tails and hats

Experience your industry before you jump in

kerrygrace-2014 Inspiring your community, Thinking business

A colleague recently commented on the necessity of fledgling business owners (in particular social enterprise owners) trialing and testing their industry before launching themselves upon the world. Personally, I couldn’t agree with this sentiment more.  You may have participated in one of those conversations.  A ‘good idea’ is borne, the committee says “Everyone will want one of those”, a grant …

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When a social enterprise is not an enterprise

kerrygrace-2014 Abundance thinking, Inspiring your community, Leadership, Our Team, Philanthropy, funding and social investment

Unless you’ve been living under a rock by now you’ve heard the term ‘social enterprise’. There are many and varied definitions of the illustrious notion of social enterprise, our working definition “a business entity that TRADES for a social purpose” (noting the word TRADES). In Australia social enterprise is not a legal structure in it’s own right and for that matter, a …

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Lip service isn’t helping

kerrygrace-2014 Abundance thinking, Blog, Inspiring your community, Leadership, Thinking business

If there’s anything that boils my blood it’s the use of disadvantaged communities for their sexy statistics of disadvantage.  And the resulting commodification of problems. Actually, I ‘get’ the commercial imperative of these actions.  I understand that it’s a tough world for NGOs big and small (particularly small) right now.  I get that ‘poverty sells’. But what I truly look forward …

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Death by call centre

kerrygrace-2014 Blog, Inspiring your community, Leadership

  I’m on hold. Just holding onto my sanity. I’ve carefully articulated my way through the voice recognition section, I’ve understood the consultants are on the phone, I’ve given in to waiting – I need a solution to the issue. Do you know that feeling? When life is whirling on around you and the call on hold goes on. And …

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Your emotions are your choice

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None of my beliefs are likely to evoke as much dispute as this one… your emotions are your choice. Without fail people tell me that their emotions are ‘beyond their control’, that they should ‘let them happen naturally and not disturb them’ and you never know what external situations will prevail to change your emotional state. Now, the caveat I have …


Stop planning, start doing.

kerrygrace-2014 Blog, Inspiring your community, Leadership, Philanthropy, funding and social investment, Regional communities, Thinking business

If I could distill just one thing from over 12 years consulting for communities it’s this; People in any community, no matter how disadvantaged already know how they want to live their lives. And that’s hard for an ‘expert’ to chew on.  Because we are paid to have the great ideas, right? One of the things that always irked me in …

2016 Kickstart My New Year

A resolution that sticks

kerrygrace-2014 Blog, Inspiring your community, latest-news, Leadership, Our Blog, Regional communities, Thinking business

Which best describes your approach to new year’s resolutions? 1. I’m a master – I set the challenge and follow through knowing it’s an excellent way to create change 2. I usually fall off the wagon around 3 January 3. Who are you kidding, I couldn’t even be bothered setting one 4. I waiver between all of the above.  Depends …

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#15 Flying Pigs at Number 20

kerrygrace-2014 Blog, Inspiring your community, latest-news, Leadership, Our Blog, Thinking business

Week 15 of posts to inspire you 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… I’ve been thinking a lot about CHANGE, in particular leading in times of change …