My favourite management whiz, Rosabeth Moss Kanter, has identified five self-defeating behavious that may ultimately ruin people's careers and damage companies. Check them out on: http://blogs.hbr.org/kanter/2012/11/five-self-defeating-behaviors.html?cm_mmc=email-_-newsletter-_-weekly_hotlist-_-hotlist112612&referral=00202&utm_source=newsletter_weekly_hotlist&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=hotlist112612
The Kiwi Sisters’ Camino de Santiago is much more than a simple travel narrative: it’s an inspiring reflection on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
Sue Dwan talks about an experience many people will never have – walking the 800 km Camino de Santiago pilgrimage trail across northern Spain .
Despite having very little knowledge of the local language and customs, Sue and her sister Catherine set off every day into an unpredictable landscape that exists far beyond their comfort zones.
If you've ever felt yourself going around in circles trying to make major decisions over a career change, a job offer, a business proposition or something equally major, know that the circles may be caused by the conflict between what your ‘head' is telling you to do and what your ‘heart' is saying to you. Martha Beck's book, ‘Finding Your Own North Star (2001)' is a great resource to help us understand the conflict created by the head and the heart.
Susan Cain, the author of 'The Power of Introverts', has an illuminating presentation on TedTalks and in it, she posits that while 1/3rd or nearly half of population is introverted, most workplaces and schools are geared for extroverts i.e. high stimulus environments, noisy shared work spaces, group/team work activities etc. To understand the power of introverts see: http://www.ted.com/talks/susan_cain_the_power_of_introverts.html
A recent Statistics NZ report entitled: Working together: Racial discrimination in New Zealand revealed racial discrimination was the most common form of discrimination experienced by workers; Asian peoples reported the highest levels of racism in workplaces, in public places/on the streets and getting service when purchasing items; followed by Maori and Pacific peoples. It is disturbing given the Human Rights legislation was introduced in 1993 (and subsequently added to) to prevent discrimination on the grounds of race, » Read more about: Racism exists in the underbelly of many workplaces »
The NZ Fallen Heroes Trust, established in September 2012, aims to provide support for families of soldiers wounded or killed in Afghanistan. The trust aims to fund projects that will make a real difference in families' lives. Organisations and individuals who want to donate or fundraise can go to www.facebook.com/NZFallenHeroesTrust for details.
A handy resource is available for people who may be daunted about the prospect elearning. The work of Dr. Liz Hardy, the resource breaks down elearning into small pieces and offers tips and strategies to get started. Check out: http://www.elearningtrainer.com/
A recent report from the Consultative Forum on Mature Age Participation in the Workforce revealed, not surprisingly, that age discrimination is alive and well. There are many barriers to mature age employment that come at a cost – to individuals, to companies and the country itself. It's a fair bet the Australian research findings would apply to New Zealand also. Read more about this on: http://www.productiveageing.com.au/site/grants_arc.php
A recent article from the HBR, entitled ‘All hail the generalist' suggests too much specialisation can be a handicap, especially in ambiguous times. The author argues generalists know many things across a number of fields, draw from an eclectic array of traditions, accept ambiguity and contradictions more easily than specialists and are better equipped at navigating uncertainty. See