Leading your team beyond conflict

Imagine this… Your company has an IT system that works. When the system was established (with great effort) it was the most up to date and efficient system. Over a few years things changed, the team changed, the technology changed and the access to support services changed. While the system is not in dire need of change, something has to …

Today is the perfect day to start

Is that thing still bothering you? You know that thing? That thing that barges into your consciousness around 2.25am? That relentless niggle that plays on repeat as you try to shift your mind to other things. Especially when everything else around you is quiet and still. It could be anything, it may be a teeny, tiny little thing.  But the …

How much do you want it?

I’ve been feeling a bit overwhelmed lately.  There’s a lot going on, and like most humans I have a list. Lately it feels like the list just keeps getting longer and I’ve got to admit my motivation (and therefore productivity) has certainly been dropping as the list lengthens. At first I thought it was just a glut of stuff to …

Move beyond overwhelm

So many people I work with suffer overwhelm. More often than not it stems from a heart-felt desire to do amazing things, to cease suffering and to help everyone whilst precariously juggling self-care, family commitments and life. Overwhelm can do weird things to people too, it can create snappy tyrants, some just retreat and some ramp up the speed of …

Your emotions are your choice

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 …

Who am I as a leader?

Whether you are leading a family, a team, a community or your own life working out WHO you are as a leader in life can certainly take you out of your comfort zone. I had an interesting conundrum this week which took me back to my values as a leader. For the second year in a row in the month …

Connection creation is not magic

Connection, the ability to connect may contain some elements that appear to be magic.  But even the most skilled magicians have a ‘go to’ kit which enables them to wow audiences again and again. How to create connection – PART ONE One of the greatest mistakes not for profits make in marketing is assuming that people will connect with them …

WHY DO PEOPLE GIVE? It’s all about the connection

Recently I spoke with Violeta whom I met recently on Facebook (of all places) and we had a conversation about why she gives. Violeta is a self-employed communication consultant who only recently left the world of being employed to start her own company.  She is of Argentinian heritage, does subscribe to religion (though tells me that her husband is the …

The difference between passion and ‘what matters’

As I’ve been asking people ‘what matters’ so often these days I’ve noticed that others often step in and do a translation to this pressing question. Invariably they will say things like: “you know, what matters most to you?”, “what’s important to you?” or “what do you value?” But rarely do they say “what are you passionate about”. I’ve thought …

Why does what matters matter?

Over the past decades I’ve approached community disadvantage from many different angles. I’ve worked on the ground, delivered education projects, managed a not for profit, called myself a consultant and from that platform researched, created strategy, asked questions and observed.  I’ve played a role in attracting large amounts of funding, brought entities together, produced events from very limited resource pools …