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October was Breast Cancer Awareness month, a time when many of us have reflected on those we knew and lost, those who survived and are still with us, and those who are still battling or living with breast cancer. I

The Fatigue Of Sameness

Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom (Aristotle). Does every day feel like the day before?  Does every teleconference or Zoom call feel more draining than the previous one?  Do you just feel like staying in your pyjamas some

What We Loathed, Loved & Learnt In 2020

We have all struggled in 2020, and no one could have predicted what has been an unbelievably challenging, and at times, torturous year! As we get to the end of 2020, it is time to take stock of what we

Finding Our Way To A Different Normal

No one is coming to save you! Your life is 100% your responsibility! One of the things I have found fascinating about COVID-19 is the constant and predictable cycles of the “blame game”, as people and leaders seek who to

How Leaders Are Failing In The Global Pandemic

In the early 2000s leaders were found to be failing in five significant ways:   Not being good listeners Not managing poor performance in the workplace Being resistant to change Not giving regular, constructive feedback Lack of willingness to adapt

Another International Women’s Day And Women Are Mad As Hell! Here’s Why

International Women’s Day has been celebrated on 8 March annually since 1911. While progress has been made, given that it has been over a century the pace of change has been glacial to say the least and frankly, myself and

(they Long To Be) Close To You

With the COVID-19 pandemic we can be anything BUT close to you! It was however while watching the YouTube clip performed by the Couch Choir of the song Close To You, ( originally performed by The Carpenters in 1970) that

Kindness, Dignity & Accountability

This past festive season has been surreal to say the least. The bush fire catastrophe across Australia has demonstrated the best of Australian culture and community spirit, and the best and worst of Australian leadership. Many of us feel sadness,

What Feminism & Equality Mean

I have always found it both perplexing and amusing that the people who have the most to say about feminism, misogyny, sexual harassment and gender discrimination are people who have NEVER experienced it – often men! And they tell you

Why We Need Quotas For Men!

Yes, that is correct – we need quotas for men! I am weary of hearing the same questions on this topic for more than a decade. “Should we have targets, or quotas?” “Won’t quotas result in reverse discrimination against men?”

Kindness, A Tool For Social Change

I have returned from a month of rest, relaxation and reflection. Much of my reflection was about how we as human beings and leaders can be better, connect in more meaningful ways, enable ourselves and others to be the best

Rest Reflect Reset

David and I are about to embark on a long overdue break; my plan for this trip is to Rest Reflect Reset.I learned this practice from my dear friend and colleague, Dr Adam Fraser, who created this as part of