Why Caring Conversations Inspire People and Inspire Change

People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care. Theodore Roosevelt Teddy Roosevelt is consistently rated as one of the top 5 American Presidents. He is known for driving change for the greater good, including the "Square Deal," a domestic program formed around three C's: conservation of natural resources (preserved

How to Lead a More Meaningful Life

“You don’t create your mission in life – you detect it” - Viktor Frankl How do you maintain your sense of purpose and stay centred when change and volatility is all around us in the workplace? Is it possible to build our leadership resilience when there are many things that are outside our control? Andrea*

Why a Meaningful Life has to be Stressful

After the Christmas break, do you yearn for a happier and less stressful 2016? You may not be able to achieve both!! Let’s face it, stress has a bad name. It is often linked with harmful things like burn-out, struggle, adversity, despair, physical and mental illness, and even death. We are always told that we

Why are men so lonely – and why this matters?

Startling new findings from research commissioned by Movember reveal that a devastating number of men feel friendless. Whilst it showed that 51% of men have two or less close friends, an alarming 13% said they had no close friends. Men over 55 were the most isolated. And while marriage offers lifelong support and companionship, the study

How to Create a Resilience Ritual that Sticks

Have you been asked to do more with less this year? Most people who work for large organisations have experienced at least one of these this year - restructures, retrenchments, mergers, technology changes, funding cuts, or my personal favourite “productivity dividends” (very Orwellian!!). Most predict it will be more of the same next year. Change

7 Rituals of the Resilient Leader

“More than education, more than training, a person’s level of resilience will determine who succeeds and who fails” Harvard Business Review We are experiencing a leadership crisis as organisations strive to do more with less. Recent Gallup research shows that 51% of leaders are disengaged, and because they directly influence 70% of their team’s engagement,

What the Dying Would Recommend as a Daily Ritual

What is the most important ritual we can commit to each day? Perhaps people who are approaching death can provide an answer. In Steve Job’s much watched (over 8 million views) commencement speech at Stanford University in 2005 he reflected on his life by discussing 3 stories. The 3rd story was about death and was

5 Resilience Lessons from the Camino Way

My wife Karen and I recently completed the Portuguese Camino Way from Porto to Santiago – a distance of 235 kilometres over 11 days. It was an incredibly enjoyable experience which covered many extraordinary sites from medieval cities, over 100 churches, and a myriad of beautiful rural areas. It was very humbling to tread the

What is ONE Thing that Keeps You Centred in Uncertain Times?

How do we retain our mojo in rapidly changing and uncertain times?How do we stay centred and nurture our soul in times of volatility and ambiguity? I believe it comes down to knowing and living our ONE Thing. Let me explain. In the movie City Slickers, four friends from the big smoke are approaching middle

Why and How You Should Create an R U OK? Work Culture

“Be kind. Everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” John Watson Last week I was astonished by the sheer numbers of people who attended our R U OK? stand at the Australian Human Resources Institute Conference in Melbourne. We were the busiest stand by far. HR Managers from the corporate, government, and not for