Getting clear about what we mean by ‘change’

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Let’s just spend a moment reflecting on what we mean by the terms, change, adaptation and transformation. Terms that are bandied about and used interchangeably in the popular media, however they are different facets of change. Change is a term that can apply very generally, however when I use it, I mean it in the ...

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Leadership in complexity

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A while ago, I was invited to deliver a keynote presentation on the topic of leading in complexity at the Community Centres SA conference. Congratulations to Kylie Ferguson and her team for an engaging, interesting and all-around fabulous conference! My talk was so well-received that I wanted to share an excerpt from it with you ...

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From co-operation to collaboration

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A common theme with my clients at present is the desire and need to get their employees collaborating. Organisations everywhere are seeking better performance, increased levels of creativity and innovation, and a reduction in functional silos.   Collaboration is a step further along from co-operation, which is what most workplaces achieve. Collaboration means people co-designing solutions together ...

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Sexual harassment, power and hierarchy

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Sexual harassment has again been in the news in that last week – this time focused on the Australian film industry. Whether it is sexual harassment or bullying or intimidation – all these behaviours result in people being diminished and their potential being unrealised. There are two issues within this that are relevant to all ...

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Embedding Sustainability into Organisational DNA: A story of complexity

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My doctoral thesis research into “Embedding Sustainability into Organisational DNA: A story of complexity” is complete! I’m so delighted that after eight years, it has been signed off and my qualification will be conferred in January 2018. Much of our work at The Partnership is a reflection of this research. So what’s in it? Below ...

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Your Organisational Identity: More Than Your Logo

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Organisational identity is important because it’s your corporate DNA. Being able to influence your DNA and connect everyone to it, gives you the ability to evolve a more adaptable organisation – one that is more likely to survive in the longer term. All living systems (and your organisation can be viewed as such) organise and ...

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To prosper we need to recognise that we only have one planet

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Did you know that if everyone on Earth lived the lifestyle Australian’s live, that we would need approximately 4 Earths to survive? And that number is getting larger each year – not smaller. It is, how can I say it… unsustainable! A great video from TEDX where Terry A’Hearn identifies three ways you can exercise ...

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Trust is destroyed by heirarchy

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At the heart of my work is the idea of liberating the best effort that each individual has to offer in service to your organisation and more broadly. This liberation requires the capacity of people managers to create a human environment in which every person is fully engaged in what they are doing. Creating that ...

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