How To Demolish A Wall

“Our conscience is not the vessel of eternal verities. It grows with our social life, and a new social condition means a radical change in conscience”. – Walter Lippmann What does a quote on ethics have to do with Leadership? To me everything. Since my first introduction to Ethics via Simon Longstaff and The St. James Ethics […]

Cultural Arsonists

Bushfires Every organisation, no matter its scale, experiences bushfires. Leaders know about these. Just like the bushfires that ravage Australia each summer, a percentage of these are the result of arsonists. So let’s talk about cultural arsonists. Who are these people? Are they “psychopaths”? Are they “sociopaths?” Perhaps a tiny percentage would be diagnosable. The […]

Still Walking in Their Shoes

After take-off on the “Red-eye” from Perth to Sydney the other night, I decided to forego the in-flight entertainment and listen to my own music and hopefully get some shut-eye. This was my last trip home after delivering our Janus CEO Transition Program in Ruah Community Services. The assignment took 9 months to complete and […]

Being An Excellent Leader

  There is no fixed definition of excellence in leadership, but we all know it when we see it; when we feel it. There is a different skill set required in managing a project, than there is in leading the team and we all manage and lead in some capacity – whether it’s our children, […]

Overstaying Your Usefulness

Let me tell you about my little mate Malcolm. Malcolm is a Dorper Ram. He has been our primary stud ram for the past three seasons and has been a diligent worker, siring over 300 offspring over his time with us. Clearly he has been a very productive asset for our farm. But here’s the […]

Small Change

  Sometimes when we are considering making a change at work or outside work we struggle. Some of the steps and tasks towards making the change seem so minor we skip them. One more chocolate – what difference could one make to our healthy living objective? We’ve decided to focus at our team meetings and […]

Now NFP’s Have Three Options: Merge, Perish or …… Network

  If we are to listen to some high profile NFP players lately, small to medium cause-based organisations have two options : merge or perish! All pretty depressing stuff if your organisation is now on this new endangered species list. Even worse if you, a family member or community is reliant on one of these supposedly […]

Don’t Touch the Bananas

  I learned a lot of my meagre organisational design and development skills through the mentorship of a great friend, Tim Dalmau. Tim has taught many of the world’s great company leaders about how cultures really work. He teaches that cultures lie deep within all organisations. They are immensely hard to alter. This is because […]

Adeptly Tackling Wicked Problems

  Uncertainty around complexity is more manageable when you think differently about the problems and the people involved and you have a proven process to follow. To us different thinking means that we need to be ADEPT : Appreciative that people, at their best, bring experience, knowledge and wisdom to decision-making. Accepting that Diverse perspectives, knowledge and values […]

Being Around For the Long-haul

  For the most part we work with people trying to deal with social problems – homelessness, drug and alcohol issues, displaced people, domestic violence, literacy, education participation etc. For many these can be highly challenging and, at times, demoralising assignments. Ones that are not made easier by a media that sensationalize and overemphasises our perceived […]