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Negative feedback: when things go bad

Posted by Philip on 16 May 2013, 12:46 pm in , , , , ,

A commenter on my last post rightly pointed out that, in some situations, "confrontation is likely to result in ... someone vulnerable, usually the person offering the critique, however justifiable, getting a knuckle sandwich." Hopefully, things will rarely get that physical but, it's true, negative feedback, however carefully prepared for and framed, isn't always taken positively.

As I replied, I had planned a follow-up post about things going wrong for sometime in the future, but given the comment I thought I'd write it sooner than later.

First up, I failed to clarify that, for the last post and this one, I am writing from a leadership perspective. I am assuming that, as someone in a leadership role, I am giving feedback to a subordinate (excuse the authoritarian term), a colleague or someone senior to me but who respects me in my role.

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Negative feedback: turning it around for good

Posted by Philip on 13 May 2013, 2:53 pm in , , , ,

Show me someone who has never been told they got it wrong, or someone who hasn't had to break the news to someone else, and you'll show me a liar. Let's face it, we've all stuffed up and we've all been pulled up for doing so.

The question is, how was it communicated? I'd say 95% percent of the time, it was by punishing or being punished, shaming or being shamed, losing it or being bawled out.

It doesn't have to be that way. Nor is it useful. It causes ill-will, arguments, bad relationships, violence and worse.

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My new tattoo [video]

Posted by Philip on 16 December 2011, 11:01 pm in , , , , ,

Here's a video of me getting my first tattoo.

The design starts with my sun sign Capricorn which merges into the lemniscate or symbol of infinity.  Growing leaves sprout from paths that lead around my wrist. Decaying leaves and shadow paths feature on the underside. The design encapsulates my birth, the potential of my life, the processes of growth and decay and paths I have taken and those I could have taken. It also depicts spaces in between which give rise to possibility.

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Youth potential for constructive creativity: an example

Posted by Philip on 28 April 2011, 3:27 pm in , , , , ,

As I prepare to work on the NZ Government's Campaign to Improve Attitudes and Behaviours Towards Disabled People, I'm inspired by this US youth initiative. This video proves to me that young people often surpass adult's enthusiasm and capacity for understanding diversity and promoting change in creative and innovative ways.

Contrast the behaviour of these young people with the alternative bullying culture and it seems that what adults fail to understand is our responsibility to create the opportunity for young people to express their constructive potential amidst the myriad of media and political demonstrations of violence, competition and negativity.

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Creating legitimate impact through influence

Posted by Philip on 17 January 2011, 6:56 am in , , , ,

This year feels different, don't you reckon? A bit lighter, freer, easier. Things seem to be happening without effort.

Ok, I'll own it. I feel different, lighter, freer, easier. Personal and business opportunities are flowing. I'm intrigued and excited about what this year will offer.

I've been telling people since the year begun that, in some ways it seems like this year is representing some sort of pay-off, a "coming-together" of everything I've been working for. I feel, more than ever, like the dots are really connecting.

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Sir Ken Robinson on creativity in schools

Posted by Philip Patston on 19 February 2010, 8:34 am in , , , , ,

Sir Ken vid snap

>From ICP The National Professional Body for Creative Practitioners

"Creative Practitioners Darina Garland and Claudia Barwell met with Ken and his wife Maritherese in New York in December 2009 and recorded this interview especially for ICP. This is a rare opportunity to see Ken and Maritherese interviewed together, talking about creativity, schools, The Element ( Ken’s latest book) and life in general…" 

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Burgeoning artists create exquisite exhibition

Posted by Philip Patston on 20 January 2010, 10:35 am in , , ,

Last night I went to the opening of an exhibition of recently graduated Unitec painting students. Entitled "4 Years Deep 2", it is the second showing of these students' work, who have spent four years together and who, over that time, have developed some deep relationships (hence the title). I have a connection with these burgeoning artists because I employ two of them as my PAs and worked with the class on our Diverse Perspectives Portrait Project (D3P) last year.

The exhibition has some exquisite work and is complemented by the rustic atmosphere of the Lake House Arts Centre, where it is showing until 7 February 2010. I recommend it!

The photos below were taken last night by organiser Christine Tizard...

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The opportunity of failure

Posted by Philip Patston on 21 February 2009, 10:00 am in , , ,

Last time I blogged I had just made the call to postpone Momentum'09. It was a hard one - I'd been working on it for two years, but had had the vision for four. There was a bit of ego involved, I admit - I was looking forward to adding "successful international event organiser" to the mix of choices I had to define myself to people sitting next to me on planes. I also had to admit, like Barack Obama, that I'd screwed up.


Back in November I had doubts about the event's viability, but I failed to convince others involved in its implementation. I let them convince me we could still do it, just like I might have let someone convince me we couldn't do it in the first place. I needed to respond forcefully to my vision of how Momentum'09 could be, otherwise we never would have never even attempted it – one of my biggest learnings is that I didn't respond to my intuition that things weren't going right.  For an entrepreneur that's a difficult thing to get your head around – I remember thinking, "Maybe I'm creating this situation of doubt by thinking it." But of course I wasn't – I was simply tuning into the impact that a global recession was about to have on my work and, next time I feel it, I'll recognise it for what it is – premonition.

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The remote control of leadership revisited

Posted by Philip Patston on 25 June 2008, 1:28 am in , ,

In January I proffered that even deciding to change the TV channel was an act of leadership. Recently I adapted and developed the post for an article for Sync Leadership. So, in my usual desperation for blog fodder, here's the renewed article:

Leadership is often mistaken as a quality that only some people possess. When we look for leaders to lead others, we look for particular developed skills and attributes - perhaps extreme competence in a certain area like the arts, sport or technical skill, or superior qualities like confidence or charisma.

But leadership is a quality of which everyone is capable and we all do it at some point in our lives. When was the last time you suggested seeing a movie, having coffee or dinner with friends, or doing something, however small, differently at work? That was you being a leader, without even knowing.

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On the UK radio...

Posted by Philip Patston on 19 May 2008, 9:55 am in , , ,

While I was in Manchester in April I was interviewed by the local gay radio show about being gay, disabled, vegetarian, kiwi and funny...

Listen here: Part 1 || Part 2

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