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Faye Restall Jul 14, 2015

Fill your talent pipeline: Ready, Set, Hire!

The 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 in...

Simon Corcoran Jun 02, 2015

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 sh...

Simon Corcoran May 07, 2015

Is bravery the best leadership trait?

The wonderful Margie Warrell ( 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...

Katriina Tahka Apr 23, 2015

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 p...

Katriina Tahka Apr 02, 2015

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...

Simon Corcoran Mar 31, 2015

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 soc...

Simon Corcoran Mar 18, 2015

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’. Wh...

Katriina Tahka Mar 13, 2015

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 Gen...

Katriina Tahka Feb 26, 2015

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...

Simon Corcoran Feb 20, 2015

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. Thes...

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