What Positives can come from a Racist Remark at the Football? More than you Think if you Look at it Differently

This weekend our papers were filled with the story about a 13 yo girl yelling a racist slur at one of our footy champions playing in the stadium in front of her and many thousands of fans. AFL Footballer responding to  racial abuseThe champion took offense, pointed out the transgressor to security and she was evicted from the ground in front of her shocked and embarrassed parent. There are many ways to view this episode and many points of view depending on what particular attitude you happen to have on the subject of racial slurs. I don’t intend to add my commentary to the rights and wrongs of what was said and done but what I would like to do is share an important lesson we learn from this incident about perceptions and the ‘framing’ we place around situations at work. [Read more...]

What do you think is more important for Humanity to Thrive – Empathy or Reason?

I read this question on a LinkedIn group forum recently and it got me thinking, especially in light of my previous two blogs regarding aligning with your true purpose through the work you do. (Here’s one of those blogs FYI Authenticity-Allowing your Highest Expression of Yourself to Shine )

EmpathyJust today I was reading a post from Linda J. Ferguson PhD (http://www.lindajferguson.com) on the subject of showing empathy at the very deepest level in our work. The only catch is… you might never know when that opportunity to connect at such a deep level with another human being might appear. Often that opportunity may offer itself to you when you least expect it. Will you be ready for it when that happens? Or will you let the moment pass unnoticed? Will reason get in the way of empathy, or will empathy allow you to connect with someone at a time when it is most significant to them? [Read more...]

‘Accountants’ and ‘Passion’ in the same sentence? Too damn right!

Alex Malley CPAIn my previous blog, when I talked about leaders in business bringing their highest expression of themselves to the work they do, little did I know that I would find a wonderful example of this in action slap bang in the middle of a profession where you would never expect to find the word ‘passion’ as the defining description. More likely, you would expect to see words like ‘conservatism,’ or ‘diligence’ or ‘reliability.’ But ‘passion?’  I wouldn’t have thought so. [Read more...]

What Drastic Action did 30yo Kjerstin Gruys take in 2011 and what Lesson does it give to us all about Authenticity?

Kjerstin GruysIn 2011, this beautiful young woman did not look at a mirror for a year. Even on her wedding day and right up to the point of walking down the aisle Kjerstin stayed true to her commitment. For one whole year Kjerstin covered up all the mirrors in her house and at work, and even if she caught the slightest glimpse of herself in reflections outside of home, Kjersten would quickly look away. She spent those 52 weeks blindly putting on make-up and combing her hair and relied on her friends and family to assure her that she looked okay. [Read more...]