Start with Yourself

Start With Yourself

All effective leadership development starts with the self. Self focus is not selfish or self-centred. We learn about the self so that we can respond more effectively to others. Our first task is to be present and self-aware. An important and useful way to cultivate self-awareness if by grounding yourself in the awareness of your…

Helping Yourself and Others

Helping Yourself and Others Work Through Changes

One useful tool to help ourselves and others work through changes in society, respond to new concepts, and even to understand how we relate to different people, is to locate ourselves and others using five typical roles: Innovator, Change Agent, Pragmatist, Sceptic, (Skeptic in North America), and Traditionalist. Based on Marilyn Loden’s Diversity Adoption Process,…

Working Together – December 2019

Welcome to this monthly newsletter, in which we explore topics relating to leadership and organisational culture, global diversity and inclusion, gender, culture, bias, and more. In this issue: Reflections Generous Multiculturalism: Facts, Truth, and the Power of Stories Decolonising the Mind Inclusive Leadership: New Catalyst Report I hope you find these sharings interesting and useful…

Decolonising the Mind

Decolonising the Mind

Following up on our mention of the excellent work by Natasha Aruliah (see The Power of the Circle in our August 2019 Newsletter) comes this reminder to check our fundamental assumptions from science and environment educators Carolina Castano Rodriguez and Laura Barraza (in *13 Questions: Reframing Education’s Conversation: Science Series. Edited By Lynn A. Bryan…

Reflections

Reflections

As we reach the end of a calendar year for many people in the world, here a few thoughts: Focus on the positives. Being aware of bias is just the beginning. What’s important is that we use that awareness to change behaviour, Knowing that humans apparently have an inbuilt bias towards the negative, it’s up…

Working Together – November 2019

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