In Personal Development on May 7, 2013 at 3:04 pm
Yesterday a 24-year old friend called me concerned that he hadn’t yet done anything meaningful in his life. While this may seem laughable to some, the striking regularity with which I hear this is disturbing.
To give some idea about this young friend, he is incredibly inspiring and likeable. He is creative, compassionate and has a real interest in making a contribution to the world. Yet he like so many people falls into one of the greatest traps of the human condition – comparing oneself to others.
He is concerned that at twenty-four he has not successfully founded a non-profit, started a movement, achieved Young Australian of the Year or been recognised in a Top 100 Most Influential People or 30 under 30 list. The benchmarks by which young people are judging their own success and self-worth are climbing higher and higher each year, to the point that they seem unattainable to many.
Statistics around the poor mental health of young people in Australia has reached epidemic proportions. Young people today are more likely to need mental health care than they are to be admitted to University. Suicide, depression and anxiety seem to be part of the everyday experience of modern Australia.
This is not to say Australia doesn’t care. Australia has numerous innovative and effective mental health organisations, full of competent and committed people who have dedicated their life to supporting
In Entrepreneurship, Ethics on December 20, 2012 at 6:48 pm
I just love this talk. It is perhaps one of the most important TED talks ever related to the field of ethics and doing good. Ernesto Sirolli’s work as an enterprise facilitator is well known around the world. In this talk he shares both his early experiences in what doesn’t work in Africa, as well as his work with entrepreneurs in Australia and beyond.
There are many great lessons in this, but I just love his 2 principles of:
- Never Initiate Anything
- Never Motivate Anyone
Your job is to simply shut up and listen!
Hope you enjoy. I’ll be back to talk more about this topic in the new year!
In Business Euthanasia on December 17, 2012 at 3:14 pm
I’m guessing that you’ve been following my series on business closure and the ethics thereof. This post does not seek to provide definitive advice. What lies herein is based more on intuitions, and a reflection point for leaders to consider where they are at. If you are wondering whether your organisation is terminally ill, or whether you should close, seeking support and advice from experts would probably be wise.
Some symptoms of struggling non-profits and businesses in decline can include:
- Prolonged inability to attract the external resources (funds) to maintain what is necessary to operate – I am not talking about additional resources for growth, just resources to operate at a level that means you can provide a professional, ethical and effective service.
- Massive changes to the market whereby the organisation is competing for resources, and unable to achieve that ahead of others.
- Lack of, or inability to attract the expertise, knowledge, commitment and drive to turn around the organisation – this needs to be at Board and staff levels.
- Pain and exploitation of staff through poor resourcing – rather than scale down operations, organisations can be guilty of maintaining services by exceeding the reasonable expectations of staff.