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Pride — let's all be very nice, shall we?

Posted by Philip on 11 February 2016, 2:48 pm in , , , ,

Michael Stevens writes on GayNZ.com that Pride "is designed to be celebratory, fun, and inclusive. It’s not built for anger and protest." This in response to last year's No Pride In Prisons protest at the parade, against the treatment of transgender prisoners, in which one protester's arm was broken by parade security.

So, Pride is about including people, but only if they're nice and fun and happy. For people who aren't, Michael suggests a separate space — sounding kind of like a time out or detention for naughty queers. He'd even come and watch.

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Reflections on leadership development

Posted by Philip on 9 November 2015, 1:10 pm in , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

The following is what I shared on Saturday night, added to by my co-director Lesley Slade, with the 2015 graduates of the Be. Leadership programme:

Leadership is a tough gig. Leadership development is even tougher. 

It requires the acumen of leadership while sitting with discomfort, confusion and a reconstruction of self. It also requires staying in a process while wanting to run away; and leaving behind attitudes and behaviours you may hold dear.

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On having not a lot to do

Posted by Philip on 27 November 2013, 3:29 pm in , , , ,

A while back I wrote about how driven we often are to be productive and busy. I even re-tweeted this:

Ironically, since then I've been neither busy nor particularly productive, but I've not been at all comfortable with it. I've felt bored, restless, even uninspired and, as a result, have even put off doing things because I couldn't be bothered.

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