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 …

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

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

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, …

Fundraising, a teen perspective

My son (now 13)  has been raised in an entrepreneurial environment so it doesn’t really surprise me that when his Fiverr account hit 20,000 views per month he asked if I’d like to buy a link – $10 per month or $15 for lifetime. So when he started following online gamers I was annoyed (from a parenting perspective) but simultaneously curious …

Small change equals big change

How would you support the social purpose that you care about if you had one hundred and forty bucks in your hand? I wasn’t quite sure what I’d hear when I cast this challenge to the inspiring group of workshop participants in our social change workshop yesterday. But I was delighted with the responses: They told me they could: * …

Who does your money support?

This could be a righteous story about how great I am at spending money the ‘right’ way.  About how wonderful we are at saving the planet or the world or how awesomely we walk our talk. Actually it’s not going to be told like that. This is a story of an awakening. You see, I’ve always liked the idea of …

No marching band, no stripes

I distinctly remember a visit from the Governor General to my primary school in the early 1980s.  According to Wikipedia this must have been Sir Ninian Martin Stephen who, according to my recent reading (on Wikipedia) appears to be a rightly honorable Sir. But my childhood memories of this leader are quite different.  To me he was the man who …

Am I a leader?

How often do you ask yourself the question; “Am I a leader?” If you work in the community sector chances are you don’t ask the question very often, if ever. And why would you? Leaders are the first ones with their heads on the chopping block, they have big decision to make, they are the meat in the sandwich wedged between …

Are you weird about competition?

Think about it – there are plenty of opportunities to be competitive in our day to day lives. There’s competition for a mate, a job, a good deal, the last chocolate biscuit. We’re encouraged by popular media to be forthright, get in there and have a go, don’t wait or it will be all gone, HAVE IT NOW and hurry …

Move beyond overwhelm in one step

Do you know that awful feeling of overwhelm when you can’t move forward, nor backwards, when the world feels very small and opportunities very limited.  Do you know how it feels when you’re not sure  if you’re going to scream, cry or laugh?  When you have a tingle or a tightness in your chest, belly or shoulders, when you feel like slinking …