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.
'Politics' may be a dirty word but to succeed in leading change we must work politically. How?
In the wake of the recent election, we could be forgiven for wanting to run away from anything with political connotations. 'Politics' is often seen as a dirty word, but if you work in any organisational setting, large or small, then you are often working politically, whether you like it or not. And if we want to make progress on behalf of something we care about, then how we engage with others requires us to work politically. MORE >
I woke up this morning with that Gil Scot Heron song in my head, 'The Revolution will not be televised'. It helped crystallise a lot of my recent thoughts about the invisibility of real leadership and the perceived absence of leadership in public life. The leadership we don’t see, so we don’t think it’s there. The leadership that doesn’t get televised. MORE >