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23 June 2017 By Sebastine Kamara

Ever since i was a child, my parents and siblings told me how special I was and that “i was going to go places”

Eventually it got to my head. I had that “I know it all” attitude. After all, my family says i am special so i must be. I am also quiet sensitive. Though i believe I have some qualities of a leader, i walked away from many projects because i felt opposed.

On the first day of our NECLP meeting, Richard shared a quote with us and i will never forget it. “Don't let offense block your development”

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23 June 2017 By Christian BASHIMBE

For the second day of the Program I discovered that being a leader could be a challenging step.  Working with the Values, Morals and Ethics of each community is based on perception.

I understood that Leadership usually comprises competing values and some times people values and morals would be in conflict with the Ethics.

I feel that achieving this Leadership Program is like caring the whole world in my hands. It makes me understand how much my community and the world in general needs my voice and positive contribution to make it better and makes me more concerning about bringing people together. 

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19 June 2017 By Will Brodie

Emma King
Emma King

You’d expect Emma King, CEO of the Victorian Council of Social Services, to be a champion of inclusionary policies.

She is, but she believes they are pointless without genuine leadership.

“You can have all the best policies in the world, but you must enact them or they’re not worth anything.

You have to walk the walk.”

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13 June 2017 By Will Brodie

Image credit: The Gates Notes
Image credit: The Gates Notes

Pundits don’t agree what innovation is – check out these 15 different definitions – but they agree it is essential for any modern organisation.

In an unpredictable, ever more disrupted world, even large enterprises need to embrace the cutting edge. And fostering innovation is a matter of mindset and culture.

But don’t take our word for it. Hear it from the experts.

“At one time, strategy was king. Forecasting, planning, and placing smart bets created the power sources within organisations.

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21 May 2017 By Will Brodie

Image credit: Oxford Dictionaries blog
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

Image credit: The Intern
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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