Convergence Conference Reflection

Have finally come back down to earth after a brilliant two days at Convergence 2018.

With a theme of Who’s Change is it Anyway, Sonia Irwin brought together some fantastic international and local speakers - Dr Rich Allen, Angela Sinickas, Dr Jen Frahm and Zoe Routh to name a few.

All shared many stories, there were lots of laughs, loads of research, tips and tools. I particularly loved that as a boutique conference, it was so much easier to network, to chat with key note speakers and to other delegates on all things change.

Looking forward to a one day Convergence special in Canberra the tireless Sonia Irwin is planning for later this year, and to Convergence 2019 in Melbourne on April 11th and 12th.

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ABSEILING WITH A**EHOLES – a cautionary ‘team building’ tale

ABSEILING WITH A**EHOLES – a cautionary ‘team building’ tale

While they have their place, seems that sometimes, a game of paintball, a few rounds of golf or drinks on a Friday after work, just aren’t enough on their own to ‘cure what ails’ a group of people that just don’t seem to be operating as a high performing team.

Some years ago, when I was a bit younger and a lot more naïve, I made the move into my first corporate job, as a vehicle for moving from Social Work into the so-called real world.

And what a ride that was.

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Story Telling at Work - Part 1

Story Telling at Work - Part 1

Ever tried to argue your point of view with someone who sees things differently? Maybe thrown in a few well-placed facts (real, not fake or alternative) and figures? What tends to happen? Typically, you and your sparring partner will dig in your respective heels, umbrage may well be taken, and you either agree to disagree or worse, amygdalae fly off and, well, you know the rest …

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10 tips for Being Totally Miserable

10 tips for Being Totally Miserable

A happy thriving culture is what we all long for, work towards and create in our day to day living and working life. However, if happy, productve and fulfilled isn't your 'jam' here’s some tips on how to be totally miserable and disengaged on a daily basis!  

1.     Don’t listen to anyone, I mean ..really… don’t… listen. Make sure you interrupt people, and always think about what you’re going to say about what they’re talking about, while you (maybe), wait for them to finish so you can give them the benefit of your advice

2.     Get really good at doing lots of stuff you hate doing and that seriously drains your energy, or better still focus on your weaknesses. And make sure you do the same for everyone else

3.     Don’t laugh, ever, don’t have fun, don’t be light-hearted, don’t play, make sure you take everything the wrong way. Be very intense and overly PC

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Catching the "Wave of the Future"

Catching the "Wave of the Future"

“Today, if you want to catch the wave of the future, you have to start surfing a lot closer to the fringe”. From Deviants, Inc, by  Ryan Matthews and Watts Wacker, Fastcompany, Issue 56. 

When the global economic situation becomes uncertain, one of the effects seems to be that people sort of ‘bunker down’; continuing to do what they’ve always done – what’s become the norm or safe - developing a bit of a ‘siege’ mentality and pretty much closing off from being creative. On closer examination, it seems that these are often ‘survival’ techniques aimed at reducing stress, ambiguity and fear, and which might simply be geared at making sure you keep your job!  

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The Surprising Truth about "Red Socks" (not the baseball team!)

The Surprising Truth about "Red Socks" (not the baseball team!)

The Impact of Negativity on Your Bottom Line 

“…workgroups drained by excessive [negativity] are not only less productive and less profitable, they also have higher turnover, more accidents on the job, lower customer satisfaction, poor quality, less innovation, …negative employees scare off customers for good.” 
Tom Rath, How Full is Your Bucket 

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Are you really listening?

Are you really listening?

When was the last time someone really listened to you? I mean REALLY listened to you?  

So much so that when you parted ways you thought something along the lines of – “finally, someone who really gets me”; “Wow, they were genuinely interested to hear what I had to say”; “They seemed to really get what I’m worried about, talking about…..”; “It feels great to have someone take me seriously on this…”.

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Culture Hacks: it's the small things

Culture Hacks: it's the small things

When people start to think about culture change, often a whole lot of memories (some not so great) come flooding back about past ‘change efforts’.

Change, important and unavoidable, often gets a lot of undeserved bad press, possibly because in some instances, people overcomplicate things. A bit like Steven Covey’s circle of influence or circle of concern, if we focus on the big stuff, things we have little to no control over, then it can all seem too hard, overwhelming or even pointless. Focus on what we’ve got direct or indirect control over and then there’s the potential to ‘nudge’ things along. 

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