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Katriina Tahka Aug 19, 2015

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 corpora...

Faye Restall Aug 06, 2015

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 alongsi...

Katriina Tahka Jul 30, 2015

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 a p...

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...

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