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Carpe Diem

By Christina Gerakiteys on 23/04/2021 3:11:02 PM

Life is filled with tests. Lifelong beliefs can be thrown into chaos when you need them the most to sustain you. They seem to scream at you, "Do you believe all the things you say you believe in?"

Topics: Community Mindset Possibility
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What is success?

By Christina Gerakiteys on 16/04/2021 3:46:40 PM

Ask this question at your next dinner party or family barbecue and the answers will most likely be different than if you asked the same question in the boardroom or during an executive meeting. As the qualities of integrity and authenticity in leadership pivot from dialogue to action, so too will the responses to the questions we ask around success. 

Success has many measures. As the saying goes, if it can't be measured it can't be improved or changed. Organisations are beginning to alter the way they measure 'things'. Take Zappos for example. The organisation measures call-centre success by how many thank you cards were sent out to clients, or how quickly a caller got to talk human-to-human once the call was answered. Not a bad measurement for an online shoe and clothing retailer.

Do you measure success by the number of dollars in the bank account, the number of new clients onboarded, or the number of awards won? Or do you measure success according to employment happiness, collaboration and innovation? Most people would want to answer the latter. Most organisations action the former. Yet people make up organisations. All organisations need to win contracts and onboard new clients in order to have the dollars in the bank to pay their employees which increases their happiness score. When we break it all down, it is matter of balance.

As we enter a phase of healing and growth post a tumultuous time, we have the opportunity to pause and decide what we want to stand for and how we want to show up for each other. There is no perfect universal answer. There are universal guidelines around respect, kindness, compassion and love. 

Let's show up each day, wherever we are, being successful in our relationships and in our interactions, regardless of the environment we find ourselves in. As you find time for contemplation, or while you are waiting at the traffic lights, consider what this means for you, and the affect you will choose to have on those around you. 

Topics: Connection Leadership Humanity
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Disruption, Imagination, and Curiosity

By Christina Gerakiteys on 08/04/2021 3:00:00 PM

Some financial institutions have adopted cryptocurrency. Visa is helping banks roll out Bitcoin and Crypto. JPMorgan and Citi are using blockchain technology. At the time of writing 1 Bitcoin was worth $75,732.01 AUD. We are witnessing the disruption of currency in action. 

It's a bit (no pun intended) like the QR Code. QR code was invented in 1994 by the Japanese company Denso Wave. It hit with a shoulder shrug. No-one was quite sure what its 'value' was. How should we use it? Then we started tracking product with it. Scan the code and find out what materials the product you bought is made of and which charity you might be donating to through your purchase. Now it's tracking people. It's in every store/restaurant/gym/market that we enter.

Topics: Innovation Disruption
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Leadership - A Philosophy

By Christina Gerakiteys on 02/04/2021 12:00:27 PM

This week we were gifted the opportunity to consider our philosophies on leadership. 

Topics: Community Positivity Connection Leadership
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Ethics and Exponentials in the 21st Century

By Christina Gerakiteys on 25/01/2021 6:45:22 PM

Some time ago, I wrote an article titled The Rise of the Chief Ethics Officer. The topic, Ethics, has taken on a new urgency as we live through rapid technological change, a realisation that our governance systems are incredibly outdated, and as we examine global issues such as wellness, education and the future of cities. 

Topics: Technology Community Governance Collaborate Possibility Humanity Equality Ethics
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Strangers to Uncertainty No More

By Christina Gerakiteys on 01/10/2020 9:44:42 AM

Uncertainty is a word that has been increasingly used to describe life during 2020. Traditionally, if we are uncertain, then we are unsure. We might doubt or view something with suspicion. We might mistrust or hold to skepticism.

Topics: Humanity
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The Time for Kindness and Morality is Always Now

By Christina Gerakiteys on 24/09/2020 2:13:00 PM

Kindness should always be our guiding force. I've been horrified this week to learn that there are some high-end managers and C-Suites out there making life as hard as they can for their people. Why? So they can look good. The managers that is, not the people! And in a time when there is an abundance of leadership courses. Anyone else find this ironic?

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Relationships Rule

By Christina Gerakiteys on 17/09/2020 10:23:00 AM

At the heart of everything we all do, everyday, are the relationships we have with the people in our lives. From our immediate families to our favourite barista, we should always be mindful of the effect our thoughts and actions have on others. That is how relationships work. 

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It's a Matter of Trust

By Christina Gerakiteys on 10/09/2020 6:21:59 AM

As Billy Joel wrote, “…you're going to face a moment of truth, it’s hard when you're always afraid, you just recover when another belief is betrayed…it’s a matter of trust”.

Topics: Governance Humanity
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Serenity Births Resilience

By Christina Gerakiteys on 03/09/2020 11:38:46 AM

The word of the week is resilience. Globally, nationally and personally, our collective resilience has never before so firmly held the keys for hope to an optimistic future. Right now, for many, it would be easier to give into despair and declare, “well at least we tried”. 

Topics: Collaborate Leadership Humanity
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18th Sustainable Development Goal

By Christina Gerakiteys on 27/08/2020 8:30:00 AM

On 1 January 2016, the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, officially came into being. They were developed as a blueprint to ensure a better and more sustainable future for everyone. 

Topics: Governance SDGs
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Ripe For Disruption

By Christina Gerakiteys on 20/08/2020 7:59:00 AM

As you read this blog post I would have had a discussion on what's next in learning, the latest in a series of Salons offered by SingularityU Global (watch the replay here). The expert panel includes Jan Owen and Kyle Hermans, the three of us determined to shift education so we leave no child or adult behind. Because Lifelong Learning is here to stay and Lifelong Learning is so very closely related to the Future of Work.

Topics: Innovation Leadership Education
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Imagine

By Christina Gerakiteys on 13/08/2020 10:31:16 AM

There is so much happening in the world. It is as if the worst of us is rising to the top ready to be skimmed off, leaving the depth of us, the heart and soul of us, ready to walk into a new future. 

Topics: Community Utopia Possibility Love Humanity
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Social Responsibility

By Christina Gerakiteys on 06/08/2020 9:09:00 AM

I spent tonight in the Emergency Department with my father. There was an Emergency Department full of people who were helping. And they all did it with a smile. And a mask. If these amazing frontline workers can wear a mask for a whole shift, sometimes even a double, we can wear a mask to keep each other (and them) safe.

Topics: Community Social Justice Love Humanity
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Acting Locally, Leading Globally

By Christina Gerakiteys on 30/07/2020 11:51:00 AM

I read this week about a 'regional renaissance' approach to COVID-19 for Australia? The words stopped me. Why are we limiting ourselves to regional? Why aren't we embracing all of Australia in the renaissance? Why aren’t we acting locally and leading globally?

Topics: Leadership Humanity
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Towards UtopiaX

By Christina Gerakiteys on 20/07/2020 12:51:45 PM

As we emerge from lockdown it would be easy to meander our way back to where we were. It’s important that we don’t waste this opportunity to make meaningful change.

Topics: Technology Community Governance Social Justice SDGs Utopia
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The Time For Positive

By Christina Gerakiteys on 09/07/2020 8:17:00 AM

COVID-19 is an accelerant. According to the Cambridge Dictionary, an accelerant is a substance that makes the progress or growth of something faster, especially something that helps a fire to burn. Zoom out and there are 'fires' all over the planet. Many of them need putting out so we can rise like a phoenix from the ashes. If we choose to.

Topics: Innovation Collaborate Positivity Legacy
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Changing Mindset and Breaking Free

By Christina Gerakiteys on 02/07/2020 8:28:00 AM

I've been a vegetarian for over 20 years. A few years ago a lab-grown steak was on offer for dinner. At the time it was valued at $5K USD per kilo. I politely refused. I was a vegetarian.

Topics: Mindset Possibility
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What If Love IS All We Need?

By Christina Gerakiteys on 25/06/2020 9:15:00 AM

Once upon a time, many many years ago, in a land far away, I was scholar-shipped into a week-long leadership course. Given I was way too cool for a leadership course (seriously, I played in a band!), I had hatched an escape plan before I arrived. I would feign sickness the next day and drive off into the sunset to freedom and away from the restrictive and timetabled events that must surely have been programmed to follow. 

Topics: Community Social Justice Mindset Love
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The Inherent Interconnectedness of All

By Christina Gerakiteys on 18/06/2020 9:22:00 AM

Connections. We've been discussing them a lot this week.

Topics: Community Positivity Connection Love
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Leadership - Who Is Looking Up To You?

By Christina Gerakiteys on 11/06/2020 8:30:00 AM

Leadership. It should be synonymous with respect, authenticity, trust, morality, ethical behaviour, honesty, courage and unity. Actually, during a leadership workshop, the cohort listed 57 traits in five minutes and still the list wasn't exhaustive. 

Topics: Community Leadership
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Now Is The Time for Unity...and the Joy of UBUNTU!

By Christina Gerakiteys on 04/06/2020 8:52:00 AM

Egalité is the French word for equality. Egalitarianism, according to the Cambridge Dictionary, is defined as believing that all people are equally important and should have the same rights and opportunities in life

Topics: Community Social Justice Equality
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Reconsidering What We Held Sacred

By Christina Gerakiteys on 28/05/2020 9:59:00 AM

We are being asked to consider and reconsider everything we know and everything we do. Everything that is familiar to us. Everything that we have woven into our lives and perhaps held sacred.

Topics: Education Telehealth Humanity