09
May 17

The mystery of a work life balance – what does it mean?

Author:Doris Gibb

Over my career I have pondered on this notion of work life balance and what it means for me. The privilege given to women to be who they want to be and to do whatever work they desire is tricky. It is not as simple as it seems and it means making constant choices about … Continue reading The mystery of a work life balance – what does it mean?

09
May 17

How to have difficult conversations as a leader

Sometimes people let us down. They don’t live up to our expectations and don’t do ‘the right thing’. And sometimes it’s appropriate to tell them what they did – or didn’t do – and why it has made us unhappy, disappointed or even annoyed. But how do we do it? Or more importantly, how do we … Continue reading How to have difficult conversations as a leader

27
Apr 17

Rosalind Croucher’s ‘leadership recipes’

The APS definition of leadership draws upon the concept of ‘adaptive leadership’, introduced by Ronald Heifetz in 1994. Adaptive leadership is characterised as a ‘practice, not a position’, ‘not a theory’. It is the practice of mobilising people to tackle tough challenges and thrive. Contrasting ‘management’ and ‘leadership’, the adaptive approach offers ‘a set of … Continue reading Rosalind Croucher’s ‘leadership recipes’

31
Mar 17

Women in Leadership QLD: When engaging the community is your only option

What do you do when your organisation is at threat of losing funding and the service you provide is at the frontline of tackling domestic violence? The answer is you innovate, take risks and engage with the community in a way that not only responds to their needs, but also makes the community a part … Continue reading Women in Leadership QLD: When engaging the community is your only option

01
Mar 17

6 questions to never ask a woman in leadership

Despite the incredible strides made towards gender equality in the last decade, women in senior level positions continue to be significantly underrepresented. Unlike men in leadership roles, women add public and media scrutiny of their gender to a long list of obstacles that lay in their path. The appointment of Gladys Berejiklian as Premier has … Continue reading 6 questions to never ask a woman in leadership

07
Dec 16

Public Sector leaders are failing to engage their employees

Perception of senior leaders is one of the most important drivers of employee engagement, yet only half of Victorian Public Sector staff have a positive opinion of leadership, according to a new report. The People Matter Survey by the Victorian Public Sector Commission ranks the main drivers of employee engagement as: A sense of meaningfulness … Continue reading Public Sector leaders are failing to engage their employees

24
Oct 16

Thinking outside the box for leadership opportunities

“As a leader, you want everything you do to be impactful, lasting and leave a positive impression… Nobody leads alone, and leadership manifests in everything you do.” Claudia Huertas, Group Director, Operations and Programs at the Department of Industry shared her Triple 8 Leadership Plan at last week’s Women in Leadership NSW conference. Comprising 8 … Continue reading Thinking outside the box for leadership opportunities

12
Oct 16

Cultural change – don’t assume

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Geoscience Australia’s CEO Dr Chris Pigram bravely commissioned a cultural audit in 2013 with some surprising (or not so surprising) results. Geoscience Australia, or as we commonly refer to our organisation, GA, indeed had the same issues as the rest of the public service when it comes to gender representation and engagement. The 2013 cultural … Continue reading Cultural change – don’t assume