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Don’t Be Afraid To Let Things Out!

I am a great believer in being positive and having and promoting HOPE, it is the only way that we get through life and move forward. But sometimes we need to give ourselves a break and just let things out.

Since coming back from overseas in early March and going straight into home quarantine, which I thought was for only 2 weeks, the reality is that there has only been a 3-week period since then when myself and all other Victorians have not been in lockdown and it is now starting to take a toll on the physical and mental wellbeing of people.

I am blessed to be a father of 4 children and a grandfather of 7, with number 8 only two weeks away. Not being able to see them and hold them is devastating. Not being able to meet with friends or associate with my colleagues and clients is difficult and even knowing that it is the right thing to do, does not ease the pain.

So, before I get back onto my soapbox of Positivity and HOPE, I just wanted to have this moment of self-indulgence and tell you how I am feeling. I know that I speak for many others as well.

But we do have to be positive, because this horrible situation will come to an end and we will be OK again. But can I say one thing – don’t become a hermit. Reach out to friends, family, colleagues and whoever you can. Keep the conversations and connections going in any way you can, because to get through this we need each other.

Also, be careful that we don’t blame and become bitter and cynical because that is what will harm our mental health more than anything.

It’s OK to have a purge, in fact it is healing, but don’t stay within the pain for too long.

I know the statement has been thrown around a lot, but the reality is that we are all in this together and we need each other now more than ever.

So, my challenge is to get all of us to reach out to three people this week who we have not had regular contact with and simply ask them - are you OK?

It could make all of the difference to them and to you.


Des Penny - Co-CEO
Proteus Leadership


Proteuslife Magazine Goes Virtual

As of 1st September 2020, the Proteuslife magazine will become an interactive online magazine and will be available to everyone on our database. We will launch it through this EDM, and there will be now 4 editions per year. Thank you to all of those people who have been asking about the magazine. It is coming!

Two NEW Virtual Programs Launched

Last week we launched 2 new Virtual workshops (Making Decisions That Matter - 8th October and The Oceans Of Change - 19th November) and we had a fantastic response to them. We will continue to create new, exciting and relevant Virtual programs that help leaders to become great. Check out our website to see all of our virtual programs.

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Join Des Penny For
‘The Keys To Staying Relevant’ Webinar

On August 11th, 2020, I will be presenting my Webinar on The Keys To Staying Relevant. I would love you to join me to discuss what leaders need to do to stay relevant in these crazy and exciting times, because it is far more than just gaining new skills. Register here for the webinar.

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Resetting Your Leadership Program
With Des Penny & Richard Dore
(Now Virtual)

Earlier this year we advertised our Resetting Your Leadership Workshop as a face-to-face program and had many people register. Due to the COVID-19 situation, we have decided to run it as a full day Virtual program with two dates (14th October and 5th November) to choose from. Registrations are now being taken for this exciting program. Visit our website to register.

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Staff Recipe - Ben Smith

Staff Recipe

When it comes to cooking, we all have those ‘go to’ recipes that are easy to prepare and are our comfort foods. This is one of those recipes, provided by Ben Smith our National Sales Coordinator based in Brisbane – Ben’s Spag Bol.

Ben’s Spag Bol


  • • 1 Onion
  • • 1 Carrot
  • • 2 tablespoons garlic
  • • 250 gm pork and beef mince
  • • 400 gm peeled tomatoes
  • • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • • 1 cup beef stock
  • • 5 tablespoons red wine
  • • 5 bay leaves
  • • 3 tablespoons of butter
  • • Oil, salt and pepper



  1. Dice 1 onion and carrot, 2 tablespoons garlic, add all to pan with 2 tablespoons of oil on medium heat.
  2. Add 250 gm pork mince and beef mince, brown each side.
  3. Break up mince with spoon.
  4. Combine 400 gm whole peeled tomato.
  5. 1 table spoon tomato paste.
  6. 1 cup beef stock.
  7. 5 tablespoons red wine.
  8. Salt and cracked pepper.
  9. Add 5 bay leaves.
  10. Allow to cook for 30 min on low heat.
  11. Add 3 tablespoons of butter, stir in.
  12. Simmer for 1 hour

After 1 hour cook 500 gm packet of fettuccine. Serve together with parmesan cheese.

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