Monday, 16 May 2022

Humanising the workplace with Mark LeBusque

This was a great conversation with special guest sage Mark LeBusque.

Joining Mark and myself are Wise Leaders Peer Group Members Simon Collier, David Sproules and Jody Tucker.

Become the wise leader you want to be.

Ian

Wednesday, 11 May 2022

Conversation about conversations with Allan Parker Part One

It was a joy to have this conversation about conversations with my great friend and colleague Allan Parker. 

We've scheduled at least two more! Stay tuned.

Some of Allan's great flip charts written during are below the 42 minutes and 47 seconds recording.










 




Thursday, 5 May 2022

Jack's Story and the gift of farsight

 

My thanks to Terry McGivern, Peter Milligan, Richard Merrick, Liviu Caliman, and Claudia Brose for being in the room for what was the final episode in season one of We Need To Talk. 

When I was boy I had an imaginary friend called Jack.

My mother used to tell people "he thinks he's real."

For me Jack was real.

Of course much later I discovered that our minds don't know the difference between what's real and what's imagined.

Jack and I used to imagine being eagles and being able to fly anywhere.

This was the beginning of me being in awe of eagles, a fascination and sense of wonder that is very much with me today.

In Sept and October 2021 I was forced to spend 10 days in hospital after my system crashed in response to immunotherapy. (the good news is that along with radiotherapy, the treatment worked).

During my time in hospital I invested energy meditating via music to aid my recovery. With headphones on I was often in a blissful state despite significant physical discomfort.

I played one of my favourite songs 'Up Where We Belong' the Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes version, many times.

I love all the lyrics, yet the following stand out

"Love lift us up where we belong

Where the eagles cry

On a mountain high

Love lift us up where we belong

Far from the world we know

Where the clear winds blow."

In meditation I go to what I call my FarSight place. There's no bias, prejudice or conspiracy theories in FarSight land. 

This is the place where I can see possibility with crystal clear clarity and see who I need to become and what I can do next.

Farsight is a place of where there are no limitations and no feeling feelings limited. 

Many people showed care and compassion in all kinds of ways while I was in hospital. One colleague in The Right Company Con Christeson saw me with an eagle and so I was overcome with joy when she let me know.

On that day I was reflecting on a long drive across Australia in 2001. I had been booked to fly via Ansett Airlines from Adelaide to Perth on Friday the 13th in order to be there for the birth of our first grandchild.

My wife Carol was already in Perth. Of course this was the time of the terrible 9/11 attack. Ansett airlines went out of business a few hours before my scheduled flight. I was unable to get a flight on another airline. Not a bus ticket or train ticket available either.

I decided to make the thirty-six hour drive which I had completed once before (not on my own).

Leaving home at 1.30 PM I drove seven hours on the first day and stayed overnight in Ceduna.

On the next day I drove fifteen hours only stopping for petrol and food. There's a straight stretch of road for about 150 kilometres. I was 'flying' along this stretch when I saw what seemed like a dark black cloud over the highway just ahead. As I slowed down and came to a stop I was amazed at what was in front of me - a giant wedge-tailed eagle with wings fully extended (about 2 metres wingspan) lifting a kangaroo carcass off the road.

The image has stayed with me and when I close my eyes I remember with great clarity.

A few days after returning home from hospital we purchased this model eagle.


This is something I've been going to do for several years.

Of course he's called Jack and we are currently making his new home comfortable.

I was thrilled on the day that the guy who made Jack, Ray from Bellarine Gardens Nursery, carried him on a sack truck and put him in the car on his own.

I was not yet physically able to help. On arriving home Carol and our neighbours Keith and Fran, their daughter Sian and her boyfriend Nathan were all involved in getting Jack into place!

Now every day I get the opportunity in the morning sunlight to meditate in the land of farsight with help from Jack.

Most recently farsight has led me to modify and nuance how I show up in the world. I'm taking myself less seriously. I've changed my behaviour in how I respond to things that piss me off. I still have strong opinions, I'm holding them lightly and sharing them very differently.

As a consequence of farsight I'm getting better at keeping my mouth shut and my heart and mind open when I'm in conversation with other people.

In April of 2021 Carol and I holidayed with our son Lukas and daughter-in-law Sarah on Kangaroo Island where they have a holiday home. We visited Raptor Domain while there and I was able to hold onto this eagle. It astounded me in one way yet not in others that this eagles name is Jack.


If you were to go where the eagles cry, far from the world below, what would you see about who you can become and what you will do next?

Become the wise leader you want to be.

Ian


Monday, 2 May 2022

The We Need To Talk Manifesto


I'm excited to publish today the We Need To Talk Manifesto. It's just two pages and you can download it here.

It's hot on the heels of completing season one of The We Need To Talk Experience, which is now my signature online program. Season two commences in June. You can learn more here. You will see there's links to two complimentary preview sessions I'm conducting this month. The timings mean comfortable participation wherever you live. 

You can listen to the podcast version of the manifesto here. It's 4 minutes and 3 seconds.

This is my third manifesto and first in six years. You can view The Appreciative Leader Manifesto here, 

My first manifesto (Changing What's Normal) was published on 14th April 2011 as I completed writing my Changing What's Normal book that was published in June 2011. For this first manifesto I used my friend and colleague Geoff McDonald's 1000 manifesto's site. You can view the manifesto here.

Become the wise leader you want to be.

Ian

Friday, 22 April 2022

An Australia and a world I want to see and help to build (with gratitude to Craig Foster AM)

I posted below on LinkedIn on 7th of April. It's by Craig Foster AM and his address to the National Press Club in Australia. It's so good I'm posting here again. For the full transcript of Craig's address go here.


What I posted on LinkedIn

A passionate and provocative address I loved every minute of it Thank You Craig Foster AM

I'm interested in your thoughts why are the refugees of The Park Hotel (how great for them) being released on election eve and not a long time ago?

I agree wholeheartedly with you that leadership is about sacrifice, not the sacrifice of others.

I'm also interested in why some of us still call refugees regardless of their method to get here "illegal immigrants" a denigrating term (and illegal it seems) if ever there was one.

I love and long for and am doing my bit for the Australia you describe:

"where race is no longer a weapon to divide,

the aged is not a profit centre,

the economy serves the people,

we promote the dignity of each per person irrespective of where they're from or how they arrived,

and Australia is a beacon of integrity, human rights compliance, and leadership in the world."

and what an insight "we choose equality as out national faith."

and you are absolutely spot on when you say that the boat in the PM's office "symbolises suffering, death, racism, xenophobia, deception, lies and profiteering, propaganda, myopia, and the degradation of Australia's humanity."

Wednesday, 20 April 2022

The wonder of living in a world of infinite possibilities

I love this diagram from Gihan Perera. Read Gihan's article Be a possibility thinker here.

There are so many things when you think about it that were once thought to be impossible that today are inevitable. or already a reality.

I'm with Gihan 'Be a possibility thinker'.

Quantum physicists have been letting us know for a long time that we live in world of infinite possibility.

I often picture it like below (with thanks to my wife Carol who first drew this). Imagine an infinite number of possibilities around the reality circle. Then imagine every time you choose one you get another lot of an infinite number of possibilities!

Because at any given moment we have an infinite number of choices there are principles to that help us to choose wisely for us.

The greatest is our Response Ability, which I believe is a keystone character trait of wise leaders. Response Ability is your ability and willingness to make the wisest choices for your own and other people's well-being in the moment, as well as in the short and long term.

Please go to my LinkedIn profile and you will see that there is an article on each of the above nine.

Become the wise leader you want to be.

A great place to begin is to be a possibility thinker.

Ian


Monday, 18 April 2022

Unearthing our essence with Caroline Harvey, Joanna Maberly and Sue Heatherington

I was thrilled to have this conversation with three of the wise women in my life Caroline Harvey, Joanna Maberly and Sue Heatherington.

Become the wise leader you want to be.

Ian