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Deloitte has decided diversity groups for minority employees are a relic of the past

Deloitte US has decided that it’s time to move past diversity groups focused on gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or even veteranship, Bloomberg reported. Over the next 18 months, the accounting and consulting firm will phase out groups like the Women’s Initiative (WIN) and LGBT group Globe, and replacing them with “inclusion councils” where all employees are […]

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How to innovate in government

James O’Loghlin, from the ABC’s New Inventors show, took an hour during Public Sector Innovation Month to explain how to make innovation easy to do in government. An hour well spent – check it out.   Innovation Month Webstream

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Why are you self-sabotaging your productivity?

Time and time again, you are under deadline and you find yourself perusing Facebook or cleaning your desk instead of doing what you need to do. Here’s why you do it, and some suggestions to curb the behavior. Have you ever agonized over your inability to get enough done? The stress of feeling overwhelmed has […]

The psychology of change management

Companies can redesign their structure, their systems and processes but unless they can help their people change, they are just moving the same people with the same behaviours into a new reporting line. Emily Lawson and Colin Price unpack ways to change behaviour and attitudes in this story for McKinsey and Co. Companies can transform […]

Ten Ways to Get People to Change

A valuable checklist for change strategists by Morten T. Hansen in the Harvard Business Review. Don’t overlook his point that most leaders of change only use a few of these levers – use them all.   1. Embrace the power of one. One company I worked with posted 8 values and 12 competencies they wanted […]

Whose list are you on? Being seen by your stakeholders.

Stakeholder relationships are a two-way street. Your stakeholder engagement strategy should identify who you work with, who you want to work with and for what reasons. But you should also consider whose stakeholder list you might be on – and whose you need to be on. To establish and cement good relationships with the people […]

5 ways to refresh your government relationships

The 45th Parliament of Australia sits for the first time next week. A new Cabinet is in place and federal departments are focusing on new priorities. Now is the perfect time to refresh your government relations strategy and start working on those important new relationships. Here are some simple ideas to start: 1. Use the […]

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How mindfulness and productivity go hand-in-hand

Investing in employee mindfulness is a notable shift, as taking a moment to pause has often been considered the bane of productivity. Mindfulness, a centuries-old practice, is making waves as companies focus their attention on the overall wellbeing of their employees. In the age of employee happiness being directly correlated to employee retention, mindfulness in the […]

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Why diversity matters

New research makes it increasingly clear that companies with more diverse workforces perform better financially. We know intuitively that diversity matters. It’s also increasingly clear that it makes sense in purely business terms. Research by McKinsey & Company finds that companies in the top quartile for gender or racial and ethnic diversity are more likely […]

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What only managers can do to keep employees engaged

It’s often assumed that employee engagement is HR’s responsibility. But there are certain things only managers can do to keep employees happy and engaged. Prior to the industrial revolution, work was an activity that took place in fields and farmhouses. Then automated production moved an entire generation of workers from homesteads to factories. This was […]