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Improving public sector middle management: what does it really take?

This is a post published in the Mandarin by our CEO James Judge The challenge for public sector middle managers is to focus on longer term goals – and their own development needs – while attending to the pressure of shorter-term demands “Regardless of what high-potential initiative the CEO chooses for the company, the middle…
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Are learning & development models in the public sector working, or just fads?

Below is a piece written by our CEO James Judge on Learning and Development Spending for the People and Capability section of the online publication – themandarin.com.au   “Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is I don’t know which half.” — John Wanamaker   Learning and Development In my last article introducing our People and Capability section…
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The Mandarin launches new People and Capability Section

Below is a piece written by our CEO James Judge for the launch of a new People and Capability section in the online publication – themandarin.com.au   “Whenever I’m interested in something, I know the timing’s off, because I’m always interested in the right thing at the wrong time. I should just be getting interested…
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Navigating Employment and Engagement Issues in the Middle East

This post is by our Middle East based Associate, Michael Pyers. Michael has been advising on a range of Industrial Relations, Immigration and Human Resources issues in the Middle East since 2008. He is the owner of Total HR & ER and currently resides in the Kingdom of Bahrain.   The Middle-East Mosaic The importance of…
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Unique Leadership of Minority Women Conference

Just to let my network know of this conference, the Unique Leadership of Minority Women, coming up on 27th September 2017. It is being held at Parliament House in NSW. The Minister for Women, The Hon Tanya Davies, will be giving the Opening Address and launching a research Report of minority women’s leadership in Australia. I…
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Research project on diversity and inclusion

The Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Sydney University is conducting a research project empirically testing a theoretical model of organisational culture in relation to diversity and inclusion in Australian workplaces. They are looking for organisations to participate. The research parameters involve 5 people in your organisation to participate in a 90 minute focus group…
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The much overlooked importance of ‘psychological safety’ at work

Here is great article explaining how air traffic controllers at Air Canada are trained, to prevent catastrophes, in a culture of ‘psychological safety’. The ultimate case against using shame as a management tactic I can’t recall how many conversations I have had with victims of toxic workplace cultures where a culture of ‘blame’ has led…
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Registrations open for ‘Stand by Me’ a pilot mentoring program for emerging leaders in the community & NFP sectors

Mentoring program for emerging leaders in the community and NFP sectors I am excited to announce that as of today, we are taking registrations of interest from those wishing to participate in ‘Stand by Me’, a Mentoring program specifically aimed at building capacity and developing emerging leaders in the community and not for profit sectors.…
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What do Australian employees think of GPS tracking in the workplace?

An interesting piece of research on what Australian employees think of GPS tracking in the workplace published by the mobile time sheet application company TSheets. While the sample size is not enormous (500 respondents), there are some interesting results that show differences between perceptions and reality. Of those who had not been tracked, 47% said they viewed…
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The art of avoiding & resolving workplace conflict – Some practical measures for managers

The art of avoiding and resolving workplace conflict – Some practical measures for managers Mary Parker Follett famously described management as “…the art of getting things done through people.” The choice of the word art, not science, serves as a reminder that avoiding and resolving workplace conflict, surely a component of great management, is a similar…
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