Lyn White – Animal Welfare Activist for Change

For the first thirty-five years of her life Lyn White never gave a thought to animal welfare. She does now.

Lyn White – animal welfare activistLyn White – animal welfare activist
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We have to do the best we can. This is our sacred human responsibility.
-Albert Einstein

Lyn had always been an animal lover—at least of companion animals. Beyond that, growing up in Adelaide, South Australia, wild animals and farming animals didn’t figure in her life much at all. This was about to change.Continue reading

Judy Courtin advocates for victims of child sexual abuse

Judy Courtin wasn’t the first to call for a Royal Commission to investigate sexual assault and the Catholic Church; victims of child sexual abuse, lawyers and advocates had been calling for one for years.

Judy Courtin lawyer and advocate for victims of child sexual abuse=Judy Courtin – Lawyer and Advocate

Never see a need without doing something about it.
– Mary MacKillop

It was only in 2006, after her mid-life career change from being a chiropractor to becoming a human rights lawyer, that she learned a close family member had been abused at school by a Christian Brother. This inspired her to learn more about the difficulties faced by victims of child sexual abuse by Catholic religious. Her unique insights would bring a fresh look to an age-old problem. And she made sure her call for a Royal Commission was heard.

This is the story of how she did it.
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Florence Nightingale – Infographics Pioneer

Florence Nightingale was one of the pioneers in the use of statistics and infographics in achieving social reform. Florence Nightingale – Infographics Pioneer is Part 3 of The Can-Do Wisdom of Florence Nightingale series and covers the period of her life after the end of the Crimean War up to her death in 1910. It was during this period that she left the legacy for generations to come by using her knowledge and influence to affect lasting change in army health, medical health in India, hospitals, medical statistics and nurse education.

Florence-Nightingale-Photograph-by-MillbournFlorence Nightingale – c.1890 [1]
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Florence Nightingale in the Crimean War

The Can-Do Wisdom of Florence Nightingale – Part 2 examines the brief period of Florence Nightingale’s public life covering her first nursing experience and then as Superintendent of female nurses at the Scutari Military Hospital in Constantinople during the Crimean War. This is where her knowledge and organizational skills, her observations, her leadership, her network of contacts, and her communications abilities were used to ‘get things done’ when others said it ‘couldn’t be done’.

Florence Nightingale Receiving the Wounded at ScutariFlorence Nightingale Receiving the Wounded at Scutari[1]
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The Can-Do Wisdom of Florence Nightingale – Part 1

The story of Florence Nightingale’s life is relevant today for men and women who aspire to lead society into a better future. Having been born into wealth she could have followed her obvious destiny to lead a life of luxury and comfort in Victorian England. Instead she chose to use her considerable talents and resourcefulness to bring about lasting change in the world. In this way she is a model of an I Can, I Do leader who inspires We Can, We Do followers.

Florence NightingaleFlorence Nightingale (1820-1910) [1]
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Vincent Lingiari – Savvy Leader of the Wave Hill Station Walk-off

Warning for Aboriginal People
Vincent ‘Tommy’ Lingiari’s leadership of the Gurindji people at the time of the Wave Hill Station walk-off in 1966 was a major contribution to the Australian Aborigines struggle for justice and land rights.

Vincent Lingiari - Gurindji Leader

Vincent (Tommy) Lingiari AM
13 June 1908 – 21 January 1988[1]

For some 60,000 years these people had successfully managed themselves and their land, an area in the upper reaches of what is now called the Victoria River, some 600 kilometers south of Darwin. Then the first white settlers arrived in the 1880s with huge numbers of cattle. The lives of the Gurindji people would never be the same again.Continue reading

Empathy and Police Work – How Ron Iddles changed policing for the better

Empathy and respect when dealing with criminals is not something the public would normally expect of a police officer. Hardly a week goes by with some public figure is claiming the government is “soft on crime” and demanding a get-tough response. And, spurred on by sections of the media, the majority of the public would seem to agree.

Homicide Detective Ron Iddles shows empathy

Detective Senior Sergeant Ron Iddles OAM

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Daniel Goleman on Emotional Intelligence for Transformational Leadership

Daniel Goleman Emotional Intelligence

Daniel Goleman

Emotional Intelligence is a key element for successful transformational leadership—the leadership style to use when you aim to lead the way to new business goals.

Today’s marketplace is not asking for just leadership. It is demanding change leadership—even more, transformational change leadership—a new breed of leader for a new breed of change.[1]

–Dean Anderson

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