Suzie Howard was very privileged to attend the Brisbane Broncos CEO Breakfast to hear about the challenges and accomplishments of Broncos CEO, Paul White. Paul’s speech was very inspiring as he gave an insight into what he has achieved in life. He spoke about his years as a bush police officer in remote towns, coaching rugby league, his commitment to the Deadly Choice Program, being a father to four daughters and his battle with brain cancer. Five key messages from Paul’s speech that Suzie found motivating were:
Start your day by doing that one thing you don’t want to do, it will make the rest of the day a hell of a lot easier
Challenge yourself – be comfortable being uncomfortable
Stay hungry. Keep yourself busy and create goals that motivate you. Once you have completed goals don’t settle; create some more.
Take on more than you think you can – we all have the ability to juggle multiple tasks and this will make us better in the future
Don’t overvalue yourself. No one is that important that you cannot give someone ten minutes of your time. Put your phone away and give them 100% attention!
Careertrackers Winter Kick-Off Workshop
Every year Careertrackers holds their Winter Kick-Off Workshop which is designed to assist the professional development of Indigenous interns in the Careertrackers Program. This year General Manager of HR Consulting from Davidson Corporate Recruitment, Lindy MacPherson, gave a presentation about goal setting and developing the right mindset to succeed. She importantly stated the difference between vague and specific goals. Whist vague goals achieve vague outcomes, specific goals achieve specific outcomes. After the presentation indigenous interns were separated and attended different workshops which were facilitated by Kepner Tregoe and Nous Groups who are global leaders in the management consultancy industry. Suzie attended the Kepner Tregoe Workshop and found it both challenging and rewarding. During the workshop Kepner Tregoe provided Suzie with a problem solving model to find the root cause of problems in mock business settings. Suzie also watched problem solving videos and participated in a role playing activing.
Annual NAIDOC Flag Raising Ceremony
To mark the beginning of NAIDOC week, The Department of Justice and Attorney-General held the Annual NAIDOC Flag Raising Ceremony. Mikaela French and Suzie were very fortunate to attend this remarkable and spiritual event. Some of the highlights included performances by acclaimed Indigenous musician William Barton and the Yugambeh Youth Choir. Justice Philippides spoke about the significance and cultural importance of the Nation’s first peoples. The Honourable Mark Furner (Minister for Local Government and Minster for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships) spoke about the special significance of the NAIDOC theme ‘Our Languages Matter’. To conclude the ceremony the Australian, Queensland, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags were raised together, so as to represent unity and partnership.
(photo shows from left: Gadens intern Suzie Howard, Bronco Scott Prince, Leeonnee Thompson and Bianca Hun, who are members of the CareerTrackers program, the NAIDCO Flag Raising Ceremony)