#13 Flying Pigs at Number 20

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Week 13 of posts to inspire leaders of change through the week. Copy the format, engage in the content, learn and grow. We are all on a journey, why not make it a conscious one.  Below:  Leadership, What Matters, Community, Work/Life balance and The Week Ahead.  But first…

Not quite poetry this week, but some inspiring words for you all the same…



Leadership Conversations: As I heard Joan White speak at the 19th SEGRA conference in Bathurst, NSW this week goosebumps formed on my arms.  I knew she’d be the next podcast candidate.  Listen to her inspiring interview HERE  (PS I have a new microphone which in theory is going to make the quality of podcasts so much better.  If you have trouble hearing this please let me know).

To help you keep an eye on our podcasts I’ve added a new page:  HERE

Leadership lessons: This week I’m going right out on a limb and sharing a video of my SEGRA key note.  Goodness it makes me more nervous to share a video than do the live version, but here goes..  (PS as I watched back I was just pleased that my wild hand actions didn’t actually knock Don Bourke out as he sat next to me on stage.)  Click on the image below to watch and I’d love to hear your feedback.

SEGRA 2015


KerryG_Illustration-01What Matters?

Conferences galore.  It continues.  Tomorrow AM I’m in the car early to head for Gloucester, NSW and the Sustainable Futures Conference.

SEGRA in Bathurst, NSW ran most of this week.  It is always absolutely refreshing to mix with those of the economic development ilk.  Such different conversations to that of my community sector counterparts.  I really do love SEGRA conference and now my 3rd year attending and presenting feel very much like it’s a family.

This reminds me how much that sense of belonging matters to me.  I notice that my ‘what matters’ is shifting somewhat and perhaps even becoming what some may see as more self-centered.  Or, is it that I’m just stepping further into me?  Interesting huh !

See more ‘what matters’ statements here


community After being away for a few days it was great to get home and take a drive with my mum and the kids and remind myself about this utterly awesome place in which I live.  Just check this out.  There were even whales.

nambuccaWhile in transit home I stopped off at a hipster Sydney Cafe and marveled about the experience – I thought really hard (for about 20 minutes) about missing city life and wrote about it here.

Having said that I remembered how essential it is to maintain links with those who are like minded and just how much easier life is when our souls are truly fed.

What do you do to ensure your kindred spirits are close?  If not geographically, in some other way?

1 beautiful musicWork/Life balance

Traveling again and really enjoying my break away.  Love my kids but geez it’s good to have some time out.  There was a noticeable lack of guilt meaning one of a few things – I was so tired and busy I didn’t have time to think about it, I was completely and utterly convinced the kids were being cared for in exactly the same way I would and/or I’m building some new skills.  Perhaps a bit of all of the above.

I did miss them though.

I noticed that when the kids were younger and I’d go on a work trip I’d always arm myself with big piles of useless crap to take back to them as gifts that would apparently replace my absence.  I’d go to great lengths to create a replica Christmas inspired “mummy’s home” celebration. In fact, those were the days of little bento boxes on the airlines and from time to time I would ask the air hostess for a sparie, actually 3 for my poor, sad kids.  The ladies always said yes and I’d add some more plastic, disposable garbage to the pile of treats. – never stopping to think that the gift was actually me to them, them to me.  This time I bought not even one gift, nobody missed a beat.  They were pleased to see me as I was them.

Intentions for the week ahead:

kids thailandYeah I think I did pretty good on the positive thoughts of this week.

Next week it’s all about focus and action  AND I’m going to throw in a little extra dash of peacefulness.

Have a great week…

PS what does this post have to do with 20 flying pigs? First – it’s a template for you to use to reflect on your own week. Use these titles or create your own. Secondly, it’s a simple note to myself about anything being possible, about the importance of reflection and taking the time to notice. It’s about writing for pleasure and bringing even more joy to work. Finally it’s about exploring beyond what is possible, challenging my (and your) beliefs and uniting change.
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