Sponsor me to raise funds for The Ability Centre through True Grit

I‘m running the True Grit obstacle course south of Perth this October 29, 2017. I want to use the challenge of the course to raise funds for The Ability Centre, in Perth, which helps kids and adults who face the challenges of cerebral palsy and other disabilities every day.

Please consider visiting my everydayhero page here at https://give.everydayhero.com/au/true-grit-for-cerebral-palsy to sponsor me by donating to this fantastic centre.

My daughter, Alyssa (pictured right), has been a client of the Centre since she was 7 months old. She’s now 11 years old and continues to receive full therapeutic support through the Centre – speech therapy, occupational therapy and physiotherapy. The Centre also provides support to us by helping to coordinate and access other services and to manage our relations with Australia’s new National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Over the years, the Centre has provided us so much time, expertise, assistance and care as we have cared for our gorgeous girl. It is a not-for-profit Centre, so relies on grants and donations to provide its services to the many thousands of children and adults across our State who need it.

I’d appreciate your support in raising funds. My sponsorship target is $1500. This is my first time, so I thought I’d start there. Hopefully, we can raise much more.

Thank you!

Please visit the everyday hero page https://give.everydayhero.com/au/true-grit-for-cerebral-palsy for details.

Peter McLean


How to Develop a Sense of Responsibility

[This post has lately been one of my more popular articles. Enjoy!]

Atlas Does Not Shrug

While discussing leadership with one of my coaching clients, he commented that part of his leadership development came through owning his own business a number of years ago. Having to ensure that business came through the door, that standards were high and the workers were on the job – all while going towards feeding his family – meant that he felt total responsibility for the work requirements. That basic, elemental part of his leadership – the sense of personal responsibility – is something he has carried over to a highly successful career in a large corporation. And it is a vital quality that activates and sustains leadership.

But developing an appropriate sense of responsibility in yourself and in others can be difficult. How do you do it?


Are You Having Fun?

Believe it or not, I actually have fun with my clients.

(I’m the not-as-young dude on the left)

Having fun in our work is important. It’s important with my clients, too, because having a good laugh about things helps break down unnecessary resistance by putting us on the same page, introducing positivity and providing perspective. Sometimes it’s like the old MASH saying, (more…)

Prune But Don’t Eliminate to Create New Growth

When I was working Landscaping, all those decades ago, we were taught how to prune back the limbs of trees and plants in order to inhibit or shape growth.

You never wanted to simply cut everything back (like a lot of our local councils do for convenience’s sake) and hope that things would grow well. They don’t.

Instead, you had to intentionally shape the growth of the tree or plant. Where overall growth was being choked (more…)

Peter McLean’s Monday Morning Mission – 18/09/2017

Should You Choose to Accept It…

Fads are big everywhere – socially, politically, in business, in government, in education, health and wellness, you name it. It seems people are never immune from taking up a cause or idea with minimal understanding and maximal enthusiasm. It’s depressing.


Thanks For the Donations So Far

Thank you to those who have already donated to my True Grit run for The Ability Centre.

For those who’ve not yet read, I am running the True Grit Commando-style obstacle course on October 29 and am using the occasion to raise funds for The Ability Centre. My daughter, now aged over 11 years old, has been a client of their services for most of her life.

I was just there today with my daughter Alyssa, trialling a new walking frame to assist in her walking and getting about for longer distances, while being able to “carry” something with the frame. The time and care that the staff put in is wonderful. They had to put up with Alyssa complaining about being asked to try the new equipment, yet managed to get her into a decent mood about it!

I’m hoping to raise at least $1500 for the Centre and in the 2 and a bit weeks since I announced the fundraising, we’ve received almost half of that amount. Thank you to everyone who has donated and to those who have shared the fundraising posts or page. Sharing the information is just as important as donating, as someone else may be in a position or have the desire to give to this cause too. The beauty of a fundraising site like everydayhero is that your donations are immediately sent straight through to the recipient – in this case, The Ability Centre (for Cerebral Palsy) in Perth, Western Australia – so I don’t see or handle a cent of it, it just goes straight through.

I’ll keep posting to this blog and to the everydayhero site for progress updates and will, of course, share pics from the event in due course.

Thank you for your support!

© 2017 Peter J. McLean www.petermclean.co

If I Say “Ow” Alot, You’ll Understand

I‘ve just been requested to speak at the Rotary Club in Hillarys in Perth on the evening of Monday October 30 with my presentation “Beyond Leadership – Serving With Heart!”.

When finalising the date, I mentioned to the Event Organiser that I should be okay that night, but that the day before I am undertaking the True Grit Obstacle Course, which I am also using to fundraise for charity (see here at https://give.everydayhero.com/au/true-grit-for-cerebral-palsy).

I accepted the speaking date, but gave the caveat that I don’t know what state I will be in after the event, so if I say “Ow!” alot during the presentation, they will understand why!

© 2017 Peter J. McLean www.petermclean.co

Peter McLean’s Monday Morning Mission – 11/09/2017

Should You Choose to Accept It…

An acquaintance was recently telling me the story of how she and her family had survived intact the devastation wrought by Cyclone Tracy on Darwin in 1974. Taking refuge in a corner of their house, they came out to find the rest of it torn away around them.


Which Story is The True One?

Scenes in the media (or YouTube grabs, for that matter) that depict violence between groups are rarely to be trusted as the whole story. They conspicuously omit context and perspective. Hence, we receive a report about someone having been aggressive, but see no evidence of that opposing group being aggressive. Or, we see simply someone yelling back or lashing out at the one filming, but we see no footage preceding the incident demonstrating how the alleged recipient may have been acting toward the alleged perpetrator beforehand. Determining liability in these situations is one of the reasons why we have whole court systems that weigh and ponder the multiple factors in any incident. Yet, whole populations are all too willing (more…)

Why Would You Think It Will Be Fixed Overnight?

Changing direction can happen almost instantaneously. Changing momentum and then reaching a new destination require a lot more time and continued effort.

This can happen in both individual and institutional turnarounds. It’s underestimated how tough it can be to create turnaround. Conditions like lack of resources and ingrained habits create tremendous obstacles. If you don’t have the resources – financial, physical, intellectual, spiritual or emotional – then it’s extremely challenging to make the investment to change and grow. Structurally, an organisation under Voluntary Administration has even more constraints and challenges – as has recently happened with a former client of mine.

Energetic, positive and SUPPORTED leadership, however, is important. For yourself, Administrators and others involved in the turnaround, you need to support good leaders who can continue to deliver. It’s not going to happen immediately and requires long-term commitment. Unfortunately, many seem to think that overcoming years or decades’ worth of inertia or decline should be instantaneous.

But really, it took you years and years to create this situation: Why on earth would you think that you should fix it overnight?

© 2017 Peter J. McLean www.petermclean.co

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