Margot Cairnes Blog

Jun

19

2021

You Can have it All

What do the leaders of business and government and the protestors of the Occupy Movement have in common?  They all want business and government to operate in an effective way. This audio recording shows how  the protestors in the streets, those who lead organisation and people who go to work can all have what they want and some. Einstein told us that we couldn’t solve…

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Jun

19

2021

You Can have it all

  I live a blessed life. I have friends who are multi-millionaires (even in some cases billionaires) who live in luxury homes, have their every need met and who live full exciting lives. I also have friends who are poor, who live in share houses on government pensions. What I have noticed is that happiness is less connected with people’s wealth than with their attitude…

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May

24

2021

Giving what you get

I have always been a goal setter and vision holder. My friends tell me I am a manifester. If I want something, I write it down and it appears. I doesn’t however always stay. The other day a friend took me through an exercise that shocked me into a new level of understanding and recognition. Instead of looking at what I wanted she made me…

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May

22

2021

The path of brilliance

Returning home after attending a charity dinner – I commented to my friend that my fellow guests had an air of privilege and a confidence that sprang from it. I had found this a little unsettling. I grew up in a small city where bright boys and girls went to the local selective high school – not a school accessed because of your parent’s wealth.  …

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May

21

2021

When the poor teach us how to lead

I recently attended a dinner for the Hunger Project. A wonderful organisation that has trained 400,000 female leaders in undeveloped countries. These women are trained not by expats driving around in expensive 4 wheel drives but by other women – just like themselves who have been empowered to lead. When the poorest of the poor women are empowered things happen – villages get supplies of…

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May

15

2021

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

2021

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

2021

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

2021

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

2021

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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