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Leading up to 2020 – The Story

By | December 27th, 2018|Change, Future, Uncategorized|

"What are you going to do?" People would ask me. “Jump into the abyss.” I would answer, because I really had no idea. It was 1990 and I was finishing high school, a pivotal time in my life to make decisions about my future. I planned a trip to Australia to see family and continue my activist work. I was aware that we didn’t have much time left before our treatment of the environment would start to have serious consequences. We had lofty goals like planting a certain number of trees, protecting wilderness, and reducing carbon emissions, there were [...]

TP 48: Prof Michelle Ryan – Powerful Woman

By | December 22nd, 2018|Change, Future, Leadership, Self-Awareness, Tall Poppy, World|

Tall Poppy Podcast Series on Women and Power-  Michelle Ryan: Powerful woman. They say that women hold up half the sky yet the number of women in positions of leadership doesn’t reflect this. Michelle Ryan is a professor at Exeter University, a researcher, social and organisational psychologist, looking at gender inequality. What does that mean, and what can we do to promote equality? Michelle helps us unpack the reasons for the low numbers of women in leading roles, and impact of stereotyping and imposter syndrome relating to women and power. She helps us see that we’re not alone and [...]

TP 47: Michelle Gibbings Powerful Woman

By | December 17th, 2018|Change, Consulting, Emotional Intelligence, Future, Leadership, Self-Awareness, Tall Poppy|

Tall Poppy Podcast Series: Women and Power What does it mean to be fit for the future of work? Michelle Gibbings helps us unpack the skills and competencies of leadership when the world of work is changing so quickly. She brings an experience of having difficult conversations in her own career and how to navigate the power structures of the corporate world. She helps us see what holding your own can look like and where that strengths to do so comes from, relating to power well. We discuss the impact of unconscious bias against women in individuals her determination [...]

TP 46: Foundry Leadership

By | November 29th, 2018|Consulting, Emotional Intelligence, Future, Leadership, Self-Awareness, Small Business, Tall Poppy|

Lindsey Brown created Foundry Associates to bridge the gap between technical solutions and society. Leveraging years of experience in the water industry and levelling up from being a solo operator, she created a team that can function without her. She learned this the hard way and offers insights into doing things differently, inviting diverse perspectives and being connected to purpose and innovative strategies to leverage resources. She's also the Victorian Vice Chair of the Australian Water Association and talks about the differences between working with volunteers in a well-respected industry association and working with paid staff. She shares what it's [...]

TP 45: Disrupting Democracy

By | August 29th, 2018|Change, Future, Leadership, Tall Poppy, Technology, World|

"By 2020 people will begin to understand what digital democracy is, the system won’t change itself and those in power don’t benefit from changes to the current system." says Adam Jacoby, Chief Steward of MiVote. He, his tribe and team are disrupting democracy by bringing blockchain technology and a redesign to collective decision-making. Not just digital democracy but looking at how it could be, a model that educates, not just improving on how it is now. We discuss, succession planning, transparency of political donations, failed initiatives, young people and mentoring, and the growth of this digital democracy movement. Resources MiVote website Adam's [...]

Biz Tip: Start a Business or a Project?

By | April 12th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Today I spoke with two people about starting a business, these are conversations I have more and more often these days. I've learned a few things along the way and want people to benefit from this beyond those who attend my classes and workshops. Here's a tip that seemed to get some traction in my conversations today. You have an idea, you want to see if it will fly, if it is viable, if it resonates with your target market. Traditional thinking would have us starting an entire business around it and setting up all sorts of structures to [...]

TP 44: Su Lim Six Ideas

By | April 9th, 2018|Consulting, Emotional Intelligence, Future, Leadership, Tall Poppy, Technology, World|

After an extended break, Tall Poppy is back with insights about the future of work today. Su Lim, founder of Six Ideas, is creating a virtual global village to create better futures for working and learning. Working with distributed teams, global clients and modern ways of approaching complex problems including an appreciation for cultural differences and the value of diversity. Learn about the key success factors for this kind of work, tools of the trade and the role of passion, emotion, curiosity and questioning in the future of work as it’s already happening. See through the looking glass for what insights [...]

TP 43: Kylee Fitzpatrick

By | December 20th, 2017|Coaching, Leadership, Tall Poppy|

If you’re interested in communications, the impact it can have and what really makes humans happy, what inspires us to do what we don’t think is possible, getting those barriers out of the way and going for it, you will love my conversation with Kylee Fitzpatrick. She has created The Performance Code, Team Women Australia and is self-made woman. She is a super switched on, high powered, yet down to earth human being who was a high achieving corporate exec who saw an opportunity to be more true to herself, making an exit, giving permission to others to do [...]

TP 41: Josie McLean

By | November 29th, 2017|Change, Coaching, Consulting, Emotional Intelligence, Leadership, Tall Poppy|

This one is for the change managers and anyone involved in change making. Josie McLean of The Partnership shares the results of her research and turns change management on its head. She puts to rest many of the assumptions we make about organisational sustainability, workplace culture and the impact of imposing company values. This interview brings in mental models, systems thinking, a worldview that values interconnectedness and a human-centric perspective that embraces context, complexity, living systems and sustainability in it’s most ultimate form. Josie offers so much to ponder and really practical stuff around how to bring people management into [...]

TP 40: Stephen Duns on Leadership’s Shadow

By | November 16th, 2017|Consulting, Emotional Intelligence, Leadership, Self-Awareness, Tall Poppy|

Stephen Dunns was a career CEO and now teaches about leadership and is exploring a new realm in the shadow side of leadership. What happens when virtues become vices? We discuss the impact of your ‘emotional wake’, the tension in wanting a hero leader but resenting them when we get them, the fact that we want to be in control but no one wants to be controlled. We get to hear Stephen reflect and share the path that went from feedback that gutted him, to being inquisitive, inclusive and a true leader in walking the talk. This is the [...]