Fostering self-awareness & emotional intelligence

“Know thyself” is long established wisdom, a maxim from the ancient Greeks but having deeper roots in religious practice. It has been central to the getting of wisdom; knowing oneself being a fundamental buffer against the vagaries of an uncertain world. _______ This is an adapted version of an excerpt from Plato Project's Mindful Leadership unit. _______ Referred to as “self-awareness”, knowing yourself is a strong indicator of emotional intelligence and is a significant factor in being able to make the transition from functional expert to leader. Being aware of one’s self makes it possible to recognise others for what, and who, they.
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Building a business that will last

Innovative leadership is not a comfortable style of leadership. It is not meant to be. It involves the weathering of uncertain conditions, artful handling of creative conflict and leading people with a vision that might be considered a little too bold. But what makes it difficult also makes it great. _______ This is an adapted version of an excerpt from Plato Project's Starting a Start-Up unit. _______ Innovative leadership means some degree of ‘creative destruction’ and starting afresh. Leaders will abandon old, familiar ways and boldly engage team members and stakeholders in new thinking. It is a spirited approach that seeks ideas and.
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How mindful leadership drives success

As is becoming increasingly clear, workplaces - and society in general - are suffering from somewhat of a leadership crisis. Indeed leaders today are faced with new and unique challenges and must cope with exceedingly high expectations. A different - and more effective - approach to leadership is needed. _______ This is an adapted version of an excerpt from Plato Project's Mindful Leadership unit. _______ Mindfulness has become a well-worn concept over the past few years, with “Mindfulness and...” books written about any number of subjects. Indeed, there seems to be nothing to which mindfulness cannot be applied. And that’s true; mindfulness can.
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Leadership: Doing it differently and thriving

Innovative leadership is not a comfortable style of leadership. It is not meant to be. It involves the weathering of uncertain conditions, artful handling of creative conflict and leading people with a vision that might be considered a little too bold. But what makes it difficult also makes it great. _______ This is an adapted version of an excerpt from Plato Project's Mindful Leadership unit. _______ Innovative leadership means some degree of ‘creative destruction’ and starting afresh. Leaders will abandon old, familiar ways and boldly engage team members and stakeholders in new thinking. It is a spirited approach that seeks ideas and experimentation,.
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Critical capabilities of mindful leaders

Mindful leadership is more than a passing fad. It is a response to a world that desperately needs the characteristics of mindful leaders. _______ This is an adapted version of an excerpt from Plato Project's Mindful Leadership unit. _______ Consider this from the Institute for Mindful Leadership: Mindfulness is often defined as ‘nonjudgmental, moment to moment awareness’. As leaders, it can also be thought of as the cultivation of leadership presence. Being present is quite a complex assignment in a world and global economy that measures time in internet seconds, conceives of the past as the most reliable tool for analyzing and assessing how.
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Adapting leadership styles

The self-aware leader can manage for different personality styles as their self-awareness allows them to understand others better. _______ This is an adapted version of an excerpt from Plato Project's Mindful Leadership unit. _______ A range of tools and frameworks have been created to objectively measure personality. The best known is the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®, a tool developed in the 1940s from the theory of personality types established by Carl Jung. It is robust and well used, providing an insight into apparently contradictory behaviours by understanding a person’s preferences in relation to four key dichotomies. The end point is sixteen personality types categorised.
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Building an ethical business model

_______ This is an adapted version of an excerpt from Plato Project's Starting a Start-Up unit. _______ Anchoring the business model in strong ethical principles from the outset means those values are infused in the venture’s culture. It sets a precedent for what is expected in operations and influences decision-making and behaviours. This may mean investigating supply networks to assess impact on the environment and human rights, or creating value in all components of the value chain by making socially-conscious choices. This approach raises morale and gives meaning to an organisation’s offering. While it is right, it also makes good business sense. Ethical.
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Ethical practices help fashion labels stand out from the crowd

Iconic Australian brands such as Veronika Maine and R.M. Williams are just some of those signed up to the Ethical Clothing Australia charter. At the Plato Project, we believe that the best businesses create social and environmental value as well financial profit. Ethical Clothing Australia (ECA) provides independent accreditation to Australian textiles, clothing and footwear brands who care about their workers. ECA protects the rights of both local factory-based workers and outworkers, and in doing so, gives brands a chance to add value to their business story. ECA’s Sigrid McCarthy fielded our questions. Who created Ethical Clothing Australia and how.
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Sustainability, ethics and innovation.

Understanding the future is not just about digitisation and creating a tech product that delights its users. Arguably, some of the most innovative businesses in the world are those who are tackling tough social and environmental issues that policy is failing to address. _______ This is an adapted version of an excerpt from Plato Project's Leading Innovation unit. _______ Benefit Corporations are redefining the way we view the role of business, while fair trade and organic are becoming increasingly important as part of ‘conscious consumerism’. Innovation can mean ‘deceleration’ – going smaller to produce better quality and maintain an ethical approach. Sustainable businesses.
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Creatively thinking towards innovation

It’s a truism to suggest that innovation - or at least an acceptance of innovation - is a necessary element of daily life in almost all occupations. Being able to apply innovative solutions, and manage the change process effectively, are key skill requirements in our present economy. _______ This is an adapted version of an excerpt from Plato Project's Leading Innovation unit. _______ Creativity involves higher order thinking skills. It requires the mind to make connections, often in divergent ways, which can lead to moments of insight that change organisations completely. Without creativity, there is no innovation and without innovation, we do not.
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