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Performance audits as an art, not a science – an interview with Margaret Crawford , the NSW Auditor-General

Published in full in The Mandarin this week, I recently caught up with Margaret Crawford, the NSW Auditor-General, to talk about insights from her own career, international innovation in performance audits and the upcoming International Meeting of Performance Audit Critical Thinkers (IMPACT) in March. If you would like to attend IMPACT, the first 20 subscribers receive a…
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The Power to Train Workshop with Dr Rich Allen – Canberra – 28 February to 1 March 2018

I am very fortunate to have a limited number of half-price tickets to this two-day, highly interactive The Power to Train workshop run by Dr Rich Allen. I have personally attended Rich’s program and can assure you that whether you are an experienced or novice learning and development professional, you will walk away with easy…
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Helpful hints for the holiday season

Originally published in The Mandarin, James Judge gives some helpful tips and hints for getting through the silly season #holidays #dutyofcare #officeparty #sillyseason The time of year leading into the holiday season means different things to different people. For many it’s a chance to reunite with family and possibly some travel. For those who don’t have…
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Family and domestic violence – some workplace responses by Government agencies

How Government agencies are approaching family and domestic violence and its impact upon the workplace differs across jurisdictions. First published in The Mandarin – James Judge considers some of these responses and looks at the issue of the desirability of distinct leave provisions to assist impacted employees. Family and domestic violence is a significant and pernicious problem across…
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Bean counter or being counted? challenges facing public sector CFOs

What does it take to be an effective CFO in the public sector? And what can finance professionals do to have more strategic impact? Mandarin associate publisher James Judge talks to some CFOs (on and off the record) to get the answers on challenges facing public sector CFOs In most government agencies, the strategic objectives…
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Mentoring matters: five tips to help ensure program effectiveness

Lots of organisations have mentoring schemes, but are they planned and optimised to deliver the best results? First published in the Mandarin, here are some actionable ideas to improve mentoring programs. In its traditional sense, mentoring refers to a more senior person (the mentor) providing guidance and support to a less experienced person (the mentee).…
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Mental health matters: where’s our head at with workplace wellbeing?

Is it acceptable to raise mental health issues in the workplace, or is it still largely seen as a career-limiting move? How much can or should organisations do to promote mental health and wellbeing at work? James Judge examines these questions in a recent article, originally published in the Mandarin. This month is designated Mental…
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Robust recruitment: avoiding ‘intermittent grandiose hyper-mania’

Dodgy recruiters cutting corners will put your agency’s reputation at risk, especially if candidate references aren’t thoroughly checked. The Mandarin associate publisher James Judge’s tips for finding the answers you need. When recruitment goes wrong Last week the chief information officer at SA’s Department of Premier and Cabinet, Veronica Theriault, was arrested and charged after having already been…
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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 –   “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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