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. 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 >
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 >
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 >
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.