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The truth about transformation - a human perspective

Aug 24, 2020 leadership transformation

Many of us are moving through some form of transformation at this time. Whether it is self directed, because you finally have some space in your life to allocate to yourself, or it has been thrust upon you because of the global crisis we are all navigating together.

Transformation is often...

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Hidden Commitments of Customer Centricity

Oct 21, 2019 speaking

There are some commitments we make when we make a call or a stand for something. And when it is something that is meaningful and real - and often human-centric things have these qualities - there are many other responsibilities that come with this kind of commitment.

To shift any established...

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It’s been a while…

Aug 09, 2019 links

There has been a lot happening recently and I have to say, keeping this site up to date has taken an unwilling back seat. it seems though, I will be coming back on line to fill these pages with my thoughts, offerings and interesting reads.

For those of you still with me, thank you for your...

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The Conversation Hour: with Jon Faine

Jun 13, 2018 creativity speaking

Melis was a recent guest of Jon Faine on his weekly ABC Radio segment The Conversation Hour, joining Sarah Moran, co-founder and the CEO of Girl Geek Academy, and Juliet Kinchin, Curator of Modern Design in the Department of Architecture and Design at MoMA (Museum of Modern Art, New York).

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Business cycles as nature's seasons

Sep 25, 2017 change

We don’t have to squint our eyes too much to see the link between the four business cycles and nature’s seasons. Although we don’t really run our businesses that way, well not deliberately anyway.

Rorty (1922) defined four phases of the economic cycle as revival, prosperity,...

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The dark side of human centric organisations

Apr 05, 2017 leadership

I recently spoke about the dark side of entrepreneurship at a conference called The Business Romantic. The topic of business romance intrigues me, I love it because the two words don't really belong together unless you're up to something. But generally, when we think of the word business we don't...

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Solution Seduction

Aug 31, 2016 creativity

Have ever fallen in love with your own idea? I have. There are a time and place for this kind of love, and when you get the timing wrong, it really stings.

Solution seduction is a term we started using at Huddle in 2009 when we were trying to explain the difference between a convergent...

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The 4 C’s of effective communication

Jun 08, 2016 leadership

I often think about how important communication is in shaping our future. Our work is only as good as how well we can communicate it. We focus so much on the content, the ‘what’ and the ‘how’, and much less time on the ‘who’ and the ‘why’. Over the...

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The legacy of the industrial revolution

Jul 28, 2015 change

Many legacies of the industrial revolution no longer serve us in the 21st century. Such legacies as efficiency and convenience were borne as a result of a trade off. These trade offs were unconscious as we became increasingly effective in manufacturing and production. I'd like to explore...

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Humans as belief collectors

Jul 22, 2015 creativity

Beliefs are like a pair of sunglasses. Like polarisation, they filter out certain realities and let others in, shaping our thoughts and creating our realities. The filtering happens automatically, at the subconscious level and so beliefs can be tricky to shift. Though, knowing where they...

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