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Start as we mean to go on!

START AS WE MEAN TO GO ON!     As we commence the Lunar New Year I ’d like to wish all my friends, colleagues and like minded souls a joyful, peaceful, successful and prosperous New Year. As this will be the year of the pig, which was the year I was born...

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A time to reflect

A TIME TO REFLECT     I was incredibly fortunate to be gifted tickets for my birthday from my parents to see Malala Yusafzai in Melbourne this week.  I have followed the story of this amazing young woman, read her book and watched her documentary.  In person...

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Are You Kidding Me?

ARE YOU KIDDING ME?     Last week I took my new car in for its first service. Obtaining the service was one of those pedestrian jobs that I had been putting off. And, although my ex-husband had obtained a quote to have the car serviced some months earlier, I...

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The Invisible Wounds

THE INVISIBLE WOUNDS     It’s been a while since you’ve heard from me. The reason is I am currently writing my second book, which has required a lot of my focus and energy. I hope you will forgive my silence and I promise to keep you informed of the progress...

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Leaving Space for Grace

LEAVING SPACE FOR GRACE One of the various hats I wear is as a Board Director of a Uniting Church Educational Institution.  This work aligns with my passion for education and the transformative power it has on children and our leaders of tomorrow in fostering critical...

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Half Time Reflection

HALF TIME REFLECTION Can you believe the year is half over?  I’m sure the older you get the faster time appears to pass.  I frequently find myself starting a sentence with “just the other day …” and when I reflect, it often turns out the other day was months ago.  I...

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The Power of Story

THE POWER OF STORY After receiving so many requests to run more story telling training for leaders, educators, trainers and advocates, Rabia Siddique will be delivering a series of Story Telling for Leaders half day workshops around Australia. The workshop will focus...

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The Need to Take Our Own Medicine!

THE NEED TO TAKE OUR OWN MEDICINE Dr Stephen Covey in his world renowned book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People talks about the 7 specific behaviours we must all commit to if we are to live and lead sustainably and authentically. It’s a book I often refer to...

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I Am Woman Hear Me Roar!

I AM A WOMAN HEAR ME ROAR! What a month March has been! Last month I shared with you my advice and the secrets to my success, which I hope had some relevance for you. I have been so fortunate to have worked with some amazing people this month and I hope you have had a...

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The Secrets of My Success

THE SECRETS OF MY SUCCESS In my final newsletter of 2017 I encouraged you to use the holiday period to rest and reset for the year to come.  I hope you took that opportunity and you have started 2018 with optimism, enthusiasm and a sense of purpose. A wonderful way to...

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The Season to Reflect and Reset

THE SEASON TO REFLECT AND RESET Raudha’s Story - An Update In my last newsletter I reflected on the power of the story to evoke conversations, action and change, and I shared the story of the tragic death of Raudha Athif and her family’s battle to uncover the truth...

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The Power of Story Telling

THE POWER OF STORY TELLING When I speak around the world about values based leadership, the importance of building resilience and embracing diversity, I talk about the power of the story.  Our stories bring the human face to all of those experiences we share as...

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It only takes one

IT ONLY TAKES ONE! A few weeks ago I read a social media post that had a real impact on me.  It was a link to a news story - not a front page story but a brief article hidden in the pages and detail of other world and local news.  It was the story of innocent children...

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Heroes come in all shapes and sizes!

HEROES COME IN ALL SHAPES AND SIZES As you know, I often speak about ripples and waves.  I steadfastly believe each of us has the power to create ripples of change in our lives and the lives of others.  I have a number of heroes that have and continue to inspire me. ...

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Resilience- Nature or Nurture?

RESILIENCE - NATURE OR NURTURE? It’s been an emotional week!  A few days ago I returned from delivering a keynote presentation to 400 inspiring educators in Lismore, Northern New South Wales. It’s always a pleasure for me to spend time and speak with those in...

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We are one big beautiful salad!

Today is Harmony Day in Australia. Since 1999 this day, which coincides with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is a celebration of our cultural diversity – a day of cultural respect for everyone who calls Australia home....

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When will this end?

WHEN WILL THIS END? Today I was asked to comment on The Nauru Files: a cache of 2,000 leaked reports published by The Guardian, detailing the extreme trauma, abuse and sexual assault suffered by those seeking asylum from war and terror who are being detained...

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Gratitude For The Strength We All Possess

GRATITUDE FOR THE STRENGTH WE ALL POSSESS Today we celebrate a day which, on the United Nation's official calendar, is the International Day of Peace. With a theme of Building Blocks for Change, it is a day to approach with hope and a genuine belief that we can build...

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The waging of a new war

THE WAGING OF A NEW WAR YESTERDAY morning, a prominent Australian media personality made a comment on a commercial morning television programme that she co-hosts to the effect that she would feel much safer if the Australian Government changed their immigration policy...

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