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2015: A new year

Already almost a month into the new year already!

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Nearly done with my studies...

My studies are nearly complete... in a little over three weeks the degree that I set out doing almost 5 years ago part time will be done and dusted! It...

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Webstock 2014 with SilverStripe

This year was my first Webstock conference. I haven't been able to make it in previous years given my freelance consultant status often meant that client work would need to...

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The Pirate Organisation

I read this rather interesting book on a recent holiday, "The Pirate Organisation". It was rather fitting reading this on a tropical island really added to the pirate-ness of the...

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Interesting new job developments - now working at SilverStripe

Ok, so my blog has been getting a little neglected lately... life seems to present it's busy times and it's slow times.

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SilverStripe CMS Permission Codes - Finally a table of them...

I have been working recently on SilverStripe 3 projects that require setting up some default roles and permissions... however...

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SilverStripe Developer Meetup - Talk on community level bridge building and a case study.

On the 17th July (2013), we had another SilverStripe Developer Community Meetup which was a chance for me to present the outcomes from a previous talk I had given on...

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Getting Agile

I spent a couple of days last week attending the AgileNZ 2013 conference here in Wellington.

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Launch of EBOSS online architectural website on SilverStripe

This is my first blog post in quite some time, but it is a doooosie, possibly one of my largest projects to date!

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SilverStripe Developer Community: A Retrospective Slides and Talk Video

Another speaking engagement at the SilverStripe Wellington Meetup (my third time!) on the 1st August 2012.

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Customer experience comes before technology

Whether you prescribe to the cult of Steve or not, in this video back in 1997 he answers a seemingly insulting question in a true forward thinking and honest...

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July Update - 1/2 a year... lots to do, lots being done.

With half the year already over and my blog updates being a little irregular lately I thought I would give a bit of an update as to the goings-ons of late.

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The 4C's in the wild - SilverStripe Open-Source Community

Following on from few weeks ago where I presented some examples of Web 2.0 - 3.0 technologies and ideas being utilised in everyday life, I would like to continue that theme.

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Web 2.0+ in the wild

As I wonder around Wellington lately I started to realise how much Web 2.0+ (2.5, 3.0) concepts and technologies I actually interact with on a day to day basis.

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Wow you're like sooo... 2.0 right now!

I have been lucky enough to have been invoved in the web industry through what would be termed the shift from web 1.0 to web 2.0 but well before the...

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Theory behind the Social Media explosion

I mentioned in the last month some of the history behind why Social Media is in an absolute boom at present.

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Our connected past and future

It seems that all throughout history, human beings have been trying to utilise the latest technology of the times in order to connect, communicate, cooperate and colloborate (the 4 C's!).

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Back to Uni... studying some interesting social media theory

Well, just when the start of my year couldn't get any busier, semester one of my university study kicks in.This year I am however rather excited as I will be...

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The Challenges of Project Management - Bringing It Together

Projects are set in a highly complex and challenging environment. Effective projects require the best of technical and people skills from project managers, a supportive organisational structure, teams which can...

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The Challenges of Project Management - Defining Success

The last key factor to be discussed in this series is whether or not well defined and measurable criteria of project success exist and have been agreed upon by both...

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The Challenges of Project Management - Risk and Uncertainty

The majority of decisions made by project managers are conducted under conditions of uncertainty and risk.

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The Challenges of Project Management - Skill Set Of Good Project Managers

It is important that an appropriate project manager with the right balance of skills is put in place to ensure a successful project.

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The Challenges of Project Management - High Performing Teams

Another challenging key factor for project management is the process of creating high performing project teams. Due to projects being considered temporary organisations, that is, they exist for a finite...

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The Challenges of Project Management - Organisational Structure

Carrying on looking at some of the challenging factors to effective project management today we look at the particular organisational structure that project style work is set in and how...

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The Challenges of Project Management - Introduction

Over the next few weeks I thought I would discuss and post some blog post into some of the challenges in effectively managing projects.

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Do something creative everyday to improve your work enjoyment and engagement

The new year has kicked in with some vigor already. I sat down to do a mind map of all the business opportunities coming up in the next few months and...

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Merry Xmas and New Year 2011 - The Year of Busy

Merry Xmas and Happy New Years to everyone I have worked with over the past year...

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Introduction and Setting Up APES (Automated Provision for Email Services) on SilverStripe CMS

A video tutorial going through the basic setup and getting the APES (Automated Provision for Email Services) on SilverStripe CMS up and running.APES is a module that sync's your SilverStripe...

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Do you think the broadcast industry will listen to Rod Drury about digital content and UFB?

Just a little commentary on getting IP based content to New Zealand and our ultra-fast broadband uptake.

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NZYP Project Casestudy Presentation at SilverStripe CMS Community Meetup

On the 27th Oct 2011 I presented my casestudy of a recent project that was built with SilverSripe CMS for the New Zealand Young Professionals Network.The slides and keynote video...

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New SilverStripe CMS Module - APES

*UPDATE: APES now supports a new email service, GetResponse.com... more to add in the new year!

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Digital video content... detach the rights from the medium

Just finished reading this article from stuff.co.nz: http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/5767608/Ready-for-movies-in-the-cloud Seems the TV and Movie industry is finally recognising they actually need to do something along the line of providing a...

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A Busy Weekend - Launch of BBQ Hero Guitar and Breakthrough Bundle Products

Man, what a busy weekend when you need to be operating in US time zones and you live in New Zealand! Product launch ended up working out at about 3am...

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Launch of the new NZYP website system project

I am pleased to announce that a major web project I have been working on over the past few months for the New Zealand Young Professionals Network (NZYP) has launched.

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Getting to the core of the problem before applying technology

Blindly applying technology to business problems is sometimes the bane of my existance as a techology consultant.

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Business needs to give millenials a reason why.

I do think we need more meaning in the work we do today and will do in the future.The millennials will be an interesting generation I think, they are brought...

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Who got game?

Just a quick blog post to congratulate Bunchball on winning the AppQuest 2011 Competition.Bunchball are a company that help drive behaviour on the web through the use of game mechanics...

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WDCNZ, Wellington - 14 July 2011

If you are in the Wellington region this week and are looking for some web geekery, networking and a dose of good music then check out the Web Dev Conference...

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Good Communication: The method is part of your message

Often though we need to make sure we are choosing the right method of communication for the right situation.For clear facts and tasks plus communication that doesn't require much emotive...

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What is Business Intelligence? An Overview and Neo-Confucian thinking

Business Intelligence is very broad, there is no one correct way to implement it nor is it one specific technology.

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Creating a Stephen Few style Bullet Graph with gChartPhp and Google Charts

Over the last month I have been focusing in on building a Business Intelligence Sales Dashboard for one of my clients.

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Rackspace Jungle Disk cloud backup storage to help Christchurch business

Following on from a post from the other week regarding Rackspace Cloud technology to help businesses affect by the Christchurch earthquake, I can now confirm that with the help of...

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SilverStripe ClickTale Module

I spent some time today porting my ClickTale module over to github which is now available with more documentation at https://github.com/cam-findlay/silverstripe-clicktale.

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New Blog and website overhaul - Migration from Wordpress to SilverStripe

Finally got around to updating the design on my blog, I also have just moved it from Wordpress to SilverStripe CMS...

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SilverStripe as a Business Intelligence System

Some research suggests we consume some 34 gigabytes and 100,000 words of information per day, enough to fill up 10-20% of an average notebook computer’s hard drive.However, information is no...

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Christchurch Benefit Gig at Sandwiches - 4 March 2011

UPDATE: I was speaking to Tom Cosm yesterday who played at the gig, apparently they raised over $5000 on Friday for the Red Cross!! Well done!!

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Christchurch Earthquake: Rackspace can help out with Cloud to help the NZ IT Community.

UPDATE: 14 March 2011 - I have been working in with my Account Manager friend at Rackspace and it looks like we have secured a number of Jungle Disk accounts...

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Post-Quake Business - Email, Scheduling, Documents and Spreadsheets... Google Apps!

oogle to the rescue again after the great help and success of their Person Finder and Crisis Response applications during the Christchurch, New Zealand Earthquake.

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Cloud tools to help get your business communications back up and running.

What can I say, the Christchurch earthquake has been an extreme tradgedy and totally devistating to the Canterbury region and New Zealand as a nation.

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Speaking at the SilverStripe Meetup - 16 Feb 2011

UPDATE: Presentation slides are available on Slideshare

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This is what technology is about

For good, to help people communicate, to advance and make our world better. How else can this new tech generation use technology, to start to fix and repair humanities carnage...

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Xbox Kinect - How to jump around your lounge and be mocked by a gaming console.

Well I picked up my Xbox Kinect on the 18th November (Release day here in New Zealand), I have to say after a little configuration getting it to track and...

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"It's a hard knock life for us" Early adopters and the release of some new tech later this month.

As someone who likes to be an early adopter it's a hard life... well not really we play with the cool toys before most of our friends and are constantly...

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The ground is opening up...

Today was surreal. A day that they always told you to prepare for but you never really think will happen.

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The Clouds are opening up!

I got an interesting email through from Rackspace Cloud last week... (Rackspace Cloud being a cloud based hosting, virtual server and storage/CDN available from Rackspace hosting.) The are starting an...

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Wellington Iaido Workshop 19th June 2010

After some good talks with the co-ordinator at the Brooklyn Community Centre in Wellington and having found another like-minded Iaidoka, we will be running an introductory Iaido workshop on the...

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Iaido in Wellington?

A couple of weekends ago I made a trip to Christchurch to attend a full day intensive Iaido training day a the Canterbury Kendo Club.

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PublicACTA: The Wellington Declaration - Sign the petition

With the Wellington round of the ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement) on the table "in secret" this week, InternetNZ  hosted the PublicACTA conference at the Wellington Town Hall Civic Suites, Sat...

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Effective communication when working with remote teams

I recently moved to a new city and I have been working from my newly set up home office doing my job completely via teleworking, so far so good.

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Off to the Capital!

Not long to go now and I will be moving up to Wellington, NZ Capital. What is most interesting is that I will continue to work in my current job,...

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Genius! - Bringing Augmented Reality to everyday objects

Check out Pranav Mistry at TED demonstrating his Sixth Sense personal augmented reality device! A paper computer, taking photos with your gestures, a phone call on your hand?... wow pretty amazing ideas.

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2010, Welcome back - Remote Ninjas and Capital Cities

Welcome back to 2010, it has been a while since I last posted anything Techy or Samurai related it reminds me how quickly we can go from leadership thinking to...

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Will your tribe change the world?

A great video I had to share from the TEDxUSC conference earlier this year on tribe leadership, some useful insights and ways we can all become more inter-connected and interdependant.

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More to come soon and some shoutouts

Just a quick update, lecture for my uni paper have finished up for the year... I'm currently on some study leave to prep for the exam... wish me luck.

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First National Iaido Seminar 2009

Last Thursday and Friday (8-9 Oct) I was lucky enough to be part of the very first national New Zealand Iaido Seminar held at the Auckland Kendo Club in of course....

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Calculate your positive to negative interaction ratio. What was your ratio and what could you do to improve it?

My ratio seems to sit around 4-5:1 ratio positive to negatve responses with a conversation which is not a bad level.

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What is your score on the Losada ratio survey? And What could you do to increase the levels of positive emotion you experience in your leadership and personal contexts?

My score for the Losada positivity ratio was 4. The lowest positive emotion scores were in the "amused, fun-loving, silly" and "awe, wonder, amazement" areas for the particular day I...

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How could you better utilise your signature strengths

In your current or future leadership experiences? Get involved in more team based work and projects, lead by example with high organisational citizenship and inspire other to learn new skills,...

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Become a computer expert in just 5 minutes!

Just follow this simple flow chart! (Source: http://xkcd.com) Click the image for a larger view...

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Complete the Gratitude (three good things) exercise for a week and record at least two days worth you good things with their causal explanation.

Here is two days from my "3 good things a day" journal I am keeping as part of my personal leadership paper. Friday Had a jam session at work.

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2009 National Iaido Seminar 8-9th Oct

For those in Auckland next week and interested in Japanese swordsmanship be sure to check this seminar out.

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Record a complete ABCDE process for negative thought/s that are connected to your BHAG.

The following is an optimism intervention example based around the ABCDE (Adversity, Belief, Consequence, [Distraction, Distancing, Disputing, Decatasrophising], Energising) optimism technique for thoughts around my BHAG (See my Personal...

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Record a complete ABCDE process for the negative thoughts you have had surrounding some form of adversity you have had to face.

The following is an optimism intervention example based around the ABCDE (Adversity, Belief, Consequence, [Distraction, Distancing, Disputing, Decatasrophising], Energising) optimism technique.

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What are you top 5 strengths on the VIAstrengths survey. Which of those 5 are your signature strengths?

Take the VIA Character strengths survey... its quite long but gets a pretty accurate top 5 strengths it should take about 30-45 mins to run through.

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Complete the optimism questionnaire and record all your optimism scores. What significance do these scores have to you and what is the next step.

Having completed the optimism questionnaire as part of the leadership paper my optimism level is apparently "-2" that being leaning slightly into the pesimistic realm (the scale being -9 to 9).

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How's the weather?

Here's a little something I just came across for the rainy season. A katana (Samurai sword) umbrella! Ward that nasty weather away the samuari way.

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Hopeful Thinking

We have been looking at hope as part of leadership at university, particularly "Hope theory" part of positive psychology which sets out that hope is the perception of attainable goals...

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Teppanyaki Time

Myself and my partner Julia went out for Teppanyaki last night, sort of a reward for finishing one of my University assessments (not to mention I'm really into Japanese food!)...

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The mismatch between what science knows and what business does: Daniel Pink, TED 2009

Check out this great video from the 2009 TED conference...Daniel Pink talks about the benefits of intrinsic motivation, right brained creativity & conceptualisation and the changes that need to happen...

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How to easily replace or upgrade your MacBook harddrive

I had my first harddrive fail on me last week... the "click of death" I had heard about makes so much more sense now!So there I was...

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Rockstar Results...

We had (at work) a great core values session with Kendall Langston from the Results Group yesterday to really nail down just what it is that we believe in and...

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Seth Godin on why marketing is too important to be left to the marketing department

I finished reading Seth's book tribes a few weeks back and really enjoy his work... Check out this great video, I will be posting a few other videos and interesting...

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What "gifts" might you enjoy if you were to commit to a sense of calling?

I'm sure that there would be many gifts in the form of feelings of achievement, great relationships with others who are also passionate about community and technology like myself, a...

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What might you do to live/work in greater alignment with your own sense of calling & experience a little more flow/amplification?

Perhaps if I started to seek out more people around me that need help and guidance around technology and how they could use it to connect and converse with their...

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If you were to commit to your own sense of calling who might help you?

I think I am lucky in that those people who I mentioned back in an earlier post about positive energizers would also be people to help me in heading towards...

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Resistance, Fears and Sacrifice.

If you were to commit to your own sense of calling what external resistance might you expect? If I was to really commit to working towards making the web easier...

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The external call

How much attention are you paying to your life and what invitations are present in your life right now? I feel that I am one to pay a lot of...

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The internal call

What are you naturally good at and what talents do you have? Good at listening and understanding others. problem solving and learning. translating "geek"...

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Lecture 5: The Call to Adventure

Lecture 5 last week covered what Joseph Campbell calls in his hero's journey the "Call to Adventure".  This call is always a combination of the internal call, (that is those...

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My Time line of Creative Images and Invitations

Creative images are those clear images you may have had as a child or while growing up that have internally hinted throughout your life so far at what your purpose...

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Personal states of flow

Below shows some activities in my life where I experience "Flow" that being a place where my skills and challenges meet to allow me to perform at my very best.

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Off The Hook!

This guys makes all sounds through beatboxing and a rig of effect pedals...Need I say more? http://www.dubfx.net/

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To what extent does your vision translate into SMART short-term goals and how clear, relevant are they?

I think Ii still need to explore the idea of SMART goals further before I can successfully start implementing them.  At present I do think I have a strong strategy...

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Who is it that could act as a ‘positive energizer’ for you and your PDP goals and why?

I think I am lucky that I have a lot of supportive people around me, I am intending on running my PDP and my future goals by my partner, Julia,...

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From the Positive Leadership Assessment, What are your strengths? What skill development would be most beneficial?

My strengths in positive leadership are: Demonstrating forgiveness for mistakes and errors. Providing support and development to indicate forgiveness to those who have blundered.

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From the Skills of leadership questionnaire what are your strongest skills with in the each of the four areas?

My strongest skills I have identified from taking the skills of leadership questionare are: Envisioning

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Talk about a time when you have had an experience of having a conversation that evolved to an empathetic or generative level, what effect did it have on you?

In an earlier post I talked about a conversation I had with my girlfriend...To recap I unfortunately decided to answer her question of  "what do you think of my design...

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Hoodie Day 12 August

Show that young people are a positive part of your community

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How much alignment is there between your values/purpose and your current direction?

Taking some time out to reflect on my values and where I'm heading in terms of my job/career at present I feel like there might be a lot more alignment...

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How clear is your strategy?

If I take my ideas of my BHAG (Big, Hairy, Audacious Goal) or purpose in life to be something in the realm of "helping businesses communicate more honestly and easily...

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What is your purpose & what do you hope to contribute?

Purpose I something that I have been thinking about a lot lately and it is still something I am not crystal clear on just yet.  I do or have done...

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Lecture 4: Flow and Calling

Yesterday was a great lecture, I really enjoyed the concept of flow.  I have definitely found myself in states of flow both in my work as a web developer (with...

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The $5 Challenge

I came across this great article and video through a friend of mine on friendfeed.com and just had to post it up on my blog.  I think any budding entrepreneur...

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Five whys exercise, what purpose or values come from this exercise?

I brought up the "5 whys" exercise back in the lecture 2 post last week but to recap the basic idea is to think of an important event that has...

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How clear is your strategic intent/BHAG at present?

I have some idea about where I am going at the moment but as far as a super clear "Big, Hairy, Audacious Goal (BHAG)" I think I need to spend...

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What are your values?

I spent a few hours the other night contemplating what my values are and I guess that these are things that have followed me throughout my life so far and...

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Lecture 3: Context Creation and Positive Leadership

Lecture 3 of the Principles of Leadership paper had a focus on Scharmer's Four Types of Conversational Learning.

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What are you passionate about?

*There is some debate around this... just try keeping your mobile phone or computer off for a day or two and see what happens!  I also am guilty of cursing...

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Reflections on your present levels of engagement and service.

I spent a good half an hour or so going through the survey handed out to us by Lane Perry who is looking at leadership and engagement in tertiary students...

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To be 20% more self-responsible, what would you have to change?

I think to "up" my level of self-responsibility I will need to take more time to explore my ideas more fully and following through on them.  Though in saying that...

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Backup your cloud and dust your registry. A couple of useful tech tools I use

So for a "Samuari Tech Geek" i haven't really put up anything on the tech tip yet so I thought I would talk about a couple of useful little tools...

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How self-responsible are you in your life?

With self-responsibility in the context of personal leadership being the process of "Waking up", "Standing Up", "Making choices" and "Self-Responsibility and Courage" I feel that I am reasonably self responsible.

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Name one thing/activity you could do that would make a difference to your management/leadership ratio?

I quite often wake up in the middle of the night with ideas. Ideas for exciting developments at work, ideas for possible tech start-ups or web services, ideas for things...

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Lecture 2: Tasks & Skills of Leadership

Last thursdays lecture covered a lot of ground in terms of what it is a "leader" actually does either in a position of leadership in an organisation or more importantly...

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Lecture 1: Leading in Historic Times

Righto here are the questions Tom Matthews proposed last week:

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Why have I set up this blog site... pfffft what a vanity domain name bro!

Yeah so I managed to pick up my name as a domain name... reason... Long term hopefully i will post alot of interesting case studies and information about what i...

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