Christina Gerakiteys

Christina Gerakiteys

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The Good Guys Win

By Christina Gerakiteys on 01/07/2021 4:51:22 PM

Our friends in South Africa are struggling. They have just entered level four lockdown as a result of a third COVID wave. Many of our colleagues are ill after struggling with the virus for several weeks. Senses of taste and smell have yet to return. Energy levels are at fatigue. 

Topics: Community Humanity
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Hit Pause, Consider and Act

By Christina Gerakiteys on 20/05/2021 8:21:16 AM

It's time we took a collective breath. Time to stop and look each other in the eye and ask ourselves what we stand for. 

Topics: Community Possibility Love Humanity
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Increasing Impact

By Christina Gerakiteys on 12/05/2021 4:18:06 PM

We are always seeking ways to have a disproportionate impact. This week we discussed non-executive board roles and what becomes possible when working with companies on governance and strategic direction. Organisations are increasingly looking to elevate culture, increase profitability, ensure sustainability and have social impact. It's the quadruple bottom line - people, profit, planet and purpose. 

Topics: Leadership Impact
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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?