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HIGHLY STRUNG? NOT TODAY!
Have you ever felt stressed, anxious
or simply just worn out thanks to this
chaotic lifestyle we all seem to lead?
Lifeline’s Stress Down Day on Friday
22 July is a national campaign that helps
recognise the many effects of stress and
the ways in which we can reduce it, be it
in the workplace or other environments
such as schools or universities.
This charity event encourages
workplaces to participate in stress-
reducing activities while making a
ﬁnancial donation to Lifeline. To raise
awareness some people choose to
wear their pyjamas to work, while others
organise morning teas and luncheons.
It gives people the opportunity to
participate in fun and light-hearted
activities, while also taking a conscious
interest in their mental and physical
In 2010, actor Georgie Parker
became Lifeline’s national ambassador
and launched the campaign. She said
that she knew what it was like to feel
the pressures of stress. “We all get
stressed at times. . .I want to help get
the message out that we need to take
steps to stress down. ”
Take this opportunity and use Stress
Down Day as a chance to have a laugh
and chill out with your colleagues,
friends and classmates. Your mind and
body will thank you for it!
For more information or to make a
donation to Lifeline, visit stressdown.org.au
The new Panasonic Blu-ray 3D disc
recorder is the ﬁrst of its kind in Australia.
It features full-HD 3D Blu-ray disc
playback, DLNA as server and client,
VIERA Cast and twin HD tuners so
you can record two digital broadcasts
simultaneously in full-HD quality.
For enhanced connectivity, DLNA acts
as a server and client, allowing ﬁles to
be shared across a range of devices
throughout the home.
The unit also features built in wi-ﬁ, so
you can easily connect to VIERA Cast
and enjoy real-time calls with family and
friends via Skype. And missing a call on
Skype is now a thing of the past. Your
friends can leave a message if you are
unable to pick up the phone call. Simply
press the Skype button on the player
remote control (to answer the call) or
insert an SD card, record a message and
let the player take a message for you.
And it doesn’t end there. You can
also watch videos on YouTube, check
out photos on Picasa and keep up to
date with stock information and weather
forecasts on Bloomberg.
The Panasonic Blu-ray 3D disc
recorder (DMR-PWT500GL) is available
now. RRP $899.
LEADERSHIP BEYOND GOOD
In song, Kate Ceberano embraced it, Billy
Joel deﬁed it while David Bowie turned
to face it. We are, of course, talking
about change. And author Geoff Aigner is
something of an authority on the subject.
In his book Leadership Beyond Good
Intentions, he examines leadership during
times of change and asks how to best
overcome resistance to it. At the centre
of this is something, or rather someone,
whom he refers to as the active individual.
While the book does sound like
psychobabble occasionally, it’s hard to
argue with Aigner’s conclusions. Without
strong (active) individuals inviting and
embracing change – we would get
nowhere. Many Chartered Accountants
are in positions of leadership and would
doubtless agree that having good
intentions will only get you so far. Turning
intentions into actions is the key.
Aigner is a man who knows his stuff (he
teaches change and leadership in the MBA
program at the Australian Graduate School
of Management). Successful leadership,
he argues, relies on understanding the
system, understanding yourself and
understanding what it means to work
with others. Aigner believes that the real
challenge is not just in developing leaders
but, more so, believing in yourself.
If you’re looking to lead and inspire your
workplace, this book may be just what
you need to kick-start change.
Leadership Beyond Good Intentions
(Allen & Unwin, RRP $27.99) is on sale
3D BLU-RAY RECORDER
IMPROVED LIFESTYLE NEXT MONTH
From August 2011, Charter magazine will bring you a vastly improved lifestyle section.
In a range of regular critical reviews, we will run the rule over the latest cars,
IT gadgets, wine, beer, books and more. Don’t miss Charter next month.
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