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Casual racism? Er, no

Posted by Philip on 28 September 2017, 10:38 am in , , , , , , ,

Long time no blog. My wrist is slowly healing, however, typing is still arduous. I was recently asked to contribute to an article on casual racism for an Australian publisher, so I thought I'd make the most of it and paste my responses. Hopefully I'll be back to blogging regularly in a few weeks.

Do you think casual racism still exists in many Kiwi workplaces?

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Individual vs collective impact

Posted by Philip on 14 April 2015, 6:23 pm in , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Today at a hui of one of my regular clients I was reminded of an important tension and interesting phenomenon in organisational dynamics. It's blogged about ad in finitum.

The tension is the value of meetings over that of individual productivity. The phenomenon is the power of "collective influence" (Alex Smith).

Meetings get a bad rap these days. Particularly online businesses favour virtual teams, online collaboration etc. Alex reckoned 90% of meeting content is irrelevant. People are busy. Time is precious.

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NEW! Organisational development using online and offline technology

Posted by Philip on 25 October 2014, 11:52 am in , , , , , ,

Form with tick boxes — Often, sometimes (ticked), seldom, neverLong time no blog! I've been busy working part-time at the New Zealand AIDS Foundation; getting ready to wrap up the fourth year of Be. Leadership and recruit for the fifth programme in 2015; and developing a new way to work with organisations to help them improve what they do.

A couple of months ago the GM of an organisation I helped set up in the 90s contacted me about doing a two-hour session on customer service at an annual staff hui. I told her there would be little of value I could achieve in two hours, but that I had an idea of how to gather data beforehand to use at the session.

The solution I proposed 


To ascertain how the team could work together more effectively with the people who access its services.

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How to manage uncertainty with certainty

Posted by Philip Patston on 5 March 2010, 1:13 pm in , ,

I employ several people on a part-time basis to provide me with the support I need to manage my unique function (impairment); my professional obligations as the director of a for-profit company and a social profit (non-profit) trust; and my home environment, which doubles as an office.

Last week one of the key people, Amy who has worked with me for over two years, left to go overseas. So I've had to recruit, induct and get used to someone new being in my house at 7am to help me get up in the morning.

In fact it's been even more complex than that. After shortlisting and interviewing three great people, I decided to split the role and employ two people – Susan and Colin. I decided to ask Susan to work for me in the morning and Colin in the afternoon, to give me support twice instead of just once a day.

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Position available: Strategic Projects and Policy Leader (Wellington, NZ)

Posted by Philip Patston on 4 August 2009, 4:30 pm in , , , ,

CCS Disability Action is advertising a position for Strategic Projects and Policy Leader.

  • Disability Rights Sector
  • Wellington Based/National Focus

CCS Disability Action is a national community organisation, with an enduring passion to strengthen communities and provide support so people with disabilities are included in the life of their family and community.

The Strategic Projects and Policy Leader will drive policy and political change projects toward better outcomes for disabled people.

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