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Sydney Trains and Bridge

The Train Story – a journey, an experience, and a feeling!

March 21, 2017 No Comments

Bob Selden ©2017

I was travelling by train from Circular Quay to Central (in Sydney) one morning some years ago. Quietly sitting there reading, I found myself suddenly listening to the train guard’s announcements. Now train travellers reading this will readily testify that when the guard makes an announcement, rather than the recorded message, it’s often quite dull or hard to understand. Whether it’s the recorded message or the guard’s message, few people (apart from tourists) listen to these messages.

This one was different.

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Napoleon

How to structure your organisation – Napoleon had a few clues!

March 21, 2017 No Comments

Andrew O’Keeffe ©2017

Napoleon Bonaparte knew a thing or two about organisational structure. After a coup in 1799 in which he was the major force, he structured the French government so he had a line of sight to seven functions: army, navy, finance, police, justice, home affairs and government.

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Education in Australia

The Ranking Games – A Hunger to be First

February 7, 2017 No Comments

Jackson Rose ©2017

This article is written in response to Professor Steven Schwartz, chair of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority appearing on the 60 minutes TV show, 06/02/2017. It addresses the failures of the current Australian Education System to support young adults in their development, suggests some alternatives, and calls for changes to the current system.

Pitting students against one another in a competitive fashion may force some to rise to the challenge. However, for the majority of students the idea that their final year of school comes down to a direct competition with their peers is enough to dishearten them.

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Managing managers

How to manage managers

February 2, 2017 No Comments

Andrew O’Keeffe ©2017

Anyone promoted from being a manager to being a manager of managers, quickly realises what a jump that step is. In human instincts terms we go from being the leader of a “family” team to being the leader of a clan.

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Burning Man

What Burning Man Teaches us About How to Set Up and Run Our Organisations

December 9, 2016 No Comments

Philip Pryor 2016

In 2014 I went to Burning Man * …

It was shocking, amazing, thrilling, frustrating, tiring and most of the time overwhelming in its creativity and fun for people from 18 months to 81 years.

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Hillary Clinton

Hillary lost NOT because she is a woman

November 18, 2016 No Comments

Paul Vanderbroeck, PhD

Leadership Expert “Helping Leaders Get the Results They Want”.

Hillary lost NOT because she is a woman, but rather because she under leveraged being a woman. For ambitious women leaders there is much to learn from Hillary Clinton’s failure to reach the US Presidency. It would be a shame to draw the wrong conclusions, however.

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family businesses

What happens in family businesses when marriages/partnerships break up?

November 3, 2016 No Comments

Philip Pryor ©2016

Families are complex. Then when significant assets and money are added to the equation, they become even more complex.

Juggling family relationships and money, especially over generations is no simple task. While blood is very much thicker than water, sometimes money can really thicken things up to the point where everything just stops working.

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Olympic Gold

Winning Gold – One wonders ???

August 31, 2016 No Comments

Andrew O’Keeffe ©2016

At the Olympics, bronze medals seem to bring more joy to their recipient than do silver medals! At a rational level that doesn’t make sense, given the silver medallist beat the bronze medalist. But emotionally it’s a whole different ball game. From a psychological perspective it does make sense.

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Matrix

Matrix Structures are unnatural – so why persist?

April 4, 2016 No Comments

Andrew O’Keeffe ©2016

When we point to a common workplace frustration we are probably pointing to a behaviour explained by human instincts. In organisations that have a matrix reporting structure, people generally experience frustration with the system. Human instincts helps to explain the issue and to identify solutions.

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Massai

What are the attributes of a good leader?

March 2, 2016 No Comments

Andrew O’Keeffe ©2016

The Maasai culture in East Africa has endured for centuries. What are the key elements of their approach to leadership and what can workplace leaders learn from their approach?

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