Champions do extra

My early morning Christmas 2017 read is “Legacy”  – What the All Blacks Can Teach us About Business and Life. ‘Legacy’ is also a tribute to the Maori culture of “unite and inspire” The author is Kerr James and the book is very powerful.

Lately I have been giving a lot of thought to what the next ten years of my life looks like. I have made a commitment to myself to focus on what I love.

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I am making a list of my top ten priorities, getting clarity on what makes me happy and what truly lights my fire. I am tapping into the wisdom and support of my special friends. That list has grown this year and I look forward to it expanding in 2018.  I know they will help me to “stand fearless”

Find a group of people

I love this quote from the book

‘ Champions do extra- There are no crowds lining the extra mile.’ On the extra mile, we are on our own: just us and the road, just us and the blank sheet of paper, just us and the challenge we’ve set ourself. It’s the work we do behind closed doors that makes the difference out on the field of play, in whichever field we compete, whether we’re in a team, leading a business or just leading our life.

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Ht to Doug Vivian for recommending this book and a special shoutout to my A Team


Crying out for leadership – Time for merit based decisions.

I don’t personally know any of Malcolm Turnbull’s new cabinet but highly confident there are more more women in Canberra than this cabinet acknowledges that are qualified and committed to being the leaders we all wish our politicians were
‘Turnbull has elevated just two women this time and one of them, Bridget McKenzie, purely because she is the new Nationals deputy leader. Her portfolio of sport, rural health and regional communications is barely cabinet level.
Once again, competent women such as Julia Banks, Nicolle Flint, and Sarah Henderson must wait, having been overlooked in a Coalition that says quotas on gender are anathema, but defends trashing the merit principle on just about any other grounds.
Turnbull called his line-up diverse. Perverse would be more accurate.’
It will be very interesting to see what cabinet looks like when Bridget McKenize heads up the National Party – some real diversity we all hope 

Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light


Ever been in that position where your heart was in the right place, but things just didn’t turn out the way you envisioned and you just cant stop wondering where it all went wrong

Growing up my mother was very sick and as the eldest I was given a lot of responsibility and I had a lot of responsibility.

After the HSC and I got my results I was off to Sydney to Uni so fast I didn’t give a thought to what would happen when I was gone and some wheels did fall off.

It was a wakeup call. I had lived with these people for eighteen years, we were connected by DNA, our incredible resilience and we always looked out for each. Yet it had become very clear we were a team with no real emotional connection. Nobody said let’s sit down and talk about what happens when Lynne isn’t here anymore more.

From that day forward, I prided myself on identifying the vulnerable, the fragile people with potential to thrive in the right environment.

I found these people jobs. I surrounded them with all these phenomenal people who could mentor them. Often, they did thrive but there were people who thought I did all of this because I was disappointed in them.

Its taken me a lot time to realise that I had taken them on a journey to help them fix their problems without them identifying they had a problem in the first place (and just maybe they didn’t)

Maybe it was me I was disappointed in. I was the vulnerable, fragile one. It was time to surround myself with all those wonderful people I had found for others

It was time to start my journey to help me thrive.

To help me do this I have walls in my house that make me smile



and walls that make me sad but i know resilience requires a fierce determination to focus on the positives

Imagine if we all reached out in our times of darkness, to those special people we have surrounded ourselves with, how much we could light up each others worlds

Acknowledgment – ‘Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light’ is a quote from Helen Keller




Want to be an agriculture sector game-changer. Apply Now


Passionate about Climate Action and want to work with some of the big achievers and strategists in the agriculture sector

Then here is the a HUGE opportunity for you


Are you a producer in Victoria? Committed to sustainability? Passionate about the long-term prosperity of the agricultural sector?

Farmers for Climate Action invites leading Victorian farmers and other producers to apply to join a new Climate-Smart Agriculture Fellowship in Victoria.

We’re looking for people with the potential to change the game, shape opinion and policy, and help agriculture and rural communities manage climate risks and prosper in a low-carbon world.

We’ll give 20 Fellows the training, as well as ongoing support and encouragement, to promote climate-smart agriculture. The CSA Fellowship kicks off with a three-day masterclass in Seymour, 19–22 February 2018.

The masterclass gives CSA Fellows the chance to:

  • Strengthen their grasp on climate science and policy, and discuss what these mean for agriculture and rural communities in Victoria.
  • Explore examples of cutting-edge mitigation and agricultural adaptation strategies, supporting farmers and rural communities to deal with climate change risk and uncertainty, and take up opportunities.
  • Learn from and talk directly to leading researchers, thinkers, and practitioners—as well as each other.
  • Develop skills in media and communications, advocacy, community organising, and project planning.
  • Become part of a new, mutually supportive Fellowship that will grow in years to come.

Applications to the Masterclass close 5:00 p.m., Friday, 15 December 2017.

We know that three days is a lot to ask, so Farmers for Climate Action will cover the costs of attendance, but places are limited to 20.

Want to know more? Know someone who might be interested? Keen to apply? More information, including selection criteria, can be found here.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Corey Watts, FCA Victorian Coordinator


February 19, 2018 at 5pm – February 22, 2018


Seymour, Victoria


Corey Watts, FCA Victorian Coordinator


M: 0428 000 037


Superwoman saves stunned mullet


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Yesterday I attended an excellent events management course run by Sydney Uni Centre for Continuing Education. I was reminded very quickly when I left that I am very good at designing and delivering events but definitely need a crisis management person on my team

I certainly was impressed by those skills in the other driver in my car accident on my way home. Wow I am sitting there like a stunned mullet, found I couldn’t get out of the car without risking damage to my hamstring and this lady went into overdrive ensuring all of us were safe. Thank you, Superwoman Leanne.

To be super woman takes strength

Back to the Events Management course. Since being involved in the Kreative Koalas pilot I have made a number of changes to my waste management habits and am more proactive about encouraging others to join me

Yesterday the course was held in what is probably a four-star hotel close to the uni. The venue was handling our waste with the usual big bin and a plastic liner that we would be lucky (or unlucky for landfill) to fill 10% of.

I very quietly went up to hotel staff person and asked him if we could have another small bin for recyclables. Talked about stunned mullets – he looked at me like I was from Mars

The thing that seemed to concern him the most was what the “recyclables bin” would look like and whether it would need a sign. I said we are only a small group I think you could just make a small announcement and as responsible waste management was part of the course it would be a very good look for the hotel

In the end no bin appeared, and the guy looked very sheepish every time he caught my eye

Having spent quite a bit of my year doing change management courses I ruminated quite a bit on how I could have helped empower him to make that small change and still thinking about it when I am not thinking about my beautiful little car that is no longer driveable and hoping that everyone has a Leanne in their lives