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There Is A Space…


"Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom."
- Victor Frankl - Austrian neurologist, psychiatrist, and Holocaust survivor.

Hope you had a great Easter break.

I find Easter to be such a perfect space in the year to take time to breathe, rethink and recalibrate, without the intensity of Christmas or the pressure of finalising everything by the New Year.

In fact, during the Easter break this year, I found myself wishing for more space in my life to respond more mindfully to all the stuff happening in my world.

It was in that moment of ‘wishing’ that I paused and reminded myself that there is always space. A brief but potent Space, in between the Stuff happening to us and our responses.

In that space, in these briefest of moments, we have the potential to pause and take control of our life through our stories. It is where we find the freedom and agency to choose a better response, in the process of becoming a better person.

“Respond. Don’t React!” Proteus Mantra

This mantra is deceptively simple, but not always easy to follow, especially when negative stuff happens to us. It takes real determination to resist being instantly provoked into reacting badly, just like navigating the self-checkout at the supermarket the day before Good Friday!

Here’s how this process unfolds when we find ourselves triggered, and why the stories that we weave (whether consciously or unconsciously), ultimately determine whether we React or Respond.

Stuff – Stories – React – Respond (SSRR)

  1. Stuff (Happens)
    Interactions with people, ranging from slightly annoying to extremely toxic are inevitable. Stuff will continue to happen to you. No one is immune from life’s challenges.
  2. Stories (We Tell Ourselves)
    We all have an internal narrative running in our minds and when stuff happens, we create this story in a micro-second!
    Take this scenario as an example; a boss or colleague is being abrupt, rude, and dismissive. That’s the ‘Stuff Happening’. We then instantly create a story, one that becomes either a bitter reactionary story, or a better reframing story:

    Bitter Story – That person is an absolute jerk – I can’t work here a moment longer. This is a complete disaster!

    Better Story – Well that was unpleasant and totally out of character! I wonder what’s going on in their world. They are usually very courteous. I better check in and see if they’re okay or call that out in the future.

  3. React or Respond
    In this sacred space, we hold the power of choice. We can either impulsively React, or thoughtfully Respond.

Be Bitter or Be Better. It’s a Choice

With the Bitter Story, we React. Typically, this happens either through silent inaction or, hostile aggression. Both are ugly options that only worsen the situation.

With the Better Story, we are choosing to tame our ‘primitive brain’ by reframing our story so we can Respond. It’s where we ask ourselves, “Why would a reasonable person be behaving like this. We need to talk.”

The key is to constantly ensure that we create the space to ‘catch our stories’ for the better. That way, we don’t become captive to the ‘Victim Narrative’ by reframing our stories from being Bitter, to being Better.

Only in this space can we regain our agency and transform with proactive action by asking ourselves, “What can I do right now if I really want a better result?”

Wishing you a wonderful week with the space to respond and reframe your stories.




Richard Dore
CEO - Director of Partnerships

Proteus Leadership


HR Essentials For Leaders At BEST Employment

Korrine Jones, Regional Leader QLD, ran the second last session of the HR Essentials For Leaders multi-session program with leaders from BEST Employment.

These wonderful and engaged leaders have participated fully in each of the sessions with their sixth and final session scheduled to take place in a few weeks’ time.

The HR Essentials For Leaders program takes participants on the life cycle of a new staff member from recruitment and induction, to training and development, performance management, through the counselling and disciplinary process and then into the organisational succession plan.

While most organisations have HR experts, it is still important that every leader understands the HR role, what it is there for, and how they need to reflect the policies and processes that support it.

Our multi session program format is delivered over 4 x sessions, supported by a further 1-hour launch pre-program and 1.5-hour Coaching, post-program.

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The Proteus Office In WA Is Up And Running

Nathan Archer, Regional Leader WA has hit the ground running since commencing with Proteus Leadership. Nathan has been busy meeting with clients and settling into the brand-new Proteus Leadership WA office and studio in Subiaco.

Our new WA office and studio is located at 508 Hay Street, Subiaco WA 6008. If you would like to speak to Nathan about a partnership or your training needs, you can contact him on 1300 219 903.


Richard Dore In Gippsland, VIC

Richard Dore, CEO, ran two bespoke in-house workshops last week for the team at The Gippsland Regional Integrated Council Services (GRICS). The day kicked off with a workshop on Moving from Operational to Strategic and in the afternoon, the group had a session on Building A Growth DNA.

All our programs can be conducted as in-house programs and Proteus can customise an in-house program tailored specifically to your company’s needs. Contact our team to discuss your requirements.

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Sarah Savvas At Northern Beaches Council

Sarah Savvas, Regional Leader NSW / ACT ran an in-house Moving From Busyness to Effectiveness workshop with a fantastic group of leaders at Northern Beaches Council.

The Moving From Busyness to Effectiveness workshop has been designed to help busy leaders and teams to focus on their priorities and establish strategies to bring about sustainable behavioural change and transformational positive habits.

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Creating A Positive Culture Is Still Important

Simon Fallon, Lead Educator QLD ran our half day workshop Creating A Positive Culture with a very interactive team at Carinity.

The very first Creating A Positive Culture workshop was held in 1999 and since then, thousands of leaders from across the country have attended it. The workshop has been designed to teach participants how to lead robust, resilient, no-whinge, solution-focused workplaces. To this day, it remains one of our most popular workshop.

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Have You Listened To The Let's Go - Let's Grow Podcast With Des Penny Yet?

If you're looking for a podcast that will help you become a better leader and grow your business, we highly recommend Let's Go - Let's Grow with Des Penny. Whether you're a seasoned leader or just starting out in your career, you're sure to find valuable insights and inspiration in these conversations. So, why not give them a listen today and subscribe by clicking on the link below?

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