360 degree feedback, organizational trust, change & sustainability
David Cooperrider in Melbourne and Sydney!
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Thursday, 8 October 2009
Weds 25 and Thurs 26 November, Melbourne and Sydney - Book it in your planner! David Cooperrider, founder of Appreciate Inquiry will run his first live Australian Worshops. His work has created a quiet worldwide revolution in how change happens, working with the United Nations, the BBC, the US Navy... An AI program was used by ANZ Bank.

University of Michigan Professor Robert Quinn, in his acclaimed book Change the World writes: "Appreciative Inquiry is currently revolutionizing the field of organizational development."

Be in at the start of a program that will succeed perhaps better in Australia that in any other country. Come along and see why.

[More details soon: watch this space!]

Note: the 2009 World Appreciative Inquiry Conference, will be held November 16-19, 2009 in Kathmandu, Nepal.


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Vaccination with mercury
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Wednesday, 7 October 2009
Hard to believe that we have been vaccinating babies and foetuses (via pregnant women) with mercury compounds (thimerosal) for many years while the pharmaceutical companies explained away the explosion of autism as 'better reporting' (i.e. better diagnosis).

But now, we at last have experimental evidence of the effect, shortly to be published in the International Journal Neurotoxicology [preview posted at Thoughtful House] in which baby macaque monkeys experienced, "significant neurological impairment" with just one injection of Hepatitis B vaccine.
"Adjusting for weight, these primates received only 2mcg - the new Swine Flu vaccine contains 24.5mcg or 49 times the FDA allowable daily limit for an adult".

Given that the Australian government with the best intentions has bought 20 million doses of the untested vaccine to run a national campaign beginning with pregnant women, we have every reason to be concerned. And this for an influenza that turns out to be weaker than the seasonal 'flu! What can the government do now? Destroy its dangerous and not very helpful stockpile? Unlikely.

Remember that children are now receiving over thirty vaccines by school age. One problem with mercury is that its effects may take years to show up. Many of these vaccines also contain aluminium, which is synergistic with mercury in the brain to cause impairment. There is also a link between elderly people receiving 'flu injections, and Alzheimers.
Vaccination is a huge and profitable industry. It needs very careful regulation but operates in an environment of fear where untested vaccines with toxic substances are allowed on the market.

Here's another view on staying healthy: eat food, not junk, avoid chemicals (environmental as well as pharmaceutical and other), exercise, relax, sleep, have fun, be positive... It works, and it's cheap. No, it doesn't gaurantee big profits for anyone, sorry.
If our Ideal Vision is to achieve the World for Tomorrow's Child (Mega Planning), then we are obliged to put health well ahead of profits.
[more - read this small but compelling study]

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Interpreting your 360 Profile
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Friday, 2 October 2009
Despite all the hullabaloo about how 'accurate' 360 degree profiles are, none of them are accurate - even ours! Why not? Well come on, think a minute. When you fill in a questionnaire like this, your answers will almost certainly be influenced by who you are (easy going, demanding...), what you think about the Recipient (nice guy, nasty...), what's going on (just got a pay rise, a popular person got fired...), even whether you're in a hurry or have time to ponder! 360s are not absolute scores of your abilities - even when they claim to be! They are feedback, a useful guide, often telling you a lot about the environment.

As a result, all 360s, no matter how large a number of people they have been tried on, have a high SD (Standard Deviation). But even though they are not an accurate 'measure of a manager' (perish the thought!), they still are quite useful.

What to look at
In general, with a rating scale it's best to prioritise the weakest (worst) ratings you are given as the areas for development. Also be sure to note the best ratings as your perceived strengths. The actual numerical score is not so important.

It's also very useful to compare the ratings you get from different groups of Respondents - do you get along better with your manager? Or do they know things that the staff don't? If your perceptions differ a lot from others (there are gaps appearing), what would cause that? Sometimes you may be worrying needlessly about issues, other times you may not be aware of them. As with the scores, the gaps will be dependent on the people and the situation, and each profile is individual in that respect.

While your profile many suggest issues that require attention, change can come from the team as well as from you, the manager. It is always a matter of perception, issues sometimes require change, sometimes it's PR (communication) that's lacking!

This advice is pretty much the same for any scale. The great value of Leaderskill's 360 Facilitated® scale is that is that you are not being judged, only being asked to do more or less - and that makes the feedback a lot easier to receive, and much more useful to act on.

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