Tony Gibson on November 14th, 2018

I love catching up with old friends for a walk and last weekend I managed to do a 3 hour walk and coffee in the Glasshouse Mountains. While we had not seen each other for nearly a year with a friendship spanning nearly forty years the connections are many and the conversation just flowed.
Effective communication is an art form and there is a need to appreciate it is a two-way process with sending a message and receiving a message by listening. The message can often get distorted with different values, agendas, levels of trust, knowledge, power and status. Also, sometimes there are just too many messages for a person to accommodate and there is an overload and breakdown of communications.
When there has been a longstanding trusting relationship and a one on one conversation like that with my friend, the chances of the message being distorted are far less. In coaching leaders and managers, I know it is important to know yourself first and put yourself in the other persons shoes to appreciate their perspective.
I have attended lots of meetings and workshops and a jointly developed agenda, meeting minutes with action items and outcomes from the meeting are keys to these communication processes. The question needs to be asked did all the participants in the workshop or meeting get a fair say and of the issues raised was there a commitment to address those issues with a process and a way forward in a timely manner. Also, have the messages been disseminated and discussed with stakeholders not present at the meeting?
No matter how good some people’s intentions on communication are there will be misunderstandings and incorrect messages making grievance resolution procedures necessary. This could be as simple as agreeing to go and have a coffee or talking on the phone.
Everyone has a leadership role and we will always be in a process of both building and mending relationships as we try our best to communicate effectively.
“Be the change you want to see in the world (Gandhi)”
Enjoy your day. Tony

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Tony Gibson on November 7th, 2018

Every workplace should have a wellness strategy and it is great to see organisations like Toyota Australia concerned that many employees were not getting a good night sleep.
Twenty-seven percent (27%) of workers in the B&S 2018 Worklife Survey undertaken in partnership with Medibank wanted Stress, Anxiety or Sleep Education classes. If 27 percent actually identified it, there are probably plenty more who are sleep deprived and trying to live busy lives travelling on half empty. This is third on the workplace wish list.
Getting a good night sleep is one of the primary benefits of Yoga Chi Gung with SPIRIT.3H. The 3H stands for happiness health and harmony. Try Yoga Chi Gung and wake up feeling refreshed and overflowing with vitality. Be with the breath.

 

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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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