Tony Gibson on October 14th, 2018

I have been an advocate of collaborative leadership seeing this as a most effective approach and already quite a trend in my leadership research in the early 2004. This leadership approach requires open communication, mutual trust and respect present in social enterprises.
Deloittes Business Consultants reported in March 2018 that global trends were for “The Symphonic C-suite: Teams leading Teams” approach to be dominant. The report states that senior leaders can’t afford to work in silos in today’s complex, dynamic environment. The goal is to act as a symphony of experts playing in harmony—instead of a cacophony of experts who sound great alone, but not together.
The model of the new social enterprise recognises that there is a need to represent all stakeholders’ interests working with customers and communities with strong corporate social responsibility programs. In addition, wellness programs for workers become the norm to ensure they maintain their competitive advantage and retain the best people.
If only our Federal, State and Local governments’ organisations had harmonic collaborative leadership teams being open, transparent, accountable and more socially responsible, we would be much better off.
While the private sector players in areas like the energy sector have factored in climate change and the communities desire to move away from the old fossil fuels into clean and green renewable energy, the federal and state governments in particular lack agility and commitment. An example is the support of the Queensland and Federal Governments for the ADANI mine and transport infrastructure to export coal.
The citizens under the Sunshine Coast Regional Council (SCRC) are being led into risky financial ventures like airport expansions and new CBDs without publicly available business cases. The SCRC does not demonstrate a team based collaborative leadership approach and the community is paying dearly. The SCRC has the highest minimum average general rates rise for similar South East Queensland councils at 3.5 percent.
It is time for governments to have collaborative leadership symphonies like social enterprises.
Enjoy your day.
Tony

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Tony Gibson on October 5th, 2018

 

I love to do a long walk in the wilderness each year up to about 100kms. The Cooloola Great Walk from Rainbow Beach to Tewantin through the high coastal dunes and headwaters of the Noosa River is one of my favourites.

Like any journey, a great walk commences with a first step and then another. While many might think this seems to be an arduous journey, the passion for the experience started with many shorter walks that were gradually coming together in wonderful experiences of nature and working as a team. Such journeys therefore start with a lot of preparation, different experiences and gradual skill development so the fears dissolve as you enjoy each journey.

A part of starting out on a new venture, a new job or another great walk is to challenge oneself, sharing with others and being prepared to learn new things overcoming fear and misunderstandings.

I believe the skills picked up on a great walk can help you develop your own survival guide not just to do the walk but to change in your life.  When you are out there walking in the open with the pack on your back and the storm front moves in quickly, you need to work with the situation at hand.

On the great walk adventure we need to learn by doing, effectively responding to the changing environment and operating as a team. The different gifts and abilities of different people in a team will show that everyone has a leadership role. While somebody might have great map reading and navigational skills another person may be a great storyteller or be able to keep everyone going to reach that next campsite at the top of a hill.

The great walks are a massive enjoyment and fun for me and by the end of the journey we will have moved from a group who started out together to now being a cohesive team. The shared adventure will build respect, trust and life time friendships.

Take your first step as you live your passion today.

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Tony Gibson on September 27th, 2018

It is wonderful teach a supportive and connected community of students at the North Shore Community Centre at Mudjimba. The Morning Light Yoga Chi Gung class has been steadily growing and I would like to express my gratitude as we continue our journey with happiness, health and harmony. Enjoy your day.

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Tony Gibson on September 17th, 2018

Self Care
Most of us get stressed and anxious at times but it is important to have a toolkit for self care. For me this is pretty simple with long walks, yoga chi gung and meditation plus eating and sleeping when you need it. However, to get the balance right in our lives we need to consider many elements like our purpose, work environment, recreation, family and relationships.
In the workplace we see people who are there the longest number of hours and who often are not the most productive and easy to get along with. Also, you see the people who have a plan and a purpose achieving meaning and wellbeing and getting everything done with a minimum of fuss.
In leading European countries like Denmark there is a reduction in average working hours and employees are supported with very good conditions. At the same time Denmark leads the stakes in productivity, wellbeing and happiness.
In contrast in Australia, the recent displays in Canberra with the bullying in the parliament clearly indicate this is not a desirable workplace and the culture and values are very hazardous. The former Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop indicated that the behaviours in the parliament would not pass the grade in most workplaces. If you were serious about self care you would steer clear of a long term career in politics.
In Victoria, the Health Care Sector has introduced human resource management practices to address rudeness, bullying and harassment with new workplace civility programs. The civility and common courtesy programs are starting to work with healthy manners.
Whilst we are the masters of our destiny going into hazardous work environments and not being serious about the basics like getting enough exercise, nutrition and sleep means that many in our society are on the slippery slope.
Self care paradoxically requires giving and kindness to others to receive similar responses. This means working towards a culture with a degree of civility in our relationships and across the community.
Let as all try to make civility and courtesy fashionable.
Enjoy your day.

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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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