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At risk of losing your employer funded paid parental leave? A simple solution for employees AND employers

The Federal budget released last night introduces changes to Paid Parental Leave to prevent “double dipping” of employees with access to both employer and government funded PPL. But all is not lost, this is how employers AND employees can continue to access both: Get creative. As Shakespeare said, “A rose by any other name would […]

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New book busts myths about women in business, and introducing (drumroll please!…….) our very first Friday freebie giveaway!

Wallowing this week in the colds and flu that descended on our little household, it’s been hard to stop thinking about Sheryl Sandberg and her family. The tragic and sudden death of Sheryl’s husband, Dave, last weekend, is unbelievable. I had the privilege and great joy to spend a morning with Sheryl at BlogHer a […]

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The Lucky Country becoming the Land of Whingers, as complaints roll in about ANZAC Day services

This makes my blood boil. In my local paper this week was a page full of complaints from participants at our local dawn service last Saturday. I read similar reports on a number of regional papers I follow on line. What is going on in this country????? Surely we’re better than this? So there weren’t […]

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Business men step up to face off flexibility in new tell-all doco series

I wanted to write this post last night but it was a designated no-work zone blocked out in my calendar for family time. Perhaps that’s a side to flexible work that five businessmen are about to familiarize themselves with as they undertake The Equilibrium Man Challenge. The program is an initiate of the Workplace Gender […]

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Inspiration for your week from a pioneer of flexible work

My favorite thing to do on a Monday morning before I get onto my to-do list is to review the TED Talks of the week… and I just had to share this one, by Dame Stephanie Shirley – an octogenarian software developer, child refugee, startup success and philanthropist. What a fantastic story! Dame Stephanie – […]

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Monika I am so sorry: Sorry I didn’t stand up for you, and sorry for your pain

You don’t know me, Monika, but I feel like I’ve always known you. Or at least I’ve known that picture of you that the media had painted: the “tramp, tart, slut, whore, bimbo”. But now I realize, listening to this TED speech, that I never knew you at all. Now I realize how much my […]

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Jen Dalitz

What are the lessons you’re teaching your kids? We took the opportunity of a holiday long weekend to visit my mum interstate as the timing of the trip coincided with my son’s favourite AFL team battling it out against my mum’s beloved team. Perhaps only those of you with the love for AFL will appreciate why we’d plan a long distance trip around a game of footy, but suffice to say it was a passion project! With every ounce of anticipation, the game was a tough, tight duel and could easily have gone either way. Yet when the final siren sounded, it wasn’t our team that was smiling. It sure is tough for a 10 year old boy to sit within a crowd 41,000+ people all cheering for the opposite side. It was tough for him to see the exhaustion and disappointment on the faces of the players he adores. And yet, it’s so important for him to learn that his team won’t always win. There’s so many lessons in that, but the one I chose to instil is that you won’t always back the team that wins but you’ll always back the team that you love. That’s why I asked him to wear his team colours home the next day, and show his support even when the chips are down. That’s the kind of commitment I want my son to learn and the kind of team player I want him to be. PS. #gotheGiants @GWSGiants #neversurrender ... See MoreSee Less

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2 months ago

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I haven’t been here in a while as the writing has been on hold. But I was reminded today that there are things in our life that light us up. That might take us out of our comfort zone but, once you sit with it, bring you both joy and a sense of “I can do this” achievement. These moments are such a gift. So I’m curious, what’s your special thing that lights you up?

Despite (or in spit of) my professional career, these moments for me normally involve my horses. I’ll never be an equestrian Olympian, but I take great pleasure in all the lessons my horses teach me. They remind me that it’s a team effort, we’re in it together, and that if I’m prepared to give a little bit more, they will too. That’s true whether we’re on the ground taking care of their feet, or grooming, or when I’m atop riding as one. Two hearts one team.
It’s hard to describe the adrenaline and joy they bring to my life. But I’d love to know, what lights you up??
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