It’s our turn now…

In the heat of the battle, adrenaline pumps furiously through the body, our minds racing to the next task or decision or problem. We grab food when we can, a wink of sleep too before hustling to join forces with mates who have become closer than family as we stare down the 'enemy'. We arrive... Continue Reading →

Dinosaur hands

I have dinosaur hands. Tight elbows, held closely by the hips combined with expressive hand movements make all my on-camera interviews look like I have a serious case of T-Rex arms. I don't know why I do it. I think someone must have told me sometime in my career that I talk with my hands... Continue Reading →

Behind the Front Page

I've recently moved from an operations focused role in emergency management to an academic one. It's a new challenge for me as I watch colleagues and friends do battle with ridiculous weather conditions and hazards that have quickly become deadly. I am in awe of the way they push their skills, knowledge and experience to... Continue Reading →

Measuring Your Success

Flying back to Sydney the other day, my travel buddy, Greg, and I were talking about Hurricane Katrina. I had visited the museum when I was in New Orleans not too long ago and the images I saw, the stories I read, will live on with me. The lessons I learned as I walked through... Continue Reading →

The Spy and the Duchess

Two pieces of pop culture media have really influenced me this weekend. One was a Hollywood movie and the other was an interview with the Duchess of Sussex. First, the movie - 'The Spy Who Dumped Me', starring Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon. Released in 2018, you can currently catch it on 'Stan'. It's hardly... Continue Reading →

The Accidental Win

Reading the Herald Sun newspaper at breakfast, I came across a small article at the bottom of page 6. It was about a 9 year old boy, Kade Lowell, who accidentally won a 10km running race. Kade had entered the 5km competition and when his mother couldn't find him at the end of the race... Continue Reading →

Stealing back my mini-moments

I was called to the Principal's office a few years ago, also known as the Executive Boardroom. The Commissioner wanted an update from the design team for a key transformational program I was working on. During the meeting, I took out my phone and wrote some salient points in the 'Notes' app. Frowns and glares... Continue Reading →

Conflict isn’t a 4 letter word

Walking through the front door of the office you can already hear them. They're in the kitchen, cup of coffee in hand, voices beginning to raise to volumes that make them them noticeable in the rooms at the other end of the corridor. One has a whiteboard marker in their right hand, feverishly scribbling on... Continue Reading →

The Not So Simple Shift

These days it seems like every man, woman and their selection panel want to to talk to you about change. You can bet your life savings there will be at least one question in your next interview about it. Change Management - it certainly is having its day in the sun right now. Leaders will... Continue Reading →

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