Everyone likes a good news story and Helen’s journey on the Public Sector Management Program (PSMP) is inspiring and grounding at the same time. As the top academic student in her cohort, she not only achieved an outstanding GPA but also is implementing the recommendations from her workplace project on creating a more diverse and inclusive workplace. Read more
Emerging out of the drizzling rain the MBA team “These Suits were made for walking” turned the corner, completing their 55 kilometre hike through steep Australian bush terrain in 11 hours 3 minutes, representing an end to their 14-week journey in their “Adaptive Leadership” MBA course. As he crossed the line team member Tom Hodginson thanked the QUT MBA teaching team and observed: “you really don’t know what you’re going to get out of this until you cross the finish line”. Read more
Robert Cialdini, the famous professor of psychology from Arizona State University and protagonist of the power of ethical persuasion, says that right now, somewhere, somehow, someone is creating the next great ‘thing’. He concludes that it is our job as educators to find it, understand it, support it, and help to make it good practice, more quickly than before! Read more
Rotary International, founded more than 100 years ago in 1905, has over 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs around the world, and has contributed more than $3 billion to life-changing and sustainable community development and aid programs. Perhaps the most notable of these is its PolioPlus program, that since 1979 has helped immunise more than 2.5 billion children worldwide and reduce cases by 99.9 percent. In Australia today, more than 30,000 business leaders are members of more than 1,100 clubs, however many, including the Rotary Club of Brisbane that is the third oldest in Australia, face a membership challenge. Read more
Jennifer St George has been managing businesses and leading teams for more than thirty years. As her career progressed, Jennifer realised she had been coaching her staff using the approach modelled by her first mentor and knew she could do better. Determined to delve deeper into the expertise of others, Jennifer enrolled into the QUT Leadership through Coaching and Mentoring program (LCAM) and has never looked back.
She shares with us insights from her personal journey of organisational change and self-discovery.
Intuition is the supra-logic that cuts out all the routine processes of thought and leaps straight from the problem to the answer. – Robert Graves
Trust your hunches. They’re usually based on facts filed away just below the conscious level. – Joyce Brothers
Much of the published commentary on leadership in recent decades has wrestled with the contentious concept of intuition. Theories and perspectives abound. Most commentators agree, however, that in an age of information overload, the best leaders draw from a deep well of unconscious intelligence at least as much as they rely on conscious, rational, evidence-based decision making.
Top-level executive teams are invariably populated by highly-intelligent, capable, passionate and often competitive individuals. They have to make decisions under pressure, and face the brunt of the volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity (‘VUCA’) that typifies the global economic environment. Employees, shareholders commentators, and external advisors observe top teams in action.
It seems that design thinking is the new black! But what is it, and what are its fundamentals?