Perspective: A relative term

Sunday, 29, June, 2014 0 , , Permalink 0

Since I've started this blog, I've been amazed by how many people have contacted me just to say "Yes! I get it". I've loved receiving each and every text message and email like a big warm, comforting hug. Some have even put aside magazine article clippings or told me about movies that talk about it - this incredibly human and seemingly constant struggle between roots and wings. This happened with a new friend of mine recently. He is an accomplished musician and, as I explained my blog, his eyes lit up and he told me about a solo cellist called Yo-Yo Ma. In 1999, Yo-Yo Ma visited a garden in Kyoto that was designed at the end of the 15th century ...

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5 Lessons from the Wolf of Wall Street

This week, I took the opportunity to see Jordan Belfort (aka The Wolf of Wall Street) at one of his famous motivational speaking seminars. Like most people, I’d seen the movie and took a vague interest in Jordan’s story, quickly deciding that I did not like the man or what he stood for much at all. But, fraud and moral corruption aside, Jordan has led a pretty extraordinary life and I figured that I’d be pretty close-minded to dismiss the lessons that he had to share at face value. So, I went along. Not surprisingly, the people-watching at this seminar was entertainment enough. A majority of the audience was comprised of suited-up-wolf-wannabes with their highlighted copies of the book ready for Jordan’s ...

Change & Cheese

Wednesday, 18, June, 2014 10 , , , Permalink 0

We often view change as something that happens to us – an external force that rudely imposes on our comfort zone and forces us to think, feel and act differently. Lately, I’ve been really interested in change from an organisational perspective – how businesses adapt to stay competitive in the market but also how the best businesses create an employee culture that embraces (rather than fears and resists) change. The textbooks use buzz words like ‘stakeholder engagement’ and ‘strategic communication’, but I’ve discovered that the human process for dealing with change is universally the same – whether it’s a billion dollar corporate merger or switching from your usual brand of peanut butter. There are those that resist change because it can be hard and ...

A Search for Inspiration

Sunday, 15, June, 2014 6 , , , Permalink 0

This week I've been feeling a little stuck creatively. A combination of writer's block, a super hectic work schedule and some negative self-talk quickly led to this feeling of frustrated panic. Creativity needs room to breathe and I think I was suffocating it - instead of respecting its natural rhythm, I was trying to force it into my already jam-packed schedule and factor it into my ever-growing "to do" list. The inner control freak in me was in minor meltdown. How (and where!) did I lose that creative drive that I had the week before? So, I did what anyone looking for answers would do - I turned to google. And I found the inspiration I needed in this article  - The Most Innovative ...

Who is on your shelf of mentors?
by Phoebe Vertigan

Monday, 9, June, 2014 0 , , , Permalink 0

Last month I attended a great presentation by Jane Huxley, the Managing Director of Pandora Australia. Reflecting on her diverse and interesting career, Jane shared some of the lessons that she has learned along the way. If you ever get a chance to see Jane talk, I highly recommend it – the audience was buzzing afterwards! One concept that I loved was Jane’s “shelf of mentors”. A shelf of mentors is a “pick and mix” approach to mentoring. It is about drawing knowledge and inspiration from a range of different people, and knowing that each mentor has their own special place on your shelf. You might have someone that you look to when you are after a promotion, someone in a ...

Top 6 Tips For Rio de Janeiro!

Sunday, 8, June, 2014 0 , , , , , Permalink 0

Brazil is a hot destination at the best of times, but with the World Cup and Olympics fast approaching, everyone seems to booking tickets to the meat-eating, samba-dancing extravaganza that is Rio de Janeiro. A friend recently asked me for advice on booking tickets for the Christ Redeemer and it got me reminiscing about my travel adventures there in March. I ended up responding with a list of my favourite "must do and eat" things! I'm always researching off-the-beaten-path ideas and insider tips for my holidays, so I thought I'd give back and throw my ideas into the cyber space! Here are a few of my suggestions for Rio de Janeiro:   1. Hire your own tour guide Lapa Steps I like to think I'm more of a ...

Random Cupcake Kindness

Sunday, 1, June, 2014 2 , , , , Permalink 1

I’ve been reminded this week to practice one of my favourite mantras: “Be kinder than necessary because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle” - J.M. Barrie.   The battle could be as seemingly small as running late or losing your Myki, to the life altering, like changing jobs, breaking up with a partner, money troubles or poor health. Life is rarely smooth sailing but I’d be lying if I said I wasn't feeling a bit jaded by it lately - everyone I know, let alone everyone I meet, seems to be battling something. Even when you don't see the battle, you can see the armour – the nervous humour, teary eyes, unexplained anger or withdrawal – and yes, unsuspecting strangers can often get ...