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  • Sep 02, 2023

    Without psychological safety, fear stifles truth and courage

    NASA Challenger disaster. BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Volkswagen emissions scandal. What went wrong? Investigations produced multi-layered findings. Yet beneath the complexity lay a common element. Fear. People were afraid to speak the truth. And so, they didn’t. Concerns weren’t shared, mistruths were rewarded, and

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  • Jul 15, 2019

    Leading Change From The Inside Out

    In 1997 businessman Ted Turner stunned the audience at a United Nations gala dinner where he was receiving the Global Leadership Award. Without prior notice, he announced that he was donating $1 billion to the UN to help defray the effects of American arrears. It turned

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  • Sep 13, 2018

    Your Playing Small Serves No-one

    "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. Your playing small does not serve the world." I was not long out of university when I first came upon these words by Marianne Williamson. Soon

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  • Jul 31, 2018

    Kibera Slum - Be At Cause, Not Effect

    It’s hard to believe it has been two years since I stepped onto the ‘roof top of Africa’ – Mt Kilimanjaro - after a grueling 9-hour ascent with my husband and our four children. (Here’s the blog I wrote about 'summit day' soon after.) While our view

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  • Mar 20, 2018

    Message From Myanmar: Be The Change

    Last week I took my daughter, Maddy to Myanmar. My mother-in-law, Diana, was born in Burma (Myanmar’s name until 1989) so I’ve long been curious about the country that had fallen from one of Asia’s more prosperous countries to one of its poorest. As we

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  • Dec 26, 2017

    7 Keys To Make Changes That Stick In 2018!

    "I don’t do resolutions,” Jane told me last week. “What’s the point? I never keep them.” You probably know a few people like Jane yourself. Perhaps you’re one of them! In your heart, you know you want to make changes in your life, but year

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  • Nov 15, 2017

    Live From Purpose

    If you're reading this, chances are you're someone who wants to do well in your work and be paid well for it. But you also want more than that. You want to feel that it serves some purpose greater than a paycheck or a position.

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  • Jul 22, 2017

    Upgrade Your Mental Maps

    Over the last three weeks, I’ve been in Europe enjoying the highlights of Italy, France and hiking up and down the Alps on a 'Tour de Mt Blanc'. I’m not sure if it was brave or foolhardy, but last week we hired a van in

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  • Jan 04, 2017

    How Will You Show Up For Life?

    "First say to yourself what would you BE, and then do what you have to DO." - Epiticus It's great to focus on what you want to accomplish in the year ahead. Habits you want to start. Or quit. Goals you want to achieve. Changes you

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  • Dec 13, 2016

    Five Powerful Questions To End 2016 Strong

    As we near the end of the year it’s easy to get so caught up in all that still needs to get done that we fail to look back on the year just gone – to acknowledge how far we’ve come and who we’ve become

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  • Oct 20, 2016

    Make The Best Of Your Mistakes

    I’m sure, like me, you’ve made your share of mistakes over the years. Times you’ve made a bad decision or taken too long to make any at all! The word mistake comes from the Latin to “miss-step.” Mistakes are, literally, nothing more or less than

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  • Oct 05, 2016

    Be Trust-Worthy: Stand By Your Beliefs

    Yesterday I had the pleasure of spending a few hours with former Australian Prime Minister John Howard. We were both keynote speakers at the same conference and ended up having time together between speeches and afterward at a reception. Like every political leader, during his eleven years

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  • Aug 11, 2016

    What Would You Write On The Courage Wall? Don't Wish It. Do It.

    Get a new job. Not worry about money. Eat mayo. Travel to a foreign country. Ask for help. Try out for the Princeton crew team. Bike over a volcano. Ask for Date #2. Go into a shelter. Quit my job. Tell my secrets. Love myself.

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  • Jul 20, 2016

    Win The War On Terror: Don't Fuel Fear

    Terrorist attacks. Police shootings. Brexit. Political coups. Refugee crisis. Zika virus. President Trump. Let’s face it, we live in fearful times. There’s no shortage of headlines alerting us potential threats to our safety and future. Which is why, when headlines scream loudest, we must be extra vigilant

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  • Jul 20, 2016

    Listen Up! You May Just Learn Something

    Ever been in a conversation where you felt like the person you were talking to wasn’t listening to a word you said because they were too busy trying to convince you of their opinion? Yep, me too.  It’s a common phenomenon. So much so that

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  • Jul 13, 2016

    Choose Growth Over Comfort

    Last year I was invited to interview Sir Richard Branson on his private Caribbean island. A career highlight for sure!  Fortunately for me, "Just call me Richard" is incredibly down to earth person who quickly puts people at ease around him. Phew. During our interview and on

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