Flourish - Martin Seligman

The other PERMA – practices for personal sustainability

Most people involved in sustainability know about permaculture – the system of agricultural and social design principles some call “a revolution disguised as gardening”.  Many of them practice it to feed their families and their neighbours. But there’s another PERMA – a set of principles for flourishing developed by Martin Seligman, the founder of Positive Psychology. Don’t drown in “what’s …

Ranges Coworking

Have you found your tribe?

Years ago, I heard a networking expert speak on the difference it made to her business to find her “tribe” – that group of people who understood who she was and where she was coming from.

Are your personal emissions toxic?

A 6 point check for “toxic seriosity” It’s easy to get passionate about sustainability – but is your message EFFECTIVE? How do you know whether you’re creating action – or whether you’re teaching helplessness? Here’s a quick check on what you’re messaging and how you’re pushing it.

6 ways to screw up any sustainability message

Not getting the results you want?  Maybe there’s a reason.  I’m repeatedly amazed at how little many (extremely smart) sustainability advocates seem know about the art and craft of influencing. Poorly crafted sustainability messages are as destructive as any other form of junk mail.  How many of these screw-ups have you seen recently? 1. Only talk about the bad news …

Two quick tools for change-makers

Whether you’re considering joining our Summer School in January, setting personal objectives for 2015 or planning some quiet world changing, here are two tools for a kick-start. Each has a more detailed version for you to download and explore. Beginning with a WELL-FORMED end in mind… Five quick questions to check the quality of the objectives that you’re setting are: …

What types of conversations AREN’T you having?

If you’re into influencing and personal effectiveness then you’re in the conversation game.   It’s a game that many of us learned like we learned walk – by copying others without too much conscious consideration of the specifics of what we were doing. For some of us, even the suggestion that there are different types of conversations with different purposes …

Revisiting ‘the cycle of hope’…

Early in my sustainability journey I came across The Better World Handbook . The wisdom in its introduction empowered me to manage some of my emotions about “the tough stuff” and whether this sustainability thing was for me. As I sat down to do some planning for the coming year it seemed a good time to share the Cycle of Hope …

Environment: Be angry, but not aggressive…

In a global culture where an underlying mood of aggression and distrust is deeply and subtly embedded, it’s easy to respond to the multiple and increasing threats of ecosystem breakdown with the same aggression that we see played out on a daily basis. However, this is a place where Einstein’s famous quote is absolutely relevant: “Problems cannot be solved with …

eMyth Revisited

How could understanding Gerber’s eMyth Technician improve your sustainability results?

Michael Gerber first published his business classic “The eMyth” in 1986, and it’s been a business book bestseller for decades, revised as “The eMyth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It“ in 1995. (NOTE: The “e” is nothing to do with the Internet – it stands for “entrepreneur”.) Its insights into how business works – …

A quick "body hack" for sustainability change-makers…

Changing your body will change your effectiveness. I found Amy Cuddy’s TED talk about this last week, then was reminded in a training session the other day that 93% of human communication is non-verbal: 7% what you say 38% tonality 55% body language So what your body says is the most powerful part of your communication – and it’s surprisingly …

Myers-Briggs insights for sustainable business change agents…

During my early coach training, I learned about the Myers-Briggs  temperament preferences.  It helped me understand some of my frustrations in the world and gave me some insights into how I could operate more effectively. It was like the time I found out about the basics of perspective and proportion in drawing – there were actually tools that could help …

3 simple practices for success in the business sustainability game

GreenBiz.com recently released its 2013 State of the Profession report on the sustainability executive job market.  One of its findings was that there are key ways of being that support sustainability leadership success – particularly curiosity and an ambition to communicate effectively. There is a trio of definable and practicable mindsets that support these ways of being. In the same way …

What’s YOUR sustainability scope?

How do you stay positive and focussed in the face of overwhelm? In a recent interview for The CO2 Manager, I was asked how I stay positive and focussed when sustainability can seem so overwhelming. Thinking about it, what works for me is: To remember that the fact that there are at least 150 million change-makers in the world. To be …

A conversational approach to innovation adoption…

So you’ve got a great idea, and you’ve come up with a proposal that will meet the needs of the people you want to use it. Your work here is done… isn’t it? Well, no – it’s not a done deal until you have your invention turned into an adopted practice – that’s the real work of innovation. Your proposed change requires a …

Need an energy recharge?

The most important thing we can do for ourselves and for sustainability is stay positive.  When we get stressed, anxious and resentful then we physiologically lose access to the most strategic and creative parts of our brains.  It’s not an optional extra to be able to be optimistic – it’s an essential learned skill for designing and implementing a regenerative economy. …

Blue wrens on Bourke Street?

Sitting in Kinfolk community cafe talking about Regenerative Business recently with a Melbourne Hubber, we got to the topic of creating positive visions. What would a regenerative City of Melbourne look like?   How would we know a deep and significant shift had occurred?  What small, tangible thing would we be seeing differently? Maybe a truly regenerative Melbourne would be …

Farewell Stephen Covey

Author Stephen Covey died last month, age 79 (from complications arising from a bicycle accident!).  The best known of his books is “7 Habits of Highly Effective People”, but I first met him between the covers of “First Things First”, co-written with A. Roger and Rebecca R. Merrill  (Habit #3 is all about putting first things first.) “First Things First” was …