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21 May 2017 By Will Brodie

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Image credit: Oxford Dictionaries blog

As if the glass ceiling wasn’t enough, now high-achieving women have another obstacle to contend with: the glass cliff.

The term refers to women and other under-represented candidates gaining leadership roles that often prove more risky and precarious than those of their male counterparts. Think of women ascending to leadership roles just when organisations are likely to fail: British PM Theresa May, left to pick up the pieces after the Brexit vote, and Marissa Mayer, who took on the troubled tech giant, Yahoo, both spring to mind.

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16 May 2017 By Will Brodie

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Image credit: http://images.agoramedia.com/EHBlogImages

“Diversity is being invited to the party. Inclusion is being asked to dance,” writes cultural innovator and activist Verna Myers.

Diversity is having a mix of people from varied backgrounds; inclusion is harnessing that mix.

Most leaders recognise diversity as a necessity for their organisations, but many struggle to achieve inclusion. Many diversity programs, often well-meaning, are too peripheral. They lack strategy, follow-up and depth. They aim to tick a box, or impress consumers and peers, rather than grapple with difference.

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11 May 2017 By Noel Murphy

Image credit: Sovereign Hill
Image credit: Sovereign Hill

A pretty 12-year-old girl in a pale yellow 1850s dress and bonnet sidles up to a crusty banjo-playing street musician as a clutch of Chinese, Indians and Japanese come at them armed with cameras, phones, videos, selfie sticks and iPads.

The babel of tongues, clicking of shutters and mass of wide grins in this little exercise is everyday stuff at Ballarat’s Sovereign Hill, back-to-back winner of Australia’s Best Tourist Attraction award.

Francesca, at just 12, is a friendly chatterbox and a striking drawcard for young children, especially little girls entranced with her costume and her delicate Asian features. She scratches at the street musicians’ fiddles and mandolins, pokes at their piano accordions, just as any curious kid her age might have done back in the Roaring Days. During the week, she’s a normal grade six schoolkid.

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11 May 2017 By Noel Murphy

Image credit: Cotton On Foundation
Image credit: Cotton On Foundation

Deepest darkest Africa’s human crucible is probably not the first place you’d expect a major fashion retailer to pour its proceeds.

But superstar Aussie rag-trader Cotton On is doing just that and rebuilding lives in one of the most dirt-poor, AIDs-ravaged places on Earth -- southern Uganda.

For the past decade, the Cotton On Foundation has tipped life-saving cash and personnel into the village of Mannya, and five others. The multi-faceted project is breathing hope and new life into them all, with clean water and healthcare, with schools and agricultural projects, finance, after-school education, university and vocation training.

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7 May 2017 By Will Brodie

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Image credit: The Intern

If men are from Mars and women are from Venus, millennials are from a galaxy far, far away in the future and older workers are from, well, Earth. Twentieth century Earth.

Most workers under the age of 30 are comfy with social media platforms like Snapchat that are barely known to older compatriots. Most workers over the age of 50 have barely scrambled aboard Facebook.

There's never been a more urgent need to bridge the generation gap. Millennials already outnumber Generation X, they're about to become the most important retail demographic, and they will occupy 50% of the workforce by 2020.

So it’s little wonder organisations have embraced reverse mentoring, where a junior employee enters into a ‘professional friendship’ with an elder to exchange skills, knowledge and insights.

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1 May 2017 By Nicola Hodgson

Last week, WCLP 2017 participants gathered at CERES Community Environment Park in Brunswick East. The topic was 'Leadership and the Environment'......the park is a unique non-profit centre offering a café, grocery store, nursery and environmental education centre, making it the perfect location for our topic.

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1 May 2017 By Michelle Shepherd

Day two of weekend three and the WCLP 17 cohort was ready for a day of Leadership Identity work, True North presentations and the opportunity to decide which CLAN (Community Leadership in Action Networks) we will commit to for the duration of the program.

As the duty syndicate, Pink Heath had the pleasure of hosting, and we knew by the buzz and chatter in the room that we were in for a great session.

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30 April 2017 By Will Brodie

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Image credit: Diversity Australia

In the modern workplace, nurturing diversity improves adaptability, customer service, innovation and employee loyalty. It is profitable. Diversity is a pragmatic choice. 

But our decisions are subject to unconscious bias; prejudices we don’t know we have. Without being aware of it, we judge people by age, weight, skin colour, gender, educational level, disability, sexuality, accent, social status, and job title. We limit diversity.

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19 April 2017 By Corinne Szczurek

Here we are at Day 4, ready for another inspiring session.

We eased into the morning with a Ted Talk, exploring the analogy of the Golden Circle with insightful, bestselling author Simon Sinek. The key take away message was definitely that "people don't buy what you do; they buy why you do it".

We then welcomed Judy Utley into the room. Heading up the Human Resources department at Treasury Corporation of Victoria, Judy has a wealth of knowledge to share... 

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12 April 2017 By Will Brodie

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Image source: latitude-resource.blogspot.com.au

Is it a way to find out the amount of madmen in a society?

A means of finding nerds dedicated to eradicating inches and yards from the world?

No.

But neither are they instruments of mental torture as many people may believe.

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