The double bind of sexism

Sexism is a cultural challenge that is entrenched in many Australian businesses. It is completely counterproductive, as many businesses are currently struggling to attract and retain talented people in a very competitive market. Women outnumber men in Australia and have high workforce participation rates. The Australian Bureau of Statistics regularly calculates the sex ratio –… Continue reading The double bind of sexism

Homeless multinationals and taxing decisions

The digital economy has generated many changes in how we shop, stay in touch with friends, and manage our daily routines. Despite this, it seems that politicians around the world are only just starting to realise that the digital world has truly changed the economy. The recent Australian federal budget was the usual mix of… Continue reading Homeless multinationals and taxing decisions

Taking the lead on customer service

2013 looks set to be a bumpy ride for many Australian leaders, with both businesses and governments facing some sobering challenges. The Australian Bureau of Statistics kicked off the year with the news that retail spending had been virtually flat from September through to November 2012. Western Australia was the only exception, with the boom… Continue reading Taking the lead on customer service

How to lead through uncertainty

In a market economy there will always be both winners and losers. That is the name of the game. But bad news attracts eyeballs in the media, and it is a pretty safe bet that your daily serve of news will be full of negative distractions. In recent weeks the economy wrecking carbon tax has… Continue reading How to lead through uncertainty

Taking the risk out of diversity

The top ranks of Australian big business have garnered a well-deserved reputation for being a boys’ club. In 2011, 250 of the top 500 ASX-listed companies had zero women on their boards. Despite the ongoing lobbying of the Diversity Council of Australia, appointments to directorships at ASX-listed companies have long been the almost exclusive domain… Continue reading Taking the risk out of diversity

The shifting balance of workplace relations

Workplace relations is about to become a lot more important for businesses that are looking to grow, and it has little to do with political sabre rattling from Canberra. The ABS employment figures for February 2012 indicate an unemployment rate of 5.2% unemployment, with an additional 7.3% of people being classed as underemployed, or looking… Continue reading The shifting balance of workplace relations

Warring factions and conflicted leadership

Leaders require supporters. This is especially true for executives managing large organisations, and is sometimes forgotten by people surrounded by the trappings of success. Amongst any group of people, you should expect disagreement. The strength of relationships between group members will vary, and factions will inevitably form around issues – even if they are short… Continue reading Warring factions and conflicted leadership