Leadership and Diversity from Dr. Vergehese

STORIES AND CULTURE- INDIGENOUS

I was recently in a presentation on the relevance of stories in sustaining culture. It drew my attention to the Indigenous culture in Australia, which dates back roughly 60,000 years and how it has survived…

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STRENGTHS BECOMING WEAKNESSES

We all have Strengths and Weaknesses. Being self-aware and understanding the impact of these on our actions is useful. Any strength that is overplayed can become a weakness. For example, when courage is overused, it…

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REMOVING BARRIERS FOR DISABILITY

Dylan Alcott, the Australian of the year for 2022 has been a powerful voice for those with disabilities around the globe. As a champion wheelchair tennis player he has led by example. He has recently…

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LEADERSHIP LEGACY

A key objective of any leader, no matter which stage they may be in, is be cognizant of the need to replace themself with other people. Every leader should have in place a strategy for…

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URGENT vs IMPORTANT

People’s work lives are so incredibly hectic, that when managing time, they tend not to differentiate between what is urgent vs important. Steven Covey created a useful model that plots urgent and not urgent against…

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EGO AND POWER

When we are in positions that are powerful, ego can get in the way and stop us from having a level of humility. It precludes us from saying, ‘ I don’t know’ or ‘ I’m…

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EXCLUDING WHILE INCLUDING

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you are trying to be inclusive of a group of people but in the process somehow exclude another? I remember being at a function where the…

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INCLUSION AS AN EVERYDAY PRACTICE

When I think about diversity and inclusion, I often wonder how we can make it an everyday practice. It reminds me of the example of seatbelts, which at some point became mandatory and people had…

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CHANGE AND SELF-AWARENESS

Change is constant and a requirement of leadership. A leader I was working with introduced a process change and was met with some resistance from his team. Have you ever experienced that? The leader had…

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EMERGING VOICES

Over the past few years with a number of movements emerging, I am seeing a shift in the way that more diverse voices are being heard and presented. It strikes me as I see a…

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