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How tech is reshaping politics

Technology is changing the world as we know it, in particular our political landscape. Is our system of government broken, simply being disrupted – or both? Mark Mulligan provides a little historical background then takes us through some of the ways tech is reshaping what we thought we knew about politics and ‘democracy’. As I […]

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Music is an urban resource

In this article, the World Economic Forum identifies music as a finite resource which needs the right investment and support in its infrastructure. Following a period of such significant disruption as we’ve seen through the availabilty of free, digital and live music, the Australian music industry is working hard to get itself back on track. […]

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What do the best employers do differently

Three years of research to provide us with insights into why some employers are better than others – that’s worth a longform read!  Published in the Harvard Business Review, 12 December 2019 What makes a company culture great? To explore this question, my colleague, Bill Baker and I spent the last three years researching the […]

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Technology and the future of work

Rapid advances in technology are making inroads in the workplace. What will this mean for the future of work? Economists, Adrian Peralta and Agustin Roitman share their insights. Many feel anxious about the impact of new technology on their jobs. This is not new. In fact, it dates back at least to the Luddites movement at the outset of […]

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15 habits to power your productivity

Productivity lists rarely come up with anything new, this one is no different but it’s a good list – practical and easy to follow, and a good list never goes to waste! Habit 1: Use the 80/20 rule The 80/20 rule suggests that 80 percent of our output comes from only 20 percent of our input. […]

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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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The jobs of 2027

In 10 years jobs we’re familiar with now will change as new technologies impact on how we work. Professionals like nurses, architects, artists and farmers will all need new skillsets to keep up with the technological revolution Over the next decade, the way we do our jobs will change dramatically. The impact of new and […]

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Stop trying to fix women — fix the system

The reasons for women’s under-representation in many senior roles across society is frequently debated, with some emphasising systemic barriers to advancement, while others argue it’s about the choices made by individuals. After reviewing international research and speaking to stakeholders close to the ground, the Victorian branch of the Institute of Public Administration Australia came to some “very clear […]

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Public servants complaining to the media: ‘un-Australian’ or valid last resort?

Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett says it is “un-Australian” for public servants to complain to the media about how their department is being managed. His Health Minister Kim Hames calls it “highly disappointing and inappropriate” — even if the public servants in question are medical doctors who say their professional input was being ignored and […]