Margot Cairnes Blog

Nov

6

2012

Stages of personal development

  Have you ever said something and noticed that people around you made completely different sense of it? A simple explanation for this is that we all have a different perspective, our own unique way of looking at the world based on our beliefs, life experience and genetic make up (such as our innate intelligence). In their fascinating article “is real change possible?” Bob Anderson,…

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Nov

1

2012

The perfectionist virus

    “When we are constantly striving to be something other than who we are, we fail to notice and value our individual uniqeness”.     Studying educational research recently I came across a social phenomenon known as the perfectionist virus.  If we catch this virus we choose arbitrary standards of perfection and then strive to attain them.  Of course we never can, because once…

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Nov

1

2012

A place for spirituality in business

    “Many leaders are hungry for meaningful work and keen to create a company in which they are proud to work and from which they obtain satisfaction”.     17 years ago when I set up my business I faced a conundrum.  I had discovered through personal experience and study that if individuals only worked for superficial, hedonistic reasons like money, status and power,…

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Oct

25

2012

Being “Silly” as a Way to Creativity

“Creativity requires us to suspend judgement on ourselves and others and venture into new waters”. Sitting with the top 20 leaders of a company recently, I listened intently as they attempted to solve a very sensible business issue.  They came up with a lot of very sensible suggestions that presented a rational path moving forward.  I knew the suggestions were sensible because I had heard…

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Oct

19

2012

Raising Consciousness at work

Happiness and success in the 21st century demands that we are comfortable with change.  Relationships and jobs come and go. We all have to keep pace with a rapidly evolving technology. We are more mobile than any generation before us. Then there is global financial instability – people who thought they had retired are back working well past normal retirement age. One place where we…

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Oct

18

2012

A Business Excellence article

Here is the link to my article published in Business Excellence that you might find interesting. http://www.bus-ex.com/blog/drug-testing-ceos


Oct

11

2012

Fear and the death of Roberto Laudisio Curti

At the inquest of Brazilian student Roberto Laudisio Curt,i who died after being repeated shot with tasers by police in Sydney, the family are looking for answers. How can their handsome, intelligent son be dead? Watching the footage of Roberto’s bizarre behaviour – apparently under the influence of LSD and alcohol – I have great empathy for all involved. As a mother I can’t begin to…

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Oct

10

2012

Are politicians ruining our world?

  I’ve been thinking about brain plasticity and politicians. In both USA and Australia at the moment we are being bombarded by political rhetoric. Both countries are about to go into elections and the politicians are behaving even worse than ever. With 24/7 news coverage this means if we turn our TV’s (and more and more people -don’ t turn on the TV) we are…

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Oct

9

2012

Rural Woman of the Year – a model for Julie Bishop and Julia Guillard

Watching ABC 24 this morning I was shocked to hear the Deputy Leader of the Opposition,  Julie Bishop, take on a fellow pioneer in Australian politics, Prime Minister,  Julia Gillard, and condemn her for standing up for her (Julia’s) right to be treated with dignity and respect. Julie Bishop claimed that on behalf of Australian women she was ashamed of Julia Gillard’s attack on misogyny…

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Oct

9

2012

Porn induced impotence

In the Indy classic Shame directed by Steve McQueen we see a wonderful example of an intelligent, handsome and available man who is totally addicted to pornography. When we meet Brandon he looks like a successful bachelor executive. Bit by bit we are allowed into his life. We slowly come to realize the incredible hold pornography, violent and prostitute based sex has on his psyche….

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