This box is out the back of the Coburg Town Hall as a smokers ballot box, it asks if people prefer reading or TV. It's obvious that there is a stronger preference for reading, but I wonder how many of us actually read more than watch TV. It's probably a bit like smoking, most people who smoke will tell you they prefer not to smoke. The difference between what we prefer and what we do can be a gap we struggle to face. Reading and TV is perhaps more innocuous than smoking or not. But it highlights something about [...]
Walking by a kebab shop, these words from the TV caught my attention: "The Vice President of the United States, Kamala Harris." I moved closer to watch and hear her words. It's a historic day. I noticed emotion swell up in my chest, just from the chorus of horns calling her to the virtual stage. Surprisingly evocative. I saw her dressed in black, addressing the nation, the world. I'm watching from Australia with the Nepali staffer behind the counter. I’m an Australian born, Canadian raised leadership futurist. The Vice President began to speak. She acknowledged those whose shoulders she [...]
What can the Hindsight of 2020 offer? Learning from the mistakes of the past will help us move more decisively toward a different future. Facing the reality of what we experienced in 2020 will take time to process. These are some of my reflections so far and my take on what's possible, what I'm grateful for and how to have a positive impact on 2021.
This was originally published on SmallVille.com.au and is just as relevant today as we welcome a fresh wave of new business coming out of a global pandemic. Small Business superheros are often underestimated, most often by them themselves. Small Business is an underestimated force to be reckoned with. Yet the identity attached to Small Business is one of virtual insignificance. The vast majority of all businesses are in the Small and Medium Business category, they make up half of Australia’s employment and account for a third of its production. What if Small Businesses started to realise that there are [...]
Preparing for a post-pandemic world involves being flexible now on our path to resilience. Adapting to the current context is crucial for those who are faring well to support those affected and coping less well. Human-centred leadership skills are fundamental to developing resilience, starting with flexibility.
"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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
"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 [...]