Don’t Just Sit There, Serve!

By Chris Gandy :Maybe it’s me, but have you noticed (or cared) how often people refer to their role on a not for profit board as “sitting”?  It’s as if simply turning up is all that is required. I sit of the board of Save the Purple Frog League. Sorry I am late, our board […]

Are Your Volunteers Tiggers Or Eeyores?

By Dennis Fischman : Does your organisation use volunteers? Then you know they’re more than just do-gooders. Your volunteers are: Hands doing work your staff don’t have to do Eyes perceiving things you might miss Voices, speaking for you and about you to their friends Donors! People who give their time are more likely to […]

Tomorrow’s Digitally Enabled Workforce

By Chris Milligan : Everyone’s talking about the “future of work” and if your organisation isn’t, perhaps it’s time you joined the conversation. CSIRO’s latest report; Tomorrow’s Digitally Enabled Workforce is a gold mine, laying out the mega trends set to hit the workplace in the coming decade, and what you need to know. Unlike other […]

Good CEO Candidates Aren’t Fools

By Chris Gandy I have a few people to thank for encouraging me to develop our Janus CEO Transition Program. Unwittingly, Alex was one of them. I have known Alex and the organisation he was the Board Chair of for a number of years. About two years ago I ran into him at a conference […]

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 […]

Our Interim CEO’s Aspire To Be More Than Caretakers

Please don’t get us wrong. If a Board of a cause-based organisation decides to engage an Interim CEO and they instruct that person to “simply hold the fort” while they decide on a future direction, it is entirely their prerogative. And we are sure that there are many Interims who are prepared to take on […]

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 […]

So much…too much.

  At work we often have to make up our mind about the value of a new idea, a proposal for change, the worth of a leader’s vision of our organisation’s future, or the believability of an answer to a question, of a response to a situation. Overwhelmed by data we struggle for information. Can […]

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, […]