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5 strategies to grow through life

Coronavirus has shattered any illusion we may have had about our ability to control external circumstances, situations and environments. We have had to become comfortable with uncertainty.

The only certainty any of us can have is our certainty in ourselves: knowing that we alone choose how we think and respond to situations, opportunities and change.

Letting go of the need to control and influence everything is an extreme challenge for many of us.

And whilst 2020 was a horror show for billions, it reaffirmed the importance of a mindset of self-reliance and esteem and an attitude of grit — always…


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It is ok to be yourself

I have incandescent pink hair.

It isn’t a fad, nor is it a reactionary response to the patriarchy (although it would be a completely legitimate action).

But rather it is an external signal that I have, after four and half decades of hiding, chosen to lean into myself.

My story.
My experience.
My wisdom.
My curiosity.
My strength AND my vulnerability.

I finally decided that like Michelle Obama …

“I like my story”.

By any external measure, it would seem that I am a woman fully in charge of her life.

Becoming Myself

With a career spanning three decades, I have…


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Finding the leadership opportunity in COVID-19 through six easy tactics.

As the global pandemic COVID-19 continues to spread, governments are taking unprecedent actions. From the shutting of sovereign borders through to the locking down of local populations, many business leaders are have been left with little choice, but to move their operations to the living rooms of their workforce.

Working remotely meets the social distancing recommended by public health experts to slow the spread of the COVID-19. And potentially, if led appropriately by CEOs could allow businesses to operate largely uninterrupted by the disease.

However, for this to be the…


Understanding how the drama triangle is impacting your leadership and business

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Have you noticed how often we complain about drama, to only be caught up in the next drama filled situation a moment later.

Drama feeds our ego.

We get caught up in the emotion and all too easily find ourselves slipping into roles, which if we calmly contemplated might be otherwise unacceptable to us.

From CEOs, administrative staff to Boards of Directors, we all have the same tendency to unconsciously engage in and even create drama. These interactions and dynamics can make us feel important. For some it might bolster a own sense of importance, power, control, or soothe our…


How to get the clients you want and get your life back

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“Your fired” are words rarely uttered to a client, but perhaps it is time they should be.

Like many other professionals, I have joined the gig economy, albeit in a more traditional guise as an organisational alchemist (code for Trusted Adviser, mentor/coach, trainer and keynote speaker). And like my fellow freelancers I am learning the art of the hustle; which typically consists of saying “yes” to any and all opportunities to work.

You know what it is like, cramming 10 clients into 8 sessions; pulling an all-nighter to get the brief done by 9am; having multiple reports simultaneously on…


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One revolutionary act of kindness at a time

In the 1st century BC, Publilius Syrus said,

“You can accomplish by kindness what you cannot by force.”

An insight that should have become a self-evident truth over the last 20 centuries, and yet it is still as startling in its honesty today as I am sure it was back then.

Ultimately the people who truly run the world, do so through countless acts of kindness.

Recently I was reminded of a situation I had to manage a few years back with a dysfunctional team. Comprised of 15 people the team was a classic example of invisible toxicity.

On the…


7 Insights to help you go grow through trauma

In the last ten years I have died on four separate occasions.

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However, the skill and commitment of my medical team ensured I didn’t become permanent resident in the hereafter.

After each medical emergency, I have thrown myself into recovering from the acute state of the various diseases that attempt to define or end my life.

Once stabilised, my typical strategy has been to bury myself back into work, often not even waiting to be discharged from hospital before I was back leading and managing teams and multiple functions.

I think what I was scared of, was that these life…


YouTube Wars: understanding the noodle drama of Nikocado Avocado, Stephanie Soo, Zach Choi and Trisha Paytas through the lens of the drama triangle and empowerment dynamic

Recently I watched a grown man flip from proclaiming “I am not sorry” to “I am sorry” whilst weeping over a pile of chips. Having never watched a psychotic break in slow motion, I have been fixated by the drama of his unravelling — a process he himself is choosing to broadcast to millions of viewers.

Disappearing down a YouTube shaped black hole, I have stumbled across two communities of aliens masquerading as humans…


YouTube Wars: the noodle drama of Nikocado Avocado, Stephanie Soo, Zach Choi and Trisha Paytas

Recently I watched a grown man flip from proclaiming “I am not sorry” to “I am sorry” whilst weeping over a pile of chips. Having never watched a psychotic break in slow motion, I have been fixated by the drama of his unravelling — a process he himself is choosing to broadcast to millions of viewers.

Disappearing down a YouTube shaped black hole, I have stumbled across two communities of aliens masquerading as humans … mukbangers and ASMR practitioners.

Adopting avatars as their branded selves, these practitioners eat for a living. Filming themselves eating as a sensory experience (ASMR practitioners)…


We all know that the true power behind the throne of any C suite leader, is the Executive Assistant or Executive Officer.

Many a CEO or team leader would benefit from adopting the tactics of Donna in the hit TV show, Suits. Always ready to listen or lend a helping hand, Donna observes every aspect of her work environment — interpersonal dynamics, individual moods and behaviours and situational responses — contextualising them within her understanding of the external operating environment and emerging trends. …

Naomi Knight

Constantly striving for mastery in the art of kintsugi, Naomi is an expert alchemist skilled in transforming life lessons and professional challenges into gold.

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