NFPs Need to be Innovative

  Recently I attended a breakfast hosted by Deloitte, titled “Vision, Budget, Sector Reforms”. The guest speaker was the Minister for Social Services, Scott Morrison. Unlike his colleagues Tony Abbot and Joe Hockey, the Minister was able to get his message across to the audience of about 70 leaders from the NFP sector in a […]

Preaching To The Converted

The converted. Let’s define them those who have helped to improve some feature of their work area, and who are now trying to make sure the improvements are sustained. Against the sometimes ambiguous results of change programs the converted may be an endangered species – certainly rare. If they are not nurtured, supported and encouraged […]

The Extraordinary Relationship Between Chairman and CEO

The relationship between a Chairman and a CEO is special. Great Chairs often act as a confidant, mentor, adviser, sounding board and interpreter for the CEO. Recently I had the privilege of coaching a Chairman who fulfills this role with distinction in his organisation. In some other organisations, I get to play the role that this […]

What ACTUALLY is Executive Coaching

  Recently I worked with a business owner, Ron, on a problem that all business owners love. We had a great coaching session and he got some great insights into the underlying issue and what steps to take next. I also got some great learnings. The first was when he asked me, a little shyly, “What, […]

Providing Practical Support To Maximise School Attendance

In early 2014 the Australian Government launched its Remote School Attendance Strategy (RSAS) in 73 schools across 69 remote communities in New South Wales, South Australia, Western Australia, Queensland and the Northern Territory. The aim of the Strategy is to increase attendance rates in remote schools so all children get a good education and works with […]

Avoiding Being a Social Change Blocker

“Nonprofits are losing their monopoly as the most effective agents of social change”. That’s the contention of Paul Klein who argues that unless not for profits ditch their “slow-moving, institutional, and self-interested model” they will loose their relevance as change agents and be replaced by committed corporates and social enterprises . As Paul points out, as a […]

Tools to Remain Positive

 I am often asked how I stay positive most of the time. In one workplace me being positive was seen as an issue by some at the company. That said, I do have my down moments, however I believe that a Positive Attitude will enable anyone to perform better than a negative one. For example, would […]

Don’t Seek a Board Position UNLESS….

  In my work as a coach to CEO’s, Chairs, Directors and senior executives we often discuss what makes for a good Board applicant. Chairs are usually thinking about this from a recruitment angle, the others from being interested applicants. From a combination of study, research and personal experience here is a checklist that I […]

‘ACE’ That Job Interview

We all know that interviews can be stressful and you invest a large amount of time and energy in the anticipation and preparation. What will they ask? Do I have the skills and what it takes? What from the past will set me up for the future? Will I ‘fit’? Not surprisingly, by the time […]

Outsourcing Rules of Engagement

  Being in the outsourcing business we are witness to relationships between subject matter experts (providers) and organisations needing help. Time and again we see that the best outcomes for organisations using outsourcing as a resourcing strategy are achieved when they follow these five steps: Clearly define what needs to be done, and why. In […]