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When will the world feel safe again?

Posted by Philip on 15 November 2016, 2:50 pm in , , , , , , ,

I don't know about you but, to me, the world doesn't feel very safe at the moment. In fact, it feels pretty bloody scary right now.

Maybe 'safe' isn't the right word — in Be. Leadership, Lesley and I ban a few words and 'safe' is one of them, because you can't develop and change if you need to feel safe all the time. And living in fear is a miserable existence.

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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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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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Soul work

Posted by Philip on 8 May 2014, 1:36 pm in , , , , , , , ,

flower eyeYesterday I ran a session on diversity with a group of facilitators. My aim was to work with them around their understanding of diversity but also to highlight the power of facilitation to elicit diversity.

I described the session in this way:

Diversity beyond labels

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The Vote, the police and the complexity of trust

Posted by Philip on 10 October 2013, 10:24 am in , , , , , ,

NZ Police crest and badgeOnce again I cringed my way through The Vote last night as the programme limped it's way through the moot, "Are the police losing our trust?" As usual, the moot was confusingly negative and could easily be misunderstood — "Do we trust the police?" would have ensured a more accurate outcome.

But what really bugged me was that the debate continually confused the police/justice system with the people who work within it. More disturbing though was that the notion of trust was never explored.

In her TED Talk (below), philosopher Onora O'Neill does a fine job at deconstructing simply the complexity of trust. She say trust is actually a combination of three things:

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Talking about diversity is important

Posted by Philip on 31 July 2013, 8:30 pm in , , ,

Here's some international evidence that shows why being open and talking about diversity is important.

 

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