November Newsletter 2020


Welcome to our November Community Newsletter.

As the weather starts to warm up and (cross fingers) our borders start to reopen, now is a great time to ensure that you have enough energy to make it through to the summer holidays (assuming you are in the Southern hemisphere). Building and maintaining your energy is really important. We’ve included some helpful tips later in the newsletter on how to boost your energy.

Our theme for this month, including our free webinar, is Being a Great Leader. During disruption, we need everyone to step up and be better leaders. We have also included some ideas on how to develop your leadership skills in an article below.

Don’t forget to share the link to our free Community Support Conversations with anyone who you think might benefit from our support.

We look forward to seeing you on the webinar.

Until next month, stay safe and be magical.

The Magical Learning Team

ML Community Support Conversations

Once a month we put aside an afternoon to offer free support for our communities.

This is an opportunity for you to schedule a call with Danette or Grahame (Phone/Zoom/Skype/Teams/Webex etc.) about any area that you need help with. This could include working on your leadership skills, preparing for a challenging conversation, motivating yourself or others, building your energy and resilience, etc.

This month, sessions are available on Thursday 12 November, from 12.30pm – 5.30pm (AEDT). To book a call with Danette or Grahame, click here. If you’d like to chat but this date doesn’t work for you, please email us to organise another day and time. And please share this with anyone you know who might need support.

Remember: we’re all in this together and we are here for you

Energy Boosters

How is your energy at present? Are you doing well, managing work and life easily – or do you need a bit of a boost?

While we can’t get time back, we can get our energy back. Here are some tips on how you can boost your energy over the next month or two, till the summer holiday break:

  • Work on things that link to your purpose
  • Drink water throughout the day and evening to stay hydrated
  • Meditate
  • Focus on one thing at a time
  • Lots of fresh wholesome food
  • Try exercising in the afternoon when you start to feel a bit drowsy
  • Let go of grudges
  • Move more
  • Get out in nature
  • Have fun
  • Laugh and smile more
  • Have less opinions (they aren’t real anyway and they drain your energy)
  • Forgive others
  • Breathe deeply throughout the day
  • Practice daily gratitude.

Working on your energy does make a difference. As Norman Vincent Peal said, ‘The more you lose yourself in something bigger than yourself, the more energy you will have.’

Being a Great Leader

This month our theme is about being a great leader.  Recently we were speaking to a client who was developing their team members and another manager asked incredulously: ‘Why would you do that?’

Our client believes that great leadership is about growing others to help them reach their full potential.  If we want a better world, then (as Gandhi is quoted as saying) ‘Be the change you want to see.’ 

The old definition of leadership was about position, title and authority.  The world is now changing so quickly that we can’t rely solely on leaders who have those.  Instead, as everyone realises that they can be a leader, we create more opportunities to make a difference.  

One of the assessment tools we use with our clients is the Mattone Leadership Enneagram Inventory.  This assessment focuses on a leader’s ‘inner core’ – their values, character, thinking patterns and beliefs that drive how that leader shows up externally.  It is the why they do things.  Understanding your inner core helps to bring subconscious things into your conscious, so you become aware of things that may be stopping you from showing up as your best self. If you want to make real and lasting change on your capacities, skills and behaviours (your outer core) then taking time to understand your inner core is essential

For example, our client’s incredulous colleague (above) has a belief that leadership is about themselves, rather than their team.  Over time this will limit their ability to become a great leader, as we are reluctant to follow someone at work who is more interested in themselves.

Growing your leadership skills is a lifetime journey.  Here are some things that can help you develop those skills:

  • Seek out new opportunities to lead
  • Journal about your experiences and how you can grow from them
  • Talk with other leaders that you admire about their best leadership lessons
  • Regularly reflect on your values, character, thinking patterns and beliefs
  • Collaborate more, particularly with people who are different to you
  • Read, listen, watch and learn from different leaders, including emerging leaders
  • Practice being vulnerable (watch Brene Brown’s TED Talk – The power of vulnerability)
  • Understand that your hardest times are also your greatest opportunity to grow as a leader.… don’t shy away from them.
  • Failure is a learning opportunity for you and those around you.  Blame will hold you back, curiosity will help you move forward
  • Practice being present with others, this is how you start to create your leadership presence
  • Review previous assessments you have taken, to identify gaps that you can work on
  • Work with a trusted mentor or coach to develop the areas that you know need work
  • Leverage your strengths to keep improving your leadership skills
  • Focus on 1% learnings each day – tiny growth daily adds up to huge growth over time.

If you are interested in developing your leadership skills, come along and join us on our free monthly webinar on Wednesday, 11th November at 10.30am AEDT – details below.

New Learning Opportunities


Wednesday, 11th November 2020, 10.30am – 11.15am AEDT

In this webinar, you will learn:

  • What great leadership is
  • Why you should be striving to be a great leader
  • 4 tools and techniques to improve your leadership skills.

Book Of The Month: Breath by James Nestor

Reviewed by Danette Fenton-Menzies

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John F. Kennedy

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