Our 2020 “Governance Breakthrough” Masterclass

OUR 2020 “GOVERNANCE BREAKTHROUGH” MASTERCLASS Beyond compliance: governance, risk and performance Exciting things are afoot for next year. I know this year has a few weeks still to run. But I couldn’t wait to share our news of the Governance Masterclass I am conducting in 2020. The Masterclass is “Beyond Compliance: Governance, Risk and Performance”. …

When a WHS Poster is Both Sexual Harassment and Discrimination

WHEN A WHS POSTER IS BOTH SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND DISCRIMINATION Most sexual harassment cases in the workplace involve the offensive or unwelcome behaviour of a colleague. But not this one. It pits a female employee against two companies – and a problematic poster. In late 2015, Reem Yelda had been working as a Custom Liaison …

Creating a More Positive Workplace – Become an “Emotional Tank Filler”

CREATING A MORE POSITIVE WORKPLACE – BECOME AN “EMOTIONAL TANK FILLER” If you want to create a more positive workplace, consider becoming an ’emotional tank filler’, says Atlassian’s global operations head At the Atlassian Open event on October 1, Atlassian Global Head of Strategy & Operations, R&D, Molly Hellerman discussed theories around positivity and ways …

Can Boards Positively Impact Innovation?

CAN BOARDS POSITIVELY IMPACT INNOVATION? Recently, the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and University of Sydney Business School collaborated to undertake a study into the approach of Australian boards to innovation. In summary, it identified that directors are struggling to prioritise innovation and adapt to a rapidly changing and uncertain environment. Directors have indicated …

Why Conflict Resolution Is An Unsung Hero

WHY CONFLICT RESOLUTION IS AN UNSUNG HERO Ramping up resilience in the face of being “feedsmacked” is crucial, writes Nick Young. Most of us have been professionally feedsmacked at some point in our life: when a client, colleague or industry associate delivers a vicious verbal blow that feels like a punch in the stomach. Such …

Beware Of Defamation During Termination

BEWARE OF DEFAMATION DURING TERMINATION Employer’s poor communication of employee’s resignation costs much more than an unfair dismissal. Human resources professionals are acutely aware of the process adopted when terminating an employee. A fair dismissal which leaves little grounds for a complaint looks like this: you outline an allegation, allow the person to respond, listen …

Can Directors challenge Management?

CAN DIRECTORS CHALLENGE MANAGEMENT? The 2019 Governance Institute of Australia’s National Conference was fortunate in having to deliver the keynote address, Sir Winfried Bischoff, former chair of Lloyds Banking Group and Citi and current Chairman of JP Morgan Securities plc as well as Chairman of the Financial Reporting Council UK. Sir Win, as he often …

Warnings and Termination

WARNINGS AND TERMINATION  Fortunately, employees perform their duties well with little need to take corrective action.  There are times, however, where an employee is not meeting either performance or behaviour expectations, it is critical to act.  Coaching and retraining are often all that is required to bring about an improvement in the employee’s behaviour or …

Why Purpose, Values, Principles Matter

WHY PURPOSE, VALUES, PRINCIPLES MATTER In advising organisations about ethics and culture, our Ethics Centre consultants often start by asking a simple question: “Do you have an ethical framework?” What we’re trying to understand is whether the company has a well-defined purpose, supported by values and principles. It’s the bedrock upon which every successful and …

AI and Robots – Boardrooms Beware

AI AND ROBOTS – BOARDROOMS BEWARE The reality of AI and Robots Globally, AI and robots are seen as the solution to the relentless pressures on business to produce faster, more flexibly, with greater personalisation, ever cheaper, and at a higher quality. Increasingly, the greater use of newer technologies is contributing to an industry transformation …

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