Should You Choose to Accept It…

This Sunday, October 29, I’ll be running the True Grit course in the SouthWest of Western Australia, in Newlands. It’s a military-style obstacle course run over 12 kms. I’ve been working up to the event for a few months, training and fundraising. It is apparently very popular – enough so that accommodation in every nook and cranny in the surrounding areas has been fully booked out for up to 12 months.

Personally, I had only ever heard of True Grit this year and now I even see signs hanging off the overpasses on our local main roads. But like so many things in life and our communities, you don’t hear about it until you hear about it and then you notice it everywhere – even when people tell you it’s been popular for years. By that I mean that our focus and attention so often has to be primed before we truly notice something.

One of the jobs of educators is to prime their learners to be able to attend to and receive information, to instantiate that information, dwell on it and either reject or integrate it into their thinking, processes, work and lives. It’s true of leaders as well. That sweet spot is hit again and again by talented and skilled educators and leaders and very often not at all by others. (Think of the number of leaders and teachers you’ve had through life who could turn a high explosive action sequence into something boring and dull – or just think of Michael Bay.)

As you go about your work as a leader, educator, professional, employee or just plain part of the human race, think about what you’re NOT paying attention to and how you can prime yourself and those around you to receive and attend to something important. That just may be the first part of the learning and growing process that you’re missing.

Sponsor Me for True Grit: I’m over halfway towards my fundraising goal towards my True Grit run on October 29, in support of The Ability Centre. Details are here at Please consider donating to this worthy cause and supporting my efforts. Updates on my preparations are posted throughout the week. There’s some tiring training involved! Thank you to those who have already generously donated!!

Where You Can See Me Next: I’m speaking at the Rotary Club of Hillarys on the evening of October 30. The topic is “Beyond Leadership – Serving With Heart”. Join us at Hillarys Yacht Club for the evening presentation, followed by networking dinner for those who wish.

The Great Leaders Project: Spend a half day with me reviewing the fascinating stories and episodes of some of history’s greatest acknowledged secular leaders [*see following note] and take away lessons that you can apply that day. Date will be later in 2017, depending on interest. If you would like to do this in a shorter online format instead, let me know. Register your interest by email to [*Religious leaders would involve too many ontological discussions, but if you ever want to do that, let me know and I’ll work it out – I have a minor in theology and worked in the faculty.]

The Business Success Workshop: Too many people fail to thrive in their business simply because they don’t know how to put everything together to execute. We’ll spend one supercharged day together in an entrepreneurial mindset, with owners, MDs and execs from diverse industries looking to dramatically drive forward their business idea. At the same time, we’ll consider the mechanisms you need to employ to ensure that you thrive personally and don’t lose balance in your life while you pursue your mission! Tentatively planned for February 2018. Register your interest by email to

Transformational Leadership Retreat 2018: I’m using all of my coaching, educational & development expertise, research, resources and personal executive leadership experience at ultra-challenging levels to design the ultimate transformational leadership retreat – everything that can be accomplished in two and a half days does that not involve ropes and a drill sergeant yelling at people! I’ll be bringing in the big guns for designing this one and sloughing off all the dross and dregs of buzzwords and buzz strategies, so-called development and research that merely obfuscate and “lose the name of action”. If you want to be involved, or have a request for something you’d really wish you could accomplish through a leadership retreat/workshop, then let me know while I’m in the design phase. Watch this space!

© 2017 Peter J. McLean

Peter McLean’s Monday Morning Mission – 23/10/2017
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