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Courage and Renewal

  At 9am on a Sunday morning, in front of a group of new acquaintances, I was shedding quiet tears. From a bluetoothed ipad, Cat Stevens sang ‘Morning has Broken’ as I regarded a carpet of tree collages on the floor of the meeting room – the product of a workshop exercise the previous day. Let me be clear. I don’t cry in public. I reserve that for movies, in private, about dogs doing something noble. What was I
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I offended someone yesterday

“All life is meeting” Martin Buber I offended someone yesterday. After a workshop, a woman came and told me that I had embarrassed her in front of colleagues and subordinates. I apologized. She left quickly, still unhappy. She was also a senior officer in the organisation for which I was working. As I cleaned up the training room, I pondered whether to go back up in the lift to reception on the next floor, ask for he
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Creating Learning Networks

A Guidebook for creating rural learning networks Ian Colley, Bruce Thomson and Monica Redden This project developed a Guidebook for creating and sustaining rural skill networks. It involved extensive discussions with primary producers, farmers, extension officers and people involved in regional business development networks. The main focus was on developing strategic management skills through group activities among p
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Performance Conversations

In the past year I have done quite a few training sessions on performance management. The sessions confirmed my suspicion that the Australian working culture is abysmal at performance feedback. Contrary to the popular stereotype of blunt, frank and open communication, in our workplaces we are, in the main, unassertive, indirect, ironic, passive and excessively accommodating. With some rare exceptions – the people who
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Performance Conversations

In the past year I have done quite a few training sessions on performance management. The sessions confirmed my suspicion that the Australian working culture is abysmal at performance feedback. Contrary to the popular stereotype of blunt, frank and open communication, in our workplaces we are, in the main, unassertive, indirect, ironic, passive and excessively accommodating. With some rare exceptions – the people who
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Catalysts for Capital

They came from Bega, Bombala, Pambula, Tathra, Cooma, Queanbeyan and Canberra. Eight workshops over eight months in six regional locations. Fourteen business and community leaders throughout the Capital Region of NSW and the ACT, celebrated the end of the Leaders 4 Capital regional development program in Canberra on Saturday 27 June. Sponsored by the Capital Regional Development Board and a range of local shires, the
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New horizon for library leaders

The inaugural CAVAL Horizon Executive Library Leadership 2008/09 program attracted senior library professionals from six Australian states and the north island of New Zealand. Participants came from national, state, university and government libraries. The program consisted of two face-to face residential workshops, four tele-workshops, and the use of online discussion and social networking media. Exposure to and dia
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Green collar students

Green Collar in Australia – A Student Perspective By Ian Colley This report explores student perspectives on ‘green collar’ careers, aiming to gauge the level of understanding and excitement among young Australians about careers with a sustainable focus. This research was based on a series of focus groups conducted among secondary school students in seven government and non government schools. The p
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Learning and Development

We develop practical skills through a tailored approach, based on design principles that work. We create an environment for discovery rather than teaching. Besides a broad range of technical skills we are really good at: Stakeholder analysis and management Leadership development programs Business planning Facilitation from the front line to the boardroom
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