Profiting from poverty

The new federal government has been remarkably silent on the state of the economy since winning office. I suspect most Australian business leaders are now simply relieved that the relentless media reports of “economic crisis” have ceased, and are thankful that the quotes are now being turned back, both economically and nautically. In this void… Continue reading Profiting from poverty

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

The demographic disaster facing public sector budgets

By and large, we expect to pay taxes, elect politicians, and abide by the laws of the day. In return we expect governments to deliver the services we want. Things like easy access to good quality education, inexpensive medical services, reliable water, transport, and help when floods or fires affect our communities. Which are all… Continue reading The demographic disaster facing public sector budgets

Finding the right balance in public sector workplace reform

There is little doubt that the Australian public sector is facing some major headwinds at the moment. State governments in NSW, VIC, and QLD are all embarking on major reform agendas across their education, health, and transport portfolios. In each case, the federal government has managed to manoeuvre itself into a position to set the… Continue reading Finding the right balance in public sector workplace reform

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

Productivity Champions

Everyone loves a champion. The Olympic Games are the one time when the entire world truly comes together to choose winners and losers. The rules for each activity have varying levels of complexity, but they are well defined, and involve very precise measurements. For a few weeks every 4 years, we all suddenly care about… Continue reading Productivity Champions

Managing wage risk

In a now almost ritualised gnashing of teeth, business lobbyists descended again on Canberra last week to hear the results of their latest efforts to influence the Fair Work Australia minimum wage determination. A quick read of the report makes it clear that Fair Work Australia is really quite unsympathetic to demands for corporate welfare.… Continue reading Managing wage risk