While Australia seems to be falling behind in the skills race for a new economy, the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a Skills India Initiative to provide 400 million people with human resources skills. India aims to be the world human resources capital by 2022.
I travelled to India several years ago before Modi was elected and India was powering ahead as Australia was slowing. I met scientists, doctors, teachers, managers and members of a prosperous well educated Indian middle class. The people I met were excited about learning and the future of India.
In contrast over the past two years in Australia the leadership is not there and the breaks are on in learning and skills development. There actually has not been the political will for skills development and delivery on education reform for a few years and the necessary investment has not occurred.
In addition, the opportunities to move to a greener economy in Australia to create prosperity with green jobs have been squandered. The tardiness in the reform agenda means Australia is slipping back in comparison to other developed economies. The OECD reported in July 2015 that Australia is no longer the best performer in the OECD with the harmonised unemployment rate of 6.2%. From this relatively poor performance result it would seem obvious that Australia needs to rebalance the economy with more attention to social, cultural and environmental issues for prosperity.
I believe that transformation is required largely through more green jobs and entrepreneurs in areas like high value eco-tourism, indigenous cultural enterprises, health, wellbeing, educational services, public transport and high speed rail, renewable and clean energy, organic farming and participation in the digital economy.
It is not the intention to get into greening skills and job profiles but clearly there has been significant work in that area occurring with adaption, mitigation and eco-innovation. There will be significant work required in training and skills development which is an opportunity for prosperity in itself.
It would be nice to have a Modi leading the way with ambitious targets though the funding is not on the table in India and it seems it will be very much a partnership with the private sector. The difference is that at least there is some hope provided with the Modi agenda unlike the leadership provided by the Abbott federal government in Australia.
Speaker and writer Meg Wheatley says whatever the problem community is the answer and we need to expect leadership of the change to come from anywhere. As the Government is not leading the community is leading a government caught up in the interest groups of an old economy. I believe there is definitely hope and leaders will emerge for our own Skills Australia Initiative.
Even if we do not realise it we are connected to nature and the seasons. The turtles, rays, sharks whales, sea birds and wildflowers are all connected like the people in our communities. The spring is a time of renewal and growth for us.
In the five elements connections of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) the element in Spring is wood, the colour is green and in the lifecycle it is about birth. Also, as we move into Spring with Yoga Chi Gung, the meridians for focus are the liver and gallbladder. The meridians run on the inside and outside of the legs so the practice is designed to stretch those areas to help the flow of chi or energy. By using postures and flows like twisting snake, lever pose and more this will help your body, mind and spirit refresh and revitalise.
Recently I was enthralled by stories from Lyndon Davis (Gubbi Gubbi people) and Tim Cope (Australian Adventurer) at the Sunshine Coast Conservation Forum sponsored by the Sunshine Coast Council. Both speakers were able to tell us how the communities in traditional cultures live with their environment sustainably and it helped provide a message of hope for change.
Tim in his story told us of his journey on the steppes of central Asia and Europe over three (3) years on horseback from east to west and why relationships were most important. He describes the relevance of community on the steppes working together, looking after each other, providing hospitality and sharing stories and knowledge which is vital for survival. By reaching out and taking a risk Tim believes that the world conspires to help you.
Lyndon conveyed powerful stories of the connection of traditional peoples with plants, animals, fish and birds and how the land would look after the people. I liked the story of the mullet run and dolphins and sea eagles helping the traditional owners to harvest the fish from the sea. This showed that the stories and traditional knowledge were similarly important to his people’s survival. Also, this showed that the traditional people are connected to the rhythms of the land and the seasons which they replicate in song, dance, hunting and gathering practices.
As many have said like Tim it is the journey that is more important than the destination and by reaching out to each other in the community we will come up with solutions together. Having some fun, keeping a sense of humour, being patient and expecting uncertainty as you acquire the knowledge and traditional wisdom will mean that the world conspires with you for a sustainable future.
I will be working with Kerry Jones and other traditional owners (Gubbi Gubbi people) who will tell us their stories as we enjoy our journey on a ninety (90) minute wildflower walk at Marcoola. The walk will be a splendid surprise and will commence at 2:00 PM on Saturday, 22 August at the end of Cessna Ave, Marcoola as part of the Sunshine Coast Wildflower Festival. You can email me or call me direct on MS 0419791860 or firstname.lastname@example.org
I believe once we realise that community is always the answer then providing hope of a sustainable future is not difficult.
Using a chime, a bell or a singing bowl are great ways to help people go inwards as part of mindfulness and guided meditation. In classes I often use sounds to help this transition to open the heart to love and healing.
Megan Cowan describes how she discovered how sound could help in education with school students. This is a great short story from a Bringing the Hearts and Minds Youth Conference where Megan integrates mindfulness using sound. This can be viewed on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qnatIJmdkH8
Thank you Daniel Goleman for bringing this to my attention.
In his book Hardwiring Happiness Dr Rick Hanson brings together his research in neuroscience with a practical guide for human resource management trainers, yoga teachers, therapists and the community generally. This book provides brain building techniques using positive experiences to erase the negative experiences as powerful possibilities for healing.
Hanson identifies foundational inner strengths that helped change his and others lives. He works with what he refers to as the twenty-one (21) jewels including a sense of protection, pleasure, relaxation, enthusiasm, self-compassion, peace, contentment and love. Also he challenges us all to adopt this approach to help us move to a responsive mode whether in the family, the workplace or the community. This book is definitely worth a read.
Tony provides SPIRIT.3H holistic coaching and oriental yoga instruction that can help you with meaning, purpose and wellbeing in your life. Working to bring about change involves the body, mind and spirit. Tony says if he was to give a simple start to this change journey then he would include:
1. Learning by listening and being more intuitive;
2. Exercising and meditation daily with postures, stretches and flowing movements to help the flow of energy or chi; and
3. Getting out in nature and the sun connecting to the natural environment.
Firstly start by learning by listening and suspending all judgement. This approach eliminates some of the blockages around what do I think I already know or that I am attached to my view point and wants. These blockages you need to recognise as you learn when listening.
Secondly try to quieten the mind with meditation and oriental yoga exercise practice where you focus on the breath and just flow like a river. Also, as you practice try to tune into listening to your heart more deeply so that you can get clearer signals.
Thirdly you need to try to get out in nature as this can help you to nourish and clear the mind, body and spirit and help you find the direction by turning inwards and listening to yourself.
Tony at SPIRIT.3H is an experienced coach and yoga teacher who has a passion for helping people achieve their goals and find their way to living a happy, healthy and harmonious life. Join Tony for a personalised holistic coaching session on line or in person plus regular group yoga chi gung classes.
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Collaboration in the team is important, however I think there is a also compelling argument for autonomy as argued by Nina Mapstone Bone in AHRIs June edition of the HR Monthly (see article http://www.hrmonline.com.au/section/opinion/collaboration-at-work/). Collaboration in certain circumstances could lead to group think and suppress innovation plus several other negative scenarios as explained by Nina. In most cases collaboration can be very effective in bringing through enterprise contributions by encouraging collaboration leading to increased profits. The pro-collaboration argument was well stated by Aaron McEwan.
Leadership that is able to generally encourage collaboration in networks, teams and communities (NTCs) for me is the way organisations need to operate today. This debate provided food for thought in coaching leaders to support innovation and sustainability in different environments and stages of the decision making process.
Thank you Nina, Aaron and AHRI for this valuable for and against debate.
I think National Tree Day is a great opportunity to get the entire community to share what many of us care about in the natural environment. We have a great deal to celebrate in a wonderful natural environment across Australia and we can grow so much as a community with events like National Tree Day sharing our passions.
This National Tree Day on Sunday 26 July volunteers with their family, friends and the wider community supporters will help to plant native plants to look after our green spaces. Around Australia and at Mudjimba and Yaroomba on the Sunshine Coast we will be celebrating.
Join the gathering and give back to the natural environment by planting for the future and celebrate National Tree Day by going to the PLANET ARK SITE TO REGISTER FOR:
MUDJIMBA ON: http://treeday.planetark.org/site/10007911
YAROOMBA ON: http://treeday.planetark.org/site/10007910
OR REGISTER YOUR PIECE OF PARADISE BY GOING TO THE WEBSITE: http://treeday.planetark.org/find-a-site/
Might see you at Mudjimba
Enjoy your day
I believe organisations have started to become much more natural, organic and are less pyramid shaped hierarchical. These combined networks, teams and communities I refer to as a Red Basket like the fungi you find in nature. The power of information availability, democratisation and a developing mindfulness are changing where power resides and our leadership approaches. In NTCs multi-directional information flows are accelerated and supported by social media and globalisation in the digital age.
In organisations today everyone has a leadership role influencing and encouraging each other to collaborate on a shared purpose. Some of the current ways we organise in society are networks, teams and communities (NTCs) where leaders must be more facilitators and coaches to achieve a shared purpose. Leaders roles continue to be largely about leading change, influencing and communicating.
There is a blurring as to what organisation looks like in the profit and non-profit sectors as they embrace collaboration, volunteerism and engagement. The profit making firm has become more a team and community organisation where people have an affiliation or belonging. The glue of the firm is the culture with congruent values and attitudes like many not for profit teams and community groups.
Our interdependence in a desire for a healthy planet seems to be better understood globally as we work for sustainability in our organisations and leadership practices. Working with nature for a mutual benefit can be seen in examples like the dolphins and fisherman of Brazil helping to herd fish together and then sharing a bountiful catch. Also, working to protect the natural values of the Great Barrier Reef can similarly be seen as a way to maintain jobs in tourism and keep a healthy planet at the same time.
The power of the social media and press campaign in Germany and Australia by GET UP is a good example of the global leadership role being taken on by many people in the environmental movement. This action helped to stop funding by a large German Bank of a coal port development in Queensland. A significant media campaign aimed at the Annual General Meeting of the Deutsche Bank resulted in the developer Indian company Adani being unsuccessful for a development loan. Banks are the powerful players on the global stage with leadership decisions around corporate social responsibility being significant.
The mindful leadership role being taught by Professor Bill George at Harvard Business School should be commended as innovative. Students are asked how they could make a positive difference for their colleagues, their organisations, their families and society as a whole as their measures of success as leaders.
I predict more sustainable networks, teams and communities (NTCs) will be powerful organisational arrangements for leaders working for the common good, as status differences and hierarchical power lose favour to forms reflected in nature i.e. The Red Basket
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