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Issue 2, 2011


activating emerging leaders


emergen emag IN THIS ISSUE 4

Alicia’s Update


Blogging Etiquette


How do  you  view  your  work?


Breaking Bad  Habits

10 The Laws  of  Networking 11 A  Young  Entrepreneur’s  Journey 12 Meet  Adam  Culligan 14 Small,  Broken  Beginnings 16 How  Mentally  Tough  are  you? 18 Meet  Fay  D’Souza 20 Emergen  Contributors

Issue 2 : 2

“ But does anything take more

courage - is anything more challenging and sometimes frightening - than to live by our own mind, judgement and values? Is not self-esteem a summons to the hero within us?


Nathaniel  Branden


alicia’s update Welcome

       to  the  second  issue  of   the  Emergen  e-­‐mag.      Emergen  is  a  collaborative   community,  activating  emerging  leaders  through   providing  connections,  inspiration  and  promotion.     Over  the  last  couple  of  months,  we  have  seen  the   launch  of  many  new  initiatives  including  the  Blogging   for  a  Cause  projects  highlighting  International   Women’s  Day  and  National  Volunteer  Week  as  well  as   the  monthly  competitions  focusing  on  topics  such  as   inspiring  community  leaders,  time  management  and   resume  writing.    Well  done  to  Janine  and  Ally  for   organising  these  initiatives! This  e-­‐mag  is  here  to  promote  some  of  the    amazing   contributions  of  members  on  the  Emergen  website.     All  the  articles  written  in  this  e-­‐mag  have  been  blog   posts  on  the  online  community.    We  have  such  a   talented  bunch  of  bloggers  and  we  would  like  to  share   them  with  you.  

Alicia Curtis

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Blogging Etiquette I've been  blogging  for  about  10  months  -­‐  how   the  time  8lies!  I  think  back  to  when  I  started   and  I  had  no  clue  whatsoever.  I  thought   blogging  was  as  simple  as  stringing  some   words  together  and  clicking  'publish'.  Little   did  I  know  that  there  is  such  a  thing  as   'blogging  etiquette'.

Top Tips  for  Bloggers ✓ ✓ ✓

✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓

Proofread your  post  before  publishing   -­‐  not  once  but  twice  (at  least)!   Check  your  spelling,  grammar  and   punctuation; Check  your  formatting,  especially   when  pasting  contents  from   somewhere  else:  line  spacing,  font   type  and  size,  letter  spacing,  etc,  can   go  array; Reconsider  the  length  of  your   sentences,  and  the  post:  at  times  so   much  more  can  be  said  using  less   words; Watch  your  language; Don’t  copy  someone  else’s  content  -­‐   acknowledge  your  sources; Think  about  your  subject  matter  and   the  relevance  to  the  forum; Show  some  TLC  -­‐  Tweet,  Like  and   Comment  other  bloggers  posts! Remember  that  your  posts  AND   comments  contribute  to  your   personal  brand; Be  respectful  to  other  bloggers  and   commenters;

✓ ✓ ✓

Remain truthful  to  yourself  and  your   integrity; Engage  your  readers; If  you  are  going  to  ‘have  a  rant’  about   something,  try  breathing  before   publishing  your  post  by  saving  and   revisiting  it  when  you  have  cooled   down  -­‐  it’s  amazing  what  a  difference   it  makes.

Remember that  blogging  is  a  journey  on   which  we  all  learn  from  each  other. Janine Ripper 

Emerging Leaders are encouraged to add their blogs to

Issue 2 : 5


How do you view your work? Do you have a job, career or a calling? I find  it  interes2ng  to  read  on  facebook  and   twi8er  how  people  talk  about  their  work  -­‐   some  seem  to  have  a  good  day  everyday   and  feel  energised  by  their  work,  while   others  can’t  wait  to  get  home  each  day!     With  a  little  investigating  about  what  made   people  happy  at  work,  I  came  across  a  study   by  Wrzesniewski,  McCauley,  Rozin  and   Schwartz  that  found  three  common  ways  that   people  saw  their  work.  It  was  either  a:

Job: not a  positive  part  of  your  life,  something  that   gained  8inancial  rewards  only  and  not   enjoyment  or  ful8illment.

Career: where there  was  not  only  8inancial  gain  but  also   some  career  advancement  within  their   organisation  too.   or  

Calling: where people  are  motivated  to  work  not  only   for  the  8inancial  or  career  advancement  gain   but  they  viewed  their  work  as  ful8illing  and   socially  useful  to  the  world.   Which  one  8its  you  right  now?  Do  you  think   your  line  of  work  is  a  calling?    

FEATURE You would  think  that  some  jobs  may  be  more   in  line  with  being  a  calling  than  others.  For   example,  surely  being  a  teacher  or  an   international  aid  worker  would  always  be  a   calling  compared  to  being  a  factory  worker  or   a  cleaner!      But  apparently  not.    The   researchers  found  there  would  be  all  three   dispositions  in  most  industries.    So  how  can   that  be?    How  could  someone  view  a  job  as  a   cleaner  as  a  calling?    

Well therein  lies  the  secret,  it   all  depends  on  how  we  view   things.   In  a  similar  study,  Wrzeniewski  and  Dutton   interviewed  a  range  of  hospital  cleaners,  some   who  saw  their  work  as  a  calling  compared  to   others  who  saw  it  as  a  job.    So  what  was  the   difference?  

The employees  who  saw  their  work  as   a  calling  did  the  following  things: -­‐    broadened  their  formal  job   boundaries  to  include  addi=onal  tasks   such  as  interac=ng  with  pa=ents,   bringing  flowers  to  brighten  the  day  of   staff  or  showing  visitors  around.   -­‐    =med  their  work  to  be  the  most   efficient. -­‐    saw  the  bigger  picture  of  the  work   they  were  doing  eg  helping  pa=ents  get   beDer.

The study  went  on  to  describe  other  examples   in  a  whole  range  of  industries  including   hairdressing,  engineering,  nursing,   information  technology  and  hospitality,   demonstrating  no  matter  what  our  industry,   how  we  view  our  work  will  have  a  strong   effect  on  our  work  satisfaction.   It’s  similar  to  the   work  of  Mihaly   Csikszentmihalyi,   who  in  his  book   Flow,  explores  how   people  reach  8low   (an  optimal  state  of   experience)  in  their   work  by  working  on   goal  directed   activities  that   challenge  our  skills   and  expertise.   Work  is  such  a  big  part  of  our  lives  and   despite  whatever  circumstances  we  have  to   deal  with  at  work,  we  as  individuals  can   reframe  our  view  of  work  to  create  meaning   and  possibly  live  a  happier  life  as  a  result.     So  this  is  my  challenge  to  you….  if  you’re   seeing  your  work  as  more  of  a  job  than  a   career  or  calling,  how  can  you  change  your   disposition? Alicia  Cur2s Emergen  Founder

Issue 2 : 7


The Art of Breaking Bad Habits You know  you  should  stop  chewing  your  nails,   that  you  don’t  get  much  done  when  you  log   onto  Facebook  and  that  ea2ng  fish  and  chips   from  the  greasy  deli  is  a  really  bad  idea….but   you  s2ll  do  these  things  anyway. People  usually  persist  with  bad  habits  because   they  get  some  personal  satisfaction  or  reward   from  engaging  in  the  behaviour.      Let’s  face  it,  bad   habits  are  hard  to  break.  Forming  new,  healthier   habits  can  be  even  harder. According  to  Dr  Nora  Volkow  the  human  brain  is   hard  wired  to  give  greater  value  to  an  immediate   reward  as  opposed  to  something  that  is  delayed.       You  have  a  choice:  Eat  the  chocolate  now  or  have  a   carrot  instead?    For  most  of  us,  simply  knowing   that  eating  the  carrot  is  going  to  eventually  result   in  weight  loss  and  feeling  healthier  usually  won’t   be  enough  to  sway  us.  What  we  want  is  the   immediate  reward  of  sugary,  delicious  chocolate. And  the  reason  for  this  can  be  found  in  the   neurotransmitter  dopamine.  Dopamine  is  linked  to   pleasurable  experiences  and  our  perception  of   positive  experiences. So  every  time  you  eat  a  piece  of  chocolate  or  a   delicious  slice  of  pizza  this  pleasure  sensing   chemical  is  released  in  the  brain.    This  dopamine   hit  acts  like  a  reward  to  us  and  reinforces  the   activity  and  neural  connection  in  the  brain.  It  is  for   this  reason  that  we  often  engage  in  behaviours  in   an  automatic  way  without  much  conscious  thought   or  effort.

The good  news  is  that  every  day  people   are  successful  in  changing  their   behaviour,  whether  it  be  foregoing  a   packet  of  cigarettes,  running  on  the   treadmill  or  cutting  back  on  junk  food.   Change  is  possible.     But  how  can  you  effectively  break  a  bad  habit?   Here  are  some  suggestions  from  the  experts.

Make the  behaviour  impossible Researcher  Wander  Jager  believes  that  the  best  way  to   change  a  habit  is  to  make  it  impossible.  She  states   “..closing  the  shopping  centre  of  a  town  for  car  trafVic   can  break  the  habit  of  shopping  by  car,  and  changing   the  menu  of  a  canteen  may  break  the  unhealthy   lunching  habit”. I  saw  this  technique  used  on  a  group  of  people   suffering  from  type  1  and  2  diabetes  in  the   documentary,  “Simply  Raw”.  Six  individuals  were   selected  to  undergo  an  experiment  to  see  if  they  could   be  off  their  medication  and  insulin  by  cutting  out  fast   food  and  adopting  a  completely  raw  food  diet  over  the   period  of  30  days.  To  achieve  this,  they  were  sent  to  a   retreat  in  the  middle  of  the  Arizona  desert  (far  away   from  shops  and  fast  food  outlets)  and  served  only  raw   vegan  foods. The  thing  about  this  strategy  is  it  doesn’t  always  work   and  can  sometimes  backVire.  In  the  documentary  it  was   interesting  to  observe  one  participant  became  strongly   resistant  and  rebelled  against  the  approach  by   hitchhiking  across  the  Mexican  border  to  get  alcohol   and  buy  Mexican  food.

Change and  control  your  environment The  next  best  and  probably  the  most  practical  thing   you  can  do  to  break  a  bad  habit  is  to  change  your   environment  so  that  the  bad  habit  is  less  likely  to  be   automatically  performed. The  question  to  ask  is  –  What  is  it  in  my  environment   that  is  triggering  the  behaviour  (i.e.  bad  habit)?    For   example,  if  you’re  trying  to  lose  weight  it  doesn’t  make   sense  to  have  chocolates  in  your  home  or  ofVice  at   work. You  see,  humans  have  a  certain  amount  of  will  power   that  they  have  to  expend  throughout  the  day.  In  our   low  moments,  particularly  when  we  are  tired  and/or   stressed  or  it  is  later  in  the  day,  our  ability  to  regulate   our  behaviour  and  emotions  signiVicantly  decreases.

FEATURE behaviour in  the  form  of  an  if-­then  plan  leads  to   automatic  action  initiation…[the  action]  does  not   require  conscious  intent  once  the  critical  situation  is   encountered”. So  let’s  say  your  desired  behaviour  is  to  eat  more   vegetables.  This  behaviour  could  be  linked  to  one  of   several  things  –  particular  meal  times  (e.g.  dinner  and   morning  tea),  when  at  a  restaurant  browsing  the   menu  or  if  a  hunger  pang  hits.

And it’s  in  those  moments  when  our  will   power  reserves  are  running  low  or  on   empty  that  we  are  most  likely  to  give  into   the  temptation  and  reach  for  a  chocolate.   Therefore,  you  want  to  eliminate  anything  in  your   environment  that  will  set  you  back. Have  your  environment  work  for  you  by  creating   healthy  habit  back  up  plans.  For  instance,  if  you’re   trying  to  eat  healthier  foods,  have  some  chopped  up   vegetables  and  freshly  washed  fruit  on  standby  for   those  low  moments  when  a  junk  food  craving  hits.     You  want  to  eliminate  any  chance  of  going  down  the   path  of  engaging  in  the  bad  habit  by  making  your   environment  work  for  you.

An example  of  an  if-­‐then  plan  could  be  as  follows  –  “If   it  is  morning  tea,  then  I  will  eat  a  carrot”.    I  know,  it   sounds  incredibly  simple  and  straightforward,  but  the   act  of  committing  to  this  takes  the  need  for  any   conscious  thought  and  effort  out  of  the  equation.  The   behaviour  does  indeed  become  automatic.

Final Thoughts Bad  habits  can  be  hard  to  break,  but  there  are  clear   and  effective  strategies  to  help  you  adopt  healthier   behaviours.  By  making  the  habit  impossible  to  engage   in,  changing  your  environment  and  establishing  a   regular  routine  through  ‘if-­‐then’  plans,  it  is  possible  to   rewire  your  brain  for  the  better. Have  you  managed  to  break  a  bad  habit?  

Jane Genovese

Establish a  regular  rou2ne This  involves  getting  clear  on  what  it  is  that  you  want   to  do  and  then  doing  it  over  and  over  and  over  at  a  set   time  or  place.    Easier  said  than  done,  right?    Well,  yes   and  no. Peter  Gollwitzer  is  an  expert  on  how  to  make  actions   automatic  and  a  regular  part  of  one’s  routine.  His   research  shows  that  to  make  a  particular  behaviour   automatic  you  must  start  by  selecting  the  desired   behaviour  that  you  want  to  adopt  (e.g.  eating  more   vegetables  and  doing  more  physical  exercise)  and   then  link  this  to  a  speciVic  situation  such  as  a   particular  time,  place  or  feeling.    He  states  “The   mental  act  of  linking  a  speci8ic  situation  to  an  intended  

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The Laws of Networking “Networking is  about  what  you  can  give,  not  what   you  can  get.” That  statement  may  sound  strange  when  we   encourage  people  to  network  to  8ind  new   business.    If  we  focus  solely  on  what  we  can  gain   from  networking,  we  are  not  being  authentic   networkers. Everyone  networks,  it  just  depends  on  whether   they  do  it  well  or  not.    The  way  we  approach   networking  will  impact  the  way  our  peers,   members  (or  prospective  members)  see  us.    If  we   are  authentic  networkers,  and  people  like  and   trust  us,  they  will  refer  us  into  their  network. In  order  to  be  an  authentic  networker  we  must: 1.  Give  without  expecting  to  get  something   back.    This  is  the  basic  principle  of  helping     others  without  expecting  anything  in  return  by,   providing  them  with  a  piece  of  information  or   assistance  that  will  aid  them  in  achieving  their   goal/s.    Think  about  what  you  have  to  offer.     Perhaps  you  can  help  others  in  terms  of   mentoring,  putting  them  in  touch  with  reputable   suppliers,  working  on  community  projects   together,  sharing  latest  ideas  on  hot  topics  etc.

2. Understand  the  principle  of  reciprocation.     What  you  give  out  will  come  back  to  you  (what   goes  around,  comes  around).    There  is  an   unwritten  law  that  if  someone  does  something   for  you,  you  are  in  debt  to  them  and  you  feel   compelled  to  repay. Ivan  Misner  says;  “Master  networkers  give  without   remembering  and  receive  without  forgetting.”


Be clear  about  why  you  want  to  network Think  about  what  you  can  offer  people Remember  that  networking  is  an  acquired   art 4. Think  about  the  different  ways  you  can   network 5. Write  down  your  recent  contacts  (last  12   months) 6. Now  write  down  who  you  would  like  to   connect  with 7. Think  about  the  best  ways  to  connect  up 8. Accept  that  you  may  not  be  successful   immediately 9. Have  a  plan 10. Start  now! Rachel  Seymour

Issue 2 : 15


A Young Entrepreneur’s Journey So not  too  long  ago  I  launched  my  LOL  24  Seven  project   and  things  have  not  turned  out  like  how  I  would  like  them   to  be.  During  the  planning  process  of  this  project,  I   envisioned  it  to  grow  much  faster  than  expected  and  here   are  the  lessons  I  have  learnt…

2.Web design   I  have  learnt  how  to  make  a  basic  wordpress  website   and  can  do  very  basic  logo  design  on  photoshop.  Skills  I   never  thought  that  I'd  be  able  to  learn  but  was  forced  too   during  this  whole  process.  

3. Importance  of  marketing   Now  I  know  the  importance  of   marketing  a  product  that  is  not   particularly  unique  to  the  market.   Although  I  still  believe  that  most  of  the   marketing  lies  in  the  quality  and   uniqueness  of  the  product  itself,  for   products  that  are  competing  with  other   brands  that  offer  similar  products,   marketing  is  VERY  important.  

1. Market saturation   There  are  thousands  if  not   millions  of  sites  out  there  who  are   offering  similar  content  to  my  site   and  have  better  I.T  infrastructures   and  networks  which  will  help   them  retain  and  gain  more   viewers.  

2. Content development   The  content  we  had  were  not  of  a  standard  where   someone  who  say  "omg  I  love  this  site  and  I'm  going  to   keep  on  coming  back  for  more."  Also  the  people  working   on  content  with  me  have  other  commitments  and  could   not  produce  content  as  fast  as  I  would  like.  Investing   money  to  pay  content  developers  so  that  content  can  be   produced  more  regularly  needs  to  be  considered.

3. Marketing plan   For  the  funny  t  shirt  site  Funny  Tee  Shop  we  had  very   minimal  marketing  (only  google  ads  and  link  back  from   LOL  24  Seven)  and  have  not  had  a  single  customer  yet.  

4. Working environment   I  spent  a  couple  of  weeks  stuck  in  my  room  trying  to   Vigure  out  ways  to  improve  the  site  and  promote  trafVic.  I   have  pretty  much  isolated  myself  from  the  outside  world   most  of  the  day,  not  the  best  way  to  get  new  ideas  and   motivation  to  develop  content. The  upsides  to  all  of  this  are...

4. Not much  loss   One  of  the  great  things  about  this  project  is  that  is  does   not  require  too  much  capital,  if  I  decide  to  scrape  this   project  now  I  have  only  lost  about  $350  or  less  which  is   not  much  considering  that  I  pay  $800+  for  one  unit  in   University  and  the  lessons  I  have  learnt  are  way  more   valuable. Now  what? I'll  be  going  back  to  the  drawing  board  to  see  what   myself  and  my  business  partner  wants  to  pursue  with   this  project.  We  will  be  considering  whether  we  want  to   continue  this  as  a  project  or  Vind  a  way  to  turn  it  into  a   business.  Currently  there  is  not  cashVlow  coming  in  from   it  (we  can't  sell  and  audience  when  we  don't  really  have   one).   I've  picked  up  a  part  time  sales  gig  to  help  pump  some   cash  into  my  bank  account  so  I  have  some  money  to  live   and  also  invest  in  different  projects  down  the  line.  Its   also  good  to  help  me  keep  in  touch  with  the  external   environment.  

1. Kick up  the  ass   These  hurdles  and  lessons  have  forced  me  to  do  even   more  research  and  help  myself  understand  the  market  a   bit  more.  It  also  helped  me  see  what  I  need  to  invest   more  time  and  money  on  and  what  I  should  be  less   concerned  about  too.

Take the  lessons  I  have  learnt  to  move  on  to  the  next   step,  keep  on  failing  until  I  Vinally  succeed. Aaron Koo Emergen Entrepreneur’s Representative

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Identify, develop and create

Meet Adam Culligan Adam is  a  NSW  Emergen  member  who  leads  a   fairly  ac2ve  and  proac2ve  lifestyle,  being   involved  in  crea2ng  leaders  in  ice  hockey   interna2onally  and  unigrad;  a  leading  graduate   jobs  guide  for  universi2es.  

Tell me  about  yourself? As  a  young  athlete  I  always  had  a  passion  for   sharing  my  skills.    As  a  Canadian,  ice  hockey  is   the  sport  that  took  my  fancy  and  has  in  return   given  me  experiences  I  hadn’t  thought  of.    So   much  so  that  I  had  been  planning  all  along  to   take  engineering  in  university  up  until  the  last   minute.    I  was  8illing  out  my  application  having   worked  so  hard  to  achieve  the  grades  and   courses  for  acceptance  and  my  father  sat  me   down  and  asked….“Are  you  sure?    If  you  

could make  a  great  living  doing   anything  you  wanted  to,  what  would   it  be?” I  replied,  "with  teaching  and  leading."    The  rest   is  kind  of  history!  From  teaching  ice  hockey  in   Australia,  Japan,  and  the  United  States  to  ocean   kayaking  in  Western  Canada  and  Mexico.  I   have  had  the  experience  to  teach  and  lead   young  and  old  and  I  have  loved  every  minute   of  it.    Most  recently  I  was  the  Athletic  Director   for  a  preparatory  Ice  Hockey  Academy  in   Banff,  Alberta,  Canada.    Here  I  worked  with   15-­‐20  year  olds  grooming  them  as  athletes  and   future  leaders  heading  for  collegiate  athletics.     This  was  the  most  rewarding  experience  to   date.   I  now  reside  in  Manly,  NSW  and  get  to  pursue   my  passion  of  public  speaking  and  leading   tomorrow’s  youth  through  my  role  with   Unimail,  a  graduate  attraction  strategies  8irm   based  in  Sydney.    We  produce  a  leading   graduate  jobs  guide  (unigrad),  a  leading  job   Issue 2 : 12

search website   (   which  has  so  much   more  than  just   jobs)  and  also   specialize  in   employer   branding.    I  am   the  national   University   Liaison  and  as   such  travel  the   country   preaching   work  ready   skills  and  self-­‐ development   on  behalf  of   universities,   careers   of8ices  and   student   societies   all  with  a   view  to  building   the  unigrad  brand  on  campus.

What is  the  project  you  are  most   passionate  about  right  at  the  moment? I  am  completing  a  tour  of  all  the  university   careers  fairs  across  the  country.    I  am   personally  attending  27  fairs  and  am   organizing  our  company’s  attendance  at  a  total   of  37.    At  the  same  time,  I  am  managing  the   displays  and  materials  for  40  clients  who  are   also  attending  career  fairs.    As  part  of  my  role   as  University  Liaison  is  to  communicate  with   universities  on  a  consistent  basis,  I  am  most   quali8ied  within  our  organization  to  manage   this  project.    All  the  while,  I  am  working  with   student  societies  and  careers  of8ices  to  deliver  

INTERVIEW speaking engagements  on  getting  the  career  of   their  dreams. As  this  project  will  conclude  at  the  end  of  the   April,  my  next  major  project,  which  I  am  very   excited  about,  is  developing  a  strategy  for  the   delivery  of  Work  Integrated  Learning  (WIL)   that  will  see  career  skills  education  get  dove-­‐ tailed  with  the  delivery  of  regular  curriculum   materials  in  Universities. In  my  spare  time  I  am  also  putting  together  a   small  network  of  public  speakers  to  meet  every   few  months  to  share  ideas,  deliver  new   presentations  and  basically  work  with  others   in  the  same  space  to  develop  their  skills  as   public  speakers.    I  am  doing  this  in  partnership   with  a  colleague  by  the  name  of  Josh   Mackenzie,  another  brilliant  youth  leadership   speaker.

What's  your  favourite  book  and  why?   I  would  love  to  say  something  inspiring  or   informative  like  the  Outliers  or  Eat,  Pray,  Love   but  my  favorite  book  to  date  has  been  the  Da   Vinci  Code.    I  love  puzzles  and  mysteries  and  I   am  fascinated  by  organized  religion,  especially   in  a  conspiratorial  fashion!    I  generally  try  to   read  escapist  8iction  rather  than  the  former  so   that  book  ticked  all  the  boxes  for  me.

What are  your  special  hobbies  and   interests? I  spend  a  great  deal  of  time  on  my  bikes.    I  ride   and  race  mountain  bikes  and  commute  from   Manly  to  Sydney  CBD  on  my  road  bike  daily.    I   also  surf  occasionally  and  golf  as  much  as  I  can.     I  play  ice  hockey  in  the  AIHL  (Australian  Ice   Hockey  League)  for  the  Sydney  Ice  Dogs   competing  nationally,  though  it  might  be   dif8icult  to  continue  this  year  due  to  competing   interstate  travel  schedules  between  work  and   hockey.

What are  your  aspiraQons  over  the  next   1-­‐5  years? My  main  goal  over  the  next  8ive  years  is  to   solidify  myself  as  a  go  to  public  speaker  in  the   arena  of  youth  leadership  and  career  skill   building.    It  is  something  that  I  work  on   consistently  and  truly  enjoy  the  most   Fortunately  I  work  for  a  fantastic  organization   that  promotes  the  pursuit  of  this  goal  and  is   working  with  me  to  get  there.    My  role  within   this  organization  sees  me  speak  very  often  to   the  groups  I  want  to  speak  to  so  I  will  continue   to  promote  myself.    As  mentioned  above,  I  am   also  developing  a  strategy  for  the  delivery  of   Work  Integrated  Learning  (WIL)  that  I  believe   will  be  invaluable  once  recognized  by   professors  and  the  academic  community  as  a   whole.    I  look  forward  to  being  a  part  of  this   movement.  Based  on  your  learning  experience  so  far,  

what one  piece  of  advice  would  you  give   to  other  Emergen  members  and  why? As  I  alluded  to  in  my  8irst  answer,  the  best   advice  I  can  give  is  to  identify  what  it  truly  is   you  would  like  to  get  paid  to  do.    We  spend  a  

lot of  time  working  and  it  is  a  shame   more  people  don’t  love  their  jobs.    I’m   not  saying  we  should  all  quit  our  jobs  and  go   rent  mopeds  to  people  in  the  south  of  France,   but  if  you  are  in  a  role  that  is  the  polar  opposite   of  your  goals  and  dreams,  get  out.    If  you  are  in   a  role  that,  under  great  circumspection,  could   deliver  you  what  you  want  but  hasn't  yet,  take   charge  of  that  situation.    Approach  your   superiors  and  make  known  your  personal   aspirations.    Aspiring  people  are  often  inspiring   people  and  who  doesn’t  want  more  people  like   that  in  their  workspace?    Identify,  develop  and   then  create  the  situation  you  want. Linde Le Emergen Featured Members Editor Issue 2 : 13


Small, Broken  Beginnings "The  end  of  a  thing  is  be:er  than  the   beginning." Years  ago,  I  took  a  job  that  quite  honestly  didn't   look  like  much.  It  had  a  small  salary  attached  to   huge  responsibility.  I  knew  instinctively  though   that  this  was  the  right  job  for  me.  Either  that or  the  fact  that  no  other  job  offers  were  on  the   table!  I  choose  to  believe  the  former.  By  no   means,  was  anything  glamorous.  I  dealt  with small  mindsets  that  were  easily  threatened  by   new  ideas. Right  now,  I  am  thinking  of  my  parents,  whose   small  beginnings  meant  that  in  the  early  years   of  their  marriage  would  negotiate  small salaries,  and  the  marital  challenges  that  come   with  it.  How  often  does  one  hear  of   relationships  that  start  out  so  wrong  even   though  those  two  people  knew  that  they  were   meant  to  be  with  each  other.  What  do you  do  when  your  personality  gets  in  the  way   of  a  good  thing  or  your  humanity  (who  you   are)  gets  in  the  way  of  accomplishing  your   dreams.  Small,  broken  beginnings  are  not  a   curse.  If  anything,                                                                                                                     it  is  the  beginning                                                                                                                 of  a  strong  foundation                                                                             wrapped  up  in  adversity,                                                                               either  deserved  or  undeserved.                                                                 Ever  heard  of  the  phrase,                                                                                   "What  doesn't  kill  you  can  only                                                     make  you  stronger?"...True  indeed. Indeed,  small  beginnings  are  not                           glamorous.  In  hindsight,  that  small                     glamorous  job  gave  me  enough  rounded   experience  to  deal  with  a  much  bigger                      

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role, a  few  years  later.  I  learnt  how  to  deal  with   personalities  that  were  vastly  different  and   understand  that  personality  differences  should   never  be  taken  personal  at  any  cost.  That   attitude  would  just  kill  opportunity.  All  my   friends  now  use  that  line  in  their  interviews   whenever  they  get  asked  that  question  about   how  to  deal  with  personality  differences  in  a   team.  Feel  free  to  use  it  too. Navigating  small  beginnings  is  a  test  of   willpower,  strength  and  humility.  Are  you  will   to  be  inconvenienced  at  present  in  order  to  be prepared  for  Life's  grandeur  later  on.  Jim   Carrey  carried  around  a  $1  million  cheque  that   he  wrote  to  himself  for  years  before  he  began   to  get  serious  roles.  Everyone  who  truly  has   longevity  in  their  careers  or  lives  will  always   need  to  go  through  seasons  that  prepare  them   to  handle  grandeur.  How  else  is  character   developed  unless  you  are  exposed  to  the   opposite  of  say,  patience. By  no  means  do  small  beginnings  stay  small.   Have  you  noticed  how  seasons  change.  Life   does  too.  The  good  turns  into  the  better  and                 the  bad  turns  into  the  good.           Happiness  is,  as             always,  a                      state  of  mind                                and  never  based  on                                circumstances.

Bridgett Leslie


activating emerging leaders

Are you on Emergen yet? Emergen is  a  collaborative  community   activating  emerging  leaders. Issue 1 : 15


How mentally tough are you? Do you  allow  a  nega2ve  comment  to  get  you   down?    Do  you  achieve  the  goals  you  set  out  for   yourself?    Do  you  see  the  posi2ves  in  a  situa2on   or  do  you  automa2cally  see  the  nega2ve?     All  of  these  relate  to  our  mental  strength.      As   young  leaders,  it’s  integral  that  we  focus  on   building  our  mental  strength  as  much  as  our   other  leadership  skills.    Mental  strength  is  vital   in  achieving  our  goals  and  reaching  our  best   performance.  

The Five  Elements  of  a                   Strong  Mindset 1. Intentions Set  your  intentions  for  the  day,  month  or  year.     What  do  you  want  to  achieve?    What  would  you   like  to  happen?    Your  intentions  will  guide  your   everyday  actions  and  behaviour.    It’s  your   compass  to  steer  you  in  the  right  direction.      If   you  have  an  important  meeting  coming  up,   spend  some  time  thinking  about  what  your   intentions  are  and  be  clear.  

2. Confidence Do you  have  a  strong  self  belief?  Or  is  your  lack   of  con8idence  holding  you  back  from  what  you   should  be  achieving?    In  my  years  of  leadership   development  of  young  people,  I  know  that   con8idence  is  built  through  action,  small   consistent  steps  towards  who  you  want  to  be   and  what  you  want  to  achieve.    What  is  the  next  

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challenge for  you  to  develop  yourself  and  your   con8idence?  

3. Optimism Do you  see  the  positive  things  in  your  life  and   appreciate  them?    And  do  you  reframe  the   negatives?  We  can  so  easily  start  to  see  the   negatives  in  our  life  and  work.  Instead,   optimism  allows  us  to  practice  focusing  on  the   positives  in  our  life  and  work  and  gain  the   bene8its  of  doing  that.    What  8ilter  do  you  see   life  through?   This  includes  people  too.  I  have  a  rule  to  think   the  best  of  people  rather  than  the  worst.    A   colleague  may  be  10  minutes  late  for  meeting   and  you  could  automatically  start  thinking  “I’m   obviously  not  that  important  for  them”,  “they   don’t  want  to  hear  what  I  have  to  say”  or  “why   do  I  bother?”.    All  this  negativity  when  they   could  be  honestly  be  running  late.      How  quick   does  your  mind  jump  to  the  negative  thought?     And  can  you  become  aware  of  this  and  8lip  it   into  a  more  positive  one?

4. Focus How well  can  you  focus  your  thoughts  and   attention  on  what  you  want?    Focus  is  about   commitment,  consistency  and  control.   Commitment  -­‐  being  committed  to  focusing  on   your  intentions.    Do  allow  yourself  to  get   distracted  with  what  others  say  about  you?    Or   do  you  stay  committed  to  your  own  intentions?


Consistency -­‐  being  consistent  in  our  thoughts   and  actions.  Are  you  aware  of  your  self  talk  and   thoughts  on  a  daily  basis?  Do  your  actions   represent  what  is  most  important  to  you  and   do  you  act  on  your  intentions  on  a  consistent   basis?   Control  -­‐  focusing  our  attention  on  what  we   can  control.    I  love  the  Serenity  Prayer  which  is   “please  grant  me  the  serenity  to  accept  the   things  I  cannot  change,  the  courage  to  change   the  things  I  can,  and  to  have  the  wisdom  to  know   the  difference”.        

Pink in  his  book  Drive,  asserts  that  motivation   is  about  three  elements  -­‐  autonomy,  mastery   and  purpose.       1. Autonomy  means  your  ability  to  choose.   Choose  your  goals  and  how  you’re  going  to   achieve  them.       2. There  is  nothing  more  motivating  then   seeing  yourself  progress,  this  is  mastery.       3.  Use  your  purpose  and  intentions  to  motivate   you  to  act.    If  your  purpose  doesn’t  motivate   you,  then  maybe  you  need  to  rede8ine  it  until   it  does.   So  how  do  you  improve  your  mental  strength?

5. Motivation Motivation is  the  energy  towards  our  goals.   How  do  you  maintain  your  motivation?    Dan  

Alicia Cur2s Emergen  Founder

INTERVIEW Meet the Inspiring...

Fay D’ S ou za

There may  be  a  few  of  you  who  are  thinking   about,  in  the  process  of  -­‐  or  running  your   own  business  ventures.   Fay  is  very  passionate  about  her  work  and  seeks   to  engage  businesses  to  be  able  to  use  video  and   8ilm  as  a  medium  for  marketing.  Fay,  like  many  of   us  also  enjoys  the  8iner  things  in  life  such  as  good   food,  dancing,  singing,  music  and  of  course  great   company.  It  certainly  takes  a  lot  of  will  and   courage  to  jump  into  the  deep  end  to  start  up  a   new  business,  please  read  on  to  learn  more  about   Fay's  journey  and  what  words  of  wisdom  she  has   to  share. Tell  me  about  yourself About  myself  as  a  person...  I'll  start  from  about  6   years  ago...My  exciting  journey  to  Australia  began   as  an  international  student.  Coming  from  the   suburbs  of  Malad,  in  Mumbai  (India)  I  had  the   chance  of  a  lifetime  when  I  embarked  on  a  journey   to  Perth  in  2005.  I  decided  to  take  on  the  media   degree  at  Notre  Dame  University  and  completed  a   four  year  term  where  I  graduated  with  Honours.  I   was  advised  to  also  add  business  knowledge  to   that  mix,  so  I  majored  in  Marketing  and  Public   Relations.    I  am  SO  thankful  that  I  have  parents   who  are  uber  encouraging  and  supportive  of  me.   Without  their  help,  I  would  never  have  been  here. I  realised  then  that  I  love  cameras  and  capturing   life!  My  interest  lies  in  storytelling,  be  it  in  the   form  of  still  photos  or  moving  pictures.  I   specialised  in  screen  production  at  NDU  and   absolutely  enjoyed  every  moment  learning  about   all  the  possibilities  in  terms  of  using  media  in   everyday  life  and  also  for  business.  The  degree   covered  everything  from  journalism  to  drama   production  to  theories  of  communication.   Issue 2 : 18

My honours  thesis  revolved  around  the  process  of   creating  and  developing  media  for  business  use.  I   worked  with  Scitech  -­‐  a  science  organisation   making  science  fun  for  kids,  and  co-­‐produced   'career  videos'  that  showcased  different  science   careers  in  a  fun  and  interesting  manner.  It  was  a   great  experience  as  I  got  the  chance  to  really  think   about  the  variables  involved  when  it  comes  to   producing  media  for  clients. For  me,  video  is  so  powerful  and  pertinent  to  our   society  because  it  helps  us  connect,  learn  and  get   inspired  like  never  before.  I  got  to  meet  all  these   creative  people  in  Perth  and  was  mentored  by   Damien  Blythe  -­‐  a  true  professional  and  someone   who  has  a  mountain  of  8ilm  knowledge  and   experience.      A  business  can  gain  much  from  use  of   video  in  their  strategy  and  my  aim  is  to  both   educate  and  deliver  video  to  business  whereby  they   are  able  to  use  it  and  pro8it  from  it  as  well.  I  love   working  in  teams  and  for  me,  8ilm  production  and   working  with  a  talented  crew  is  an  absolute   pleasure.  I  hope  to  work  with  business,   entrepreneurs,  social  causes  and  also  create   opportunities  for  8ilm  students. What  is  the  project  you  are  most  passionate  about   right  at  the  moment? My  production  company  -­‐  Titanium9  Productions  is   in  development  at  the  moment  and  I  have  begun  to   meet  with  people  and  share  my  ideas.    Alicia  Curtis   met  with  me  recently  and  she  was  so  encouraging   about  it!   This  year  I  hope  to  gain  a  foothold  into  what  it   takes  to  get  a  production  company  up  and  running.     My  main  aim  is  to  get  out  there  and  8ind  out  who   wants  to  be  involved  in  creative  productions  and   which  businesses  would  be  keen  to  bene8it  from  

INTERVIEW I think  it's  one  of  my  favourite  books  because  all   my  life,  I  had  looked  up  to  him  as  'Father  of  the   Nation'.  But  in  reading  his  writings,  I  realised  that   a  was  an  ordinary  man,  but  the  things  that  made   him  'great'  was  his  great  commitment,  great   belief  in  his  ideas  of  freedom  and  his  great   patience  -­‐  these  are  things  that  I  strive  to  reach   myself...  and  the  man  is  great  inspiration  in  that   regard! What  are  your  special  hobbies  and  interests?

video productions!  At  the  moment  I'm  working  on   my  website  and  also  have  joined  a  couple  of   networking  groups  to  gauge  interest  and  speak  to   people  about  the  biz. What's  your  favourite  book  and  why? One  of  my  favourite    books  is   'My  Experiments  with  Truth'   by  M.K  Gandhi.  His  accounts   of  his  daily  encounters,  and   the  development  of  his   philosophy  'Satyagraha',  a   term  he  coined  himself.  It   literally  means  his   involvement  in  bringing  India   to  freedom  was  absolutely   revolutionary  and  he   inspired  people  like  Martin   Luther  as  well.   The  book  takes  us  on  a  journey  from  his  early  days   as  a  lawyer,  to  his  humiliating  cast-­‐out  from  a  train   because  of  his  skin  colour.  It  has  de8ining  moments   -­‐  those  moments  which  took  him  from  being  just   another  coloured  man,  to  someone  who  really   believed  that  all  men  had  equal  rights.    Gandhi  was   a  simple,  humble  man.  The  book  has  his  writings,   but  it  was  through  his  humility  that  his  gumption   shone  through.  

Reading would  top  that  list.  I  also  enjoy  meeting   new  people  and  having  a  good  conversation  over   a  meal.  I  love  walking!  Long  walks  on  the  beach   are  my  absolute  favourite  and  I  live  near  South   Beach  in  Fremantle,  so  I  consider  myself  really   lucky  to  have  that. Singing  is  one  of  my  passions;  I  enjoy  it  very  much   and  have  always  been  part  of  choirs  all  my  life.  At   the  moment,  I'm  part  of  the  choir  at  a  monastery   in  Leederville.    I  also  love  dancing!  I  could  do  this   for  hours  on  end! And  8inally,  I  love  playing  the  electronic   keyboards,  but  I  secretly  wish  I  could  be  a  piano   player!  That's  probably  one  of  my  deep  passions.   Listening  to  the  greats  -­‐  Beethoven,  Bach,   Mozart...  just  absolutely  fabulous.  I  8ind  it  amazing   that  pieces  composed  so  long  ago  are  just  as   enjoyable  and  relevant  to  the  musician  even   today. Based  on  your  learning  experience  so  far,  what  one   piece  of  advice  would  you  give  to  other  Emergen   members  and  why? We  can  dream  all  we  want,  but  it's  the  effort  and   sincere  determination  along  with  a  8irm  belief  in   your  dream  and  passion  that  will  get  you   results!  Get  out  there  and  make  things  happen.   Linde Le Emergen Featured Members Editor


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