strategy

What it really means to be a strategic thinker

Strategic thinking feels like a vague, ungraspable buzzword business-types throw out to sound important. The truth: it’s literally child’s play. Dorie Clark explains in her LinkedIn Learning course, Strategic Thinking. When we are young, we question everything. Our favorite word when we are 2-years-old – why. And then, society smashes that out of us. “We spend a lot of our […]

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Why we show the whites of our eyes

Engaging the community or stakeholders often takes place online but personal interaction will always bring a deeper connection which helps achieve better and more-sustainable outcomes. Gillian Aeria from the University of Melbourne shares one of the reasons why.   You know things are getting serious when a poker player slides sunglasses on to stop their […]

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Skills that matter in the public service

The future of work will rely more heavily on soft skills rather than technical expertise and it’s no different for public servants. At a recent gathering, Adam Fennessy shared some insights into the types of skills and ideas that matter in the public service now and into the future. Implementation – it’s all about the […]

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What We Got Wrong About Self-Management

People thrive with some certainty and structure – as the crew at buffer.com discovered. When Buffer first moved to a self-management model, we moved to a completely flat structure. We just let loose and the message was “everyone go figure out what you want to do and work on, without too much guidance or leadership.” We talked […]