Rethinking ambition

Rethinking ambition

One of the surprisingly common reactions to my recent announcement that I have started my own business is the question of what my goals are. How soon before I employ someone else? Where is my office going to be? How big do I anticipate growing? It seems I’m not...
Gratitude

Gratitude

One of the most important practices I have incorporated into my daily life is that of gratitude. It might sound like new-age nonsense, but at its heart is the simple premise that we should look for the good in life, even amongst the bad. And even when life is...
Evaluating with a lived experience

Evaluating with a lived experience

At the 2018 Australasian Evaluation Society conference in Launceston, I gave a paper reflecting on my experiences of conducting evaluation in the mental health sector while having a lived experience. I experience mental illness, and for some time, I have also worked...

Fostering evaluative thinking

Evaluation is valuable, not just for working out if your project had an impact but for improving the overall quality of your intervention design. I have a blog up on BetterEvaluationĀ about building evaluative thinking into your project from the get-go. It’s...
Resilience is not enough

Resilience is not enough

I’ve been thinking a lot recently about the important role of workplaces in supporting their employees to be mentally healthy. In my experience, the focus of most employers is on what employees can do to improve their own mental health: things like taking breaks...