Monthly Archives: December 2016

A little bit less of a superhero

For the first two and a bit decades of my life I ran roughshod over myself. Tired or not, sick or not. If i had things to do, they got done. If this involved sport or some other punishing physical endeavour then all the better. It was not unusual for me to play a game of cricket, travel to an away swimming carnival, run 5 to 10k in training for cross-country, and play or umpire a couple of games of netball in the same weekend. Continue reading →

Cultivate

Cultivate. Grow, encourage, nurture, prune, trellis, teach, learn, train, manage, raise, propagate, prepare, tend, work, till, ripen, acquire, develop, form. There’s an agrarian undertone to be sure. But it is the engendering of a life that will benefit from tender, loving, self care, along with energies directed toward my fledgling company, and my most important relationships in my life. Cultivate is a transitive verb. It denotes action that is happening. to prepare or prepare and use for the raising of crops; :  to foster the Continue reading →

Productivity Tools for Non Profit and Social Enterprise Professionals

Just over seven  years ago I wrote a post offering some advice and links to productivity tools that I found useful in my research and writing. I thought it was time to revisit the topic and reflect on what I’m finding most useful now. I try to share things that help me but am somewhat suspicious of cult followings of all descriptions: so please use what works for you. Everyone is looking for the answer that will solve all their organisational/life/balance/problems. While these tools are Continue reading →

You are not special

A few years ago I spent six months in between positions in higher education working in retail hospitality: a cafe in a busy mall. I wrote this reflection in the midst of that experience. Each Christmas I am reminded by the lessons buried deep within muscle memory from that time. _____________________________________________________________________________ Working with ‘the public’ for the last four or five months, one pervasive attitude has struck me as being detrimental to our communities growing and thriving. It’s something that I don’t see the church Continue reading →

Checklist of items to take to your next presentation or speaking event

Presenting on behalf of your non-profit organization, social enterprise, or socially responsible business can be as easy as stepping up and waxing lyrical. But sometimes, you may need to think through some contingencies. Here is a checklist of items to take your next presentation or speaking event. You can download the list as a printable below!   CHECKLIST Business cards – Bring more than you will need, along with a card holder if you are using a display table. Consider distributing a business card to Continue reading →

Writing for Good in the world

I love to write when creativity strikes and while I would contend that is in a place of unbridled creativity that my best ideas come it is not usually where I can expect to write polished pieces. But what is writing for Good? Often the moments of creativity produce sparks and tangents that take time, control, and discipline to flesh out into fully developed arguments that flow. I often have to go back after I have posted to fix spelling and grammar mistakes, and to Continue reading →

So You want to be a Writer

So you want to be a writer? This advice is from a letter C.S. Lewis wrote an American schoolgirl in 1959 who asked her for advice on developing as a writer. Writing is a craft and should be given the same amount of development effort as any other skill. More so, even, if this is part of your professional life. Turn off the radio. Read good books and avoid most magazines. Write with the ear, not the eye. Make every sentence sound good. Write only Continue reading →