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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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SWOT Yourself

Go SWOT Yourself: Taking an Objective Look at Your Leadership Style

June 19, 2016 No Comments

Many aspiring tech entrepreneurs get caught up managing their own companies and lose sight of one key fact — their most important venture is themselves. While growing the brand and objectives of the business is critical, developing your own profile and skill set as a leader is equally important. 


To Do List

3 Hiring Strategies That Can Help You Find More Qualified Candidates

June 19, 2016 No Comments

As a business owner, employees are your greatest asset. I set out to build a company that everyone wants to work for, and have personally taken ownership of our hiring process to make it happen.


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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Introducing ...

3 Quick Ways to Become More Interesting and Unforgettable

February 12, 2016 No Comments

it’s sad and ironic that when asked, “What does your company do?” most people blurt out a dull fact like, “We make widgets.” Or, if they work in marketing, they might tart it up like so: “We’re the industry-leading maker of state-of-the-art widgets.”

Boring. So boring.

How can you not only make your company interesting, how can you easily turn whatever you or your company does into a story that people will remember for years. Here’s how …

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