Margot Cairnes Blog

May

15

2012

Self Leadership

Leadership we are told is about getting things done through other people. Leaders either stand out the front to inspire and direct, or they lead from behind lighting fires within their people and using consensus and group dynamics to get people to take responsibility for themselves, their growth, their actions and their outcomes. Clever leaders are able to do both.Most of us prefer to be…

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May

15

2012

Don’t dismiss a radical review of capitalism

Charles Eisenstein in his book Sacred Capitalism argues that, because we have an economic system based on money our labour, relationships, emotions and even our spirits have become commoditised. For example, he suggests that if we as members of a community engage in a working bee for the local school, we value each other and the gifts of time and effort we offer. However, if…

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May

14

2012

Managing from the Middle

I recently received an email from a reader who had contacted me some years before when he was a middle manager in a project that was being very badly managed. The reader noted “That Project is now gaining Global notoriety as an example of how to inefficiently spend $25B. The few key players in high positions who failed to provide adequate leadership or management have…

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May

14

2012

Daring to be diferent

Grey, black and drab are the new corporate colours. Well, they were always there, but now they are getting drabber. I was recently talking to an executive recruiter who was wearing a dark suit with blue pin stripes.”My suit is too out there for business these days” he said adding that “corporate dress is getting more sombre”. How sad. As people get more and more…

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May

9

2012

Poverty

I recently had the opportunity of facilitating a workshop for people working with the poorest of the poor. The questions being asked repeatedly were: – “What is poverty?” and “How should we work respectfully with the most disadvantaged and marginalised of people?” Clearly poverty can mean lack of access to essentials such as food, water and housing. It can include lack of access to justice,…

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Apr

14

2012

Soulful Loss

So many of us want life to be fun, easy, exciting and full of happiness. The irony is that life feels easier, more enjoyable and more interesting when we stop seeking selfish pleasure and invest in contributing to the well being of others. When we lose things we love, have worked hard to achieve or on which we base a large part of our self-image,…

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Apr

9

2012

Leadership for a new age

The emergence of the Occupy Movement tells us there are problems with current leadership. When hundred’s of thousands of people around the world are taking the time and making the effort to sit in the streets to register their protest we need to listen. I have sat comfortably in the halls of power, attending  major global forums of world leaders (where all delegates are  thoroughly…

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Mar

1

2012

Managers are people too

For many years I have felt exhausted after reading books like In Search of Excellence, Thriving on Chaos and lococca: An Autobiography because they seemed to be full of things that I should do, things that didn’t seem to have anything to do with being human or more particularly, with being me. It seemed I was being told that success in public life involved playing…

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Feb

9

2012

Leading our own way

If “leaders are very human people”, then leadership is about experiencing and coming to terms with our humanity. We are all walking a path that has never been travelled before and never will be travelled again. Each person’s journey is unique. We are the only ones who can truly know how it is for us to face the huge array of changing situations that arise…

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Feb

5

2012

Battlers are winners too

We live in a society where being rich, beautiful, young athletic and liked by many makes you a winner. We want our footy team and Olympians to win.  This generally means coming first – beating someone.  This is a rather narrow way of looking at winning. If only one person can win a lot of people lose. My definition of winning is different. We all…

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