Yesterday is not a day too soon.

This past week I have had the privilege of:

  • Speaking to over 100 staff at Cambridge High School about ‘Growing emotionally intelligent teens’.

  • Speaking at an AP/DP conference on having “Critical Conversations” and “Developing agency in our learners”.

  • Checking-in with the Emotional Intelligence research I am co-ordinating with a primary school (a first in the world).

  • Mentoring leaders’ to lead with aroha and integrity .

  • Supporting kāhui ako with their wellbeing plans.

For me this mahi is personal. I have been in multiple leadership roles, including an HOD of English and Drama, and primary school principal.
On a more personal level, I have also lost friends and family to suicide. At one time in my life I would go to work wondering if I would have a partner to come back to. And I too have ridden the very deep troughs of depression.

The release of the following statistics this week is truely devastating:

  • 685 people died by suicide in 2018/19 – the highest number since reporting began in 2007/8 and 17 more than last year.

  • The suicide rate increased from 13.67 to 13.93 deaths per 100,000 people.

  • There was also an increase in the number of young people dying by suicide, particularly in the 15 to 19 and 20 to 24 age ranges.

  • Māori were also over-represented, with a suicide rate of 28.23 deaths per 100,000.

In my mahi I am both passionate and privileged in liberating people and organisations from the sh*t that holds them back. I care deeply about moving people and organisations from a state of drowning in their own sh*t to a mind-space and culture that unlocks personal and professional freedom.

Developing our emotional intelligence is pivotal to moving forward. There is also a misconception that emotional intelligence is just about understanding and expressing our emotions; it is way more complex and precise than that.

Let’s go deeper.

Let’s reach beyond the feel-good factor, understand the different elements and learn some key strategies.

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Yesterday is not a day too soon.


Mary-Anne xo


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