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Living on the edge

Posted by Philip on 18 June 2017, 11:23 am in , , , , , ,

On Sunday my PA was sick and didn't arrive at 9.30 as planned. I called and texted and finally received a reply at 10.45am. Meanwhile I texted a couple of my other PAs — one was in West Auckland and couldn't make it for an hour, another didn't reply and another was on a yoga retreat.

A silouetted person stands looking over a cliff

I eventually texted a friend who lives nearby. I began writing this while I waited for her, to help me put my shoes and socks on, take my pills and then go out to brunch.

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Making difficult decisions easier

Posted by Philip on 17 May 2017, 12:10 pm in , , ,

Sometimes making big decisions, especially life changing ones, can be really difficult. Whether or not to quit a university course or a job, end a relationship, make an expensive purchase — how do you decide?

guy with angel and devil sitting on each shoulder whispering/shouting in each ea

Writing a list of pros and cons is the standard advice, but I don't find that useful. Often there are as many pros as cons and discovering that just makes it harder to decide.

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The next Great Depression?

Posted by Philip on 17 May 2016, 9:34 am in , , , , ,

According to History.com:


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"The Great Depression (1929-39) was the deepest and longest-lasting economic downturn in the history of the Western industrialized world. In the United States, the Great Depression began soon after the stock market crash of October 1929, which sent Wall Street into a panic and wiped out millions of investors. Over the next several years, consumer spending and investment dropped, causing steep declines in industrial output and rising levels of unemployment as failing companies laid off workers. By 1933, when the Great Depression reached its [lowest point], some 13 to 15 million Americans were unemployed and nearly half of the country’s banks had failed. Though the relief and reform measures put into place by President Franklin D. Roosevelt helped lessen the worst effects of the Great Depression in the 1930s, the economy would not fully turn around until after 1939, when World War II kicked American industry into high gear.

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The employment paradox

Posted by Philip on 7 August 2015, 4:37 pm in , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

I attended a workshop on accessible employment recently and was reminded, as I've written about before, what a fraught topic employment is these days — for anyone, let alone those with access needs.

As welfare states come crashing down around the (western) world, the demand for employment and requirement to be employed increase. New Zealand's welfare lexicon has changed from "beneficiary" to the default "jobseeker".

Meanwhile industry and technology improves, meaning more machines, computers and robots do more and more jobs for us. I mean, that has been the whole idea of industrial and technological revolutions, hasn't it? To decrease the need for humans to do stuff.

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To choose the life I want to lead: submission to the Productivity Commission's Inquiry into More Effective Social Services

Posted by Philip on 19 July 2015, 1:51 pm in , , , , , , , ,

This is the submission I made recently to the Productivity Commission's Inquiry into More Effective Social Services, in response to Chapter 11: Client choice and empowerment. Submissions closed in June. 

I am Managing Director of Diversity New Zealand Ltd. I am recognised in New Zealand and overseas as a social and creative entrepreneur with fifteen years’ experience as a professional, award-winning comedian. My company works to develop capacity in individuals, teams, organisations and communities in the areas of leadership, diversity, complexity and change.

I use Individualised Funding (IF) to manage my support.

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Resignations & employment relationships — what gives?

Posted by Philip on 7 February 2015, 1:39 pm in , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

I quit! noteI’ve been reflecting on the complex dynamics of employment relationships — let’s call them ERs because of the acronym’s somewhat appropriate onomatopoeia — and what it means when an employee resigns without giving notice.

ERs are tricky things, without a doubt. They are usually initially awkward, in that most ERs begin with a stranger needing to get to know others — at a more than leisurely pace — at least well enough to work toward common goals and outcomes.

An ER, unlike most relationships, is a legal relationship. It shares a latent litigiousness with two other common types of relationship: that between a client/customer and supplier; and, ironically, a marriage. Like the former but unlike the latter, an ER involves an exchange of money — although, well…no, let’s not go there.

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Four days into the year of balance

Posted by Philip on 4 January 2015, 11:42 am in , , , , , , , , ,

Venn diagram - freedom & security in overlapping circles, support in the overlapJust 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 this year yet, other than 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.

The only event of note was a slight over-indulgence of leadership juice on 1 January, ending with my falling on the floor. A few years ago I had upper and lower back injuries, leaving me without power in my upper arms/shoulders and no longer able to walk. Unable to lift myself from the floor anymore, particularly after a wine or two, I invested in a Bupa medical alarm half way through last year — it seemed less strenuous than weight training, at which I failed miserably to endure.

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The one thing most #employers get wrong about #recruitment (and it's potentially #unlawful)

Posted by Philip on 6 May 2014, 10:13 am in , , , , , , , , ,

paper-money-people-Twice in the last week I've been confronted by the issue of asking employment applicants whether they have any health or disability-related needs or requirements. First at a Human Resources Institute diversity event; and then on the application form for a part-time position I have applied for.

The practice seems quite prevalent among employers, who seem unaware that it is a potential breach of human rights. Based on the four years I spent working for the Human Rights Commission, let me explain the problems, risks and solutions. 

The problem

Section 23 of the NZ Human Rights Act 1993 states:

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Social Development Ministry policy contradictions threaten employment for people with disabilities

Posted by Philip on 2 May 2014, 12:49 pm in , , , , , ,

@If you are concerned about this issue please copy, revise as necessary and email this letter to
felicity.cuzens@parliament.govt.nz

Hon Paula Bennett
Parliament Buildings
Wellington

Dear Minister

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Employment — get over it

Posted by Philip on 15 February 2012, 9:06 am in , , ,

If you believe the hype about finding jobs, the economy improving, tra la la la la, personally I think you need to think again. The economy has been poked for a long time, if you hadn't noticed, and is just about as poked as it could ever be right now.

I'm no economist, hence the technical terminology, but what I do know for sure is that jobs as we know them will just get harder and harder to find. I told the NZ Welfare Working Group that according to the Zeitgeist Movement, it's likely the US unemployment rate will be 62% by 2030. They didn't include that in their report.

Technology, that thing we've been investing millions of hours and trillions of dollars in improving (particularly in the last hundred years, but actually since we realised we could smash stuff with rocks), is taking our jobs. Machines and computers, articulated vehicles, 3D printers. These marvellous inventions that we've deliberately created to make our lives easier are making our lives easier. Now.

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