Packrafting Adventures

This year I decided to spend the Australia Day long weekend packrafting the Upper Colo River which is located in the foothill of the Blue Mountains about 150 km west of Sydney. The name “Colo” originates from the aboriginal word for Koala and was one of the first rivers explored by settlers who arrived in… Continue reading Packrafting Adventures

Could Design Centred Thinking be the solution to Australia’s innovation conundrum?

  Everything in our world is touched by “design” and therefore can be redesigned, a concept like design or human-centred thinking (DCT) provides leaders with a low-risk option for moving beyond the traditional mindset of “what can’t be done.” Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s Innovation Statement clearly signalled the need for Australian business leaders to rethink… Continue reading Could Design Centred Thinking be the solution to Australia’s innovation conundrum?

Why Wallabies’ coach Michael Cheika outperforms most business leader

Michael Cheika’s grew up in a tightly knit Lebanese family in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. The family dynamic he grew up with has influenced his leadership style, helping him to rebuild the Wallabies esprit de corp by adopting an approach that places the Rugby team ‘family’ firmly at the centre. A family in which he is the patriarch.… Continue reading Why Wallabies’ coach Michael Cheika outperforms most business leader

Food Safety, Biodiversity and the Challenges facing the GMO Industry in Australia

Genetically Modified Technologies have led to very significant improvements in agriculture productivity and animal welfare however debate still rages concerning the impact it may have on food safety, the environment and biodiversity. The jury is still out as to whether the release of GM crops will have profound and unintended consequence on the environment and… Continue reading Food Safety, Biodiversity and the Challenges facing the GMO Industry in Australia

138 Leaders, 10 Families, 1 Vision

What an amazing week. By working as a team, we have helped build new homes for 10 families.There were so many wonderful and challenging moments on this project. We are all immensely proud of what has been achieved. Today was our last day on site, and the homes are finished. It was an immensely important… Continue reading 138 Leaders, 10 Families, 1 Vision

Systems Thinking – The key to public sector performance

Multiple masters, divergent agendas and conflicting priorities make measuring success a significant challenge for public administrators and politicians alike. With global and local economic climates performing below average and an ever-increasing demand for services, providing ‘more for less’ or ‘value for money’ has become a key focus driving reform. This has resulted in performance management… Continue reading Systems Thinking – The key to public sector performance

Open Government, how ready is Australia?

Open Government fundamentally aims to build and maintain a systematic approach to improving transparency, accountability and responsiveness to citizens. The shift towards Open Government emerged from the adoption of ‘e-Government’ in the mid-1990s. New technologies and computing platforms have already transformed the way communities, organisations and Governments communicate over the last ten years. It is… Continue reading Open Government, how ready is Australia?