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, […]

The One Way to Get Donors to Give Again and Again

    Does your nonprofit live and die by donations? Chances are you’re dying. You work so hard to get a donation, especially at the end of the year. By next year, however, more than half those donors–59%–will disappear. You will never hear from them again. It’s even worse with new donors. Three-quarters of them […]

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 […]

Taking Inspiration From Yesterday

Invariably at this time of year as we catch-up with family and friends, conversation at some point focuses on the year just passed and various prognostications for the one ahead. Not sure about your circle, but those around me seemed to feel 2015 was a pretty lousy year. I must admit, they appear to have […]