Might the world be a better place if women had real power in shaping its future? This is the question pondered in this debate.
If you’re anything like me you’re likely in some state of confusion and uncertainty which, I would hazard to say, is a very good state from which to tackle diversity, not to mention leadership, complexity and change. Our human need to be sure and certain and to know the answers are precisely what leads us astray in the world, a world which is nothing like what we would like it to be. Sorry kids, it’s messy out there.
Most Januaries I do a little bit of rebranding. I reflect on the previous year’s work, on the changes I’ve faced personally and professionally and on the kind of work I want to do over the next year. It’s not a big, fancy process. Mostly it’s intuitive. Mine is not a big business — hell, it’s hardly even small! It’s me essentially — along with a small team and a few associates — offering my unique life and professional experience to help others in a variety of ways.
Just a quick reflection on the first days of the year, an affirmation of sorts. I notice I’ve taken on my reclusive role, usual for this time of year, not having left the house other to sit on the deck to read, drink, socialise, admire the beautiful nature-laden part of Auckland I am blessed to live in and/or reflect. It’s been a stressless, easy ride into 2015. May it continue.
Last night I spoke with Bryan Crump on Radio NZ National Nights.
As of tomorrow, 7 July, I’ll be employed for the first time in twelve years. In early May I applied for the 0.6FTE role of Communications Officer at the NZ AIDS Foundation, was offered, to my surprise, an interview in early June and, to my greater surprise, the job in mid-June.
Our leaders should, at least, be modelling a reasonable approach — at best, a generous one.
John Key, in my opinion, is not a leader. He’s a selfish dick-tator.
If you’re in a service industry, particularly if you’re in a leadership role, know this: Small gestures of generosity that let a customer know they are recognised and remembered go a long way in generating loyalty.
We often hear people utter the mantra, “Think outside the box.” It’s become the hold-all for creative thinking, problem solving and even good leadership.
But how often do we often think about the box itself? How often do we consider that, by thinking outside it, we stray away from the box — even ignore it completely — and miss the truth of the matter.
If we are going to use our “rich diversity” as a future platform, we better stop diluting it into a poorly conceived vanilla cure-all for the masses. Diversity is messy, complex and continually changing.