Margot Cairnes Blog

Feb

19

2013

Raising Boys

A few years ago, I attended the Fatherhood Festival held in northern New South Wales and one of the highlights was an address by psychologist Steve Biddulph author of “Manhood”. Steve gave us four key pointers to raising boys. Time According to Steve, the concept of qualitative time is nonsense. There is no substitute when raising children for quantity time. As boys bond most strongly…

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Feb

4

2013

Knowledge: When Training Undermines Corporate Success

Australia’s multibillion-dollar education and training industry stands in the way of real corporate development. We have defined “skills and competencies” based on how superior performers have acted in the past, and we use this knowledge to define jobs, performance, training needs and levels of remuneration. A vast international industry exists to ensure that schools and universities train the young, while businesses and bureaucracies train, control…

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Dec

28

2012

Celebrating differences is better than hate

“Why do you hate consultants?” the moderator asked three of the panelists. In response one of them burst into uncontrollable laughter; apparently while professionally she “hated consultants” she was married to one. I was the only consultant on that panel which was about engaging consultants but seemed to be all about why consultants were hated. Not moderately disliked or distrusted-no the word used was “hated”….

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Dec

20

2012

Assessment: IQ, EQ and SQ

We all grew up knowing IQ (Intelligence Quotient) was important. At my school, girls with high IQ’s were forced to study Latin and History. The less smart ones got to study German and Geography (which at the time, seemed far more practical and useful to me). Then we were told about EQ (Emotional Quotient) which it seems is a far more accurate indicator of adult…

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Dec

16

2012

Transforming Cleopatra

I once spent “A Day With Cleopatra” at Sydney University. This study day, run by Dr. Kathryn Welch, traced the image of Cleopatra from its historical origins through the depiction of Cleopatra in art, literature and film. What became evident is that Cleopatra was highly intelligent (speaking 9 or 10 languages), politically savvy, shrewd and charming. She was a woman who wielded great power. She…

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Nov

14

2012

Creating extraordinary results through breakthrough change

I am part of a Linkedin discussion group on change.  I was asked recently what changed when I worked with my clients in a radical new way that I have found creates amazing results.  My answer is below:- You ask “what people” I “work with are doing different”.  This is, in a way, a tame question. One of my clients – having just been named…

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Nov

10

2012

We CAN have it all

    I recently read a new book on how women can be more successful in the work place. It was full of great ideas for getting ahead, based on the wisdom of women who have already done so. Packed with facts, ideas and suggestions, it was a treasure trove for women on their way up. Why then, I wondered, did reading it make me…

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