Leadership

Leadership Development: Mission Impossible?

Posted by Geoff Aigner
14th May 2013

Leadership capability is probably the single largest determinant of organisational success. But just how much impact are senior managers in HR, leadership and talent development really having in developing this capability?

Jane is a senior OD executive in a large business with responsibility for building leadership and change capability, but she faces a lack of recognition for the role she can play in aligning leadership development with the business strategy. (Some people like Jane do not even have a seat at the senior executive table.) Jane is largely straight-jacketed into the ‘hygiene’ functions of her role and not invited to participate in developing real culture change to drive organisational strategy/innovation. Her organisation favours external consultants when it comes to identifying strategies for cutting edge development for the organisation. She is challenged to influence senior business decision-makers from a position of informal authority. MORE >

Join us in Martin Place all day on 8th May for The Benevolent Society's 200th Birthday

Posted by Rachael Vincent
3rd May 2013

 

Big Benevolent Birthday

Australia’s first and oldest charity, The Benevolent Society is celebrating our 200th birthday on 8 May 2013!

We are marking our 200 year history of helping people change their lives and driving social change.

The Benevolent Society was founded in Sydney in 1813 and fought for many social supports Australians take for granted today, including free legal aid, the old age pension, the end of child labour and high quality maternity care.

Come down to Martin Place where our world-first convertible mobile kitchen will be set up and join the celebrations.

Events include:

7.00am Cooking demonstration by celebrity chefs Sammy and Bella from “My Kitchen Rules”.

9.00am Our CEO, Anne Hollonds, will cut our giant birthday cake, joined by members of NSW Parliament.

10.00am Cooking demonstrations in our mobile kitchen by our Taste Food Tour guides and “Dirty Girl Kitchen” founder and chef Rebecca Sullivan

2.30pm Live performance from young vocalists – Bankstown Talent Advancement Program. MORE >

The most important leadership question we can ask: "Why?"

Posted by Geoff Aigner
10th April 2013

PUT THE 'WHY?' BEFORE THE 'HOW?'

In an increasingly complex and competitive world, success belongs to those organisations with a clearly articulated and shared purpose.

If we think of our organisation as a dress shop what would be its purpose? Are we here to sell clothes? Are we running a supply chain? Or are we delivering a return to shareholders? All these things are essential but they don’t explain why my shop is different from yours, why an investor will give me money rather than you or why an employee will shine in the service of my product. Perhaps most importantly these kinds of answers won’t explain why a customer will walk into my shop and buy something and keep coming back.

What’s missing is purpose. The kind of purpose that inspires employees and excites customers. Without it we can’t expect innovation, employee engagement, price premiums or customer loyalty. Nor is there any way of co-ordinating and prioritising all the other important stuff—the hangers, the labels and the supply chain. MORE >

The Race for Change

Posted by Lauren Heyligers
28th February 2013

As you are may be aware, The Benevolent Society is launching the Race for Change - a corporate team bike race established in 2013 to celebrate our 200 years anniversary! This is targeted at teams of keen cyclists in the corporate world but could also be of interest to others. Teams will race against each other and raise money for The Benevolent Society while doing so!

 

Please pass this on to your network to encourage more teams to register and raise $$.  

 

All details can be found on the website - please click through below.

http://www.everydayhero.com.au/event/raceforchange/registertowin MORE >

Launch of National Leadership Survey

Posted by Synergistiq
27th February 2013

Are you a leader in the community, public or private sector?

We want to hear from you via the

Synergistiq Leadership Survey: Leading for the Common Good

 

 The Synergistiq Leadership Survey: Leading For The Common Good will explore:

·         The extent to which contemporary leaders in the 21st century believe they have a responsibility to contribute to the common good by influencing or creating positive social change

·         The challenges and opportunities for leaders. MORE >

FAR REACHING LEADERSHIP: Leadership development for early career leaders in the social sector

Posted by Jo Taylor
13th February 2013

In 2008, FAR Social Enterprise (Jackie Ruddock SL2006 and Jo Taylor SL2004) was lucky enough to get some funding from the Westpac Foundation to look into the training and development needs (focusing on leadership and management) in the not for profit sector.  It was a collaborative piece developed involving many of the SL alumni including Roger West (SL2001) and Doug Taylor (SL 2004) and the report was written by David Hardie (SL2004) and Jenni Illoski. Many others from the alumni took part in the focus groups (thank you!) What we found out won't surprise many of you but we took the recommendations and were able to create a program with other members of SL Alumni - Meredith Turnbull (SL 2007) and Althea McKenzie (SL2008) to focus on development for people at the start of their leadership journey within the not for profit sector. FAR Reaching was born, closely followed by FAR Sighted, for those further ahead on their journey.  Those early incarnations were a sucess and Meredith is looking to run the programs again this year with a new cohort.  I've put the blurb for FAR Reaching below and if you are interested check out Meredith's website www.adaptiveprojects.org or give her a call 0437880101

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Race for Change

Posted by Meg Russell
1st February 2013

This week we are launching the Race for Change - a corporate  team bike race established in 2013 to celebrate our 200 years anniversary! This is targeted at teams of keen cyclists in the corporate world but could also be of interest to government and other organisations. Teams will race against each other and raise money for The Benevolent Society while doing so!

 

Please pass this on to your network and to your staff and their networks to encourage more teams to register and raise money. 

 

All details can be found on the website - please click through below.

 

www.raceforchange.org.au

 

Synergistiq Leadership Survey: Leading for the Common Good

Posted by Synergistiq
30th January 2013

 

 

 Are you a leader in the community, public or private sector?

We want to hear from you via the

Synergistiq Leadership Survey: Leading for the Common Good MORE >

Opportunities to learn Action Learning Facilitation &/or join the School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) Talent Pool

Posted by Meredith Turnbull
25th January 2013

SSE was established in Australia in 2009 and has had many Sydney Leadership alumni involved in its establishment, ongoing operations and governance. Last year I was commissioned to develop the SSE Australia action learning approach, and to develop a training program to support best practice facilitation. MORE >

Great opportunity to create community impact by working with corporations in Asia

Posted by Doug Taylor
25th January 2013

  

Relationship Development Manager

This role is a critical part of United Way’s new team in Asia Pacific. It will focus on developing new corporate and foundation partnerships to support United Way’s community impact strategies in South Asia and the Pacific. The role can be based In Sydney or Melbourne and will include travel in the region for up to 50% of the year. The role suits a candidate with strong relationship development skills and a passion for getting results. It’s desirable that the candidate has regional experience in either sales or corporate philanthropy. Read more about the strategy and job opportunity at: MORE >

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