Friday, 16 April 2021

Life/work harmony is crucial to the success of today's workplace

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This is episode 104.

There’s a lot of talk about the hybrid workplace meaning people are working at their organisations locations and others are working from home, and where many people have a blend of both. The buzz word is hybrid.

In my view this is all essential.

The evidence is clear that in the majority of places productivity improved during Covid 19.

I believe there is something deeper going on here. People want life/work harmony. 

The idea of work/life balance has been around for many years. I have always believed it to be a poor idea. 

In our working life we spend more time working than we do engaging in other pursuits. I created the concept of life/work harmony as I feel it more accurately describes what we want.

In my Changing What’s Normal book first published on 2011 I suggested 11 laws of life/work harmony. In the decade since they have become even more relevant.

1. There’s the law of harmony. Opposites attract. There are always at least two sides to every story. Think Yin and Yang.

2. There’s the law of possibility. The opportunities life offers us are endless. There are no limits, except those we place on ourselves. There is nothing we cannot achieve.

3. There’s the law of personal responsibility. No one else can make us feel or think glad, sad, bad or mad. How we feel and think are choices we make.

4. There’s the law of attraction. Success is not something we attain, rather something we attract.

5. There’s the law of the farm. You find fertile ground, plough it, seed it, and nurture it, and more often than not you reap a harvest. We get what we give. What goes around comes around. These are modern ways of describing an old adage; we reap what we sow.

6. There’s the law of relationships. We gravitate to those we like, know and trust.

7. There’s the law of service. Giving without attachment to getting back creates one of life’s great paradoxes; we get more back.

8. There’s the law of confidence. Confidence is to maintain a positive inner and outer image and display them.

9. There’s the law of communication. Not all dialogue is communication. We often talk just for the joy of it. To actually communicate is to agree on some course of action even if it is to agree to disagree.

10. There’s the law of adaptability. I heard a great saying one time “better to adapt than be a sitting duck and get run over”

11. Finally there’s the law of synchronicity. Everything is connected in some way to everything else.

Suggested Actions

  1. Always think both/and, rather than either/or; accept the good with the bad; appreciate pleasure, gain from pain; focus on the positive, learn from the negative; and you will soon begin to find harmony in your life.
  2. Own your feelings and thoughts and refuse to get tangled in other people’s feelings and thoughts. We must let go of attachment to what other people feel and think. Soon we eliminate guilt and worry; two of life’s most useless and most debilitating emotions.
  3. Commit to life-long learning; focus on insight more than information and wisdom more than knowledge. The more we become who we are capable of becoming the more we attract success.
  4. Focus on proven processes and detach from outcomes. If we are taking the right action, results take care of themselves.
  5. Fully understand what others need and provide it; go the extra mile. By adding value to every transaction and interaction; co-create wow experiences at work, home and play. Before long others will be serving you in ways beyond your wildest expectations.
  6. Demonstrate openness to learning and not asserting your way is the only way. At the same time believe in yourself and believe in others. 
  7. Speak and communicate from your heart and confidence will rarely get mistaken for arrogance.
  8. Communicate with a specific goal in mind and listen simply to understand. When speaking and listening ask for feedback to ensure message effectiveness.
  9. Demonstrate your willingness to adapt, be flexible, and go with the flow. A key seems to be to realize it is not what happens to us that is important rather our response to what happens. 
  10. Take responsibility for your responses to life and life will respond to you.
  11. Establish a shared-view with family, friends and work colleagues, about how you will live your values and have ongoing conversations about living your values. More on shared-view here.

I found the following article about hybrid work valuable.

The Next Great Disruption Is Hybrid Work—Are We Ready?

We are not going back to normal. Wise leaders choose now over normal.

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Wednesday, 14 April 2021

Wise Leaders Coach and Mentor

 The wisest leaders I know are both coaches and mentors.

Some people like myself have a go to methodology. 

In my case this is mentoring. 

I have three processes that I use in my work with clients to help them to move to where they want to be in their own best way. 

I also provide coaching.

Learn more here. 

I am often asked “what is the difference between a coach and a mentor?” My answer is that there doesn’t need to be a difference in terms of labels, yet making a distinction can be very useful in terms of roles.

For me Coaching is concerned with competency: the skills needed to perform at optimum levels. Good coaching is about maximizing skills.

Mentoring is concerned with commitment: the will we need to perform at our best. Good mentoring is about maximizing will.

Mentoring is very different to coaching. Here’s how I overview the differences on page 172 in my Changing What’s Normal book.

Good Coaching requires

  • Ability to articulate how performance should be.
  • Ability to share knowledge clearly and succinctly. 
  • Ability to create diverse, fun, practice methodologies. 
  • Ability to be tough yet fair. 
  • Ability to challenge people respectfully. 
  • Ability to separate problems from personality. 
  • Ability to be general with praise and specific with criticism.

Good Mentoring requires 

  • Willingness to influence others regarding the steps necessary to lift performance yet allow others to make their own decisions. 
  • Willingness to listen more than speak. 
  • Willingness to give advice but more to encourage people to find their own way. 
  • Willingness to experience delayed gratification.
  • Willingness to give away hard earned wisdom. 

Are you a good coach and a good mentor? Your people, including your children if you are a parent, need you to be.

As mentioned I personally play the role of mentor more than that of a coach.

I’m with Seth Godin who says:

“Good advice is priceless. Not what you want to hear, but what you need to hear. Not imaginary, but practical. Not based on fear, but on possibility. Not designed to make you feel better, designed to make you better. 

Seek it out and embrace the true friends that care enough to risk sharing it.

I’m not sure what takes more guts—giving it or getting it.”

For many years I have valued, used and helped my clients to use the following adaption from the Situational Leadership Model.

There's a post and podcast here about learning and development that references coaching and mentoring that you will find valuable too.

Should you value some coaching and/or mentoring in developing your own unique methodologies please reach out to me on +61 418 807 898.

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Monday, 12 April 2021

What is 'good governance'?

I'm asking my Twitter friends What is the role of the federal government? So far no clear answers.

It seems to me that we have unqualified people making decisions that effect everyone's future. We the people need to change the role of government.

In the case of the Federal government in Australia I believe they are guilty of ideological overreach.

I believe we need to adopt a form of Athenian democracy as an article by Gareth Hutchens clearly demonstrates 'If Australia was more democratic, would its economic policies be better?' Of course women and slaves would need to be included, unlike in Athenian times. Today there should be no slaves. In reality according to some there are more than 40 million. The bottom line is we are nowhere near being a democratia which means people power.

As I found the above article I began researching governance. I've been engaged in eight boards in my career including three as the Chairperson. It's been a while though and so I am a little out of touch.

I googled governance and found the following first:

Governance has been defined to refer to structures and processes that are designed to ensure accountability, transparency, responsiveness, rule of law, stability, equity and inclusiveness, empowerment, and broad-based participation. 

In my view my federal government is failing in them all!

In an article for The Age over the weekend respected journalist  Jon Faine said "The spin that seems to characterise every waking moment and every utterance from this PM is made worse by muddying of the waters by the bureaucracy." 

I think that this says everything we need to know about why the Prime Minister and LNP must go. The Public Service is supposed to be independent.

What is 'good governance' to you?
What is the role of government in your view?

Please email with your insights. They will help me as I complete my research into a new book I am writing about shared-view.

We need to move on from my way is the only way or authoritarian governments, and all forms of fundamentalism and instead lead through a shared-view.

Most of our troubles, personal, local, organisational, national, and international, are fundamentally based in our perceived need to hang onto the world in here (my view), our issues with the world out there (other people's views), and, our failure to focus more on the world we share (ours).

The exciting news is that when we find and sustain shared-view (ours) we can triumph over all our troubles.

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Friday, 9 April 2021

The five faces of a human being fully alive

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This is episode 103.

I'm excited about many things in life. High on my list is the increase in the number of people who are spiritually alive, emotionally healthy, mentally alert, physically active, and universally aware.

I call these the five faces of a human being fully alive.

One piece of advice that my father gave me as a boy has stayed with me. To live a good life he suggested “be spiritually alive, mentally alert and physically active.”

Over time I added emotionally healthy and universally aware to Dad’s three.

Each of the five faces are foundational to wise leadership. We need them all in harmony with one another in order to bring our true and best selves to the world.

Most people in my view confuse the rules of religion, the do’s and don’ts, the dogma and doctrines, with actually living the truth, which it seems to me is loving one another and living in harmony with one another, regardless of what your religion is.

As Dr David R. Hawkins says “Love is misunderstood to be an emotion; actually, it is a state of awareness, a way of being in the world, a way of seeing oneself and others."

Emotional intelligence is lacking in many male leaders today. I suspect this is to do with the fact that most men are challenged to lead with and from their hearts.

Mindset is still a widely referenced concept particularly due to the work of Carol Dweck who talks about having a growth mindset not a fixed mindset.

A lot of the trouble in our world comes from leaders with fixed mindsets. These folk believe that their way is the only way. It takes great skill to have a flexible rather than fixed mindset. Being flexible means that we can believe whatever we wish yet still reach a shared-view about what’s next even with people who have different beliefs.

Being spiritually alive, emotionally healthy and mentally alert makes flow possible. Of course being in flow is essential for achieving our best.

From flow and collaborating with others we become more universally aware meaning that we are able to operate from what my friend, colleague and wonderful educator Glenn Capelli calls SOG Esteem i.e. self esteem, others esteem and global esteem.

How could you become more spiritually alive, emotionally healthy, mentally alert, physically active and universally aware?

Here's some more insights for your consideration.

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Wednesday, 7 April 2021

Real Leadership is Wise Leadership

It sometimes feels like we are surrounded by fake leaders. The good news is that they don't in reality out number us. 

When people speak about you do they remark on your authenticity?

Your best, most magnificent, one-of-a-kind self is needed because mainstream media still favours the fake and delusion is therefore always making the headlines.

The relevant content from my 2005 published handbook 'What Real Leaders Do and fake one's don't' is included in my latest book Heart-Leadership. As I say in the video I've thought about reintroducing the 2005 title. It was my most requested presentation in the years 2004 - 2011 where I delivered it over 700 times as either a conference keynote or workshop.

Today I feel Wise Leaders is more appropriate. Helping you to become the wise leader you want to be is my signature work. The best way to be a wise leader that I have discovered is to lead with and from your heart.

You can access Heart-Leadership here. At this link there's 28 complimentary videos about real leadership. 24 are under 5 minutes. There's also 24 podcasts (all are under 10 minutes).

You can get the book by becoming a member of Wise Leaders Community. Learn more here. 

You can also get the book by registering for my Wise Leaders Cafe, Wise Leaders Q & A, and Wise Leaders Seminars. All the details are here.

You were born magnificent. What happens to most of us is that we lose our way for a time and our best self awaits.

Real leadership, people leadership is the art of seeing, sometimes unearthing, mostly magnifying and enhancing people's essence including your own. 

Such leadership needs process innovation (real management) which is collaborative work of ensuring processes make it simple for people to bring their essence to their work. (NB processes include policies, procedures, practices, philosophies, principles, structures and systems).

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Monday, 5 April 2021

Moving beyond either/or in politics and business

Eminent human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson QC, who is advising Australians stranded overseas who have filed legal action against the Australian federal government in the United Nations’ Human Rights Committee in Geneva, says the following:

“Both our political parties have, in the past, done what they can to help Australians overseas but Mr Morrison is behaving as if in a moral vacuum – he does not seem to care very much about the suffering caused to fellow Australians.”


Moral vaccum according to my Urban dictionary is "A complete lack of morals and integrity, in most cases acting belligerently and knowingly rejecting scrutiny."

'Moral vaccum' in my view is a perfect description of our current Federal Government in Australia. As one whose cause is #eliminatinginjustice I have for sometime used Twitter as one way that I can influence changing the narrative and moving to a world beyond either/or politics.

Here's a recent Tweet of mine

Replying to @Paul_Karp

"This needs repeating over and over I feel "the real story is the PM's terrible handling of gender equity, harassment and violence". I might add among other things. The PM's mistakes, missteps and malice are in plain sight. Can we have an election please?"

Paul Karp is a political reporter at Guardian Australia. I was replying to his tweet below:

"I think identifying the target of PM's bad misfire at News Corp is fine, but most other details in that AFR smash-up on Sam Maiden were gratuitous. Her reporting speaks for itself. She isn't the story, the PM's terrible handling of gender equity, harassment and violence is."

I sometimes cop some criticism from my colleagues for my comments about politics and religion on Twitter. I accept and acknowledge it and am committed to being kind, fair and respectful. I speak out because of Karl Poppers paradox of intolerance. See this article by Theo Sheppard. My thanks to Twitter friend Sue Barrett for putting me in touch with Poppers work.

Quoting from the above article "Karl Popper, the influential Austrian-born British philosopher and academic, stated that unlimited and unchecked tolerance will almost inevitably lead to the extinction of tolerance in its entirety."

Personally I cannot stay silent while conservative governments around the world fail to address climate change, inequality, domestic violence and other ills hindering us as a civilisation from being the best that we can be.

To be fair progressive politicians don't always do what must be done either. I want to move beyond either/or politics to a place where politicians are collaborating for the common good.

I will say that in my country, Australia, is it difficult to name one social change for the better that conservative politicians have made, that they initiated, in 100 years.

And in America I am flabbergasted that the conservatives there seem to be hellbent on restricting voting rights as a tactic to gain power.

Below are just a few areas in Australia where the current conservative government is failing society in my view. 

Please write to me at to share the story in your country. Write also if there is in fact a social change initiated by conservatives in Australia in the past 100 years. And write too if you can add to the following:

Areas where better, more valuable and wiser leadership and governance is required in Australia (and why I won’t be voting conservative at the next Federal election)

  • Adult behaviour in the parliament question time and at press conferences.
  • Aboriginal deaths in custody.
  • Aboriginal inclusion in our constitution.
  • Aged care.
  • Air travel.
  • Allowing people who are not members of the government to speak and other standing orders of parliament.
  • Answering questions.
  • Asylum seekers.
  • Bushfire and other disaster relief.
  • Childcare.
  • Child abuse protection.
  • Climate action.
  • Democracy definition and adherence.
  • Education relevance to life.
  • Energy policy.
  • Equality for women, indigenous people, people with disabilities, 
  • Legal action being taken against whistleblowers by the government (and lack of support for whistleblowers e.g. Julian Assange).
  • LGBTIQ people.
  • Gaslighting.
  • Government funding of projects during or just before elections.
  • Independent Commission Against Corruption and behaviour standards in general.
  • Infrastructure e.g. Energy, NBN. Public Transport.
  • Investment in renewable energy and positioning Australia as a world leader in this field.
  • Job Seeker Investment.
  • Jobs gained by politicians post their political careers.
  • Lobby groups.
  • Political donations.
  • Psychological as well as physically safe workplaces.
  • Sexual harassment.
  • TAFE funding.
  • Timely and professional response to inquiries (Royal Commissions and others).
  • Transitioning fossil fuel industry.
  • Truth-telling.
  • University funding.
  • Violence and abuse against women and children.

What would you add to the list?

The biggest reason I will be voting for an Independent next election is lack of integrity and the moral vaccum mentioned at the beginning of this post. We have a Prime Minister and a string of Ministers who are captured on film today saying one thing and then tomorrow saying they never said what they did. 

Very few people question this lack of integrity. The Independents we have speak truth to power and are endeavouring it seems to me to do the right thing unencumbered by either/or or ideologies.

Who will you become? What will you do next?

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PS Of course if either/or is present in your business you are simply working with the brakes on. If you are a boss who believes that your way is the only way then I beg you for your own sanity and for your best future and that of your business, change your ways and learn how to find and sustain shared-view.

Friday, 2 April 2021

Awakening the J.E.D.I. within

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My wife Carol and I marched in the #EnoughIsEnough #March4Justice march recently.

We were inspired and left with a feeling that this issue of how women are seen and treated, will rightly not go away, and that lasting change is inevitable.

Our governments continued weak response to this has emboldened people even more.

Ever since I’ve been researching and contemplating how I can more practically help my clients in #eliminatinginjustice by better addressing inequality.

One answer has emerged J.E.D.I. Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.

I came across this initially through watching this presentation by Aaron Dignan for Teal Around The World. I love Aaron’s book 'Brave New Work' which is on my top 21 business books recommended reading list as is Frederic Laloux’s 'Reinventing Organisations' which first introduced the concept of Teal organisations. 

In Aaron’s The Ready organisation J.E.D.I. is one of five principles that govern them. The others are transparency, autonomy, consent, and decentralisation.

As an aside, yet integral, is that the concept of Teal has heavily influenced my work including my new business logo and associated services.

There are many things that Teal organisations have in common. One of them it seems is that they are embracing J.E.D.I. Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.

Please visit The Jedi Collaborative website below for help in awakening the J.E.D.I. within your organisation.

The Jedi Collaborative.

May the Force be with you.

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Wednesday, 31 March 2021

Valued, Values and Value

In the very best organisations people feel valued, live values and deliver and exchange value.

To co-create such organisations requires wise leaders.

In the two minutes and 38 seconds video below I overview the 5 ways we can work together to make this happen in your organisation. 

The detail is here and below.

I present a 90 minute seminar online in February, April, June, August, and October.

Details and registration always here.

The above are complimentary for members of Wise Leaders Community.

Learn more about the community here.

Bespoke private seminars also available. 90 minutes, half day, and full day options available. 

Please contact me on +61 418 807 898 to discuss your very own seminar. 

Up until the end of May 2021 I'm offering a fee less presentation. All you have to do is buy a copy of my Heart-Leadership book for each participant. You can download details of this very special offer here.

I co-present and facilitate a two hour symposium online in May, July (August in 2021), September and November.

Details and registration always here.

My colleagues in May 2021 are Simone Boer and Glenn Capelli.

In August Peter Merrett and Paul Schmeja will be joining me.

I'm the moderator and facilitator for online peer groups that form the Wise Leaders Online Village.

The village is part of Wise Leaders Community.

You can get to know the current Residents and more about the Village here. 

We are a safe and creative place to become the wise leader you want to be for leaders on Boards or Family Councils, and in Business Teams, Sports Teams, Peer Groups, Community Groups, Online Communities. 

We are focused on being who we are, and becoming all that we're capable of becoming.

You can read the Value Promise for the whole Wise Leaders Community here.

In addition to the Wise Leaders Online Village there is also Book Club and Egalitarian Membership levels.

You can learn more about these two levels here.

Both are accessible via monthly subscription. 

Being able to participate in Wise Leaders Online Seminars is one of the key benefits of membership at both levels. 

At both levels Wise Leaders Cafe is included. 

Wise Leader Q & A is included with Egalitarian membership.

I provide bespoke group mentoring with 1:1 support to both members of Wise Leaders Community as well as to private clients.

Group mentoring and 1:1 support requires additional investment.

Learn more here.

Mentoring can include my signature after-action-reviews and/or advice as you integrate new perceptions with what is already working well for you.

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Monday, 29 March 2021

What is your value promise?

According to my dictionary a proposition is "a suggested scheme or plan of action, especially in a business context", or "a statement or assertion that expresses a judgement or opinion."

The same dictionary says a value proposition is "(in marketing) an innovation, service, or feature intended to make a company or product attractive to customers."

Further my dictionary says a promise is "a declaration or assurance that one will do something or that a particular thing will happen."

When I google value promise I get stuff about value propositions!

For me a value promise is far more powerful than a value proposition.

What's your value promise?

Here's my Wise Leaders Community Value Promise. You can download it here.

The short version of our promise is below. I've found it valuable to have both a long and short version yet never any more than one page. You can download both the short and long versions here.

What is your value promise?

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Friday, 26 March 2021

Overcoming Resistance

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One of my favourite books is Steven Pressfield’s ‘Do The Work’.  It’s about overcoming resistance. 

Steven believes, and I agree, that the pain of running away from doing what we know we should is greater than actually doing the work.

Here's Steven in a great interview with Marie Forleo. 

Steven says that overcoming resistance is more important than having talent.

To overcome self-sabotage, imposter syndrome and anything else that may cause me to resist doing my work my process is the same as the journey I describe in my Heart-Leadership book. Its Harmony, Heart, Head and Hands in this order. The result is happenstance (i.e. coincidence, synchronicity, serendipity).

I know that harmony is present in my life and work when I feel in flow. Anytime I don’t feel in flow I stop whatever it is that I am doing and put my hand over my heart to feel again my unique rhythm.

I know I’m hearing my heart when I feel calm and in my rhythm.

Then it’s about trusting myself. My head can tell me this won’t work or that's dangerous or whatever thought that is all based on past experiences. Yet if I ask my head how in the now I can trust the answers or help I can give myself. 

I’m in the habit too of asking other people for help when I need or want further clarity or to nuance my thinking.

Then its patient, one quantum leap (small yet significant shift) at a time work.

Feeling in flow, feeling calm, and being trusting of myself and other people means that I can engage my hands in a slow and deliberate way which is what works for me.

How about you? What’s your best way of overcoming resistance?

Do Your Work.

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Wednesday, 24 March 2021

Live Events For Wise Leaders

In the 2 minutes and 28 seconds video below I overview my live events including the recent additions of Wise Leaders Cafe, Wise Leaders Q & A, and Wise Leaders Symposiums. 

You can download all the details here or check out via the links below.

For a few years now I've been hosting a sparkenation conversation every first Wednesday usually at 3.30 PM Australian Eastern Time.

The time can vary to suit special guest timezones. Every time I have a special guest who is a sage in their field.

Recently I began recording these complimentary events.

I feature the next conversation and recordings of the past four here.

I host these every second Wednesday at 8 AM and 6.30 PM Australian Eastern Time.

The AM time means it's good for you if you are in USA, New Zealand and Australia, and the PM time makes it good for you if you are in Asia, UAE, Europe and UK.

The purpose of the cafe is small group conversations about life and work while enjoying your favourite beverage. 

Wise Leaders Cafe is complimentary for Book Club, Egalitarian and Online Village Member of Wise Leaders Community.

Learn more about the community here.

Details of the next cafe's always here.

Wise Leaders Seminars are also complimentary for Wise Leaders Community Members.

Each seminar is for 90 minutes and you choose a time to suit you 

Third Tuesday’s 10 AM start. Third Wednesday's 3.30 PM start, and Third Thursday’s 6.30 PM start.

Wise Leaders seminars are held in February, April, June, August, and October.

Details and seminar registration always here.

I co-present and facilitate Wise Leaders Symposiums with two other experts. Usually my colleagues have been a special guest in a first Wednesday conversation.

Symposiums are two hour experiences and you choose a time to suit you.

Fourth Tuesday’s kick-off at 10 AM, Wednesday’s 3.30 PM, and Thursday’s 6.30 PM.

Wise Leaders Symposiums are held in May, July, September and November. 

Details of the next symposium are always here.

Every fourth Tuesday at 6.30 PM Australian Eastern time I co-host a special Q & A session

Questions are requested in advance by participants.

We explore up to 7 questions and every participant gets the opportunity to provide input as well.

Wise Leaders Cafe is complimentary for Egalitarian and Online Village Members of Wise Leaders Community. 

Details and registration are always here.

Wise Leaders Online Village is the inner circle of Wise Leaders Community.

We meet as peer groups of six to twelve people per group by arrangement. The whole village also meets quarterly.

I also conduct special seminars for members as well as provide private mentoring to members who have chosen this service.

Membership in the Online Village is by invitation only from myself or a current member. You are very welcome to contact me on +61 418 807 898 to arrange a 30 minute conversation on Zoom to explore being invited. There is also a complimentary trial option we can explore where you get to participate in two conversations with a group.

Learn more about the Online Village here.

Very special offer

You can create your own event and have me do a presentation or host a conversation. Minimum 8 people. Maximum 80 people at tables of 8.

Available for any venue you choose in Ballarat, Geelong, Melbourne or Werribee, Victoria. Cost of venue and catering your responsibility. Of course you can use your own venue.

Conditions of offer are that you buy each participant a copy of my book ‘Heart-Leadership Become the wise leader you want to be’, and that you book your event before 31st May 2021.

Fee is $22 per person including GST or you may like to invest $23 or $46 per person and thereby give participants one months membership of Book Club or Egalitarian in Wise Leaders Community.

To take up this very special offer please telephone me on 0418 807 898.

PS There are also online options. They involve you buying the books direct from your local Amazon or favourite bookstore. Please talk to me about this should online be your preference.

PSS I can also make this work in person when I visit family in Adelaide and Perth.

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Monday, 22 March 2021

Are our systems our gods?

My wife and I were proud to join the march for justice last week. We were inspired and left with a feeling that this issue of how women are seen and treated, will rightly not go away, and that lasting change is inevitable.

Later I listened to this Full Story podcast with The Guardians Gabrielle Jackson, Lenore Taylor and Mike Ticher. I also read the many great articles referenced below the podcast by Katharine Murphy from the Guaradian, author Tim Winton, and others.

As referenced in the podcast one thing that struck me at the march was the number of men who marched. My sense is such men supporting women will be a catalyst for lasting change that will lead to equality.

This all got me contemplating that our systems are our gods.

Our political, religious, legal, educational, business, you name it, systems are mostly biased against women. All are in the way of progress and fairness in general.

While reflecting on how best I can contribute through my cause of eliminating injustice, and doing further research into equality and justice, I came across this article by Thomas Frank also a Guardian columnist. 

He says 

"Our politics has been a bath in bullshit since forever. People pitching the dumbest of ideas prosper fantastically in this country if their ideas happen to be what the ruling class would prefer to believe."

All of the above went into the melting pot as I prepared for my first in person presentation in more than a year.

Harmony Day

Yesterday was International Harmony Day. I got to celebrate it in part by giving a speech at a luncheon in Ballarat, my birth place, where I spoke about harmony with self and others as the beginning of the journey to justice and equality and one pathway that of Heart-Leadership.

I feel that our systems of become our gods. They are based largely on bullshit (ideologies) that keeps the ruling class as our rulers. Heart-Leadership is one way to defy these gods and to lead a life of civility where everyone has equity of opportunity.

Who will you become? What will you do next?

Become the wise leader you want to be.

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality.
To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”
Buckminster Fuller

Friday, 19 March 2021

Being a wise leader in your own best way

Welcome to podcast and post number 100.

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Each Friday's podcasts are always under 10 minutes.

My first podcast was about wisdom workers who I believe are the people we need a majority of in all workplaces. Here's the first podcast and blog post.

Today is also the day that I begin the official launch of the next phase in my work of focusing on wise leaders and on helping you to become the wise leader you want to be.

In my short video this Wednesday, I mentioned the five ways that I recognise wise leaders:

1) The great questions you ask and the timing of when you ask them.

2) How you put aside bias and reach a shared-view with other people.

3) How you make people feel valued.

4) How you live your values behaviourally.

5) How you deliver and exchange value with the people who are within your circles of influence.

Since publishing the video and asking for comments I've received the following:

From my colleague Sue Heatherington "#wiseleaders take the long view and are clear on their underlying purpose - why they are here."

From my colleague Glenn Capelli "Wise leadership creates sustainable high performance learning environments- Group Genius."

From my colleague Claudia Brose "a way to recognize #wiseleaders would be for me also: wise leaders truly LISTEN.  The don't listen in a way so they can come up with a counter-thought/argument...but listen because they want to understand the other side."

What would you add?

My favourite insight into great questions come from the Egyptian write Naguib Mahfouz

Two of the great questions that my clients and myself ask regularly are 

What’s worth celebrating? And What can be better?

A daily question is What am I grateful for today?

You will find 96 more great questions here.

Putting aside bias and reaching a shared-view with other people is an essential skill of wise leadership. 

This is so much so that I am currently right a book about this that will explore the organisational seven areas of significance for sustaining shared-view I have already written about with some new insights, plus I will be introducing personal and relationship insights. Here's a short self-directed online course you can complete with my compliments on the work so far.

People feeling valued, living values and delivering and exchanging value are of course central to Heart-Leadership. 

They are outcomes of people leadership, process innovation and progress sustainability.

Videos and podcasts on Heart-Leadership are here.

Living Value and Delivering and Exchanging Value

Here you will find a blog post and a video that I posted on February 6th 2012. I think it demonstrates the longevity power of living our values behaviourably and focusing on delivering and exchanging value.

Who will you become? What will you do next?

In the ancient divide and conquer world there were wise leaders. They were called heretics and were often derided and even murdered for their standards and insights.

Today we are a little more civilised and yet divide and conquer and keeping people in fear still dominates our landscape. 

I believe there has been a great shift. It began perhaps in the 1960’s. It gained further momentum this week when thousands of women marched for justice in Australia.

In this new world wise leaders are recognised, revered and respected.

How will you become the wise leader you want to be and in your own best way?

Become the wise leader you want to be.


Wednesday, 17 March 2021

How do you recognise wise leaders?

We know a wise leader when we see, hear or meet one. In this video I suggest five ways that we recognise wise leaders.

In my 100th podcast coming out this Friday I will share more including resources to help you.

Become the wise leader you want to be.

Monday, 15 March 2021

Really glad I've reinstated my monthly newsletter

On February 15th I recommenced providing a complimentary monthly newsletter.

You can read 15th March edition here and subscribe to receive future issues below:


Become the wise leader you want to be.

Friday, 12 March 2021

What’s your favourite list?

Listen to the podcast version of this post 

Each Friday's podcasts are always under 10 minutes.

This week I finalised refreshing and updating my six complimentary self-directed online courses. You'll find links to each one here.

I noticed as I was doing this how much I love venn diagrams and lists. I also recalled how great both are as teaching aids and how well they help people to learn, remember and to apply learning in your own best way.

Also during the week I watched a brilliant conversation between two of my heroes Tom Peters and Steve Farber. Watch yourself here.

Tom says his books are basically lists. His new book 'Excellence Now Extreme Humanism' I just ordered.

I realised in my books there’s lots of lists and diagrams. I know from what readers share with me that they are one of the reasons people buy my books!

Then this morning I read this article by comedian Alistair Baldwin where he says all comedy can be broken down into two categories: Sensible Venn Diagrams and Absurd Lists.

So, What is your favourite list and what is your favourite diagram?
How do they help you to sustain a high level of engagement and energy in your life and work?

My favourite lists tend to be seven or eight items. Like the seven areas of significance for sustaining shared-view:

1. Reality.

2. Possibility.

3. Purpose.

4 Strategy.

5. Execution.

6. Progress.

7. Culture.

The complimentary self-directed shared-view online course is here.

As I am currently writing a book about shared-view where I will add personal and relationships aspects to the work I have already produced for organisations, this list of seven may become:

1. Truth-telling.

2. Vision.

3. Principles.

4. Compass.

5. Experiments.

6. Meaning.

7. Virtues.

My favourite diagram is the three overlapping circles of Heart-Leadership and particularly the three pieces that join them people feeling valued, people living values and people delivering and exchanging value.

So, What is your favourite list and what is your favourite diagram?
How do they help you to sustain a high level of engagement and energy in your life and work?

Who will you become? What will you do next?

Become the wise leader you want to be.


Wednesday, 10 March 2021

Self-directed online courses

In the past month I've been refreshing and updating all my six self-directed online courses.

Each course is complimentary. All are accessible via this web page. Each course involves a combination of reading, watching and listening.

You can go to courses direct via the links below

Heart-Leadership Become the wise leader you want to be (28 videos (24 under 5 minutes) and 24 podcasts (all under 10 minutes).

Magnificence (short course to discover your essence).

Reasons, Relationships and Routines Guarantee Results (short course including a small workbook).

Remarkable Workplaces (108 page workbook, videos and podcasts).

Sustaining shared-view in the seven areas of significance where the most successful leaders stand out (7 videos (all under 5 minutes) and 7 podcasts (all under 10 minutes, plus a one page diagnostic).

The Appreciative Leader (89 page handbook, videos and downloads).

Become the wise leader you want to be.

Monday, 8 March 2021

Simone Boer and setting yourself free from your limiting beliefs

 Below is the recording of last Wednesday's sparkenation conversation with special guest Simone Boer, on the subject of setting yourself free from your limiting beliefs.

You can watch recordings of previous first Wednesday events and register for the next one via this web page.

Become the wise leader you want to be.

Friday, 5 March 2021

The great energy shift

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Each Friday's podcasts are always under 10 minutes.

In last weeks post and podcast I referenced Margaret Heffernan’s new book ‘Uncharted”. I’m now well into reading it and highly recommend that you do too.

There are many wonderful case studies in the book about how experiments turned into wonderful outcomes for human progress.

I quote from the book in the podcast about two case studies involving citizens conventions in Ireland. One relates to same sex marriage becoming law and the other to the liberalisation of abortion up to twelve weeks becoming law. Both of these extraordinary outcomes came after referendums overwhelming approving them.

These are great examples of people power. 

I believe that there will be many more of these kind of gatherings because I sense that there is a great energy shift happening in our world. It’s a shift away from power being in the hands of the few to being in the hands of the many. Crucially this shift is coming from love, the creation force, and the most powerful force in the universe.

Heart-Leaders hold, enhance or shift energy and are coming from a place of love. 

Here you will find a video and blog post that I published this week about love and other resources that will help you to engage in this great energy shift.

Who will you become? What will you do next?

Become the wise leader you want to be.