Blog Reader Survey Results

imagesAnd the results of my September blog survey are …

I ran a reader survey during the month of September to find out more about you and how I can serve better.

The results have been very easy to analyse, as I only received one complete response! Thank you to that lone reader.

Here’s the summary of my audience response(s), therefore: Continue reading

2014 Reader Survey

imagesThe Survey is still open. Take my blog reader survey here! My thanks to those who have already completed the survey. I would love to see more responses from my readers.

I have many exciting and useful articles and resources planned for The Leadership Lamplight Blog, but before I do, I wanted to check that I am serving the needs of those who read my blog posts.

I’ve been writing this blog in something of a vacuum for quite a while. I enjoy writing it and reading comments and seeing likes. I know many have found the articles helpful and interesting.

I want to take this to another level, however, and use the blog to continue to better serve those who come to me for help, encouragement and inspiration and to develop greater responsiveness, engagement and a sense of online community for my readers.

So, please take my 2014 Reader Survey here at http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/1610266/2014-Reader-Survey

The survey will only stay up until September 17. I’ll be posting a summary of the results next month for your interest.

I appreciate your help!

Peter J. McLean

Take My 2014 Blog Post Reader Survey

imagesTake my blog reader survey! I have many exciting and useful articles and resources planned for The Leadership Lamplight Blog, but before I do, I wanted to check that I am serving the needs of those who read my blog posts.

I’ve been writing this blog in something of a vacuum for quite a while. I enjoy writing it and reading comments and seeing likes. I know many have found the articles helpful and interesting.

I want to take this to another level, however, and use the blog to continue to better serve those who come to me for help, encouragement and inspiration and to develop greater responsiveness, engagement and a sense of online community for my readers.

So, please take my 2014 Reader Survey here at http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/1610266/2014-Reader-Survey

The survey will only stay up for a week. I’ll be posting a summary of the results next month for your interest.

I appreciate your help!

Peter J. McLean

An incredible moment in my daughter’s life

The most amazing thing happened!

I haven’t written a lot in this blog about my kids – because that’s not the purpose of the blog and I don’t want to use their personal lives as fodder for business or for others. My wife also has concerns about creepy people out there. But I can’t hold this back.

Those of you who know me, family, friends, colleagues and clients, those with whom I have worked, who have heard me speak, or have read my newsletters and blog over the years, know about my daughter Alyssa, who has cerebral palsy. I wrote last year about how she had started to walk in a walking frame, while rigged up with her orthotics.

Alyssa turned 8 years old mid-May. A couple of weeks later, she actually took two quick, surprising steps by herself – kind of falling towards a spot. And then two weeks later again, on June 10 last week, this happened at her school:

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This is the first time she has walked by herself!

It is a miracle in progress that she is able to do this. You probably have to know her in full to deeply appreciate why and how much. Her excited helpers, and my eldest daughter who was at school (daughter #2 was home sick), were able to show me after school that day, when she walked again in the school office in front of me – all by herself!

In the video, her aides are giving her the plastic piping and baton to help her get a sense of balance and to help her feel like she has a hold of something. It’s like a tightrope walker holding a long beam for balance. And you can see how Alyssa is not exactly thrilled to be doing it, but she keeps going.

So many people – literally hundreds – have been directly involved in her care to get her to this point. And this is a day that we have never assumed was coming. We have been hoping and working, but have slowly moved from despairing that she would ever be able to even move around independently, to acceptance, to seeing slow changes, but not taking it for granted that she would ever be able to walk.

You can take your Gold Medal Olympians and your Mt. Everest climbers. That’s a piece of cake compared to the fundamental neurological change occurring in Alyssa, and the challenge, the bravery, the effort and the love required of her and all those around her every day (including the world’s greatest sisters who are there caring for, helping and, if necessary, carrying her every step of the way) for the last 8 years that made this momentous achievement possible.

There’s still a long way to go – she has to do this more than once and learn to walk consistently and confidently all by herself, she has to learn how to navigate and cope with bumps and uneven ground. She also is still trying to develop the very basics of speech and communication. She does not have the ability to care for any of her basic physical needs.

But what she has done even to this point to overcome is more than most of us ever have to face in a lifetime – and she has done that through the collective efforts of so many wonderful people. Mary and I thank you all from the depths of our hearts.

Alyssa, you are awesome!

[My thanks to Alyssa’s aides and Beechboro Christian School for allowing me to make this video public.]

Peter J. McLean

Riding for the Disabled Swan Valley Arena Launch

This past Saturday, amidst the torrential rains and floods in the Swan Valley, the Pavlinoviches launched the new equestrian arena purpose-built for Swan Valley Riding for the Disabled Association (WA). My daughter Alyssa is one of those who benefits from the generosity of the many volunteers and the grants from Movies by Burswood, LotteriesWest and other very generous individual contributions from builders and tradies, not to mention, once again, the generosity of the Pavlinoviches who have hosted RDAWA Swan Valley on their property for years.

Here’s a 90-second statement from the Federal Member for our area of Pearce, Christian Porter, regarding the day. Thanks to Mr. Porter for his sponsorship and assistance as vice patron of RDAWA Swan.

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The arena (or ‘Shed’ as it’s being called), will allow RDA riding sessions to always be held as scheduled – rain or shine – which makes a great difference to the people and families involved. Thank you all.

Peter J. McLean

My client Brierty Ltd wins $300 million contract

I’m thrilled that my clients Brierty Ltd have, in partnership with Australian indigenous firms, won a $300 million contract with Rio Tinto Iron Ore for the Western Turner Syncline Stage 2 Project!

This builds on their other recently awarded contract with Rio Tinto Iron Ore and their other outstanding projects around Australia. The WST2 project is another cap in their crown and I know that Peter McBain (MD), Rohan Erwin (GM Mining Services), Struan Collins (GM Civil) and the rest of the team will continue to deliver the same level of outstanding outcomes.

The company was celebrating yesterday afternoon after the announcement from RTIO. Congratulations to everyone and to Rio Tinto for making a great choice!

You can read the ASX announcement here and a WA Business News article here.

© 2014 Peter J. McLean

Support Cancer Sufferers and Carers with a Donation to the Red Sky Ride

Red Sky RidersThis Saturday my friend Rohan Erwin (who is currently General Manager of Mining Services at Brierty Ltd, clients of mine) is raising funds for cancer sufferers and their carers by participating in a gruelling 1000 km, 8 day fund-raising bike ride through Western Australia’s hilly southwest. It’s the SolarisCare Red Sky Ride and Rohan is part of a team of volunteer riders.

The riders start this Saturday, 22 Feb and the teams are looking for donations/sponsors. They’ve been training and preparing for months.

At least one in three people will be directly affected by cancer in their lifetime. My immediate family has, as have many friends of mine over the years. As a carer myself and having been alongside my wife’s family taking care of my mother-in-law through cancer a number of years ago, I know how hard it can be on both the sufferer and the family.

If you would like to support Rohan and the teams on their fund raising ride, please visit the SolarisCare page here and donate now. All proceeds go directly to SolarisCare. They are looking to raise $400,000 but are only a little over halfway there at the moment. Any donation you can make would be very welcome!

Read about Rohan and please donate here. Oh, and you might want to leave a message of support and let him know I sent you so he knows how on earth you found out!

Here’s a message Rohan sent yesterday:

Dear Friends & Colleagues

Less than 4 days to go now until we are in the saddle for 1,000 kilometres circumnavigating the South West of WA on a skinny seated push bike.

We leave from the Matilda Bay Café on Hacket Drive next to UWA. The opening ceremony commences around 7.50am Sat 22nd Feb, and we  commence the ride around 8.30 – 8.45 am. You are all welcome to see us off.

I must admit I am becoming a little apprehensive at what seemed like a great idea all those months ago, but we are well prepared and it is for a fantastically worthy cause, and I am fortunate to be a small part of it all.

Thank you to all those of you that have generously donated to Solaris Care Foundation already, your contributions are greatly appreciated.

For those of you yet to make a donation. Please donate now. Simply click on the image below and have your credit card handy (other payment options as well).

It’s all about supporting and assisting Cancer suffers and their Carers. It’s often a long and uncertain road for these guys, and that’s what we are doing this for. They are the ones that deserve our generous support.

Please assist me by way of donation to the Solaris Care Foundation, Red Sky Ride.

On the 22nd February 2014, myself and around 30 other individuals will commence a 1,000 kilometre ride around Western Australia’s South West to raise awareness and much needed funds for the Solaris Care Foundation. This long and often arduous Red Sky Ride represents the journey undertaken by those diagnosed with cancer and the path that they follow thereafter, with the distinction that the riders are relieved after 8 days.

Red Sky Riders are all volunteers and are presently training hard for this event, cycling over 200 Kilometres per week increasing to around 350 Kilometres per week leading up to the ride. It is a big personal commitment in both time and effort, in addition to the eight days of the ride, and your support and financial commitment however small or large, is greatly appreciated. All funds go directly to Solaris Care.

The Solaris Care Foundation provides care and support to both Cancer sufferers and their personal carers through this often long, difficult and uncertain journey. Solaris Care improves the lives and the outcomes of these people, and deserves all the support we can muster.

One in three of us will be directly affected by cancer in our life time, and we all know and are close to someone that has been directly affected.

Please give generously, by simply clicking on the image below which leads to my donations page on the Red Sky Ride web site, whereby you can easily make a donation electronically and directly to Solaris Care.

Thank you for your kind contribution and please feel free to call me regarding any associated matter.

Kind regards

Rohan Erwin

Red Sky Riders

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