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Inclusion Starts with a Toasted Sandwich

  January 1999. Five people walk into a bar. Well, actually it wasn’t a bar…. It was a Sydney beach cafe called Stella Blu… but it’s still a great start to this story. Steven and John Bennett were multi-year winners of the prestigious Prime Minister’s Employer of the Year Awards. They were determined that their trophies should…

Creating a future story

I was 41 weeks pregnant when I nabbed my first job writing for television. I remember waddling into the Executive Producer’s office and seeing him quickly look from me to the spindly chair I was heading towards. He was a polite guy and tried to hide his amazement. (Note: he didn’t hide it very well.)…

A Shout Out to the Work Husbands & Wives

Does it sound weird to say how much I miss my work husband? I don’t want to sound ungrateful … or even disloyal… to my everlasting, 24 hour kitchen sink partner, Ross. After all, he is the father of our kids and in the new WFH lockdown regimen, I guess he might qualify as a…

A simple team engagement indicator

‘Moya, you’ve absolutely got to get a life!’  That’s what I guess you could be thinking when I admit that I spend a lot of time thinking about what actually constitutes  ‘engagement’ at work. I mean, it’s sort of funny…and sort of tragic too. But maybe you don’t think it’s  so crazy, after all. Maybe, like…

Coaching with Story: Find the Forward Metaphor

When someone is stuck, finding a forward metaphor and coaching with story can often be both liberating and revelatory. Here’s an example that involves a beautiful town and an even more beautiful Italian policeman. Try it in your coaching or supervision. The woman was quietly exhausted by her struggle to move on after her organisation…

No story without a listener

It was a small training session. The group was learning a new process to record the stories of their programs for practice evaluation. One woman looked flustered, anxious. ‘Every morning I wake up and think, ‘How much longer can I keep this up?’ It was like she said it to herself but out loud. ‘I…

Best story ideas from around the world

Monday fireworks for the brain. Straight from my brain to yours. This is a deliriously fab selection of the best creative story ideas and advice from around the globe. Apologies that I didn’t post last week. I meant to honestly but I was swimming in stories playing out all around me. So, I was breathing…

Old Story to New Story: See the change

There were about 15 women, all ages and backgrounds, heads down in a St Vincent de Paul Thrift shop. I was doing my usual scan through the racks looking for a 60’s or 70’s style gem…one that wouldn’t make me look like I was there the first time. The radio was on, as it often…