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culture-change

The Band-Aid Effect

#Metoo has seen a rise in women AND men ending the silence of sexual misconduct and bad behaviour in the workplace. Though we’ve seen many people come forward with allegations of misconduct and engage in conversations around how this campaign empowers others to similarly come forward, there has been very little discussion as to why this has gone on unreported for so long and how it can change. In my last blog post I touched a little on some big-name companies who have...

diversity-inclusion

Who is responsible for role-modelling gender equality?

  When we dive into the details on the fight for gender equality, we tend to focus our attention on the large corporations — the giants in the business world. While it is incredibly important to make sure that the biggest influencers in the market are progressive and tackling the on-going problem of gender equality, we cannot ignore the influence of small and medium enterprises (SME’s).  A whopping 40 per cent of the workforce is made up of SME’s, and this large ch...

culture-change

The #metoo Thunderstorm

  The emergence of the #metoo campaign has been a significant milestone in the fight for equality. Though as the rolling thunder that is the global #metoo campaign continues to hit more high-profile companies and individuals, the question I have is will the momentum brought on by #metoo be enough to change the underlying toxic workplace cultures that exhibit these similar behaviours? Over the last few weeks we've seen more senior leaders step down or be suspended, with the r...

closing-the-gender-gap

Breaking Down the Boys Club: How Formal Sponsorship Can Accelerate Female Performanc...

  Once conducted behind closed doors, corporate sponsorship is being brought into the open as a way to support emerging female leaders and improve retention in male dominated industries. Similar to a mentor, a corporate sponsor is there to help emerging leaders achieve their professional goals. Beyond providing advice and guidance, a sponsor acts as an active champion in the workplace. After recognising the hard work and abilities of an emerging leader, a formal sponso...

bad-behaviour

Lying on Resumes

  We have recently seen the unravelling of lies made on CV’s by people in prominent positions, with the likes of Giuseppe Conte, the man nominated to be Italy’s next Prime Minister and even the former Labor MP, Barry Urban, who has recently resigned after similar lies had been exposed. While we usually encounter smaller, less dramatic fibs on Resumes— such as stating that a person led a project on their own, as opposed to co-leading the project with another team member...

girls-and-stem-education

Industry competitors partner to create visible career pathways for our children

  Last week, A Human Agency hosted a Construction & Infrastructure Roundtable discussion with a number of influential leaders in the construction and infrastructure industries. Katriina Tahka lead the discussion, with insightful input by our guest speakers Jannene McLean from CSIRO and Allegra Spender from ABCN.   The construction industry is an important part of Australian business. Seeks insight & resources data shows that the construction industry has had...

organisational-culture-change

On Saying ‘Just’ Too Often

A few weeks ago one of the participants in our Sponsorship Program forwarded us an article titled ‘Just’ Say No [1] and asked for our opinion on the frequent use of ‘just’ by women, the different way females make requests compared to males and whether the difference is really a bad thing or not? We thought we’d share our thoughts with you on this topic which has really stirred up a lot of great debate amongst both women and men. It seemed I was hearing “just” ...

eofy

Get it right this financial year!

  Small businesses are an important part of the Australian economy and are an essential part of our society. A Human Agency loves small businesses, and we believe in supporting them to see growth and success within their industries. The new financial year is a great time to have a deep look into your business and see how you can make changes to lay a stronger foundation, to ensure your business is working in the best possible way. Making key changes to the way you operate you...

learning-development

Stepping Forward with Natalie Galea

Last year I learnt a valuable lesson. I said ‘yes’ to multiple opportunities that would normally make me feel very uncomfortable. What’s more, I even enjoyed the process. It began when I was nominated by Australia for a position on an international sporting committee. The committee is charged with representing athletes’ interests and as a result, members must be Olympians or have competed at a World Championship. I qualified on both accounts. My concern was that despite...

diversity-inclusion

Do The Nordic Countries Really Do It Better?

I’ve been in Australia for the better part of a month now (which I know is not long) and whenever I tell someone I’m from Finland, they start praising how the Nordics do everything better.  Yes, it is true that things are pretty great up north, and yes there are countless articles that state how Australia needs to replicate the way Nordic countries do life, so I decided to take a real look into it to see if the Nordics really do it better. Let’s start with the easiest ...

christmas-2017

Seasons Greetings! from the A-HA team

  We wanted to say a BIG THANK YOU to all our clients, partners and friends for your ongoing support and being part of the A-HA! tribe.It's finally that wonderful time of the year where we start to reflect on the year that was; the inspiring global women’s march to the same sex marriage vote. It has been a significant year for humans all over the world. At A-HA, we've also had an action packed 2017 as we reflect on some of our own achievements across the last 12 months...

closing-the-gender-gap

Press Release: Teacher Training To Reduce Trade Industry Gender Gap

  The STEM+T program is an initiative from A Human Agency. It brings construction firms and schools together, with the aim to close the gender gap in STEM and Trade careers. In Australia, construction is the most male dominated industry, with females making up only 12 percent of the workforce*. Women must be encouraged to join this field, not only to provide gender balance, but to boost the industry’s dwindling numbers of skilled workers. “The lack of female participatio...

leadership

Why The Festive Season Is The Perfect Time for Leaders to Reflect, Recharge and Desig...

While we catch up with colleagues, friends and family through December with the annual series of festive luncheons, parties and end of year events that culminate with the celebrations of New Year's Eve, it's important to remember that the holiday season is also the ideal time for leaders and business owners to take a moment to reflect, recharge and get ahead for 2018. As we planned our own A-HA! team Christmas party recently, we started discussing our goals for 2018 and the Cli...

change-management

Riding the rapids of Employee Engagement and Change Management. Four strategies to ge...

In the world of HR there are two challenges that often collide, their impact sending ripples out through an organisation, and they are not always warm and fuzzy ripples. So what happens at the intersection of staff engagement and change management? Read on to learn how you can successfully get to the other side.... Having faced both in my time I know how overwhelming it can be to be responsible for a Team that is not performing as it should, knowing that change is necessary and...

growth-transformation

Do you have the right talent at your table?

The festive season is here. Halloween and Melbourne Cup are behind us and we are heading full speed into year-end frivolities. Our thoughts turn to celebrations at work and at home. Gatherings at this time of the year are typically marked by the sharing of a meal around a table. This got me thinking.  We put a lot of thought and care into who is invited to sit at our table on social occasions, but what about tables in the work environment? Do we have the right people sittin...

a-human-agency-news

Meet The Team: Coffee break Q&A with Terry Samaras

Meet Terry Samaras, one of our newest Principals to join our growing A-HA team. He has over 20 years of global experience working with Corporates, SMEs and Start Ups across Australia, the UK, Europe and the US. Specialising in aligning Vision, Design and Performance, he is passionate about supporting visionary leaders making a pioneering impact in their organisations and industries, and providing commercial evidence of the creative potential within us all. Read more about Terry in...

gender-equality

Gender equality can begin with a fabulous new frock!

A Human Agency (a-ha!) was proud to support Dress for Success Sydney as our charity partner at the recent Women Who Rock! IWD event. Following the event I was delighted to visit the Marrickville Showroom to deliver clothing donated as a part of the Women Who Rock! corporate clothing drive. Dress for Success Sydney has been one of my favourite charities for many years. We all know that there is an economic imperative to increase women’s participation in the workfor...

diversity-inclusion

Gender equality is moving too slow. Time for a data change.

“If health and safety have budgets, then why doesn’t gender equality?” Libby Lyons, WGEA Director asked a packed room last week.  Even though the most recent gender data statistics show a slight increase in employers taking positive action,  Lyons urged the room that more can and must be done, and I agree with her. Here’s why: Women are still underpaid in every industry with a national base salary gap of 20.9%. More alarming is that in female dominated industri...

diversity-inclusion

New WGEA Data released today on Gender Equality in the workplace - is Australia making any progress?

  Watch a video overview of the new WGEA data out today with Director Libby Lyons as she breaks down some of the key findings. Gender Equality - Are We making Progress?    ...

diversity-inclusion

WGEA Data - three key infographics on gender equality in the workplace

Australia, it's time to pay attention! Here are three key statistics from the new WGEA data on gender equality in the workplace released today on pay equity, the gender pay gap and board representation. Whilst men still out earn women in every industry and all occupations, organisations are having an #AHAmoment and starting to take notice with a surge in employers analysing pay data up by nearly 11% according to the latest WGEA Data out today. Don't get left behind, talk to us to...

culture

How Leaders And Organisations Can Flourish By Changing Mindsets

The notion that our success in life is linked to how we think is not a new concept. Lately I’ve been pondering Carol Dweck’s work on a Growth versus Fixed Mindset, as it relates to our ability to respond to and embrace the future of work in our roles, as both employees and leaders of people. Change is everywhere, and my experience is that those who respond best to change are able to see more potential and are not limited by present circumstances. People with a Growth mindse...

culture

Four Ways to Improve your Business Performance

  If someone were to ask you what ‘Human Resources’ means to you, what would you say? At a recent small business trade show, we asked this very question to many of the people who wandered by our stall, and their answers made us realise that the first thoughts people have of Human Resources (or HR) gets pushed in to hiring and firing, payroll and pesky policy makers. While some of these options may well be part of the HR process, it is definitely not the defining factor of...

culture

Gender Bias Is All In Your Head

This morning I had an A-ha moment and to be frank, I’m furious about it. A recent study by Humanyze has provided evidence that it is the way women are treated, not their behaviour, that is the main contributor to gender inequity in the workplace. Let me unpack that a little for you.   They looked at many data points to test hypotheses about how women and men behaved in the workplace to see which of these variables correlated with promotions, in order to see the impa...

a-human-agency-news

Q&A with one of our new Principals: Joanne Allen

A Human Agency keeps on growing with three new Principals joining the team this month bringing with them a wealth of HR experience and expertise.  In the first of our Q&A series with our newest team members, we interview Joanne Allen,  Jo is a global thinker operating at MD level with a commercial mindset and a savvy approach to problem solving. She is strategic, insightful and delivers. Jo enjoys working with clients to bring out the best in teams with sustainable r...

bad-behaviour

How To Deal With A Harvey Weinstein

A-HA co-CEO, Katriina Tahka dissects how to deal with D*ckheads At Work with Chris Bath the host of the Evenings Show on ABC Radio 702. You can listen to the segment here (from 1.06 mins in) or click more to read the full interview. If you're interested in learning more, Katriina will be speaking at the D*ckheads At Work discussion panel this Thursday 19 October at 6.30pm, presented by The Clear Spot Club and Jackie Dent at The Belvoir St Theatre. Interview Transcript. ...

events

Upcoming Event: Learn how to deal with a bully and detoxify the office

  Do you work with a d**khead or have a bitchy boss? Does your workplace feel toxic?  Learn how to deal with a bully and detoxify the office at D*ckheads At Work, an expert panel-style event at the Belvoir Theatre on 19 Oct.  Our co-CEO Katriina Tahka will join an expert discussion including an organisational guru, a bullying expert and a philosopher.  Presented by Clear Spot Club and curated by Jackie Dent. The discussion is part of the UNSW Big Anxiety Festiv...

uncategorized

A-HA At Roads Australia's Leadership on Diversity Forum: The Power Of Diverse Thinking In Action.

  On Friday July 6thwe had the opportunity and privilege to attend the Roads Australia Leadership on DiversityForum. An impressive line-up of thought leaders shared their unique perspectives on the positive aspects of increased diversity in business, but there was one thing that all of the speakers recognised which was how truly diverse the audience was in contrast to so many of the homogenous events we all attend. Setting the tone for the day, Nathan Moran, CEO of the Metro...

uncategorized

Construction & Infrastructure Roundtable

    Last Thursday, A Human Agency hosted our final Construction and Infrastructure Roundtable for 2018, where we explored the challenges of implementing flexible work for blue-collar employees, from various stakeholder perspectives.   To unpack the topic, we had a fantastic panel of speakers: David Bolton (Boral) Nina Kilpinen (Seed Engineering) Candice Mesecke (Downer) Alison Mirams (Roberts Pizzarotti) Fiona Shrewing (Salt Australia)   Each o...

a-human-agency-news

Meet The Team: Coffee break Q&A with Joanne Allen

Meet one of our newest Principals, Joanne Allen who joins the growing A-HA team bringing with her international experience at MD level within the financial services sector having worked in the UK and Hong Kong. Jo is a global thinker with a strong commercial mindset and a savvy approach to porblem solving. Read more about Jo in her own words... It is the job of HR to be agile and pre-empt the impact industry changes on the workforce to enable organisations to face today’s thre...

culture-change

Culture hacks; the new engagement tool

Hackathons have been widely used in the tech industry to find new solutions by bringing diverse opinions and experiences to the table in an uplifting, creative, sometimes frustrating, yet highly engaging way.  It got me thinking. If the tech industry brings diverse people together to solve common problems, why can’t we apply the same logic to culture? Culture is often seen as, “the way things are done around here” but rarely do leaders fully understand why. The chasm be...

diversity-inclusion

The Gender Pay Gap: What Every Employer Should Know

  In the run up to Equal Pay Day on the 4th September, it’s clear that Australian organisations are making slow progress with pay equity. That date was chosen to mark, on average how much longer a women needs to work past the end of the last financial year to earn the same salary as a man. The Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) has reported that the national gender pay gap currently sits at 15.3%  based on recent data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics . But...

diversity-inclusion

Redesigning Unconscious Bias For Performance

Newsflash; unconscious bias training won’t solve your diversity and inclusion problems. It also won’t stop people from making the types of decisions you’re trying to change. The truth is that people will continue to make unconscious decisions about other people because that’s what our brains are wired to do. Sheep dipping people through a 3-hour workshop where they learn about the brain, followed by an implicit association test isn’t going to change evolution. I have se...

culture

Why Workplace Culture Is The Key To Success

  OK, hands up if there’s a ping-pong table, snazzy coffee machine, games room or other stress busters at your work. Does it make you more productive? We know that having these fun breakouts in businesses can reduce stress and help maintain focus but, the harsh reality is that only 13 per cent of employees worldwide are engaged at work. In other words, only one in eight employees are psychologically committed to their jobs and likely to make positive contributions to their ...

data

Getting Started With People Analytics

People analytics can seem daunting or even confusing, but to break it down into simpler terms, people analytics is a system designed to anaylise people. In order to boost your businesses performance and succeed, we first have to really understand the people within your organisation. Simon Talks with our data scientist Iolanda Hazell People analytics can seem daunting or even confusing, but to break it down into simpler terms, people analytics is a system designed to anaylise peop...

culture

Workplace flexibility: Are There Jobs That Can't Be Worked Flexibly?

  A-HA recently ran a session with the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) and a group of employers on how flexibility  is applied to your typical ‘inflexible’ jobs that have client, time and location demands such as construction, sales and shift work. The common challenge that many of the participating organisations faced was shifting the overall mindset, perceptions and culture in the workplace about how work gets done, particularly for construction and sa...

b2b-expo

A Human Agency co-CEO Katriina Tahka to speak about accelerating business performance...

Katriina will be sharing insights on how to accelerate your business performance with cost effective and agile solutions for engaging talent at the B2B Expo Business Matters Seminar Series held at the International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour, Sydney on the 28th June. “SME’s are the engine room of Australian business; adding 56% of total value to the economy and employing 68% of the workforce. By adopting agile approaches to achieving talent growth, SME’s can ach...

employee-engagement

10 Ways To Boost Employee Engagement

Over the past few weeks we’ve read and heard a number of reports of toxic workplace cultures. Uber is the latest organisation to be stung by employees naming and shaming them for unethical behaviour.  Uber has faced a series of PR crises from reports of discrimination and harassment of women within the workplace through to a video being published on Bloomberg of CEO, Travis Kalanick having a heated argument with one of their drivers over droppin...

future-of-work

Why Law Firms Are Like Crocodiles

  In our recent legal Roundtable law firms were humorously referred to as ‘crocodiles’ because they haven’t changed for years, but are smart and have survived. When I hear law firms being referred to as crocodiles I think it is because they, like crocodiles, can only move in a straight line making it difficult for them to change direction. So what does this mean for the future of work for the legal industry? Well, they need to be able to change direction— and quickl...

diversity-inclusion

Cultural Diversity in the Workplace: 3 Essential Elements for Success

This week, on the 21st of May, we celebrated International Day of Cultural Diversity. Whilst not as well known as Harmony Day in March, it is an important day for global recognition of how cultural diversity can enrich rather than divide communities. Modern Australian society has been built on an intentional platform of multicultural policy. According to the ABS 2011 Census, 45% of Australians have one or more parents born overseas.Yet the reality is that we live in a diverse mult...

culture

The Rapidly Changing  Workforce

It’s exciting to realise that the face of business — especially small business — is rapidly changing to reflect the evolving social, economic and global context that we live in. Rather than be afraid of the change, SME’s can embrace the opportunities that come with evolution. Small businesses are no longer just the corner stores and restaurants. Small businesses have evolved to become professional services (accountants, lawyers, financial advisors), educators, real estat...

uncategorized

The Sh*t HR Says

  Ever received a ridiculous comment from a HR professional? We've been sharing some HR horror stories with you over the last month. In case you have missed the posts, here are the most cringeworthy ones. "We're going to throw everyone in the pool....because we want to keep the good people".....overheard during a meeting to talk through the company restructure and redundancy process...   Do these sound horribly familiar - the top 3 excuses we've heard HR say to explai...

diversity-inclusion

Data Driven Results To Close The Pay Gap

  Today is Equal Pay Day. It falls on this day to mark the additional time from the end of the financial year it takes for a woman to earn the same as her male colleagues. That’s 65-days of full-time work and a pay gap of 23.1% for total pay of full-time employees and 17.7% for base pay of full-time employees.  For the average wages, a pay gap of 15.3% exists, which means that on average, men working full-time earned $1,638.30 and women earned $1,387.10, a differ...

culture

3 Steps To Conquer Self Doubt After A Career Break

There are moments in life when you can really question yourself and your decisions. The self-doubt ‘monster’ starts creeping up and tapping you on your shoulder. It’s usually when you need to take a leap into the unknown without having all the answers. I have returned to work this month after a six month career break, but what does a career break even mean? Well for me it was a chance to stop working altogether, take some time to rest, to breathe, to think and p...

change-management

How To Keep People At The Heart of Company Restructure

In a highly competitive and dynamic business environment, SME companies have to be quick to adapt to change whether it's due to a merger, buy out or change in business strategy. We often get asked what the best way is to manage and approach internal change, especially as a poorly managed restructure can quickly snowball into an organisational disaster with long term negative effects for all involved. In this video discussion with Katriina Tahka and Simone Gigg we share the thre...

uncategorized

Everyone belongs: Celebrating Harmony Day 2017

Over the past 70 years, over seven and a half million people have migrated to Australia to make it their home. Today as we celebrate our rich cultural diversity we face challenging times in ensuring that everyone feels like they belong. I’ve blogged before about the need for us as a society to transform the narrative around diversity to one that is built on connection and not difference.  At the very core of belonging is a sense of safety, comfort, confidence and being auth...

coaching

My #AHAMoment: Meet Simone Gigg

Have you ever taken time out from your career, be it a break or to have a child or due to illness and wondered how you would ever return to work? Well I have just taken a 6 month break from a very busy and successful career in HR and it has given me the time to think about what is important to me in my career and what I want my career to look like going forward. I have decided not to return to a large organisation but to consult back to organisations instead to give me more flexi...

change

The Countdown Is On To Re-imagine The Future Of Work.

I don’t mean to alarm you, but 2020 is about 1,000 days away. For years, 2020 felt like a time and place so far into the future that it didn’t need our close attention. But now, it’s just under 3 years away and things are getting very real. There are so many great expectations placed on 2020. For instance, almost every organisation on the planet has a 2020 strategy they’re aspiring to achieve, many in the USA are already gearing up for the 2020 presidential campaign,...

flexible-work

Working From Home - Reality versus Perception - the BBC clip that absolutely nails it!

If you happened to miss the extraordinarily delightful moment where a daughter dances in to the room while her father is conducting a BBC TV interview, you need to do yourself a favour and YouTube it immediately. This short clip is absolutely nailed the reality of working from home. We try so hard to mask the fact that we’re working from home by making sure that when we’re on calls that the place is quiet. For Prof. Robert Kelly who was doing his live broadcast from h...

diversity-inclusion

How The Gender Pay Gap Adds Up

  Equal Pay Day falls tomorrow, 4th September. It marks the additional time from the end of the previous financial year it takes for a woman to earn the same as her male colleagues. This fantastic infographic from the Workplace Gender Equality Agency shows you why Equal Pay Day matters and how the national gender pay gap adds up over a woman's lifetime. More on The Gender Pay Gap Read more on how to use data driven results to close the gender pay gap. Learn how A-HA can he...

change-management

On International Women's Day, lets make a pledge to keep diversity alive all year round

Be bold for change is the campaign theme this year for International Women's Day, so as we take part in the various IWD events today, let's make a bold pledge to keep the spotlight on diversity and inclusion all year round beyond the annual celebrations. March is always a busy month on the diversity calendar! Between International Women’s Day (IWD) and Harmony Day most of the month is taken up with celebrating gender diversity and then cultural diversity. But what happens...

workplace-culture

The Sh*t HR Says - Episode 1

Welcome to the first episode of The Sh*t HR Says. We believe it’s time to be bold around calling out the things that HR don't do well. We hear horror HR stories all the time and think it's time to start shining a light on why they're so bad. We are launching ‘The Sh*t HR Says’ campaign to share our own cringe worthy moments to show that you are not alone, many of us have had horrendous experiences and it’s time to name it to tame it! ...

hr-analytics

How To Change Your HR Story Using Data Analytics

Everyone loves a story; whether it’s for learning, for pleasure or for business. And when it comes to HR there is no exception. Today HR, more than ever is applying analytics to tell a story about their people. Data analytics is a hot commodity right now and organisations are paying more attention to their overall numbers, not just the financial. Better understanding your people/HR data through rigorous analysis can deliver leaders with enormous value. HR has had a bit of ...

a-human-agency-news

Meet The Team: Coffee break Q&A with Clare Babbage, Principal

Clare Babbage has recently joined the growing A-HA team as one of our newest Principals, bringing with her a depth of experience that spans the Government and NGO sectors in Australia, NZ and the UK. A bit of a maverick, she grows organisational capability by using her skills in facilitation and behaviour change to create new norms in Culture, Leadership + Diversity. Read more about Clare in her own words... I grow organisational capability by using my skills in facilitation and...

culture-values-alignment

Top Tips To Fire Up Your Workplace Culture

As we get stuck into the new year, for many business owners, it’s a time to plan, reassess strategies and refresh goals. Clients often ask for our advice and there are usually common questions and issues that pop-up. We know that many of us are short on time too so we’ve decided to create a bite sized series of videos on our top tips, advice and HR how-to’s.  In our first video, we share our top tips on how you can transform your workplace culture to achieve business goals....

diversity-inclusion

Gender Equality: How do we drive change in 2017

Gender equality in the workplace has been under the spotlight in the last week at the World Economic Forum with Christine Lagarde, the head of the IMF commenting on the slow down in progress across the last decade. In particular the current pace of change that predicts it will take us 170 years to reach parity. https://www.wgea.gov.au/addressing-pay-equity/what-gender-pay-gap In Australia, the pay gap sits at 23.1% according to the latest WGEA Gender Equality Scorecard r...

coaching

How to create an informal coaching culture

Can we talk about coaching for a moment? We need to demystify it. A few months ago we soft launched our coaching suite to the market (you didn’t know? check it out here). We launched it because coaching was often too far out of each for most people, in terms of price and accessibility, which doesn’t make sense to me. Since the soft launch and wrapping a recent client engagement on creating an internal coaching culture, I’ve become even more certain that the way t...

future-of-work

The future of work & parenting - what's next?

Working fathers today are far more involved in their children’s lives than ever before and in families where both partners work, sharing the work and family juggle has become a necessity. Perceptions of modern fatherhood are slowly changing, but dependent on what your job is and where you work, there are still cultural and economic barriers to achieving equality at home and shared parenting. Research on fathers taking parental leave is limited. According to a recent report, i...

learning-development

Creating A Success Mindset

The success of your business strategy, is dependent on many factors, the most important being individuals’ mindset, without which the most promising strategy is doomed to failure. Research on entrepreneurial mindset reveals that they are passionate risk takers, focused individuals with a mantra of never give up! What is the internal process they undertake to develop their personal mindset and capacity to perform at the highest level? They are highly intuitive constantly scan the...

diversity-inclusion

The Hidden Skills Gap: Getting More Women Into Trades

Getting more women into STEM fields is a critical part of boosting innovation in Australia. While government and industry initiatives are a step in the right direction for the science, technology and engineering fields, talent supply into the construction and infrastructure industries is falling below sustainable levels. According to research undertaken by the Department of Employment in 2015, construction trades are one of the most difficult groups to recruit for. ‘Employers...

learning-development

Creating Conscious Leaders and a Mindset For Success

In the first of a series from our Learning Lab speakers, we interview Jane Mara about her work and research into intuition and the inner workings of the mind. Jane is an author, researcher, management trainer and executive coach applying the power of personal mindset to create success for organisations and individuals. She has contextualised intuitive intelligence into decision-making, resilience strategies for stress management and to develop entrepreneurial thinking.   A ...

learning-development

Learning Lab Speaker Series | Meet Jane Mara

In the first of a series from our Learning Lab speakers, we interview Jane Mara about her work and research into intuition and the inner workings of the mind. Jane is an author, researcher, management trainer and executive coach applying the power of personal mindset to create success for organisations and individuals. She has contextualised intuitive intelligence into decision-making, resilience strategies for stress management and to develop entrepreneurial thinking. "The...

people-strategy

Rethinking The Performance Review

Born in the industrial post war era when bosses ruled the production line by fear, the traditional annual performance review has grown into a bureaucratic nightmare for many. It is a throwback to a ‘command and control’ mindset that attempts to quantify individual performance into a number. At its most extreme form employees are ranked, rated and mapped out on a bell curve (known as the infamous ‘stack and rank’ process) with devastating consequences to staff morale and ta...

diversity-inclusion

Together: A Diversity Narrative that is built on Connection not Difference

'Together' was the theme of #TEDxSydney 2016.  The incredible line up of (dare I say!) diverse speakers sparked in me the big idea that we need a new human narrative about diversity and in this we have a lot to learn from starfish. Yes starfish. But more precisely, the complex natural systems that all living things are a part of and the ecosystem that connects everyone and everything. Why is it that when you say 'biodiversity' everyone thinks of coral, starfish, seaweed, beehi...

change

Leadership Series | Torrents and Toothpicks

Flexible working arrangements, the rise of digital/social communication, increasing economic uncertainty, constant change, endless reshuffling of the deckchairs...how is a leader to cope? Well clearly the leader who tries to control all of this will not. How could you? It's like trying to hold back a torrent with a toothpick. So what does effective leadership look like in this day and age? This is (not surprisingly given we spruik ourselves as consultants) a question that a...

change

The Future of Work isn't All Bots, it Must Include People

Last week I attended the 2016 Future of Work conference hosted by the Centre for Workplace Leadership in Melbourne. The brilliant line up of guest speakers showcased some of the best minds around and their thinking about the future of work. It's something we all need to be planning for, now.  Here are my five key take away messages: People need to be included in the conversation around the future of work. Genevieve Bell, Intel Corporation shared that there are too many c...

gender-reporting

HR Analytics that Deliver Powerful People Insights

HR Analytics has been a hot topic for the past few years however many businesses and HR practitioners still have little or no knowledge and experience in applying statistical data that associates HR and business strategy. But it isn't so hard to get started once you know a few hot tips for where to begin. As A-HA's resident Data Scientist I’ve had the opportunity to work with a number of awesome companies to help design, develop and build HR Analytical Dashboards. Dashboa...

change-management

Sustain your diversity strategy all year round

March was a very busy month for diversity and inclusion.  Many organisations celebrated International Women’s Day (IWD) and then Harmony Day.  Now in April larger organisations ( 100+ employees) have shifted their focus to finalising Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) annual reports and Employer of Choice for Gender Equality citation applications. If March was D&I party season, April is reporting season!  In my experience, once the final reports are filed di...

diversity-inclusion

IWD2016: Moving from talk to action with five important pledges

It's been more than 100 years since International Women’s Day was first recognised in 1911. In that time there has been important progress in improving the rights and standards of living for women and girls around the world;  however, there is still much work to be done.  The IWD2016 theme #pledge for parity is a call to action to both indivuduals and organisations. Collectively we can accelerate the pace of change by making the five pledge actions come to life. T...

transformation

Fire up your workplace culture and performance!

A-HA's recent research in collaboration with the Centre for Workplace Leadership is featured in Smart Company this week. Here's a copy for you, our loyal readers, in case you missed it! Whether your organisation is big or small, a savvy start up or an experienced player, it's never too late to take steps to create a modern workplace culture that is open, innovative, productive and rewarding for all stakeholders; and boosts productivity and business performance. In this S...

diversity-inclusion

Strengthening gender diversity in Australian organisations

Background The Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) is the peak body when it comes to gender diversity in Australia and is an Australian Government statutory agency created by the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012. We partnered with WGEA to co-create a series of documents guiding Australian gender reporting organisations on how to read, interpret, and communicate their WGEA Benchmark Reports. What we did We co-created and co-designed the Benchmark Insights Guide with WG...

flexible-work

Making Flexibility Work

Flexible work arrangements usually make you think of policies and processes which enable flexibility at work. Imagine a workplace where flexible work arrangements are based on trust. Trust between an individual and the organisation that both are looking out for each others collective interests. A culture of workplace flexibility based on trust is exactly what we discovered when we interviewed Marque Lawyers as a part of the Making Flexibility Work project in collabora...

culture

Tips for maximising impact & minimising stress of workplace investigations

Workplace investigation. Usually these two words make you cringe. Something has gone wrong. Someone may be hurt. Someone else may be to blame. Either way a rigorous process has to be followed to make sure that the situation is properly dealt with and resolved to the best of your ability.Handled badly, a workplace investigation can further damage a team and organisational culture that is already under stress. However, an investigation conducted fairly and with respect can ...

diversity-inclusion

What will your workplace gender equality report tell you?

For many kids and companies alike, the end of year signals report card time! Receiving a report at the end of the year can be a powerful catalyst for learning about strengths and weaknesses, forward planning and improving performance. It's also a great time to reflect. Whether a report makes us feel positive or disappointed, motivated or disheartened  will depend on how we interpret the results and the stories we tell ourselves about the outcomes achieved. Workpla...

coaching

Coaching: moving beyond the framework

Most of us love a good framework. Nothing gives us more comfort and confidence that using a tried and tested framework or model, especially if it’s from a slick university or professional services firm. The challenge with most frameworks though is that we like to follow it a bit like a recipe - so that we don’t get it wrong. Coaching is a great example of where we sometimes follow a framework a bit too closely and then miss the human connection. Coaching has ...

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coaching

Coaching: moving beyond the framework

Most of us love a good framework. Nothing gives us more comfort and confidence that using a tried and tested framework or model, especially if it’s from a slick university or professional services firm. The challenge with most frameworks though is that we like to follow it a bit like a recipe - so that we don’t get it wrong. Coaching is a great example of where we sometimes follow a framework a bit too closely and then miss the human connection. Coaching has ...

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diversity-inclusion

Firing the big guns at gender equality

The appointment this week of Senator the Honorable Marisa Payne as the Minister of Defence has been the single most exciting and symbolic step towards gender equality that I have seen in a long time. It sends such a loud and irrefutable message about the equal ability of females and males to work and lead in what ever field they are passionate and skilled in. Add to this the Prime Minister's public call for a cultural shift in Australia to become a country that is internat...

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coaching

A-HA! Leadership Series Part 2: The Strategist

In Part Two of the A-HA! Leadership Series, we meet The Strategist. Convinced of their own ability yet surrounded only by people who love them. This is the second blog in a six part Leadership Series which draws on Centre for Workplace Leadership 'Bad Bosses' videos. In Part One we met The Perfectionist. Let's see how they compare... Ever worked with a leader who was purely strategic and hated the tactical? Where everything said is future focused, optimistic, imaginative, and ...

coaching

Was Tony Abbott performance managed?

Australia has its fifth Prime Minister in less than five years with the rolling of Tony Abbott for Malcolm Turnbull and there are two things we can learn from it; 1) Strong leadership is essential In a recent interview Julie Bishop made it clear that it was her leadership obligation as the Liberal party deputy, to honour the feedback from her colleagues who had lost faith in Abbott as the party leader. She felt it her responsibility to give the feedback to her leader even th...

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leadership

A-HA! Leadership Series Part 1: The Perfectionist

The Perfectionist - they're conscientious, impatient & afraid to make mistakes... The Centre for Workplace Leadership recently released a series of satirical clips on bad bosses  to show how easy it is to learn bad habits from others. When the actors were pressed to improvise what a good boss did, they said something fascinating, “we can’t improvise that because we’d need to learn it first.” Brilliant insight! So I decided that would share with yo...

leadership

The Future of Work is... here!

Predicting the future is something humans have been doing for centuries.   When it comes to work, the future of work is a hot topic that many people are debating. But are we being brave enough in our thinking? A few weeks ago my Co-CEO Simon and I were super excited to join the collective thinking around the Future of Work at the Vivid Ideas festival in Sydney with the lovely folks from the Centre for Workplace Leadership. Ever since then I have been reflecting on the core que...

learning-development

Consciously cultivate an innovation culture in your business

A-HA! congratulates each of the winning companies named today in the 2015 BRW Most Innovative Companies List.   Companies aspiring to be named on this list will be interested to know that a culture of innovation needs to be consciously cultivated.  This great Infographic from Inventium, the innovation consultants judging the Awards, shows that 85% of the Most Innovative Companies had a formal innovation process in place.   As with all elements of your corpo...

change-management

Who plays Follow the Leader? Why cultivating your followers is a mark of real leadership

We spend so much time developing our leaders - but what about our first followers?  What's a first follower? Picture this - an outdoor music festival, a lone dancer on the hill dancing outrageously with his arms in the air.   Other festival goers sit around watching him, giggling and pointing from the safety of their circles and filming him on their smart phones. Then something happens - someone else gets up and joins him, pats him on the back and starts to dance alo...

change

Making gender equality work for your organisation

A-HA! is proud to have worked with the Centre for Workplace Leadership on the Workplace Gender and Equality Strategy Project. The final report released today provides case studies and deep insights realised from interviews with ten Australian organisations covering different sectors and industries and draws on WGEA's Gender Strategy Toolkit. Whether you are starting out on your diversity journey or have been working hard on achieving gender equality but have now hit a bit of...

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talent-acquisition

Fill your talent pipeline: Ready, Set, Hire!

he Government recently announced a pilot program aimed at subsidising nannies for late night shift workers. This is an exciting first step towards making child care more affordable for many working parents. However, holding the Government back from launching into rebating nannies is how to ensure regulation of this industry and ensure they are from “approved providers”. I thought about how this would affect the industry and all the businesses associated with this industr...

change-management

Strong change management is the key to unlocking successful unconscious bias programs

Unconscious bias is the must have ‘little black dress’ of the moment. There are countless organisations exploring how it impacts their business, leaders, and key decisions. Unfortunately, most organisations are bundling it with diversity and inclusion efforts only, which isn’t getting the traction they need to sustain it. I was recently invited by the lovely folks at Peoplecorp to deliver a short session on how to embed unconscious bias, so I thought I’d share it with you ...

leadership

Is bravery the best leadership trait?

The wonderful Margie Warrell (http://margiewarrell.com) released her book called “Brave – 50 everyday acts of courage to thrive in work, love, and life”. We caught up at a leadership event where Margie was talking about being brave and how it manifests in every part of our lives. It got me thinking. It’s something we were told when we’re afraid of an outcome. It’s deemed a noble trait to have bravery and valour, but so many of us would prefer to bury our hea...

diversity-inclusion

Sustainable diversity strategy or annual celebration? Keeping diversity alive all yea...

March is always a busy month on the diversity calendar! Between International Women’s Day (IWD) on 9th March and Harmony Day on 21st March most of the month is taken up with celebrating gender diversity and then cultural diversity. By April larger organisations (over 100 employees) have moved into reporting mode and are focused on finalising their Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) annual reports and Employer of Choice for Gender Equality applications. If March is...

diversity-inclusion

Women Who Rock! And Rock the House We Did!

Australian women are as diverse as our landscape and history. On Friday 20 March the Women Who Rock: Make it Happen IWD lunch was a celebration of the many extraordinary things that ordinary women, just like you and me, can and have achieved when they set their hearts and minds to it. Although it’s impossible to cram over three hours of inspiring conversations, music and connections onto one page, the #ahamoments are too good not to share. I was lucky enough to be the...

leadership

Workplace Investigations: How to Get It Right

By now many people in Australia will know Todd Carney’s name for all the wrong reasons. After his infamous ‘bubbling’ photo, he was sacked from his football team. But what happened next is an important lesson for all companies and HR teams, as Carney took his football team to court for unfair dismissal – and won. The incident was the last in a line of controversies for him, and it certainly achieved the most public prominence, with many in media and social me...

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employee-engagement

Being Strengths-Based in Dealing with Failure

Everybody fails; even the greats! Madonna taking a tumble during a recent live performance proved that even the most well rehearsed events can go horribly wrong. A wardrobe malfunction saw Madonna pulled down a staircase, crash land on her back, and end up with whiplash. It wasn’t easy to watch but within seconds social media was abuzz with horrifying comments like ‘watching a pensioner fall down stairs’ and it being the ‘funniest thing on TV’. What...

diversity-inclusion

Recognising Your Own Achievements - the start to gender equality

“OMG! She’s so amazing!” Over the last week I’ve been involved in numerous International Women’s Day conversations and events. I am really enjoying seeing the celebration of women’s achievements broadening in its reach outside of the usual forums: there are more grassroots level celebrations being held than I’ve seen before, and, most importantly, more men are getting involved! The #heforshe campaign ("A Solidarity Movement for Gender Equality") has been ...

diversity-inclusion

What does International Women's Day really mean?

It’s that time of year again! Preparations are well underway in many organisations for International Women's Day (IWD), celebrated globally on the 8th of March each year. Over the years I’ve been to many “women’s” events set out to celebrate women's achievements. Most events have a common theme and a common flow: a panel of super high-powered, potentially intimidating, CV carrying (and shoulder padded) women sharing the ‘secrets’ of how they got to the top...

employee-engagement

Leadership Challenge - Ten Tips: Every Day Employee Engagement Ideas

Have you ever looked across the table at your boss and thought to yourself, "You're an incompetent idiot"? Chances are, we’ve all worked for someone who appears to do absolutely nothing other than make your life hell. I still wonder how it is that people like this get in to such great positions. Perhaps they manage up really well? Maybe they were just in the right place at the right time? One thing is for certain; they usually treat those working with them terribly. ...