Emotional health and electoral choice

This month I’m revisiting a post that was originally written in 2012 ahead of council elections in Victoria, Australia. With another, slightly larger, election imminent, I thought it might be worth revisiting with some appropriate adaptation. The arrival of election day 2020 in the USA, with the whole world watching in various forms of anxiousness [...]

By |2020-11-02T16:05:41+11:00November 3rd, 2020|Blog|2 Comments

Overcoming systemic challenges faced by our community

This month we feature a guest post from one of our recent Tables of Ten participants, Karl Fitzgerald. Karl is an economist for Prosper Australia, an NGO specialising in a fairer tax system. He runs the monthly Renegade Economists podcast and is best known for his study of vacant housing. When I first heard about [...]

By |2020-10-06T09:01:14+11:00October 6th, 2020|Blog|1 Comment

Finding our invincible summer

I recently came across my High School Yearbook from a year I spent (a few years ago!) as an exchange student at Springfield High School in Vermont, USA. My senior photo appears along with a quote by French philosopher Albert Camus: ‘In the midst of winter I found there was, within me, an invincible summer’. [...]

By |2020-08-31T14:38:27+11:00September 1st, 2020|Blog|1 Comment

Staying connected in this second stage of isolation

Over the past month I have had a number of conversations with clients and colleagues and discovered a number of articles that point to a decrease in the level of ‘happiness’ chemicals in the community. These chemicals – particularly oxytocin, serotonin and endorphins – are needed to maintain strong emotional health as we experience the [...]

By |2020-08-18T14:43:20+11:00August 18th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Staying connected in this second stage of isolation

Hope and adaptation through catastrophic change

This month we welcome a guest post from one of our clients, Kristina Karlsson. Kristina was born and lives and works on the land of the Wurundjeri of the Kulin Nations in Australia, where she works as a systems psychodynamically trained organisational consultant and coach. She currently works for the Victorian State Government.  ‘Hope’ has emerged as a [...]

By |2020-08-03T18:48:06+11:00August 4th, 2020|Blog|Comments Off on Hope and adaptation through catastrophic change

Our changing world

When Gayle and Malcolm invited me to write a short reflection six months after returning from Antarctica as part of Homeward Bound, the first thing I did was count the months on my fingers from December 2019 to now. I could not believe it had actually been 6 months! Of course, most of the last [...]

By |2020-07-21T11:19:34+11:00July 21st, 2020|Blog, Gillian Starling on #HB4|Comments Off on Our changing world

Dealing with ambiguity in challenging times

This year is challenging all of us in many and varied ways. Something that just about everyone is facing in one way or another is dealing with ambiguity on an ongoing basis. So much of what we would take for granted at any other time feels up in the air at the moment. For leaders, [...]

By |2020-07-06T14:49:11+11:00July 7th, 2020|Blog|1 Comment

Supporting your team through challenging times

A few weeks ago, Malcolm and I were interviewed by our Chinese colleague Yupeng Qiu about how leaders can support themselves and their teams through the current Covid-19 pandemic. Yupeng published an article based on our answers which he kindly translated back into English for us. Quite a lot has changed since we gave that [...]

By |2020-05-05T14:19:57+11:00May 5th, 2020|Blog|Comments Off on Supporting your team through challenging times

The challenge of navigating the Covid-19 crisis in Africa

When Gayle was in Nepal in 2019 for the World Ranger Congress she met Kate Vanelli and Matt Lindendberg from Global Conservation Corp, a wonderful organisation that promotes wildlife conservation through youth education. Their 'Future Rangers' program, offered in conjunction with specific schools close to important national parks in South Africa, is designed to turn future [...]

By |2020-04-21T09:15:04+11:00April 20th, 2020|News|1 Comment