Strategic

Leadership is honourable, else it is abuse

Where are you being led? Where are you headed and who is your guide? Are you on the best path, or do you need to switch direction and be guided by your values and not by those with substantial self-interest? True leadership is honourable. True leaders care about humanity, about…

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Beware of the pervasive confected fear

There is lots of taurus excreta pervading our media and consciousness every day. Please engage your cerebral capacities in such circumstances, especially when the BS is accompanied with a fear narrative. Be emotionally intelligent. Confected fear is used all too often to manipulate the behaviour of others. Forever in the…

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Shining the light on courage among the dark monsters

Welcome to the light, a place where beauty and joyfulness lives. Sadly, many of us around the world of humanity have been focused on the recent atrocity in one of the great and peace-loving countries on this planet. Many innocent people were needlessly killed, for no reason other than being…

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Emotional intelligence – a pathway to success in life

Some might insist that meditation is a mandatory or integral pathway to emotional intelligence or mindfulness. I would suggest it is but one of many pathways to achieving the same. Perhaps we have always had emotionally intelligent people but have only more recently identified it as a phenomenon that is…

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Micro-management is rarely useful or helpful

Are cockies a little like micro-managers? Too prevalent, annoying and without any useful or obvious purpose. Micro-management is a problem “Micro managed to the point of being numb”. So said once such victim. What are the consequences of being micro-managed? Micro-manager.   On-going stress and anxiety, hyper-vigilance, fatigue, relationship difficulties, conflict,…

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Comparison is the thief of joy (Theodore Roosevelt)

Everybody is a genius.  But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life thinking it is stupid.  (Albert Einstein) “There are people worse off than me”. We encounter this mantra often. So say those who believe they are being humble,…

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The (many) tree(s) of knowledge

A symbol of so much more. A memorial to the shearers’ strike of 1891 and consequences of same. Barcaldine, central Queensland, Australia. As I contemplate this post, I pondered alternate titles, including some less succinct or positive. ‘The sadness of needing to be better than our leaders’. Some of our…

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Beyond the black stump

Words, pictures, imagery and metaphor. Its quite funny to actually visit the place of origin of this very Australian metaphor. I wonder what the equivalents could be in other countries? I have written before about the interaction between words and pictures, language and imagery. The common expression that a picture…

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The tragedy of the commons

Who will provide the grand design, what is yours and what is mine?‘Cause there is no more new frontier, we have got to make it hereWe satisfy our endless needs and justify our bloody deedsIn the name of destiny and in the name of God The Last Resort.  Glenn Frey…

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