Why your pond?

kerrygrace-2014 Stories from your pond

I’m sure you’ve noticed my fascination with regional Australia – more specifically, the stories of people who live in the towns of regional Australia.  I’ve been collecting leadership stories for a while now (watch out for our iTunes podcast very soon) – but the towns are so utterly diverse and inspiring I decided I’d better share them as well. So, …

Stop planning, start doing.

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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 …

#15 Flying Pigs at Number 20

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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 …

#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 …

Leadership Conversations; Michelle Jarrett, don’t call me a leader

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I was so excited when Michelle Jarrett (Lulu), a prominent member of my local community and proud Gumbaynggirr woman agreed to do this interview.  While Michelle doesn’t consider herself a leader my observation is she is a person who has a very strong presence in the local community.  A go to person for both people within, and external to the …

#9 Flying Pigs at Number 20

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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, …

#8 Flying Pigs at Number 20

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Week 8 of posts to inspire you in your leadership journey and through the week.  ‘Hope’ is the thing with feathers— That perches in the soul— And sings the tune without the words— And never stops—at all— And sweetest—in the Gale—is heard— And sore must be the storm— That could abash the little Bird That kept so many warm— I’ve heard …

More about SEFA

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Earlier this year I interviewed Hanna Ebeling, Relationship Manager at Social Enterprise Finance Australia (SEFA). Listen to the interview to learn more about SEFA and some handy insights about social finance, the SEFA selection process and ways for social enterprise to survive and thrive. [soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/196052544?secret_token=s-5IB4g” params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true” width=”100%” height=”450″ iframe=”true” /]

Can leadership be taught?

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It doesn’t seem that long ago I was asked to deliver a workshop in leadership.  As I felt a little weird about delivering such content I agreed to work with the pre-prepared materials and diligently set about delivering the lesson. After lunch I’d reached my boiling point, I made a snide comment to my co-facilitator (who had passed the organisation’s learning …