Plan FOR downtime not WHAT the downtime is- an exercise in planned sponteneity

I am a planner. At times I absolutely own the title of "over-planner" or "Julie, Cruise Director" that my husband bestows on me. Mum, wife, business owner, event planner and only 168 hours in a week, what being organized does is actually give me the maximum free time for the things I cherish, time outside, a glass of wine and a movie night, hanging with no agenda with the family.  I...

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Finding your voice- in life and at work

  A couple of weeks ago, I was visiting my 15 month old grandson, Roudi. He had just started to say his first words and was so excited to try to communicate these with me. You could see the wonder in his eyes as he showed me his toys and was trying to voice their names. Everything is brand new in his eyes and it is a joy to behold and to watch him test out his new voice. So this got me...

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On Vision, Leadership and Brilliance

This weekend was fabulous. Spent two days at Social Media Camp Victoria 2011, where I was not only a speaker on a panel for HR and Social Media, but was a great big sponge... soaking in information, energy and meeting incredible individuals. I have to say though, the most incredible part was attending the conference with Impact People Practices' two interns Zeeshan Rasool and Hassan Rahim, two...

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Are leaders born or grown?

This is something I spend a lot of time thinking about. It fascinates me. I wonder about it in the context of my own leadership journey... and how I got to where I am. I wonder about it when I gaze at my beautiful children full of promise and try to imagine them in life 5 or 10 or 20 years from now. I certainly wonder about it when I enter an organization (as a consultant or customer) and...

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