Rules. Stupid Rules

  By Joe Moore In the last quarter of 2014, Deloitte Australia released their report into the productivity challenges of red tape. Australians have a mixed response to rules. When something seems confusing we want more rules – just recently for example, about what clothing you can wear to Parliament House. We also loved the […]


By Joe Moore I remember the day I scored 88% on a high school Science test we completed for homework. It is the highest score I ever made in Science. I have no idea what the topics were, no idea what the questions were. No idea whether I have ever had the opportunity to apply […]

Lessons On Leadership

By Ian Sampson I read a story this morning in Forbes magazine about a leader who failed to act when he saw a young woman abusing an older woman on a bus. What stopped him, when he knew he should or could have done something? He said it was self-preservation in the end that constrained […]

Understanding Cultural Imperatives

By Ian Sampson This post comes from Incheon, South Korea where I am working for a week using the Process Enneagram as a basis for consulting on a seemingly intractable problem. One of the key elements in the Process Enneagram, which underpins our Powerful Leadership in Action Program,  is to uncover and understand contextual, structural and culture aspects […]

Leading Thought

By Ian Sampson I have a Google alert that daily gives new the new leadership articles on the web. It is fascinating to watch the ebbs and flows of thought about what works and what doesn’t in fostering new leaders or addressing issues with present leaders.  From my reading of things the current thought seems […]

The Power Of More Than One

By Ian Sampson High profile leaders of the past and present have usually been great at one aspect of leadership and merely good to so so at several others. For example,  George Bush was good at strategy in mobilising US citizens in the War on Terror but was pretty ordinary on fiscal responsibility, as witnessed by his $1.2 […]

New Thinking Is Required

By Ian Sampson One of the biggest issues that bedevils cause based organisations  is surely: “How do we get the funds we need to deliver on our mission?” The traditional sources of revenue are increasingly difficult to access. The opportunities for generating new funding continue to be incremental rather than quantum leaps. The cost of […]