Grants and Scholarships And More


ARLPCalling all Regional and Rural people.  Here is an outstanding opportunity to apply for a comprehensive and proven Leadership Development program. It’s run over 17 months and is not for the faint-hearted but looks like a brilliant program to enable you to build your leadership skills in ways which will benefit the rural and regional communities of Australia. Get all the info here: – click on the ad or the ‘Programs’ tab.  Hurry – applications close 31 July. Hint – see if you can contact past attendees for tips on applying  great way to network as well.


j0433185 If you’re after something a little more environmental… Community Action Grants are open. They aim to help community groups take action to conserve and protect their natural environment.  Proposals are sought from environmental, Indigenous, Landcare, Coastcare and sustainable agriculture community groups for grants of between $5000 and $20 000 (GST exclusive) to take action to help protect and conserve Australia’s environment. What can the grant achieve? Local activities such as tree planting, re-vegetation, dune rehabilitation, field days, improving land management practices, and recording and use of traditional ecological knowledge. For full details see: Closes 31 August.


Australian Red Cross - The Power Of HumanityTelecross volunteers needed for Dubbo. A potentially life saving Red Cross service, Telecross provides a daily phone-call to check on the well-being and safety of elderly people living alone. Regional Community Services Coordinator, Kerry Palmer says “The daily phone call from Telecross helps provide peace of mind to older people and their families. It breaks down the sense of isolation many elderly people feel and allows them to maintain their independence for as long as possible. The service is supported by volunteers who undertake to make one or two brief calls to clients between 8.00 and 9.00am each morning. Easy! If the client has not responded to the calls after two attempts, volunteers are trained to call staff at the Telecross office who then respond with a standard procedure. Volunteers are the backbone of all the services we deliver and without their commitment and support much of our work would not be possible”

What:             Telecross Orientation and Training Session
When:            Friday 16th July, 2010
Where:           CWA Rooms, Dubbo
Bookings:      Phone 6884 6061 or 1300 883 463

Action Learning

Wow! Dr Michael Marquardt is an undisputed king of Action Learning

Recently he took a group of us through the process and theory behind conducting Action Learning and it was brilliant. I learned even more about the technique and found my skills grew over the time we spent together.

Action Learning is a deceptively simple technique that is way more than just asking questions. It comprises a methodology which underpins the learning content and application of the learning. 

When do you use Action Learning? Ideally when there is a problem to solve which has some immediacy or import.

What’s so special about it? It’s real-time learning and skill enhancement. The use of a Coach through the process is critical to ensure the session doesn’t turn into a general discussion or head straight into solution mode without exploring the possibilities and the process as well as individual and team development.

Michael utilises Action Learning for almost all of his leadership development work these days.

Personally, I have used Action Learning in a limited way up to now but will be embedding it into more of my consulting and development work in future. Give me a hoy if you would like to practice the technique or apply it in your own organisation.

Leading the Police

If you’ve ever had anything to do with the Police, either directly or indirectly, you’ll know they have a reputation of being a strong, even closed, culture. The impression many of us have is that leadership is based on toughness, authority and possibly even mateship.

A recent talk I attended validated some of these thoughts. The traditional Police model of leadership is a heroic, male-oriented, command-and control environment.  There are even elements of some policing units being very close to the criminals they chase. The temptation for some police is great. As they say, the brighter the light, the darker the shade.  That kind of culture is supported and encouraged in some quarters.

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