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You can’t improvise good leadership. Influence it. 

Jacob Workman Art Markman articulated in a recent Harvard Business Review article  “…if we want to influence other people’s behaviour, we must make desirable behaviours easy and undesirable behaviours hard.” It is not a novel concept. Yet we rarely seem to follow such simple advice in our organisations. Most of us have used online portals […]

Responding to 21st century challenges requires 21st century leadership

In 1995, the Karpin Report delivered comprehensive insight into Australia’s workplace leadership and provided recommendations on how to best develop business leaders. The report recognised the need for a robust ‘enterprise culture’ and spoke of ‘leadership competencies’ beyond traditional management. Twenty years on, how are we going? It is no secret that Australian workplaces are […]

Why Nonprofits Should Not be Afraid of Risk

Lee Jones General Manager Squareweave In simple terms, nonprofits should not be afraid of risk, as the acceptance of risk offers the prospect of reward. Risk is why we invest our hard-earned cash in risky things like property and the stock market, instead of leaving it in the bank. Our risk appetite is a reflection […]

Five big challenges for Australian government

Australia’s former top bureaucrat, Terry Moran, has issued a call to arms for public servants: think big, get confident, face digital disruption and improve the sector’s capability or lose more ground to outsourcing. The greatest pleasure of my three years as IPAA national president has been the chance to meet and hear from public servants […]

How to foster innovation and creativity in the public sector

If necessity is the mother of invention, constraint must foster innovation. Given the constraints faced by Australian public servants, why aren’t our government departments the incubators of more new ideas? Writing for The Conversation earlier this year, David Cropley from the University of South Australia discussed the need for a strategic approach to developing creativity. […]

The Passive Aggressive Problem

Lee Jones General Manager Squareweave I recently presented to a Leadership Victoria conference on the topic of “Why Not for Profits Should Not be Afraid of Risk.” It was a lot of fun, but the most interesting thing to come out of the session was the visceral response I got to discussing passive-aggressive behaviours within […]

The secret to providing good advice

I love new ideas. The problem can be convincing other people. Many people working in government, business or charity – experts in their own fields – provide advice to decision-makers on a regular basis. It can be frustrating when that advice seems to be ignored but if you’ve done your prep, there’s a better chance your […]

10 Principles of Leading Change Management

These time-honored tools and techniques can help companies transform quickly. Since the mid-2000s, organizational change management and transformation have become permanent features of the business landscape. Vast new markets and labor pools have opened up, innovative technologies have put once-powerful business models on the chopping block, and capital flows and investor demand have become less […]

5 tips for better decision-making by stepping outside of your head

My head is so often full of words and scenarios that I sometimes have to make a conscious effort to step outside of that familiar space before making important decisions.  It’s an occupational hazard. Until recently, I would start every day trapped in my mind, going over how words or decisions might be interpreted – […]