April 29, 2016

The Earth is roughly 4.5 billion years old, that's eight zeros -  a figure that is pretty difficult for humans to grasp. For someone who is expected to live less than 100 years, it's next to impossible to imagine something as vast as this.

In response, Geologists and other scientists came up with the concept of 'deep-time' in an effort to imagine the profoundly different time scale involved in geological and evolutionary processes.

April 26, 2016

By Brad Howarth

In 2010, sales of recorded music in physical formats earned $431 million in retail sales in Australia. But fast-forward to 2015 and those sales have plummeted to just $205 million. These figures, from the report Australian Entertainment & Media Outlook 2015-2019 by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), illustrate a story very familiar to anyone in the media, entertainment and publishing industries.

April 25, 2016

By Patrick Hollingworth

Undeniably, the business landscape has become considerably more uncertain and more complex in recent times, making the role of organisational leadership even more difficult than before.

April 25, 2016

By Kate Neser, Centre for Public Management

There are several models that can be used in effective coaching.  These vary depending upon the objectives of the coaching, the thinking or learning style of the coachee and the preferences of the coach.  But central to all coaching approaches is the use of questions to guide a coachee to consider a range of issues associated with achieving their objectives. 

April 22, 2016

By Michell Gibbings

Conscious change leaders are not one dimensional.  They work across boundaries, challenge dominant paradigms, and lead others to thrive through change. Most importantly, they know that successful organisational transformation involves personal change for them.

Start from the inside out

April 21, 2016

When we imagine true leaders, many of us picture amoral, cunning and ruthless people leading an equally intense group to their goals - think Julius Cesar and Henry Kissinger.

But does this archaic understanding of leadership still ring true in today's commercial world, or is there space for other points of view and new leadership training paradigms?

The laws of leadership - debunked

April 20, 2016

By Cameron Norton, Davidson Executive

The National Basketball Association (NBA) has moved into the business end of the season this week – the playoffs. For those not familiar with basketball in the USA, now is the time when some stars will shine, others will falter and new talent will emerge as the winners.

This sounds very much like a day of panel interviews with a client.

April 19, 2016

By AIM Senior Research Fellow Dr Samantha Johnson

One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words. - Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Last week I worked with a group of very senior public servants from the Government of Papua New Guinea.  Working in Port Moresby at the PNG Institute of Public Administration, we spent the week discussing some of the greatest challenges that senior public servants face every day.

April 18, 2016

By Laura Pearce at wattsnext

Unless you have a crystal ball, you truly don’t know what the future holds, especially when it comes to business.  However as a result, organisations have become deeply conditioned to just think in 12 month cycles, long term is 3-5 years. Governments look at their term and how to get voted in, over long term policy. We are conditioned to look at the immediate future. Well here is a prediction to start making you think differently; 

April 18, 2016

By Jane Caro

Business loves buzzwords. I remember when everyone was talking about ‘passion’, then we went through a ‘continuous improvement’ phase, now (I am looking at you PM and ex-businessman Malcolm Turnbull) it is all about ‘agility’ and ‘innovation’.