Undoing prejudice

March 3, 2015

Have you ever fallen in love? This is the person for you. So many things in common, so easy to get along with, conversation flows comfortably, you share interests, you laugh together, and you love grandly. After the first few months, however, a couple of minor hiccups occur. Your new partner loves cricket and you…

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The Pyramids and the power of purpose

February 17, 2015

The pyramids of Egypt are amongst the largest constructions ever built. They represent one of the most potent and enduring symbols of Ancient Egyptian civilisation. Imagine a pharaoh, waking up one morning in his tent and calling for his key ministers to attend him. Together they are seated on a massive Persian rug. He clicks…

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Understanding and evolving self

December 15, 2014

A sense of self is about two dimensions: Knowing yourself (preferences, values, assumptions) and; Knowing the impact you have on others (your ability to recognise, use, understand and manage emotions in yourself and others). It is about fundamentally accepting that if you want to make a difference in the world, large or small, then you…

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A reminder not to stop

December 2, 2014

I often talk to people who are overwhelmed by what they believe they have to do to be successful in life. They look at people who’ve done more and compare themselves. They can’t imagine what it will take to achieve their ambitions. Some people are so inhibited by what they think is the effort required,…

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September 16, 2014

Power is about influence. Very simplistically, power is about being able to realise your intentions, your purpose; the outcomes that you have set for yourself, or that a group of people have set. In the context of this manifesto, there are two types of power that are particularly important – collective and hierarchical power. Collective…

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August 4, 2014

We all have times when we don’t always listen well when others are speaking. Our thoughts may wander onto another topic, such as an urgent appointment, pressing personal issues, or where to go for lunch. If you really want to make a difference in the world, then learning to listen well is one of the…

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Why education for collaboration matters

February 3, 2014

Every day, around our world, in small businesses and large, in communities and families, great ideas are born, and great ideas die. Mostly great ideas are born in a frenzy of excitement about potential – potential to capture a niche market in business, potential to revolutionise the way something is done, potential to unite people…

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Choices about who you are in the world

December 17, 2013

Who you are in the world is every bit as important as what you do. In this day and age, we need more people able and willing to be present, to ‘turn up’ as they say, to help create the future we want so we don’t inherit the future we fear. Six things that matter…

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People Power

October 2, 2013

I, like many people, feel that politicians and very senior business people are too slow to act. They juggle a complexity of stakeholders with much invested in retaining the status quo. I understand the fear of change on this scale; whole industries are likely to cease to exist. Following the global financial crisis, we have…

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Expanding the worldview

September 26, 2013

If you are truly afraid of something, you begin to behave as if that something exists. As you behave as if that something exists, you select, from the data around you, incidents that reinforce your fear or belief. Incoming information that affirms your belief becomes your truth. Information that could challenge your truth doesn’t get…

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Things don’t work when you’re doing the wrong thing

August 21, 2013

By Fabian Dattner I’ve got angry at a range of things I was doggedly doing that didn’t work; a key that wouldn’t open a door (wrong key), sending repeated text messages to someone and being irritated that they didn’t respond (wrong number), wondering why my iPad wasn’t charging (connected to my computer by my phone…

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Adopt a 70 year old – Help them learn and grow

August 13, 2013

Helping hand – by Fabian Dattner Once upon a time, the teachers were all older than the students.  Once upon a time IF you were older, you could reasonably expect to lend a hand to someone younger, to help them do something, learn something, grow, develop skills, and generally be more able in the world.…

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