Tony Gibson on July 24th, 2018

Many of us love work and have no desire to retire, however we all get to stages in our lives when we decide to review our priorities and re-charge our batteries. This often occurs when you leave a job after many years either voluntarily or through little choice like redundancies or voluntary early retirements. These times might be quite uncertain and stressful, but they are also liberating and open up many possibilities.

For many of us there is a world of difference between making a living and having a life with real meaning as you fulfillyour purpose.  It sometimes takes quite a deal of time to make the adjustment, but when you connect with what you really want to do and come up with that balance of work and leisure it is so satisfying.

Finding meaningful work is now harder than ever. With trends that come and go like the wind you can easily find yourself working on something that doesn’t last so you always need to be open,  learning and confident in your unique gifts.

I really enjoyed a book by Kate Burton Live Life, Love Work as it describes how you can live the life you want to live. Kate believes that people want a sense of peace and personal freedom to make the right choices concerning how they live and what they do.

We all have a passion and accessing that purposeful energy can lead you into some amazing vocations or callings. I particularly am attracted to some of the people who love our natural environment and are saving turtles, planting trees or working to rid the oceans of plastics. Others passions might be computer games or helping the elderly or children, but it is whatever gives that purposeful energy that means you love work.

For older workers the challenge of finding work is more significant with age discrimination. Re-think Re-engage Australia is a not for profit working to help older workers find meaningful work, so why not visit their website.

Get a life you love enjoying every day.

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Spend a moment to take in the great view of Double Island Point from Carlo Sandblow.

I am planning another spectacular Cooloola Great Walk from Rainbow Beach to Tewantin/Noosa in late September. The end of September is usually great weather being nice and sunny with the 100 ks walk not too far. Wildflower colour is at its peak at this time of the year in the coastal heath.

This will include 4 nights camping and 1 night accommodation in Rainbow Beach.

There will be some optional morning Yoga Chi Gung included.

If you are interested please contact me on MS 0419791860

The link to the national parks site for more on the walk is below.

https://www.npsr.qld.gov.au/parks/great-walks-cooloola/about.html

 

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Re-think Re-Engage Australia a not for profit offers to help you find your way as you seek employment.

We all have a great deal to offer with our special gifts so a paid internship maybe an opportunity for you.

Are you interested in :
– An eight (8) week program starting in August, on a fixed term contract
– An engaging and stimulating project with on-the-job training
– A structured “Getting Started” Program
– Weekly 1-2-1 Catch-up Meetings with your Project Manager
– A buddy from day one
– Dedicated support by an RRA Coach to ensure you are supported in the workplace
– Opportunities to learn about the business and develop new and existing skills.

Do you possess a range of skills including:
– Excellent oral and written communication skills including presentation and planning skills
– Strong organisational and analytical skills
– Ability to prioritise and multi-task

We are seeking expressions of interest as we develop this internship program from potential employers and interns.

Want to find out more? Contact Tony Gibson on the Sunshine Coast MS 0419791860

Visit the RRA website for more information following the link

Internships

https://rrfaustralia.org/internships/

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Tony Gibson on June 8th, 2018

On Sunday, I attended the World Environment Day (WED) celebrations at Cotton Tree Park on the Sunshine Coast with all the other happy and laughing people who care about the environment. What a beautiful sunny day it was by the Maroochy River to be entertained and learn more about the amazing community groups and government agencies working for our natural environment.

The environment movement is often accused of not focussing on solutions to our significant environmental challenges. The challenges like climate change, dependence on fossil fuels, jobs in transitioning to renewables, pollution from plastics and the built environment continually replacing the natural environment were highlighted by the stall holders. From solutions like tiny houses, solar energy and recycling there were many ideas providing a solutions focus by the environment community.

While we all appreciate the attendees at WED celebrations are largely the converted the participation of families with young children who are already quite aware of the challenges is reaffirming of the efforts of many people to raise the awareness in the community.

The challenge is therefore to take the positive energy of WED to continue to communicate the messages through a range of media. We need to use more opportunities like community radio Noosa 103.5 FM and our local community papers like the Coolum and North Shore Advertiser to get the message out to the wider community.  We clearly will still need to use the social media like Facebook and other print and electronic media but don’t forget the value of simple conversations as we build relationships for the future.

The message needs to be clear to ensure that the social, cultural, economic and environmental issues are all considered when it comes to projects like an Airport Expansion or the development of flood prone land at Twin Waters West. There have been failures to effectively communicate and engage the entire community on issues that will impact their children’s future and the WED energy gives us all hope.

The future is bright with the WED energy taking us forward as a community.

Enjoy your day.

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Tony Gibson on June 8th, 2018

I have just returned from Japan and really enjoyed my time there with the Family Yoga team in Tokyo and walking in the Hakone region. It was a wonderful experience and I found the people were very welcoming and warm.
The Japanese people we met were very much into naturally maintaining stability and calmness and seeing the most important way of life for human beings is the life of love. They see the nature of love is to cooperate with the correct way of living. The pledge of Family Yoga is to maintain the grace of nature to cooperate with ourselves, with others and with all life.
Our Australian group was able to stay in the village of Yanaka within the greater Tokyo-Yokohama metropolitan area which contains a population approaching 40 million people. This is arguably the most populous metropolitan area in the world, however many narrow streets, religious shrines, parks and community facilities and the subway system has meant Yanaka has been able to maintain its traditional feel.
The transport system in Tokyo is efficient with a labyrinth subway system, trains and buses with car traffic relatively light. Public transport is cheap, clean, fast and very efficient and on most subway lines you only wait a couple of minutes for the next train arrival.
Only a couple of hours away by fast train is Mount Fuji and Hakone the Japanese version of Switzerland where I loved to walk in the mountains, along side clear lakes and rivers and in the forests breathing clean air. This is the place honeymooners go and people escape the city for the country enjoying hot mineral springs and walks for their health and wellbeing.
I see the Sunshine Coast as the equivalent of the Hakone Region in providing that escape for health and wellbeing and how importance it is not becoming part of metropolitan greater Brisbane.
The people of the Sunshine Coast are also welcoming and warm with a lifestyle and natural assets that ensures we are different and we love it.
Enjoy your day.

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Tony Gibson on January 15th, 2018

I have enjoyed coaching and mentoring in business and the wider community because I can see the difference it makes by just getting people to focus on their strengths or gifts. I have seen this as a way to help people get more meaning and wellbeing in their lives.
The challenges of living on the Sunshine Coast are many with significant underemployment and a cost of living equal to or if not more than our major cities of Sydney and Melbourne. For younger people the mortgage stress and the cost of child care are significant issues whilst older people surviving on pensions and retirement savings looking for work or costly aged care places are some of the challenges.
We were told in a recent Federal Government study that the Sunshine Coast’s stock in social housing is half what it should be and the aged care heavily privatised the safety nets for the most vulnerable in the community are not adequate.
The New South Wales Young Liberals President’s recent suggestions that the value of the family home or primary place of residence should be included in the consideration of access to the age pension could lead to people choosing to stay in paid employment longer.
Many older workers have skills and knowledge that are being accessed by the community in non-paid volunteer roles, however they could equally be applied in meaningful paid roles if they had more choices available.
National Seniors and the Federal Government have information tool kits for safeguarding against skills shortages tapping into the networks and experience of older workers. There are financial support and programs for employers with the Investing in Experience Tool Kit available on line for employers wanting to give older workers an opportunity. There is a strong business case for using older workers as many employers like retail and construction would attest.
Whatever stage of your life you have many gifts and strengths to share and I wish you well in 2018. Enjoy your day.

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Tony Gibson on December 19th, 2017

Karen Gately writes about green values to attract young staff and the importance of leadership which is what I have been saying for years. I also think you need older workers that are good leaders and role models that are mentoring with green values to have a balance in a sustainable workforce. Have a read and click on the link to find out more.

As Millennials will soon dominate the workforce, here are some tips to satiate this socially conscious generation.

Australian greenhouse gas emissions are at an all time high, says a recent report in the Guardian – as good a reason as any to consider going green. But there is another factor at play – attracting millennials.   By 2025, Millennials will make up three-quarters of the global workforce. The need for organisations to attract and retain them is growing; yet all too often leaders and HR professionals alike continue to criticise what they perceive to be an impatient, unrealistic and demanding generation.

The time has come to stop complaining about the challenges Millennials typically bring, and prioritise how to get the best from them. Like any other generation, Millennials are unique and demand different things in order to earn their loyalty.

https://www.hrmonline.com.au/section/strategic-hr/green-workplace-culture-millennials/?utm_source=HRM&utm_medium=e-news&utm_campaign=HRM+announcement

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Tony Gibson on December 15th, 2017

A study by CPP Asia Pacific found that people like to spend time at Christmas as follows:
49% of people mentioned being with family, friends or loved ones; 34% mentioned eating, 17% presents, 9% drinking, 9% cooking, 9% visiting family or friends, 9% going to church, 7% TV, 7% walk, 7% games, and 5% having people over.i

Those who mentioned presents, eating, drinking, games and being with family or friends were expecting to enjoy Christmas more than those who didn’t. People who mentioned seeing in-laws said they would enjoy Christmas significantly less than those who didn’t!

Those who prefer Introversion were more likely than those who prefer Extraversion to go to church, those who prefer Feeling and Judging were more likely to mention being with family and friends, and those with Perceiving preferences were more likely to mention presents.

There were also some interesting personality differences regarding Christmas activities – different activities were linked to higher levels of enjoyment of Christmas for different MBTI® personality types:
• Extraversion – happier if playing games
• Introversion – happier if they were going to drink or going to church (but not necessarily at the same time!), less happy if seeing their partner’s family or in-laws
• Sensing – less happy if seeing in-laws
• iNtuition – those who were happier mentioned presents, eating, TV and games
• Thinking – happier if seeing family and friends
• Feeling – happier if eating and watching TV
• Judging – less happy if seeing in-laws
• Perceiving – happier if playing games and seeing family and friends

Now of course, this is only based on people’s views of how much they expected to enjoy Christmas.
Enjoy your Christmas.

Cheers Tony

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Tony Gibson on September 14th, 2017

I was fortunate to experience my high school years at an inner city public school in Brisbane that was a melting pot of different nationalities and racial groups. I developed friendships from this time and for me it has highlighted my belief that diversity is what makes great organisations and makes Australia a great nation.
I define diversity as the inclusion of individuals representing different national origins, races, religions, socioeconomic stratum, sexual orientations, genders and age profiles which make our Australian culture great.
As a manager and business coach I have seen the benefits of diversity in the workplace as individuals bring a range of different skills and can relate effectively with different elements of the customer base. We need to reduce unemployment in the workforce creating jobs and increasing the wealth distribution in the Australian economy as we take advantage of this diversity.
I believe we should continue to benefit from our cultural diversity increasing international connections and keeping the dialogue going to avoid conflicts and more wars. If we look at the impact of a Samsung or a Hyundai from South Korea they benefit the Australia with a transfer of innovation, technology and local jobs. Clearly we still need to do more to value add to create more local jobs.
Australia is largely a migrant nation with most of us having arrived here in the last couple of hundred years and we can trace much of our prosperity to diversity and to our social cohesion.
We can see diversity and our migrant’s backgrounds in the makeup of the Australian parliament. The Section 44 of the constitution eligibility concerns for current parliamentarians highlights how many have recently arrived.
When the Australian nation and our harmony are threatened by people who seek to divide us it is more important than ever to concentrate on the things that unite us.
A thousand mile journey starts with one step and I call on our political leaders to focus on unity and prosperity taking advantage of our diverse rich culture.

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Tony Gibson on August 29th, 2017

I have taken on a role as an ambassador with RE-THINK RE-ENGAGE FOUNDATION AUSTRALIA The RRF is an Australian non-profit organisation committed to influencing and supporting Australia’s O5UW’s (i.e. over 50’s underemployed overqualified workers) transforming this talent to drive innovation in the Australian economy.

The Federal Government has just announced a trial to bring back older Australians into the workforce. The 5 sites that include Somerset in Queensland will spend a total of $110 million. The program includes a short intensive course with better ways to search for jobs and understand the local labour market and optional computer and information technology training.

As a HR professional and coach I am afraid without a holistic approach that recognises discrimination and stereotyping of older workers further training is unlikely to bring results. Many older workers are already highly literate in information technology and have much to offer just needing a chance.

With underemployment, casualisation of the workforce, low superannuation balances for many workers and technological changes meaning many jobs are disappearing the need to respond to the plight of older workers is significant. Older workers are a talent pool we need to nurture and support through broad based programs accessible to all in the Australian economy.

If you would like to be involved in developing solutions please contact me on tony.gibson@spirit3h.com.au

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