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Help us celebrate the GLF’s 21st birthday

This year the Governor’s Leadership Foundation Program celebrates its 21st anniversary. Over the past 21 years we’ve helped over 700 people become more holistic thinkers and encouraged them to step up and be active leaders in our community. Our alumni crosses all industries and includes CEOs, Directors, Deans, parliamentarians, community leaders, senior academics, social and business entrepreneurs and business owners, board directors and State Government Commissioners.

The celebration is on Wednesday, February 26, 2020, (coinciding with the after-party following the official opening of the 2020 Governor’s Leadership Foundation program) at the Adelaide Festival Centre Banquet Room from 6 – 8pm. We’d like to see alumni from every year at the event – book your free ticket here.

Our activities in 2020

This year we will be running a program for emerging leaders as well as a Northern Suburbs Leadership Program, supported by the Playford Memorial Trust and a number of philanthropists. In terms of shorter programs we plan to run a Governance Masterclass and a Conquering Imposter Syndrome Masterclass. We will also be delivering a leadership program for the Limestone Coast Local Government Association as well as a number of in-house bespoke leadership and team building programs and offering psychometric testing and individual and group coaching. Contact us to find out more.
Winston’s Churchill Trust – Fellowships on offer
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If you would like to travel overseas to investigate inspiring and innovative practices that will help Australian communities, then apply for the Churchill Fellowship. Information sessions on the fellowship and how to apply are in Adelaide (Feb 11), Port Lincoln (March 10) and Naracoorte (March 12). For more information click here.
Leadership Thinking
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Data and research or myths and archetypes?
How to think mythically and sense archetypally to better understand our shared humanity was the subject of a recent TEDx talk by GLF presenter and futurist and author Kristina Dryza. She speaks about the patterning of seasonal, tidal, lunar and circadian rhythms and their influence on creativity, innovation and leadership. She also explores archetypes and mythology to perceive the patterns in the collective unconscious and their expression within our psyches, society and media.
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Can we overcome terminal disagreement in our politics and morality
This interview, with Professor of Ethical Leadership at New York University’s Stern School of Business Jonathan Haidt, discusses the breakdown of our capacity to speak, listen and accommodate one another which he says is tearing the fabric of some of the world’s democratic cultures apart.

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Essential coaching questions
This Working Life episode on ABC Radio National provides advice on the seven essential coaching questions which everyone should be asking. According to Michael Bungay Stanier they are:
  1. What's on your mind?
  2. And what else?
  3. What's the really challenge here for you?
  4. What do you want?
  5. How can I help/so what do you want from me?
  6. If you're saying yes to this, what are you saying no to?
  7. What was most useful/valuable here for you?

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Leading different generations
This insightful program discusses the intricacies of how different generations view the world and the impact of leadership styles on the success of intergenerational teams.
25 minutes of good listening here.                  

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Marie Kondo your brain
This best-selling book in Asia, The Courage To Be Disliked, by Japanese philosopher Ichiro Kishimi and writer Fumitake Koga, also described as “Marie Kondo, but for your brain”, explores how to find direction in life. Listen to an ABC Radio discussion about the philosophy here.

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How Mindfulness Can Help Engineers Solve Problems
Recent research published in the Harvard Business Review has confirmed that mindfulness can help engineers strengthen their ability to generate new ideas, leading to new ways of thinking and better solutions. Read more here.

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GLF Alumni news
Andrew Plastow FGLF 2013 is establishing a new K – 12 College, called Ngutu College in collaboration with Kaurna Elders.


Matthew Salisbury FGLF 2017 has been appointed as National Education Sector Leader and Principal Director at WSP.
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Tina Du FGLF 2017 was promoted to Associate Professor at the University of South Australia.
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Ian Parrott FGLF 2001 was recently promoted to the role of Assistant Commissioner with SA Police.
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Jane Russo FGLF 2013 is the SA Representative at Transcend and also the Principal at Enabling Solutions.

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David Coombe FGLF 2014 is now the Senior GIS Officer at the City of Charles Sturt.
Last year we farewelled our Engagement Manager Susan Jackson-Wood FGLF 2013 who retired from the workforce. Some of her 2013 GLF cohort helped to see her off. Pictured below: L to R Chris Spiteri, Connie Kalinski, Alexandra Gaut, Susan Jackson-Wood, Wayne Buckerfield and Nigel Ridgway.
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Our 2019 Yearbook will be published soon.   Let us know if your details have changed from the 2018 edition from page 38 and if you have recently been in the media or you are having impact in the community, so we can include your news in our next edition. Alumni can also stay in touch through our Alumni Facebook page.

Upcoming Events
January 26: Australia Day in Adelaide
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Australia Day in Adelaide will start at 7am with a Smoking Ceremony, ‘Mourning in the Morning’, a sincere acknowledgement of our First Nations Peoples. It will include a ceremony held on Kaurna Country at Tarntanya, Elder Park, including truth, love, respect, hope, sharing and storytelling of our past, present and future. At 6pm Australia Day in the City kicks off with a parade and free concert.


Quote of the month
"Good (enough) resolutions. An acknowledgement that perfection is impossible. That, given all the forces ranged against us – difficult childhoods, unfortunate circumstances and the vagaries of human nature – mere adequacy is an achievement to be celebrated."
– The School of Life 

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