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4 November, 2016

One cracker tip for managers and leaders

Very often professionals are promoted because of their outstanding technical skills. They are great at what they do. Managing is different, however. Managers have to direct a team to achieve the best possible outcome. Managers can’t do everything themselves; and […]
1 November, 2016

70:20:10

Because dollars are at a premium, our clients are taking a keen interest in ensuring that a training program generates tangible results. We’ve gone to a lot of effort to develop courses and interventions that actually change behaviour for the […]
21 October, 2016

As a leader, know thyself, improve performance, engage constructively

 
18 October, 2016

Social media in business, and how it is governed

  As society continues to climb the mountain that is today’s information age, we focus more and more on the importance of social media as a communication tool, not only for individuals, but also for organisations of all shapes and […]
1 October, 2016

Writing about data: three rules

Lies, damned lies and statistics is the old saw about how numbers and data are abused to make a point. Our job, on the other hand, is to make a point clearly and precisely. When working with numbers and data, […]
3 June, 2016
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Negotiation is the art of letting them have your way

Few of us earn a living negotiating agreements with presidents, prime ministers or dictators. But most of us in our daily lives negotiate agreements with our bosses, colleagues, business partners, lovers, husbands, wives, and tradesmen who are repair our roof […]
21 May, 2016

A tip for presenting: speak louder!

There is one comment that always comes up in our Presentation skills courses: Speak louder! If you’re speaking in front of a room full of people, with or without a microphone, it’s likely that you’re not speaking loudly enough. We […]
3 May, 2016

A tip on active and passive voice

It’s a long-standing rule of clear writing that we prefer the active voice to the passive voice, an authority no less than George Orwell included it in his seminal essay, Politics and the English Language. So can we ever use […]
30 March, 2016

At 36,000 feet, no one hears ministers scream

Imagine your minister getting on the red-eye flight from Perth. Leaves Perth at 0.40 am and arrives in, say, Melbourne five hours later. Think about this person and imagine their circumstances and condition. At this time of night, all ministers […]
30 March, 2015

Thoughts on Whitlam

A younger Annabell Turnbull of Ethos CRS sits at the feet of Whitlam second from the right. Gough Whitlam’s memorial service was held last year. Seven prime ministers were in attendance and paid their respects. Noel Pearson delivered a wonderful […]
30 October, 2014

Leading a team is damned hard work

Leading a team, even in good times, is no easy task. Damn it, staff are funny that way, reluctant to play the role of pawns to be directed, manipulated and sacrificed as required. In challenging times, when the stakes and […]
30 September, 2014

There’s something about Mary

Passionate rower, expert on Adam Smith, one-time national director of ChilOut, a community group whose focus is the safety and well being of children locked in detention centres, Dr Mary Quilty is a polymath, and a great facilitator. When did […]
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