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Re-training for Life…and a Life of Re-training

In the good old days, high school students wanting to train for a job/career had a choice – go to college to learn a trade or similar vocational qualification or head to university and gain a tertiary education. These days, it’s not that simple. Instead of training for one job and one career, most of [...]

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Employee wellbeing starts with job control not yoga classes

Many of us have taken up some form of mindfulness or movement practice to help manage our stress and ageing bodies. I love going to yoga a couple of times a week for both the mental benefits that help soothe the week’s stress as well as the physical benefits of stretching and back pain – [...]

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Short-term focus on “pay” leads to long-term “payn”

Unless they’ve been living in a cave, everyone in Australia will be familiar with the results of the recent Royal Commission into the state of the financial services sector in Australia.  The Commission’s senior counsel assisting, Rowena Orr highlighted the extent of the issue by presenting evidence of numerous instances of fraud, forgery, bribery and [...]

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Reflections on Reflective Practice

Recently I had the great pleasure of attending a graduation ceremony for a small group of MBA students. Until that evening, I only knew them in my capacity as their Corporate Strategy and Leadership facilitator. It was a bit surreal meeting them in person as we’d only met online in webinars, discussion forums, via emails [...]

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Aussie Aussie Aussie…. Oi Oi Oi…

Australians are famous for their love of sport and their parochial chant (Aussie Aussie Aussie ….. Oi Oi Oi) in support of their individual and team sports. And now according to the Economist, they have even more reasons to celebrate. Why? Because Australia is one of the developed world’s most successful economies. Let the evidence [...]

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Vive le Corporation Libre!

Growing up in Montréal, I vividly remember the storm French President Charles de Gaulle caused when he declared “Vive le Québec libré! during an official visit to Canada during its centenary in 1967. To this day, the debate about sovereignty and control between Québec and Canada continues to be a flashpoint for many Canadians and [...]

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The End of Driving ….. and the Future of Work

One of the most pressing issues facing business (and society) today is the current skill levels of the workforce. Increasingly automation and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are making many existing skills redundant. Conversely, the skills needed to operate in an automated/AI driven business environment are in short supply. As a result, businesses will need to invest [...]

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All Stakeholders – Not Just Shareholders Matter

The past year has been a roller coaster for Facebook SHAREHOLDERS. Initially, it appeared Facebook had weathered the storm of Cambridge Analytics, Senate Inquiries and the threat of EU fines for data breaches. However, it all went pear shaped when they announced a slowing in their subscriber numbers and a reduction in their profit margins. [...]

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In God We Trust: All others bring data

I was fortunate enough to see W. Edwards Deming, the father of modern quality management, give a presentation shortly before he passed away in his early 90s. Deming’s speech was not overly polished – he spoke ever so slowly – but it was profound. His philosophy of data measurement and analysis being essential to superior [...]

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Great performance starts with great relationships

What criteria does your company use when recruiting new board members or executive team leaders? My guess is that professional credentials, experience, track record and subject matter expertise are at the top of the list. Interpersonal and relationship skills, while obviously important, would be ranked somewhat lower down that list. And that’s a logical approach. [...]

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