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Issue 4, 2012


activating emerging leaders

What’s in this edition? Turning on 2012, Why blog for Emergen, book and video reviews


emergen emag IN THIS ISSUE 4

Alicia’s Update


Why you  should  blog  for  Emergen  in  2012


10 Questions  to  Turn  on  2012


Do you  have  Passion@Work?

10 The Paradox  of  Life 12 Short  Poppies  can  Grow 14 The  Meaning  of  Cultural  Diversity   15 Time,  in  equation  of  all  things  doable 16 What  Really  Matters  for  Young  Professionals 17 RotarACTION 18 Are  you  working  a  job  you  hate…?


“ Doers attract doers. Talkers attract wishers ” Joel Runyon


alicia’s update Welcome

       to  the  fourth  issue  of   the  Emergen  e-­‐mag  and  the  [irst  for  2012.      Emergen  is   a  collaborative  community,  activating  emerging   leaders  through  providing  connections,  inspiration   and  promotion.     So  what’s  in  store  for  Emergen  in  2012.    I’m  focusing   this  year  on  creating  on  a  range  of  resources  for   Emergen  members  to  use  -­‐  slideshows,  toolkits,  e-­‐ courses  and  more.    What  subjects  would  you  like  to   learn  more  about?  Public  speaking,  blogging,  creating   habits,  team  building,  goal  setting?  What  others?    It   will  be  an  exciting  direction  for  Emergen  this  year,  to   continue  to  empower  young  emerging  leaders  to  the   inspiration  and  tools  to  achieve  in  2012.   What  do  you  want  to  be  your  legacy  for  2012?  What  do   you  want  to  remember  this  year  for?    Check  out  my  top   10  Questions  to  turn  you  on  bigger  and  brighter  this   year,  featured  in  this  e-­‐mag.  

Alicia Curtis PS    -­‐    Don’t  forget  to  share  it  with  your  friends  and   colleagues!!    

Alicia Curtis is one of Australia’s most experienced mentors of emerging leaders. She empowers young employees, entrepreneurs and social innovators through her engaging workshop programs. She also releases an annual report on the challenges and aspirations of young leaders in the workplace. Alicia founded Emergen as an online space to activate the leadership potential of young professionals.

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Why YOU should blog for Emergen in 2012 A major  part  of  the  Emergen  online  community  is   blogging.    In  2011  the  Emergen  blogging   community  exploded,  with  the  return  of  beloved   bloggers  from  the  years  previous,  and  a  new   generaAon  of  first-­‐Ame  Emergen  bloggers   emerging  (most  who  were  first-­‐Ame  bloggers!). These  Emergen  members  posted  on  everything   from  book  and  event  reviews,  interviews  with   people  they  admired,  the  use  of  social  media,   lessons  learned  and  inspiring  stories,  volunteering   experiences  and  so  on.    This  was  on  top  of  the  2   main  blogging  for  a  cause  events  that  many   members  par>cipated  in,  culmina>ng  in  the   release  of  2  free  ebook  compila>ons:  Emergen’s   Interna>onal  Women’s  Day  Ebook  and  Emergen   Bloggers  Tribute  to  the  Interna>onal  Year  of  the   Volunteer.     So  why  should  YOU  blog  for  Emergen  in  2012? • • • • • • • • •

To find  /  develop  your  online  ‘voice’ To  express  yourself  -­‐  because  you  have   something  to  say To  share  -­‐  experiences,  events,  stories,   lessons  learned,  successes,  >ps,  etc. To  challenge  yourself To  learn  and  grow  personally As  it’s  a  step  towards  blogging  somewhere   else  (your  own  blog  perhaps!). To  help  grow  and  diversify  the  Emergen   community For  others  -­‐  so  that  they  can  learn  also To  build  your  online  reputa>on

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To connect  with  others For  exposure  -­‐  you  will  be  surprised  WHO   will  read  your  posts • To  promote  -­‐  a  Not  for  Profit  Organisa>on,   a  cause,  an  event. • Because  YOU  want  to. Believe  me,  since  joining  Emergen  in  2010,  and   since  I  started  blogging  on  Emergen  in  2010,  I  have   -­‐  mostly  uninten>onally  -­‐  ‘fulfilled’  almost  all  of   the  above.    It’s  been  a  crazy  ride,  but  I’ve  loved   every  minute  of  it,  and  my  life  has  changed  for  the   be\er.    I  now  have  my  own  blog,  I’m  the  Blogging   Coordinator  for  Emergen,  I  guest  post  for  other   communi>es  and  bloggers,  I  run  my  own  li\le   interna>onal  blogging  community,  I’m  now   developing  ebooks  for  other  communi>es  (and   myself),  my  wri>ng  has  improved  so  much,  as  has   my  confidence,  and  I  have  actually  made  some   fantas>c  friends  -­‐  all  on  top  of  actually  finding  in   life  what  I  was  passionate  about  again! So  yes  -­‐  it  can  be  daun>ng  to  sit  down  and  write   something,  and  then  press  the  publish  bu\on!     But  it  can  be  so  worth  it.     And  if  you  ever  need  advise,  someone  to  read  over   what  you  have  wri\en  or  some  >ps,  don’t  hesitate   to  contact  me  either  via  Emergen,  directly  via   email  on  or  via  Twi\er   @Neanster77. I  do  hope  to  read  you  soon!    Let’s  make  2012  a   year  to  remember. Janine Ripper Emergen National Blogging Coordinator

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10 Questions to Turn ON 2012 On my   RevoluAonary   Lives   blog,   I   posted   10   QuesAons  to  Reflect  on  2011  -­‐    You  can  read  the   post  here.     Throughout   the  week,   I   got   my  A3   pad   out   myself   and   answered   every   single   quesAon.     It   took   a   couple   of   hours   to   finish,   but  it  gave  me  a  great   way  to  reflect   on  the   year   I'd  just  had!   Some   of   my   overall   re[lections   and   themes   from  my  answers  were: -­‐   Focus   on   the   activities   (rituals)   that   enable   me   to   do   my   best   work   such   as   healthy  eating,   regular  movement,   meditation,   journalling,   reading   and   being   around   people   who  inspire  me. -­‐   Focus  on   activities   that   inspire   me   to   be   my   best.     These   included   regular   personal   development   study,   cultural/arts   activities   such   as   reading,   watching   dance   and   drama,   a n d   s p e n d i n g   m o re   t i m e   i n   n a t u ra l   environments.


-­‐ To   write   a   blog   about   revolutionary   lives,   I   must   seek   to   live   a   revolutionary   life   myself   -­‐   therefore   I   must   always   challenge   myself,   walk   the   talk   and   practice   what   I   preach.    (few  cliches  there  -­‐  sorry!) -­‐   I   am   usually   most   happy   when   I   am   putting   into   practice  my   own   strengths   -­‐   1.   Zest,   Enthusiasm   and   Energy,   2.   Gratitude,   3.   Leadership,   4.   Creativity,   Originality   and   Ingenuity   and  5.   Hope,   Optimism   and  Future-­‐ Mindedness. -­‐  I've  got  a  lot  to  be  grateful  in  my  life! I've   also   had   some   time   to   think   about   what   questions  I  should   ask   myself  to   get   ready   for   2012.     They   are   not   all   your   typical   planning   type   questions,   but   I   thought   they   were   important!     How  are  you   really  going   to  turn  you  on  bigger   and  brighter  than   ever   in  2012.    How  will   you   strive  to   be  your  authentic  self  and  share  your   talents  with  the  world.  

10 Questions to Get Ready for 2012 Here are   10  questions  that  you  can  consider   at   any  time  of  the  year  to  turn  you  on  brighter!  

1.How will I step into the highest version of myself? If you   followed   your   goals   with   great   discipline,   lived   by   your   values,   focused   on   sharing   your  strengths,  ate  well   and  exercised   often  -­‐  what  would  life  look   like  for  you?    This   is   the   highest   version   of   yourself.     How   can   you   move   closer   to   being   that   person   this   year?  

FEATURE exercise, volunteering,   meditation,   healthy   foods,  journalling.    What  is  it  for  you?

6.H o w w i l l I g i v e b a c k t o m y community? Community building  and  connections   is  one  of   the   top   intrinsic   goals   that   help   us   lead   a   happy  life.    How  are  you  connected?

7.What's my learning plan? This is  another  top  intrinsic  goal  that  leads  to   happiness.  How  are  you  growing,  learning  and   developing  yourself?  

2.Describe my ideal day, week and year ?

8. What rela+onships  do  I  want  to  foster   further?

What is   the  perfect  day   for  you?      What   do  you   do  differently  when  you  have  a   day  where  you   are   motivated,   productive   and   happy?     And   how  can  you  replicate  this  for  every  day?

What relationships   in  your  life  inspire  you  and   lift  you  up?    Who   do   you   want  to  deepen  your   relationships  with?

3.How will I best utilise my strengths? Can you  name  your  strengths  easily?     How  are   you  using  them  in  everyday  life?  

4.How will I take care of myself? What's my health and wellbeing plan? What strategies   do   you   use   to   take   care   of   yourself  on  a   regular   basis?     What  do  you  need   to   eat  to  make  you  a  peak  performer  no  matter   what  you  do?  

5.What rituals will be most important for me to practice? What are  the  everyday  rituals  that  help  you  be   the   best   person   you   can   be?     Perhaps   it’s  

9. How will   I   keep   inspired   and   inspire   others? What  ways   do  you  keep   inspired?  Perhaps  it’s   friends,   books   or   inspiring   environments.     How   do   you   include   these   in   everyday   life   when  the  struggles  start   to  appear.     And  then,   how  do  you  provide  that  inspiration  for  others   too.  

10.   What   amazing   life   adventures  do  I   want  to  do? Life   is  an  adventure  and  it’s  meant   to  be  lived!   What  life  changing  adventures  do   you  want  to   tick   off   the   bucket   list   this   year!   De[initely   have   fun   while   answering   these!     Are   you   willing  to  give  them  a  go? Alicia Curtis Emergen Founder P:7


Do you have

passion@work? I was  lucky   enough   to   be  chosen   to   review  one  of   the   books   on   offer   from   Emergen.   The   first   impressions  when  I  first   got   this  book  was  “Great  –   it’s   not   War   &   Peace,   it   shouldn’t   take   me   too   long.”   In   fact,   it   took  me  2.5   hours   to   read   while   my  li\le   one   was   taking  his   nap.   It’s   a   very  easy   read  and  it  was  quite  engaging. I  love   to   read,   however   I   have   never   picked  up   a   self-­‐help  book  or  a  how-­‐to  guide  so  went   in  with  an   open  mind.   I   found  Shivani's  (the  author)   book  to   be   part   autobiography,   part   how-­‐to  guide  and  part   self-­‐help.   What   I  really   liked  about   passion@work   was  Shivani  was   so  relatable.   The   stories   she  told   and   her   personal  experience   would  resonate  with   majority   of   women.   It’s   a   great   journey   where   Shivani   first   takes  you  through   her   decision  to  set   up   her   own   business   and   her   fear   of   giving   up   a   great   paying   job   to   go   to   nothing!   And   isn’t   that   what  majority  of  budding  business  owners  fear  the   most?  Then  takes  you  through  the  first  four  years  of   her  business  to  how  she  finally   achieved  her  dream   in  her  fibh  year.  Her  frankness  is  endearing  and  this   is  one  of  the  reasons  it  was  so  engaging. Another   great   thing   about   this   book   is   that   it   provides  a  different  kind  of  guidance  to  people  who   want   to   start  up  their  own  business.   From  what  to   how  to   where  to   what’s  next.   Shivani  poses  some   (some>mes)   confron>ng   ques>on.   The   ques>on   ‘What   are  you   passionate   about?’   personally   was   confron>ng.   Who   really   has  sat   down  and  take  the   >me  to  think  about  this?  In   Chapter  7,   she  provides   a  ‘Personal  Plan’   (a  series   of   ques>ons)  which  is  a   fantas>c  star>ng  point  for   anyone  considering  their   own  business  –  especially  those  that  don’t  have  the   experience  and  don’t  know  where  to  even  begin. P:8

The  only  downside  to  this  book  is  it   is  very  targeted   at   women.   From   the   illustrated  pages  to   the  self-­‐ reflec>on  ques>ons,   even  Shivani  herself  says  that   her   program   is  targeted   for   women.   However   the   guide  itself  –  or   the  workbook  provided,  would  be   valuable   to  any   person  who  wish  to   start   up  their   own   business.   It   is   unique   in   that   it   looks  at   the   ‘fluffy’  side  of  star>ng  a  business.  Many  would  have   ideas   about   what   their   targets   would   be,   what   products   they’ll   have   but   not   many   would   think   about   formula>ng   their   vision,   medita>on,   rela>onship  and  overcoming  fear. It’s   quite   a  shortened   version   of   Shivani’s  journey   hence  she  covers  a  lot  of  different  things  and  there   are  topics  she  men>ons  that  you  would  want   more   in-­‐depth   informa>on   about   (she   men>ons   Maslow’s   Hierarchy   of   Needs   and   The   Secret   to   name  a  few).  As  she  tells  us  in  the  book,  she  bought   and   read   lots   of   books   before   embarking   on   her   business,   this   is   great   advice   and   passion@work   should   definitely   be   used   as   one   of   the   many   resources  when  star>ng  a  business  to  look  at  all  the   different   perspec>ves,   especially   during   the   beginning  stages  –  for  women  in  par>cular. Junlie Siegert


activating emerging leaders

Are you on Emergen yet? Emergen is  a  collaborative  community   activating  emerging  leaders.


The Paradox of Life Over the   last   six   months   I've   had   the   pleasure   of   ge]ng   to   know   President   of   Leader   Development   Group,   David   Bernard-­‐ Stevens.     In   brief,   David   s p e c i a l i s e s   i n   empowerment   and   self-­‐ leadership   work,   finding   himself  starAng  in  Kenya.

a "calling"  from   the  Universe   or   God  and     woke   up  one  day   knowing  that  I  was  supposed  to  go  to   Kenya.  I  called  WOJA,  advised  them  I  was  coming   and  we  set  the   dates  for  the  training.  When  I  was   asked  where  I   had  found  the  money   I  told  them   simply   that   I   hadn't   but   that   I   was   coming,   and   that  the   rest   would   somehow   work   itself  out.   It   did,   as   people   from   around   the   world   heard   of   what  I  was   going  to   do,   and   the  money   came   in   small  bits  via  the  internet.  

Here is  some  of  David's  story: Women  for   Justice   in   Africa  (WOJA)  is  a  Kenya-­‐ based  non-­‐government   organization   formed  to   promote  women  rights  through  education  and   training,   capacity   building   for   community   women  rights  practitioners,  strategic  litigation,   lobbying   and   advocacy.     Disability   rights   are   mainstreamed  in  all  programs. WOJA  were  perplexed  as   far  too  many  women   who  were  working  in  the  areas  of  abuse,  rights,   health   etc.   were   returning   to   "the   way   things   were  before".    This   was   found  to   be   true  with   m o s t   o f   t h e   t ra i n i n g   h e l d   by   N G O s ,   foundations,   and   organizations   observed   over   time. I   cannot  explain  it  except  to  say  that  I  received   P: 10

[Here is a 5 minute documentary on the program, which was aired on a world news program called 'The African Journal'. It was produced by A24 Media.]

FEATURE The initial   training  I  created  was  a  life  changer   for  both  the  women  from  Kibera  and  me.   I  then   knew  this  was   what   I  was   supposed  to  do   -­‐   go   out   into   the   world  and   take   what   I   knew,   and   give   it   for   "free"  to  those  who  did  not   have  the   ability  or  means  to  attend  such  training.  I  went   back   to   Nebraska   (my   state   in   the   USA),   sold   what  little  I   had,   earned  enough  to   survive   on   my  own  for   2  years  with  no   income,   and  began   to   build   a   leadership   program   from   scratch   that  would  serve  the  poor   in  a  way  that   would   give  them   the   means,   the   tools,   and   the  belief   that   they   had   it   within   themselves   to   create   their  future,  their  job  or  dream.   Funding   such   an   endeavor   was   a   challenge.   The   traditional   way   of   going   to   foundations,   businesses,   and   organizations   for   funds   seemed   to   be   a   dead   end   as   money   was   too   little  -­‐  with  so   many   [ighting  each  other  for   it.   AND,   there  seemed  to   be  no   piece   of  essential   or   core   leadership   training   within   the   programs   of   the   "donor   groups"   that   would   create   the   reality   of   sustainability   once   the   money   and/or   organization   left...the   same   issue   that  WOJA  had  experienced  earlier.  There   had   to  be  a  way   to  tap  into   enough  income  that   could  be  used  for  the  leadership  program,  with   few   strings   and   with   deeper   pockets.   There   just  had  to  be  a  way. So   a   new   business   model   was   created.   In   partnership   with   WOJA,   we   decided   that   I   would   simply   approach   businesses   and   organizations   -­‐   NOT   for   donations   or   support   for   our   program,   but   to   offer   to   make   them   build   within   their   organization   the   type  of  environment  and  leadership  that  would   not   only   sustain   their   efforts   into   the   future,   but   establish  a  holistic  leadership  environment   that   would   create   results   that   other   felt   to   be   impossible.  We  would  make  them  better,   and  in  

return the   money   we   were   paid   would   be   plowed  into  two   leadership   programs:  one  for   women   continuing   the   purpose   and   vision   of   WOJA,   and   my   own   vision   of   taking   the   program  out  into  the  world.

“I took a leap of faith. I leaped knowing what I was meant to attempt to do and into a void where there were no guarantees of success.” It   has   been  the   most   challenging   thing   I   have   ever   attempted   to   do,   but   I   can   also   tell   you   that   it   has   been   the   happiest   and   meaningful   time  of  my  life. I   have   been   in   Kenya   now   for   most   of   24   months  and  the   seeds  planted  over   these  past   few  months  are  beginning  to   bear  fruit.  It  is  an   exciting  time  [illed  with  much  work,  hope,  and   meaning.   There   are   no   guarantees   of   course,   but  I  am  doing  what  I  am  supposed  to  do.   I   am   where   I   am   supposed   to   be   and   my   life,   and   those   that   I   am   able  to   touch   and  impact,   has   meaning   and  purpose.   And  for  me,   that  is   all   I   could   ever   hope   for   in   my   life...   doing   what   I   KNOW  I   have  always  needed   to  do   and  to   have   an   impact   in   the   world   helping   people   be   all   they  were  created   to  be.  Life   is   hard   right   now,   but  it  is  so   very   very  good  at  the   same  time.  A   paradox  perhaps,   but   such  is  the   nature  of   life   and  the  universe.

Janine Ripper Emergen National Blogging Coordinator

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Short Poppies can Based on  confidence  building  anecdotes  that   people  have  shared  with  the  authors,  two   Australian  psychologists  assisAng  people  in  the   workplace,  this  book  proclaims  to  bring  together   proven  strategies  and  ideas  for  people  to  look  and   act  confidently  at  work  -­‐  simply  put,  to  grow  taller   poppies.   These  con[idence-­‐building  strategies  target   common  issues  such  as  how  to  make  an  impact;   speak  out  at  meetings;  deal  with  dif[icult   colleagues;  overcome  nerves;  sell  your  ideas;  



move out  of  your  comfort  zone  and;  ask  for  a  pay-­‐ rise. Perhaps  the  most  important  message  that  I  took  on   board  from  this  self-­‐help  book  was  the  importance   of  using  positive  ‘self  talk’.  As  the  authors  point  out,   in  discussing  the  importance  of  an  optimistic   outlook  in  general,  ‘one  of  the  critical  elements  of   optimism  is  positive  self  talk.  Self  talk  is  the  little   voice  in  your  head  that  never  stops.  Whether  we  are   reading,  listening  to  someone  or  watching  TV,  we   are  continually  mentally  talking  to  ourselves  and   automatically  responding  to  this.  What  we  say  to  

BOOK REVIEW and, believe  it  or  not,  I  have  found  myself  in  an   uplifting  mood  whenever  [inishing  a  chapter  or   two.  Based  on  my  inspiring  experience  while   reading  it,  I  would  de[initely  recommend   having  this  book  on  your  bedside  table  as  an   easily  accessible  avenue  for  some  pep-­‐up  talk   for  those  times  when  you’ve  had  a  bad  day  at   work  or  feel  a  bit  down  in  general.  On  that  note,   I  would  like  to  conclude  by  giving  you  a  taste  of   the  many  thoughtful  quotes  used  in  the  book:

ourselves about  a  situation  directly  determines   how  we  feel  and  how  we  react." Now,  without  trying  to  invoke  too  much  of  my   personal  analysis,  I  think  this  little  voice  in  our   heads  is  probably  one  of  the  major  inhibitors  to   why  so  many  people  are  unable  to  embark  on   the  process  of  working  smarter  instead  of   harder  to  develop  in  the  workplace  and  work   themselves  up  that  career  ladder.  Dakin  and   McEwen  manage  to  explain  this  common  issue   in  a  thought-­‐provoking  way  and  provide  useful   advice  for  overcoming  the  bad  habit  of  doubtful   and  negative  self  talk,  transforming  it  into  more   positive  thinking. Short  Poppies  can  Grow  is  a  great  tool  for   increasing  con[idence  in  the  workplace  as  well   as  in  more  general.  The  chapters  of  the  book   can  easily  be  read  separately  and  are  divided   according  to  topics  such  as  conAidence-­building,   anger  management,  inAluencing  other  people,   promoting  yourself  etc.  The  interactive  layout  of   the  chapters  makes  it  easy  and  fun  to  read  as   each  section  includes  helpful  explanations,  case   studies,  witty  quotes,  useful  exercises  [inished   off  with  a  recap  to  highlight  the  key  points   made.    

"Nobody can  make  you  feel  inferior  without  your   consent"  Eleanor  Roosevelt Anne-Marie Balbi

Be Part of the Read, Review and Receive Program Emergen gives  away  books  every  month  in  return   for  a  book  review  posted  on  Emergen.   Check  out  the  regular  e-­‐newsle\ers  in  your  inbox   for  an  chance  to  win.    When  you  see  a  book  that   you’re  interested  in  reading  and  reviewing,  send   Alicia  an  email  to  be  in  the  draw  to  win  the  book.   Write  your  review  and  post  it  on  Emergen  to  tell   others  what  you  thought  of  the  book  and  your   best  learning  take-­‐aways.  

The best  part  is  the  amount  of  ‘aha’  moments   (those  things  you  really  know  deep  inside  but   need  to  be  reminded  about)  while  reading  it   P : 13


The Meaning of

Cultural Diversity We live   in  global   world.    And  in  Australia,  like  many   other   areas   in   the  world,  we  live  in   a   mulAcultural   society.     What   does   that   mean   for   you?   Do   you   embrace  this  cultural  diversity?   Last   weekend,   I  got   to   facilitate   a  weekend   retreat   with   25  young   women  from  a  wide  range  of   cultural   backgrounds  -­‐  we  had  young   women   from   Zambia,   Somalia,   South   Africa,   Iraq,   Spain,   Maldives,   Malaysia,  China,  India  and  more.    We  shared  stories,   challenged   our   assump>ons  and  learnt   more  about   yourselves  and  others.       Half   the  group  were  from   the  Muslim  faith  too.    I  just  wanted  to  share  some  of   my  learning  journey  from  the  weekend.    

• There are  more  similari+es   than   differences   -­‐     even   though,   we   dressed   differently,   had   different   favourite  foods,   prayed  differently   and   had  different   life  experiences  -­‐  we   had  so  much   in  common.     As  women,  we  shared  similar  goals   for   the  future,  similar   desires  for   our   friends  and   family   and   similar   passions   for   the   community.     When  you  take  away   our   different   cultures  and   religions  we  are   very   similar   people!       A   great   example   of   this,   one   of   the   Muslim   girls  (who   wears  the  head  scarf)   shared  that  when  she  was   buying  a  bikini,  the  girl  at  the  counter  gave  her  a   strange   look   and   said   “Do   you   wear   bikinis?”.   And   she   replied,   “Of  course!   Maybe   not   out   in   front  of  everyone,  but  that  she  loves  swimming.”    

• Strive to   understand,   not  judge   -­‐     Our   fears   and   assump>ons   can   be   driven   by   our   lack   of   understanding   about   each   other.     If   there   is   something  you  don’t  like  or  fear  about  someone   else,   ask   them   about   it.     Really   strive   to   P : 14

understand what   drives  them.    When  we  stand   back   and   judge  only,   we  don’t   grow   as  people.     Most  people  are  really  open  about   talking  about   the  decisions  they’ve  made,  so  why   not  ask   in  a   respecmul  way!

• Be willing  to   update  your  assump+ons  -­‐    We   live  in  a  world  where  change  is  inevitable.     What   our  previous  genera>ons  thought   about  cultural   diversity   is  very  different  to  the  world  we  live  in   now.     Be  willing   to   challenge   and   update  your   assump>ons.    What  are  your  assump>ons  about   people   from   different   cultures?     Have   you   explored  this?  Have  you  challenged  this?  Do  your   assump>ons   represent   the   stereotypes  or   have   you   challenged   yourself   to   really   get   to   know   people?

• Be a   role  model   -­‐   Gandhi  says  “Be  the  change   you  want  to  see  in  the  world”.    I  want  to  live  in  a   world   that   respects   each   other,   a   world   that   values  our  differences  as  well  as  our   similari>es,   a   world   where   we   look   for   the   good   in   each   other,   a  world  that   is  compassionate  and  kind  to   each  other.     I  am  willing   to   be   a  role  model  -­‐  to   stand   again   racism   and   intolerance   and   forge   friendships,  support  and  apprecia>on.      Will  you   stand  with  me?     I   can   say   with   absolute   confidence  if   you’ve   never   explored   the  cultural  diversity   in  Australia  -­‐    you  are   missing  out!    Why   not  volunteer   at   an  organisa>on   that   works  with   people  from   different   cultures  and   religions?    Meet  new  people  and   make  new   friends   with   people   from   different   cultures  and   religions  -­‐  

SHORT FEATURE whether it’s   the   next   door   neighbour,   a   new   colleague   at   work   or   a   new   volunteer   buddy.     Trust   me,   the   richness   is   definitely   in   the   diversity. Want   somewhere   to   start...check   out   the   resources  below. *   Check   out   the  wonderful   work   of  the  Muslim   Women's   Support   Centre,   who   I   work   with   to   facil>ate   the   Young   Women's   Leadership   Program.

* Check   out  the   video  series,   Go  Back  to  Where   They  Came  From.    Powerful! *   Check  out   Janine  Ripper's  blogging  series,  The   Beauty   of  Difference.    (She  was  a  par>cipant   of   the  2010  Young  Women's  Leadership  Program) *   Check   out   the   Ebook   that   the   2010   Young   Women's  Leadership  program  par>cipants  wrote   called  Journey   to  Leadership   -­‐  including   all  their   biographies. Alicia Curtis Emergen Founder

TIME, in the equation of all things doable We can   achieve   anything   that   we   set   our   eyes   on,   given   the  Ame.   Take   our   jobs,   for   example.   How  did  we  come  to  know   all  the  things  that   we   know   now?   Things   that   we   had   no   idea   about   when  we  first  started  our  jobs.   While   our   brains   work   in   ways   that   are   mysterious   to   the   most   of   us   (holler   @   my   medical  peeps),  there  are  some  things  that  are  so   obvious  but   are  so  normal  to  us  that  we  tend  to   look  past  them.  To  me,   some  of  those  things  are   repe>>on   and   familiarity.   Our   best   tools   for   success. Let's  say   if   someone  puts  you   in   a   room   filled   with   flowers   and   tells   you   to   name   all   the   different  types  of  flowers...   with  your  eyes  closed,   how  do  you  think  you  will  go?   What  if  this  person  (let's  picture  a  very  charming   and   a\rac>ve   young   man/woman   -­‐   whichever  

>ckles your   fancy   -­‐   for   entertainment's   sake)   takes  you   to   the   room   everyday   and   each   day,   teaches  you   the   different   scents  of   the   flowers   and   their   names,   wouldn't   you   think   that   you   would  at  least  know  a  handful  over  the  course  of   >me? Needless   to   say,   repe>>on   can   also   lead   to   boredom.   Which  is  great   if   we  think  about   it   in   terms   of   mo>va>ng   ourselves  in  our   search   for   be\er  and  more  exci>ng  things.   But   I   suppose   the   point   to   be   made   and   hopefully,   to   be   taken   here   is   that   we   can   do   whatever  we  want.        Anything! It   is   all   just   in   the   ma\er   of   >me.     And   who   knows,   we   might   even   meet   Mr/Mrs   Charming   along  the  way! Monica Choo P : 15


What Really Matters for Young Professionals I was   lucky   enough   to   win   one   of   the   three   books  as   part  of  the   summer   reading  giveaway,   please  see  my  review  and  thoughts  below.   Ryan   has   written   an   easy   to   digest   book   that   clearly   outlines   some  great  strategies   that   will   assist   young   professionals   to   adjust   to   the   professional   world  of  work  and  maximise   their   performance   in   the   workplace   as   an   early   career   professional.   In   saying   this,   I   believe   many   of   these   strategies   apply   not   only   to   young   or   early   career   professionals,   but   are   strategies   to   be   a   more   effective,   productive   and  happy  employee/worker  in  general. The  introduction  which  outlines  the  not  so   new   concept   of   employability   skills   sets   the   scene   for   the   following   practices.   Ryan   has   used  the   employability   skills   framework   which   was   research   and   developed   in   2001by   the   Department  of  Education,   Science  and  Training   (now  known  as  DEEWR),  though  has  added  the   two   additional   skills   sets   of   leadership   and   service   excellence.   I   like   the   addition   of   both   service  excellence  and  leadership,  even  though   some  may   argue   that   these   would   [it   into   the   existing   eight   categories,   as   it   highlights   that   these  are   also   important  skills   to   possess.   You   do   not   need   to   be   a   manager   to   demonstrate   leadership,   or   even   aspire   to   a   “leadership”   role,   but   it   is   the   ability   in   small   tasks,   or   leading  a   team  even  just  for   one   small   activity   is   still   an   important  contribution  to   your  team   or   division   effective   contributing   to   the   P: 16

strategic direction   of   your   organisation.   Additionally   service   orientation   with   both   internal   and   external   clients   is   important   to   enhancing   and   maintaining   the   organisations   and   sub   divisions   within   the   organisations   reputation  and  hence  future  business. Linking   the   employability   skills   to   each   practice   helps   the   reader   to   understand   the   connection   between   various   employability   skills   and   the   behaviours   that   one   needs   to   consistently   demonstrate   in   order   to   be   an   effective,   satis[ied   and   productive   employee.   The   suggested   activities   at   the   end   of   each   chapter   clearly  explain   the   steps   one   can   take   t o   b e c o m e   m o re   s e l f -­‐ awa re   o f   t h e i r   professional   behaviour   and   work   practices   as   well   as   methods  of  implementing   strategies  to  

SHORT FEATURE work to   their   optimal   level   and   reach   their   potential.     As   I   currently   work   in   a   university   environment,   academic   integrity   and  appropriate   referencing   is   of  paramount  importance,   hence  my   only  concern   is   the  lack   of  referencing   within  the   book,   to   back   up   the   statistics   and   information   provided.   Otherwise   I   would   recommend   this   book   to   all   young   professionals   (and   even   not   so   young   professionals)   to   assist   in   their   continuing   professional   development   and   identifying  

strategies to   increase   their   employability,   which   will   enhance   their   chances   of   career   progression   and  promotion,  as   well  as   work   satisfaction.  In  my   professional   capacity   as   a   Career   Development   Consultant,   the   activities   provide   some   ideas   for   workshop  and   interactive  group  activities  to  assist   university  students  to  shift  their    mindset   to  being   a   “professional   in   training”   and   enhance   their   employability   skills,   to   make   a   successful   transition  to  graduate  employment.   Lauren  Taylor

RotarACTION Where can  you  go  with  Rotaract?  The   possibilities  are  endless!    I  prepared  a  short   music  video,  giving  you  a  taste  of  what's   available.  The  video  is  part  of  a  promotional   campaign  by  the  Rotaract  Club  of  Crosslands,   NSW,  helping  to  spread  the  word  about  the   amazing  organisation  Rotaract  is!   All  one  has  to  do  is  watch  the  video  on  the   attached  link.  As  part  of  the  competition,  the   video  with  the  most  hits  by  29TH  FEB  wins!   ($100  to  PolioPlus).  So  go  ahead  and  hit  replay!   Thanks  for  helping  to  empower  young  people.   Link  is:­‐7FTk   Acknowledgments  (photos/videos):   Tiang  Cheng,  Sherlene  Heng,  Bethany  Indrawan,   Dan  Mirabella,  HOPE  Uganda,  Oleksandra  Hytyk   (Alya),  Clemens  Nikolaus  Witt,  Dagogo  Altraide,   Polona  Gradišek,  Graham  Shular,  Jacopo  La  Rosa,   Carolina  Natalia,  Ìàðèíà  Èâàíîâà,  Artem  Nikitin,  Ñàíÿ   Îñîêèí,  Ukrainian  Trip  Team,  Simran  Pahuja,  Leanne  

Quah, Julian  Buttigieg,  Subiaco  Rotaract,  RIFJAM!,   Emiko  Watanabe,  Martin  Uhland,  JR  Photography,   Uzghorod  TV!,  ...  and  my  HTC  Incredible  S!   Words:   I  have  to  shout  out  to  all  the  crews,  teams  and   amazing  people  who've  been  a  part  of  my  Rotaract   journey.  Thankyou  for  being  not  just  companions,   but  friends  for  life!  Let's  continue  to  spread  the   spirit  of  Rotaract  :)   Piri Altraide

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"Are you working a job you hate to buy sh*t you don't need?" “I see  all  this,   and   I   see   it   squandered   …   Adver.sing   has   us   chasing   cars   and   clothes,   working  jobs   we  hate  so   we  can  buy   shit  we  don't   need.”     This   is  one  of  my   favourite   movie  lines,  it   comes   from   the   film   Fight   Club,   when   Brad   Pi\s   character,   Tyler,   is   consoling   the   narrator   (the   character   is   never   actually   named)   afer   the   narrator   "lost   everything"   when   his   apartment   explodes. About   a   month   ago,   I   was   sitting   on   a   beach   in   Cambodia  after  scuba  diving  for  6  days   when  I  sat   down  and  had  a  chat   with  my  instructor  who   had   given  up  the  of[ice   life  in  London  to   be   a   scuba   diver   in,   well,   paradise.    We  were  having  a   conversation   about   what   is   important   in   society,   and   what  is   important   in   life,   and   how   they   can   contradict  each  other.     If   you   take   a   big   picture   approach,   you   could   probably   assume   that   most   people   want   to   be   happy.   End   of   story.   Any   successes   which   are   achieved   or   aimed   for   are   merely   a   conduit   to   improve   ones   lifestyle   and,   therefore,   ultimately,   ones   assumed   happiness.     When   it   comes   to   work,   we   usually   have   two   options,   we   either   "take   a   job   for   the   love"   or   we   "take   the   cash,   working  towards  a  career".    The   old  adage  "if  you   [ind   a   job   you   love   you'll   never   have   to   work   another  day  in  your  life"  seems  to  ring  true  to  the   former.     But,  unfortunately,  research  doesn't  back   up   either   these   paths   improving   ones’   level   of   happiness.   The  reason  for  this   is,  [irstly,   when  you   work   a  job   doing  something   you  enjoy  doing  you   start   to   associate   the   reward   of   the   work   to   be   salary,  not  internal  pleasure  or  enjoyment.  And  as  

for taking   a   job   for   the   salary,   sure,   not   having   enough   money   will   increase   your   unhappiness,   but   once   your   basic   needs   are   met,   your   happiness  plateaus.   A   study  in   the  US   found  that   the   salary   level   in   which   happiness   plateau's   is   USD$75,000.   This   means,   that   there   is   no   intrinsic  gain  to  your   level  of  happiness   between   earning  $75,000  a  year,   and  $500,000   a  year.  It  is   merely   an   illusion   which   highly   paid   employees   live   in,   and   which   everyone   else   believes   and   aspires   to.     Unfortunately   though,   most   people,   when  given  the  opportunity  in  Job  A  or  Job  B,  will   take   the   higher   salary   every   time.     Even   if   it   involves  less  time   to  yourself,  more  overtime,  less   time  with  your  family  and  being  on  call.    Why?    Is   it   because   happiness   is   dif[icult   to   measure   but   salary   isn't?  Is   it   because  we   constantly   measure   our  possessions  against  others  in  society?     Importantly  though,  I   feel  the   extra  time  spent  on   career  or   at   work  can  take  time  away  from  things   that   truly   do   bring   happiness,   self   esteem,   and   value   to   life.     If   you   think   for   a   moment   about   your   childhood,   what   are   the   big   things   you   remember?     Is   it   the   awesome   toys   you  owned,   video   games   perhaps?   Or   was   it   time   you   spent   with   family,   friends,   maybe   exploring   your   neighbourhood?   How   much   of   your   idyllic   childhood   is   rooted   in   possessions?     An   interesting   tangent   for   me,   while   we  are   on  this   thread,   is   that   I   always   thought   I   had   a   very   [inancially   well   off   upbringing.     All   my   needs   were  met  and  my  wants   ful[illed.     Or  so  I   thought.     A   recent   conversation   with   my   mother   paints   a   very  different  impression  on  life  as  a  child.    I   have   always   known   that   while   I   was   growing   up   money   was   tight,   but   isn’t   it   always?     But   I   was   stunned   to   learn   that   when   I   was   about   10   my   parents  had  no   money   for  Christmas   presents.     I   thought   that   happened  the   poorest   of  the   poor?    

But I   still   maintain   I   had   a   perfect   childhood,   a   great   family   who   I   love,   and   values   and   experiences   I   cherish.     I   wouldn’t   change   anything.   I   was   very  happy,   even  if,   I  will   admit,   the   lack   of   funds   was   stressful   for   my   parents.     Though,   I   look   back   now   and   think   about   how   fantastic   my   parents   were   because   even   though   we  struggled  [inancially,  Mum  and  Dad  both  gave   tremendously   to   their   community   which   provided   our   family   with   strong   links   in   that   community.     I   always   remember   how   we   were   great   friends   with   both   the   richest   man   in   the   town,  but  also  the  butcher.      One  year  my   mother   won   some   sort   of   community   award,   citizen   of   the  year  or  something.      But  I  digress. Taking   to   Rachel,   my   scuba   instructor,   her,   and   many   others   in   the   area   work   for   little   money   but   have  their   basic  needs  met.  They   get  shelter   and   food   supplied,   and   with   t h e i r  

salary can   afford  clothing.   They   work   in   a   small   village,   so   have   none   to   really   measure   their   possessions   against.     Not   only  that,  they   actively  do  things   to   leave  a  legacy   and  a  positive  impact   on  the  community   around   them.     And  they   are  all   happier   than  when  they   lived   in  the  city   and  worked  a  9-­‐5  had  nice  suits   and  a  [lash  car.    The  salary  as  a  diver  is   awful,  but   the   quality   of   life   is   better,   as   is   the   level   of   happiness.     If  you   looked  at   what   society  has   us   do,   it  is   set   goals   and   work   towards   achieving   those   goals.    

Normally they   are   very   career   or   material   focused.    Get  a  job,  buy  a  car,   buy  a  house.    If  you   have   a   higher   paid   job,   a   nicer   car,   better   stock   options,  or   a  new  [lash  fresh  water  pool,  you  are   usually   considered   "more   successful"   than   someone   who   earns   or   has   less   than  you.   But   if   these   things  don't   bring  happiness,   at  the  end  of   the  day,   is  there   a   point  to   it?    More  to  the  point,   if  you  need  to  take   time   away  from  things  that  do   make   you   happy,   like   your   family,   partner,   friends,   and   community,   is   it   actually   doing   the   opposite  of  what  you  set  out  to  achieve? I  am   trekking   around  Asia,  with  a  backpack  and  a   suitcase   of  clothes   (as   I   am   moving   to   London),   and  I  can't  help   thinking  how   much  unnecessary   stuff  I  have.    I   have   a  suitcase  and   a  back  pack.     I   actually   [ind  it   really   liberating  to  not  have  many   goods,   not   be   paying   off   a   car,   and   not   being   worried   about   that   new   sofa   which   I   just   had   stain  protected.    But  I  say  again,   with  the  little   I   have,   I   actually   think   I   have   too   much.   It's   too   much   of   an   inconvenience   for   me   to   carry   around   and   look   after.   And   it   is   amazing   how   many   travellers   say   the   same   thing   -­‐   "It's   not   until   you   travel   for   an  extended   period   of   time,   that  you  realise  how  little  you  actually  need". I   am   not   saying   careers   are   not   worth   planning   for,   or   that   being   successful   in   business   isn’t   a   valid   goal  at  all.   I’m  really  not.    In  fact,   I’ve  spent   nearly   3   years   helping   to   groom   students   for   that.    Nor  am   I  saying   working  hard  to   pay   off   a   mortgage   is   foolish   either.   What   I   am   talking   about   is  balance  and  how  we  can  throw   that   out   of   whack   by   losing   focus.         If   I   was   to   ask   the   same   question   I   asked   earlier   about   your   childhood  to   you   later   in   life   about   your   whole   life,   do   your  answer   would   involve  your  salary?   Your   car?   Your   clothes?   Or   the   times   you   spent   with   you   family,   your   friends,   and   your   community?     So,   my   question   is,   are   you   working   a   job   you   don't  like  in  order  to   buy  things   you   don't   need?   Are   you   putting   your   time   and   energies   into   things   which   actually   will   improve   your   happiness?     If   you  think   your  life  is   a   bit   out   of   balance,   what   can  you   do   to   get   your   happiness   back  on  track? Daniel Mitchell

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