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True Grit is Vital For Talent to Flourish

Many people think that if you are smart and have enough talent, you will succeed in fields such as sports, music, education and business.  When we think of great people in history such as Mozart, Edison, Confucius, and Shakespeare we hear about their talent and intelligence. But true genius is being shown to be as much a product of grit as intelligence or skill.  A study of genius (By Dr Angela L. Duckworth and Christopher Peterson) in twenty-one fields, including astronomy, music, mathematics, Eastern and Western philosophy, painting and literature showed that only two or three giants stand way ahead in each of these fields, a few top performers outdistance the rest by a huge amount.  For example, in the publication of scientific papers, a very few people publish many papers but the majority of scientists publish none or only one.  In golf, only three golfers have won sixty or more PGA tournaments (Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods). Greatness and high achievement are reserved for only a few. And it is their grittiness as well as their intelligence and skill that resulted to their success. The equation that predicts success is; Skill X Effort = Achievement.  Martin Seligman, a well know academic and psychologist, in his recent book, ‘Flourish’, points to a a great deal of research that shows achievement can be understood and predicted by the following four factors. SPEED; Seligman calls this ‘Fast’ and it is the sheer speed of your thought about a task.  This … Continue reading

Comfort Zone/ Challenge Sign Concept

Corporate Tenacity – Being Bold

by Mark Armitage What separates one company’s success or failure from another? Human capital, Intellectual property, Market capital, Innovation, Corporate culture, Luck? Performance of organisations is impacted by many factors both internal and external, however a common thread of today of most successful companies is their self belief, an unwavering sense of purpose, their drive to keep moving forward overcoming whatever obstacles get in the way. But even more that this, they appear delighted by the challenge; it spurs them on as if energizing their very being.  When the market is flat or in decline, they see opportunity, knowing that their competitors will be down sizing, battening down the hatches, they choose another path. Today most successful companies possess the common attributes of tenacity and boldness. Collective tenaciousness shouldn’t be confused with mere stubbornness for it is much more than their capacity to hang on in difficult circumstances. When combined with boldness, tenacity takes on another dimension allowing the organisation to surge forward against the odds. How bold is your organisation? Does the uncertainty of the market paralyse your creativity, limiting your critical thinking? Are your goals more closely linked to minimising risk rather than maximising your true potential? Virgin Airlines boldly entered the Australian domestic aviation market despite the failure of Ansett, which was placed into administration in 2001 after suffering financial collapse; Initially focused on delivering the cheapest flights possible to gain market share, Virgin soon established themselves, making flying both fun and cheap. Virgin has grown revenue … Continue reading


Future Predictions

by Dr Robert M Goldman PhD, DO, FAASP In 1998, Kodak had 170,000 employees and sold 85% of all photo paper worldwide.  Within just a few years, their business model disappeared and they went bankrupt. What happened to Kodak will happen in a lot of industries in the next 10 years – and most people don’t see it coming. Did you think in 1998 that 3 years later you would never take pictures on paper film again? Yet digital cameras were invented in 1975. The first ones only had 10,000 pixels, but followed Moore’s law. So as with all exponential technologies, it was a disappointment for a long time, before it became way superior and got mainstream in only a few short years. It will now happen with Artificial Intelligence, health, autonomous and electric cars, education, 3D printing, agriculture and jobs. Welcome to the 4th Industrial Revolution. Welcome to the Exponential Age. Software will disrupt most traditional industries in the next 5-10 years. Uber is just a software tool, they don’t own any cars, and are now the biggest taxi company in the world. Airbnb is now the biggest hotel company in the world, although they don’t own any properties. Artificial Intelligence: Computers become exponentially better in understanding the world. This year, a computer beat the best Go player in the world, 10 years earlier than expected. In the US, young lawyers already don’t get jobs. Because of IBM Watson, you can get legal advice (so far for more or … Continue reading

Building Independent Public School Principals for the Future

Western Australia’s principals of Independent Public Schools will soon benefit from an innovative program to be facilitated by Integral Development, one of Western Australia’s most unique and experienced leadership development companies. Integral Development was selected from a national field of over 30 companies to enable the Western Australian Department of Education to build empowered schools that lead to high performance, high care cultures. Over 450 Independent Public School principals will be attending a Department of Education advanced leadership program called Leading for Impact run by Integral Development. Leading for Impact incorporates 4-day workshops that will commence in Term 3, enlisting 30 outstanding principals to work as support facilitators alongside Integral Development’s professional facilitators. Principals will learn key skills in becoming strategic leaders as well as being able to examine and adopt their own skills relevant to their changing environments. Managing Director of Integral Development, Dr Ron Cacioppe, said “We are proud to partner with the WA Department of Education to deliver a program that is leading the country in terms of leadership development for principals of Independent Public Schools so that they are equipped to build the capacity of their teachers and ultimately improve the outcomes of students.” This unique program will run over the next twelve to fourteen months and is funded through the Australian Government.

Professional development – don’t ask, don’t get!

You’d love to attend the program or workshop, but you are dreading the conversation with your manager, director or Board – whoever it is who approves your professional development. If you are a woman, our experience at Integral Development shows that you’d rather offer to pay for yourself or split the cost with your employer. Or that you will prioritise the training needs of your team or colleagues, or the urgent work assignment over your own development. In our history as a training organisation, none of the above have ever have been raised as issues by a man undertaking professional development. Not asking for your professional development to be paid for by your organisation is symptomatic of a larger issue at play. In their book ‘Women Don’t Ask’, Linda Babcock and Sara Laschever outline the evidence for the many other areas where women don’t negotiate for themselves – from starting salary, to prestigious positions and their professional needs and rewards. So to take a step towards asking the even bigger questions, allow us to give you a few tips to help make the professional development conversation a success: Be direct and don’t use qualifying words “I was wondering what you would think if I maybe attended this course in September, if that’s ok?” is definitely not an effective way to convince someone to support your professional development. Think carefully about what you will say before the conversation, and make sure you link it to any agreement about your development that … Continue reading

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