Purpose

Power & compassion. Are YOU owning it?

22 September 2015 - 4:38pm

Owning and using power well is a global problem - not just limited to public servants. Learnings from those in positions of greatest power can be helpful no matter which sector or role we work in.

Public servants worry about power. Legitimately so. Trapped between often whimsical governments and a hyper vigilant, needy and judgmental public it is a legitimate concern to be cautious about appearing to be too powerful. Or understanding that one has power at all. It is easy to feel like everyone’s whipping post.
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The myth of organisational transformation

10 December 2014 - 2:01pm

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 >

Know your bandwidth

2 May 2014 - 4:38pm

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 >

What's my role? (Choose carefully!)

4 February 2014 - 3:44pm

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 >

Where are you heading in 2014?

14 January 2014 - 8:42am

At Social Leadership Australia, we define purpose as the overarching sense of direction and contribution that provides meaningful orientation to a set of activities in organisational life.

In our work we find this is often one of the most challenging aspects for leaders MORE >

Playing the Political Game

How not to be a flake when you're swimming with the sharks

When I moved to Canberra to be an advisor I was shocked to discover that not only were there hundreds of groups with fiercely committed supporters dedicated to bringing about social change of some kind, but also to realise just how well-resourced many outfits were, with their glossy magazines and flash invitations. I quickly learnt a few lessons about how canny organisations had to be in navigating government and effectively making their case for change.

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It's lonely at the top

10 July 2013 - 2:37pm

I had a rich and extended discussion about with Alumni of Social Leadership Australia in Brisbane this week.

Has Kevin Rudd really been able re-present himself to his party, to Australia as leader? Would people let us do the same thing in our work? (And will we let ourselves turn up in a new way?) MORE >

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