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 …

Want social change to stick?

There’s the services (not all, but some) that want to own it all (and the funding that goes with it). Then there are the do-ers of good that obsess over saving people rather than enabling them to change by themselves

Plan your way out of the fog

It’s that weird time of the year between the festie season and Australia day, the time when a good percentage of the population are still on holidays (we won’t talk about them), kids aren’t back at school yet, the days are still long and balmy and it kind of feels like holidays but secretly we know it’s time to get …

Stop planning, start doing.

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 …

A resolution that sticks

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 …

Leadership Conversations: Hazel Theocharous, Empathy is key

“A good leader is someone who has experienced what the people who are junior to them are going through.  A leader has to have an empathy and a synergy with the people they work with.” “An effective leader has to listen to their staff and their clients” Key points: * Listen * Get into the business – know what other …

#9 Flying Pigs at Number 20

Week 9 of posts to inspire you in your leadership journey and through the week.            Life is an opportunity, benefit from it. Life is beauty, admire it. Life is a dream, realize it. Life is a challenge, meet it. Life is a duty, complete it. Life is a game, play it. Life is a promise, …

Before you get angry

I wasn’t looking forward to today, I had a swag of appointments to take my dad to AND it was the first day of school holidays.  My dad’s appointments feel irritating but the reality is that his condition, dementia makes me so sad and frustrated that I want to get angry, really angry with someone, something – I can’t get …