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Breaking Down the Boys Club: How Formal Sponsorship Can Accelerate Female Performance In The Workplace

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 sponsor shares the...

Katriina Tahka May 24, 2018

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— it ...

Katriina Tahka May 23, 2018

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 a lengthy period...

Katriina Tahka May 02, 2018

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”...

Liz Darlington-Brown Mar 07, 2018

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 your busin...

Natalie Galea Jan 22, 2018

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 q...

Jonathan Oller Jan 08, 2018

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 one:...

Jane Arandelovic Dec 21, 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...

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 participa...

Terry Samaras Dec 06, 2017

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...

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...

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