Kerrie Noonan’s Groundswell project that promotes ‘death literacy’ has some amazing posters to highlight their Dying to Know Day on 8th August 2015. My favourite one cites one core statistic that many individuals in a death-denying culture may not be aware of, that is: ’10/10 people die. Are you ready? ‘.  Equally enlightening is the poster that says ‘Talk about death. It won’t kill you’. With that assurance, there’s every reason to get chatting about it now,

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A recent report from Statistics New Zealand found the life expectancy for men and women has increased for all ethnic groups: 83.2 years for females and 79.5 years for males. How do we prepare ourselves now, to have a rich and satisfying life as we get older? Juliet Batten’s book ‘Spirited Ageing’  (2013) addresses this and offers practical ideas and guidance to help.  See www.julietbatten.co.nz

 

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Deloittes have recently published the 10 core human capital trends. See http://www2.deloitte.com/us/en/pages/human-capital/articles/introduction-human-capital-trends.html?id=us:2sm:3li:4dcom_share:5awa:6dcom:human_capital

I’m delighted in the trend towards the simplification of work and the new era of doing less better, rather than doing more with less. That will make a huge difference to everyone in the workplace.

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Recent research released from Perpetual Guardian (www.stuff.co.nz; 02/05/15) reveal many individuals leave making their first will until late in life – approximately 60-69 years of age; amongst older people with wills, 13% made their first will between 18-29 years of age; and 24% did so between 30-59 years of age.

These are alarming figures, given the reality every individual will face at some point in time (their death); and the impact dying without a will has on the loved ones,

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What are the conversations that count? They’re the discussions about getting all your personal affairs in order before it is too late to do so (wills, enduring powers of attorney, guardianship for children, memorandum of wishes, funeral details, recording digital assets and so on) AND Advanced Care Plans – the process of thinking, talking and planning for future and end-of-life care. Pakeha/European culture is largely death-denying which is a significant barrier to these important discussions.

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This year marks the 50th anniversary of Winston Churchill’s death and the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust are offering additional fellowships this year to recognise this. The fellowships are open to any person interested in researching a topic that will benefit their organisation, their sector or community, etc. As a recipient of a fellowship many years ago, I encourage you all to read about the Trust, the work they do and the requirements of the fellowship.

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A quote attributed to Chuck Reid recently caught my attention – “In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; in practice, there is.” It’s something I’ve pondered on since, especially in relation to leadership and management. Theories certainly give a framework for viewing and considering how things may be and why so, and that’s fantastic. The understanding and possible application of the theories in the workplace, is problematic as situations, contexts, individuals and interpretations are all so different.

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