Margot Cairnes Blog

May

14

2013

Playing politics well

For many people politics is a dirty word-whether it is in government or organisations. However, politics is simply the use of power. Power is the ability to get things done and to achieve results. Politics is a tool to achieve objectives with and through others. Politics is, of itself, value neutral. Some people use political skills to achieve outcomes for the common good, others use…

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May

7

2013

The Inconvenient Truth About SEO

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Apr

5

2013

How to do Levitation Photography

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Apr

2

2013

Australia could project-manage its way to world leadership

I reflected recently on my attendance at an executive retreat run by the Australian Davos Connection (the local arm of the World Economic Forum) some time ago. In the closing session, the CEO of a global Australian-based manufacturing company gave his views on Australia’s choices in a globalised world economy. There were two key points about his address that took my attention. Firstly, he was…

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Mar

25

2013

Blind Spots of the Old Guard

Talking recently with some switched-on company directors, I heard them lamenting in-the-box thinking of their peers. It seems that many boards and leaders, faced with a radically changing business landscape are simply putting their heads in the sand and getting on with business the way it used to be. The executive recruiters who fill board and leadership vacancies do so with traditional and conservative recruits…

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Mar

13

2013

Approaching The Corporate Heart – A Personal Story

A year and a half ago a miracle baby, my granddaughter, Jasmine, was born. Twenty three years before that her mother, my daughter, Lija had died in my arms. The evening this happened Lija had raced down stairs of the house into which we had just moved, grey faced and using swear words I didn’t know she knew. Minutes later she collapsed in my arms….

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Mar

4

2013

Extracts from Approaching the Corporate Heart, “The Hero’s Journey” by Margot Cairnes, 2003, Simon & Schuster: Sydney. Chapter 2 Who Is A Hero? Question: How many psychologists does it take to change a light bulb? Answer: Only one, but the light bulb really has to want to change. Outstanding performers are characterized, according to Harvard Professor of Psychiatry Albert Rothenberg (1990), not by intelligence, temperament,…

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