges. And the great news is that you get to choose what you do in 2017 – more than you might think! Sometimes we forget that we are the authors of our own story; that ...

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Living your dream – you can!

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Are you living your dream? What is your dream? I am writing this as I sit inside a cozy room at Cradle Mountain (part of a world renown national park in Tasmania) while the rain gently falls outside. These past few days Duart and I have had the privilege of watching a young couple, Chris ...

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Book review: The Upcycle

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‘The Upcycle’ by William McDonough and Michael Braungart, (Sequel to their best seller entitled ‘Cradle to Cradle’) McDonough and Braungart have an attractive philosophy: we can live an abundant life in an era of diminishing resources and growing population – we just need to rethink how we manage our lives and resources to preserve our ...

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Culture and sustainablity

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What do we mean by the word sustainable? One of the most interesting insights I have recently about this came from Peter Senge who, during a presentation, was reflecting on how we understand the world around us and its relationship to language. Our English language is full of nouns – the names of things. We ...

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