Author Archives: Georgina Banks

Change of Habit

I wrote about Kaizen change in my last blog – comfortable and incremental change as a way to bypass our normal “threat” response. I want to follow up with the idea of using habits to embed this type of change. “We first make our habits and then our habits make us.” John Dryden (British philosopher […]

Kaizen Change

We often think about radical change, game changing change, disruption… but sometimes the approach that’s needed is more of a teensy step than a great leap forward. The Japanese call it Kaizen change, which simply means improvement. The type of improvement required is small and incremental. Kaizen change was introduced to Japan after WWII when […]

Got Grit?

I’ve just finished a residential for a positive psychology course I’m taking with Dr Tal Ben Shahar – one of the world leaders on the subject. I’ve had so many people asking me if it was some sort of positive thinking love-in and I hate to disappoint you but we didn’t go around chanting positive […]

Shout out to my sister!

My sister just won an award and I was there to see her win it. As a TV producer, she’s been nominated for Logies and AACTA’s before but it was the InStyle Women of Style Award for Entertainment that finally gave her the gong. It was awarded for her work as producer of Offspring, Gallipoli […]

Ambiguity is the new black

Photo by Paul Crock I challenged a team that I was coaching the other day to ‘up their tolerance for ambiguity’ – they didn’t like it. We look to the past for lessons learned from previous experience. We base future decisions and actions on insights gained. But what if the challenges we face are “wicked […]

The Imposter

The banker I was intrigued recently when I heard a senior banker divulge her fear of being “outed” as a fraud following her promotion to the exec team. She was talking to more junior bankers as part of a leadership program, so there was a sense that they were looking to her to have some […]

Comparing Apples with Apples

After two attempts, we have just sold our house. The first auction was abandoned due to lack of interest but second time round we didn’t need an auction as we sold it prior. The difference between the two attempts? The agent. We chose the first agent because she was recommended and she was likeable, the […]

Collins Street Revisited

I went for a walk this morning around the park and I passed a whole lot of glum looking people on their way to work. Admittedly it was a rather grey Melbourne day, but still I wondered why everyone was looking so down. Was it the fact that many had just started back at work after […]

Taking Stock

Around about now as the year comes to a close, I think it’s beneficial to Take Stock. Being somewhat of a futurist myself, I often miss out on the valuable process of looking back. It’s easy to be more focused on dreaming up future projects, or more likely, dealing with pressing client needs. When I […]

Real not Perfect

“Near enough is good enough” I muttered, under my breath at my eleven year old daughter after two exasperating hours assisting with a native animal project. It was 10pm, the project wasn’t the fabulous one she had in her head and she wasn’t happy! “Why is she so perfectionistic?” I demanded in my husband’s general […]