February 2016 - Australian River Restoration Centre

  • Google’s surprising discovery about what makes an effective team…

    I do a lot of work facilitating meetings and groups, and one of the things I really notice is that teams that have a strong foundation of respect and support for each other, are the ones that thrive.  By ‘thrive’ I mean they share a common purpose, value each other’s contribution, and trust that they […]

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  • ARGHHH! Endless meetings… how can facilitation help?

    Over the past few years I have been doing more work as a facilitator of meetings, workshops and community forums.  I really enjoy facilitating these events, as people are asking me to become part of their team.  Being invited into a team is a privilege, and I spend a lot of time prior to the […]

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  • Today’s water management decisions will shape tomorrow’s world

    We understand that sometimes it is difficult to see the big picture of what is happening in the environment. How can something we do today impact the future? Does it really matter? Here at the ARRC, we know that it does matter, that the decisions we make today will have a profound influence on how […]

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  • Are you paralysed by perfection?

    If so, you are not alone.  I have been following researchers like Brene Brown who talk about the incredible pressures we place on ourselves to be a ‘perfect parent’, ‘perfect employee’ – to have a ‘perfect relationship’ and a ‘perfect body’.  Our endless pursuit of perfection can contribute to anxiety, depression and a sense that […]

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  • Wolves shaping rivers? Yellowstone Park tells an amazing tail (tale)!

    When I watched this four minute video sent to me by my film-maker friend Richard Snashall, I was gobsmacked.  Wolves shaping rivers? surely not.  But yes, this is an amazing story of what happens when we reintroduce an animal back into their habitat, and they re-instate the ‘trophic cascade’ they were originally part of. When wolves […]

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  • The six traits of an ethical leader – how do you and your organisation stack up?

    My friend Leith Boully, who I co-facilitate the Peter Cullen Trust Science to Policy Leadership Program with, sent me this thought provoking article about the six traits of an ethical leader.  The piece was written following the problems experienced in large corporates such as Volkswagen, who knowingly programmed its diesel vehicles to cheat emissions testing.  When I […]

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