Australian and global organisations have heavily invested in leadership development for years. So why has the capability gap for building great leaders widened in every region of the world in the past 12 months? MORE >
Each year the Sydney Leadership program explores the practice of adaptive leadership through the lens of a complex social inquiry issue.
The theme for this year is asylum seekers and refugees. It's a difficult and contentious topic that receives a lot of attention, with a diversity of views, opinions and ‘fixes’ to ‘the problem’ touted by individuals and organisations. MORE >
There’s a lot of talk about organisational transformation in management circles these days, but the reality is more likely about trying to find ways to work purposefully together through the mess. And that’s just how it should be. MORE >
The wish for collaboration rarely translates into reality.
It’s become quite fashionable for leaders in organisations to say they want their people to collaborate more effectively, both internally and externally. But the continued use of collaborative language does more harm than good. It has started to represent a kind of magical thinking which we rarely see in the reality of our work and organisations. Here's why.
The commonest question I am asked when talking to potential change leaders is:
‘What do I do when my boss doesn’t support my work, my change agenda or my leadership approach?’
Overcoming a blocking boss likely deserves a book of its own. Instead, here’s a short post from my personal experience. In this post, I refer to a boss because it is the concept most experience. However, the person in a hierarchical position of power may not be your direct boss or even in your line of management. MORE >
Working within your limitations means having the courage to be vulnerable enough to say, when all eyes are looking to you for the answer, ‘I don’t know,’ and to hold steady. This is not easy. It’s counter to the culture in many organisations and may require you to do or say things that may not be popular. MORE >
It's time for a game-changer in how black and white Australians relate.
Over the last few years, in our work at Social Leadership Australia, we’ve noticed something different happening whenever we have Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians in the room. MORE >
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people I know are very good at leadership.
They run over 150 Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services across Australia and get excellent results in a group we keep saying is ‘difficult’ and ‘hard to reach’. They have deep knowledge about the sorts of things that will work in their communities. They have for a long time. It’s just that for over 200 years now the rest of us haven’t bothered asking. MORE >
Carefully choosing and taking up a role is not just the business of stage or film actors. To be successful in any ‘system’ we need to act with understanding about the role we are taking up—and I’m not talking about the position we occupy, or our job description. MORE >