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17 July 2017 By Will Brodie

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Image credit: habibasgreenville.com

Leaders can learn a lot from comedy.

Seriously.

Steve Cody, co-founder of digital communications agency Peppercomm, says stand-up comedy made him a better business executive.

“Comedy hones one's storytelling and listening skills and trains you to build rapport with a crowd… stand-up forced me to learn best practices for dealing with a negative or, even worse, totally impassive audience.”

Cody made stand-up and improvisational comedy “core components” of his company’s management training. He says it forged a “tighter, more collegial and fun culture”.

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5 July 2017

Leadership Programs for Women

We are proud to announce that we will presenting programs in partnership with the Victorian Government, through their Women's Board Leadership initiative.

The Women’s Board Leadership program aims to support Victorian women to become influential board members and leaders. The program will offer 100 scholarships for women to gain valuable board governance training.

The program recognises that by achieving diversity on boards we are able to see:

Improved social performance of organisations Improved innovation and decision making Enhanced board effectiveness Better financial performance
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2 July 2017 By Will Brodie

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Image credit: Wikipedia

If your organisation isn’t encouraging LGBTI inclusion, it is losing relevance.

As Harvard Business Review’s Sylvia Ann Hewlett and Kenji Yoshino point out, LGBT-inclusive companies “attract and retain top talent… they win the business of discerning consumers… and they harness the insight of LGBT employees to drive market innovation”.

They are also doing the right thing.

Here’s some suggestions for LGBTI inclusion from the experts, LGBTI people themselves.

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19 June 2017 By Will Brodie

Emma King
Emma King

You’d expect Emma King, CEO of the Victorian Council of Social Services, to be a champion of inclusionary policies.

She is, but she believes they are pointless without genuine leadership.

“You can have all the best policies in the world, but you must enact them or they’re not worth anything.

You have to walk the walk.”

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13 June 2017 By Will Brodie

Image credit: The Gates Notes
Image credit: The Gates Notes

Pundits don’t agree what innovation is – check out these 15 different definitions – but they agree it is essential for any modern organisation.

In an unpredictable, ever more disrupted world, even large enterprises need to embrace the cutting edge. And fostering innovation is a matter of mindset and culture.

But don’t take our word for it. Hear it from the experts.

“At one time, strategy was king. Forecasting, planning, and placing smart bets created the power sources within organisations.

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21 May 2017 By Will Brodie

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Image credit: Oxford Dictionaries blog

As if the glass ceiling wasn’t enough, now high-achieving women have another obstacle to contend with: the glass cliff.

The term refers to women and other under-represented candidates gaining leadership roles that often prove more risky and precarious than those of their male counterparts. Think of women ascending to leadership roles just when organisations are likely to fail: British PM Theresa May, left to pick up the pieces after the Brexit vote, and Marissa Mayer, who took on the troubled tech giant, Yahoo, both spring to mind.

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11 May 2017 By Noel Murphy

Image credit: Cotton On Foundation
Image credit: Cotton On Foundation

Deepest darkest Africa’s human crucible is probably not the first place you’d expect a major fashion retailer to pour its proceeds.

But superstar Aussie rag-trader Cotton On is doing just that and rebuilding lives in one of the most dirt-poor, AIDs-ravaged places on Earth -- southern Uganda.

For the past decade, the Cotton On Foundation has tipped life-saving cash and personnel into the village of Mannya, and five others. The multi-faceted project is breathing hope and new life into them all, with clean water and healthcare, with schools and agricultural projects, finance, after-school education, university and vocation training.

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11 May 2017 By Noel Murphy

Image credit: Sovereign Hill
Image credit: Sovereign Hill

A pretty 12-year-old girl in a pale yellow 1850s dress and bonnet sidles up to a crusty banjo-playing street musician as a clutch of Chinese, Indians and Japanese come at them armed with cameras, phones, videos, selfie sticks and iPads.

The babel of tongues, clicking of shutters and mass of wide grins in this little exercise is everyday stuff at Ballarat’s Sovereign Hill, back-to-back winner of Australia’s Best Tourist Attraction award.

Francesca, at just 12, is a friendly chatterbox and a striking drawcard for young children, especially little girls entranced with her costume and her delicate Asian features. She scratches at the street musicians’ fiddles and mandolins, pokes at their piano accordions, just as any curious kid her age might have done back in the Roaring Days. During the week, she’s a normal grade six schoolkid.

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7 May 2017 By Will Brodie

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Image credit: The Intern

If men are from Mars and women are from Venus, millennials are from a galaxy far, far away in the future and older workers are from, well, Earth. Twentieth century Earth.

Most workers under the age of 30 are comfy with social media platforms like Snapchat that are barely known to older compatriots. Most workers over the age of 50 have barely scrambled aboard Facebook.

There's never been a more urgent need to bridge the generation gap. Millennials already outnumber Generation X, they're about to become the most important retail demographic, and they will occupy 50% of the workforce by 2020.

So it’s little wonder organisations have embraced reverse mentoring, where a junior employee enters into a ‘professional friendship’ with an elder to exchange skills, knowledge and insights.

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30 April 2017 By Will Brodie

Image credit: Diversity Australia
Image credit: Diversity Australia

In the modern workplace, nurturing diversity improves adaptability, customer service, innovation and employee loyalty. It is profitable. Diversity is a pragmatic choice. 

But our decisions are subject to unconscious bias; prejudices we don’t know we have. Without being aware of it, we judge people by age, weight, skin colour, gender, educational level, disability, sexuality, accent, social status, and job title. We limit diversity.

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12 April 2017 By Will Brodie

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Image source: latitude-resource.blogspot.com.au

Is it a way to find out the amount of madmen in a society?

A means of finding nerds dedicated to eradicating inches and yards from the world?

No.

But neither are they instruments of mental torture as many people may believe.

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10 April 2017 By Will Brodie

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Image: simonwild.me

Change is the constant in today’s working world, and adapting to it means leaders need support for their ideas. They need ‘buy-in’. 

Here's how Simon Dowling, author of Work With Me: How To Get People To Buy Into Your Ideas sums it up.

“You achieve better results when people go along with your ideas because they want to, not because they have to… It's not about using power and authority, it's about building support and commitment to your ideas and initiatives.”

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5 April 2017 By Will Brodie

Theresa May. Image by newstatesman.com
Theresa May. Image by newstatesman.com

Is there a national leader in the developed world facing tougher challenges than British Prime Minister Theresa May?

She supported remaining in the European Union while Home Secretary, but now administers Great Britain’s complex retreat from Europe.

Scotland wants a second referendum on independence from Great Britain; the Great Repeal Bill involves re-tooling thousands of regulations; there are concerns about the rights of individual British and EU citizens; the financial cost of the exit will be at least 30 billion pounds; and, if all the above is negotiated within an exacting two-year timetable, the whole package may still be rejected by the divided UK parliament.

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27 March 2017 By Will Brodie

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Image Credit: Tina Rowden/AMC

Have you ever met a female astronomer? A woman working as an industrial engineer? A girl coding?

Not many of us have, because the gender gap in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) is immense, and growing.  

Halt and Catch Fire, an engaging US drama about two women running a gaming company in the 1980's, is bringing this subject to the fore.  The show is based on fact; there were more females working in computer science 35 years ago than there are today.

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21 March 2017 By Will Brodie

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Image credit: heraldsun.com.au

These days, there’s fewer fire and brimstone speeches, more talk of delegation and empathy.

Nobody typifies this evolution to nuanced man-management more than Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley.

A driven perfectionist as a player and captain, Buckley still insists that working harder brings better results, but his take on how to do that has undergone a revolution.

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1 March 2017 By INVITATION ONLY: LV Alumni

Join us to welcome the 2017 WCLP cohort to the LV Family.

Share your experiences and insights regarding the program, and reconnect to your WCLP peers.  

The evening provides the opportunity to network with fellow alumni and key stakeholders, celebratory drinks and much more.

When: 6.00pm – 8.00pm, Wednesday 1 MarchWhere: Leadership Victoria, Old Treasury Building, JJ Clark Room, 20 Spring Street, MelbourneDress code: Business attireDrinks and finger food provided

Free for paid-up alumni, $33.00 incl. GST for other alumni and guests.

Please RSVP your attendance

 

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15 February 2017 By LV


Constantine Oscuchukwa doesn’t lack leadership. He’s the Anglican priest at St Paul’s Bakery Hill Ballarat after all.

But Constantine sought mentorship through the New and Emerging Communities Leadership Program because he says leaders “never stop learning”. Specifically, he wanted to improve his business skills. 

Leadership Victoria paired him with local businessman Mike McCaw, a connection crucial to the establishment of the inspiring One Humanity Shower Bus project.

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