The Difference Between Passion and Purpose

“We’re short of leaders and trees.” Paul Polman I attended an awesome webinar this week organised by the Global Executive Leadership Initiative with Paul Polman as the key speaker. The biggest takeaway for me was Paul’s distinction between passion and purpose, and how understanding the difference is a critical element of leadership. Passion is doing something you care about and

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Why Values Matter In Tech

We’ve all seen it – couples, families, groups of friends out at a cafe or restaurant … ignoring each other, and staring at their phones instead. This behaviour isn’t unusual. It’s normal – to the point we barely notice it any more. Technology is everywhere, embedded into every aspect of our lives. Of course there are benefits, but we need

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What to DO on Earth Day

We know it matters – our human activities are causing problems on this one planet we’ve got. But climate change can seem so … BIG. It’s hard to know what to do – where to start. The challenge is systemic – lots of complicated moving pieces, connected in a myriad of complex ways. Where to begin? Here are a few

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Learning and Unlearning

Not long ago, a client called me out on a casually sexist remark I made, the gist of which was ‘yoga is for girls’. It was an odd thing to say, because it’s not what I think. Firstly, having practiced on and off since 2005, I certainly don’t believe ‘yoga is for girls’. Neither do I consider myself sexist –

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Good Enough

Sometimes, only our best is good enough … but the idea we can [or should] always be at our best is not only impossible, it’s unhealthy. We’re humans. We have good days and bad days. Sometimes we’re on top form … and at other times – not so much. Now, if we’re having a stinker, that doesn’t mean we inflict

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What Game Are You Playing?

In his book ‘Finite and Infinite Games’, James Carse distinguishes between two types of ‘game’. Finite games have clearly defined parameters – rules, a start, a finish. Examples would be a tennis match, writing a book, building a website, meeting for coffee. We understand when it’s done – when the ‘game’ is over. Infinite games are blurry. The rules can

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