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...
12 April 2017 By Will Brodie
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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?
But neither are they instruments of mental torture as many people may believe.
10 April 2017 By Will Brodie
Change is the constant in today’s working world, and adapting to it means leaders need support for their ideas. They need ‘buy-in’.
Here's how Simon Dowling, author of Work With Me: How To Get People To Buy Into Your Ideas sums it up.
“You achieve better results when people go along with your ideas because they want to, not because they have to… It's not about using power and authority, it's about building support and commitment to your ideas and initiatives.”
10 April 2017 By Blake Monahan
Day two at Igniting Leadership today’s session starts as every day should, with a crazy man dancing erratically. Valuable lessons were learned from “The Dancing Guy”, sometimes you have to stand alone and persevere through the hard times. When you get that first follower the importance of acceptance and the rest will come.
Next was one of the most challenging and engaging times in the Igniting Leadership program thus far, values. Why ask “what do you do?” when we really want to know “who are you?” This was a personal challenge for many of us in the group to really take time to think about what is important to us.
5 April 2017 By Will Brodie
Theresa May. Image by newstatesman.com
Is there a national leader in the developed world facing tougher challenges than British Prime Minister Theresa May?
She supported remaining in the European Union while Home Secretary, but now administers Great Britain’s complex retreat from Europe.
Scotland wants a second referendum on independence from Great Britain; the Great Repeal Bill involves re-tooling thousands of regulations; there are concerns about the rights of individual British and EU citizens; the financial cost of the exit will be at least 30 billion pounds; and, if all the above is negotiated within an exacting two-year timetable, the whole package may still be rejected by the divided UK parliament.
5 April 2017 By Susannah Palmer
By the end of day 3, the consensus was... exhausted! We had an action packed day with speakers, group activities and delving into our strengths.
A "speed dating" activity didn't lead to love but it did give the group a chance to reconnect after a week apart, with weekends and work in between. The bridge building activity saw one functional bridge (out of three!!) which didn't win (ROBBED) but a lot of cooperation.
31 March 2017 By Peace and Prosperity
It seemed appropriate that Peace and Prosperity should be the duty syndicate for our first day on Australia's economic prosperity. We chose to start at the macro (what does it all mean) and then focus on the micro with a live example (penalty rates).
The entire 2017 cohort were asked to participate in the conversation, starting with a pre-workshop survey monkey, polls throughout the white paper, and the chance to reflect and consolidate on pre-survey responses at the end of the day.
29 March 2017 By Catherine Bennett, Alfred Psychiatry
Day one of the Igniting Leadership Program 2017 was an interesting day of new connections, new information and, for some, a new way of thinking. The day started with a warm welcome and introduction to Leadership Victoria and the Igniting Leadership Program.
We heard from an inspirational speaker who shared their journey of adversity and personal growth. I was fascinated with this speaker’s experience of learning acceptance, and contentment with where they were in life and what they were able to achieve. Our second speaker shared a powerful story about identity and a change in philosophy. The speaker’s experience was one that I hadn’t heard a lot about before and I was able to see a different world-view to what I am used to seeing.
27 March 2017 By Will Brodie
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Have you ever met a female astronomer? A woman working as an industrial engineer? A girl coding?
Not many of us have, because the gender gap in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) is immense, and growing.
Halt and Catch Fire, an engaging US drama about two women running a gaming company in the 1980's, is bringing this subject to the fore. The show is based on fact; there were more females working in computer science 35 years ago than there are today.
21 March 2017 By Will Brodie
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These days, there’s fewer fire and brimstone speeches, more talk of delegation and empathy.
Nobody typifies this evolution to nuanced man-management more than Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley.
A driven perfectionist as a player and captain, Buckley still insists that working harder brings better results, but his take on how to do that has undergone a revolution.