Memories and experiences

It’s Scott Pape’s take on life after his house burned to the ground in 2014 – that everything is replaceable except for these. What are your best memories of this year? For me, hands down it was our once in a lifetime trip to Greece. If I never travel overseas again, that experience was unforgettable and memorable for all the right reasons.

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Me at The Acropolis – June 2018

Life is an experience and about taking risks as we get older – something we become more averse to but with that in mind – both Mr Rosanna and I have resigned from our jobs in the past fortnight. He’s started his new job already returning to work for a former boss and I am pleased to say that I will be staying at La Trobe University but moving into the Alumni and Advancement (Fundraising and Philanthropy) Office in the new year working on the Young Alumni (5 years out from graduation) program as a Senior Communications and Engagement Officer. It’s a strategic move for me and although I’ve loved my time on the Bold Thinking Series – it’s time to hand over the baton. Both Mr Rosanna and I are of the same opinion that half a job is the job and the other half is the people you work with and we are at a stage in our lives where we are choosing our bosses – something you can do if you have a big enough network.

Interestingly, Scott Pape is a La Trobe alumnus as is Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow James Fazzino (now a Distinguished Alumnus) who gave a rousing speech to the La Trobe Senior Leadership Group at their retreat held earlier this year. One Head of Campus I work with mentioned it was ‘life-changing’. What did James talk about? At the end of the day, he said that a great leader’s legacy is culture – something people like the Richard Bransons of the world do so well. I am really hoping I have left my current team and position in a great state, that I brought everyone closer together in the time that I was there and that I was a positive and dynamic force in the office. I hope too that I will be missed! I am sad to be leaving some people behind but the best thing is that you always stay in touch if the bond of friendship is strong enough.

End of year fatigue is starting to set in and I am really looking forward to having a break over the Christmas period and to a fresh start and new beginnings in 2019.

Big city

I’ve actually spent a fair amount of time in the city the past few days.  My Bold Thinking Series lecture was held on the last balmy night of Autumn last week.  I had to fight my way through the crowds sitting outside the front of the State Library and on the nearby streets to get my noodles before the lecture started and emerged after my event, to find just as many people enjoying the night – including a dance off and some pretty rad moves by a group of guys out the front.  Melbourne really has become an international metropolis in many ways – I just hope we can continue to grow in a sustainable way and I’m grateful for the relative peace we live in given all that is currently happening on the world stage.

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L-R: David Metcalfe, Dr Fiona McKenzie, MC Francis Leach, Jan Owen & James Fazzino

My lecture itself was fascinating – both futurist Dr Fiona McKenzie and businessman James Fazzino did a great job of flying the flag for La Trobe University while digital transformer David Metcalfe from Linked In and Foundation for Young Australians CEO Jan Owen collectively provided enlightening and insightful perspectives on what the future of work might look like – including the need for soft skills such as cognitive flexibility, emotional intelligence, social awareness, entrepreneurship, leadership, digital and communication skills.  The landscape is changing and we need to change with it in order to keep up.  You can watch it all on livestream here if you’re interested.

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ACMI image via Wikipedia

From warmth to freezing cold, I was back in the city on Sunday as my children were booked into an Easter school holiday workshop at ACMI.  We also had a prior engagement at Docklands beforehand and it was a nightmare trying to work our way back to the top of town given the inclement weather and the fact that Flinders Street was closed for Run for the Kids.  I was impressed with the runners who still competed despite the 11 degree rainy day outdoors – tough stuff indeed.  I was happy to escape into the studios at ACMI and grab coffee and lunch from the cafe.  Enjoy the rest of the week – I’m counting down to Easter and I’m sure I’m not the only one!