OPINION: Businesses that take the ethical road are future-proofing their people and profits

What's so hard about doing the right thing?

The equation is simple for businesses: the better the ethics of your organisation and its members, the more profit you can make, writes Dr Mark Harvey.

Whether they’re competing for customers or funding, private and public organisations alike need every competitive advantage they can get to survive and thrive. And as people become more savvy about where their money is going, one such advantage has become increasingly clear — doing the right thing. Read more

Soft skills hold the key to career success

Left to right: Traci-Ann Byrnes, First Assistant Secretary, Program Performance, CASG, Defence Graduated PSMP 1998 and EMCPL 2010, Maria Navarro, Graduated EMBA 2010 and current PSMP participant, Dr Peter Beven, QUT facilitator.

They’re often unspoken, but you’d be mistaken for thinking that soft skills such as communication, listening and collaboration hold no relevance in today’s modern workplace. Read more

Experiential Learning for Better Leading

Experiential learning is the process of learning through experience and is more specifically defined as “learning through reflection on doing” (Kolb, 1974). Hands-on learning is a form of experiential learning but does not necessarily involve students reflecting on their output. It is the reflection on doing that crystalizes the learning. Read more

Developing a Mindset for Transformation

Leading the transformation of an organisation is a major undertaking that can be daunting to even the most seasoned of senior leaders. Once a leader realises that transformation necessarily means disrupting ‘business as usual’ (BAU) they also have to come to terms with the need to think differently, Read more

Experiential Learning

Using remote controlled robots is just one of the creative (and fun) ways that QUT is using to build teamwork.

Using remote-controlled robots is just one of the creative (and fun) ways that QUT is using to build teamwork.

For the seasoned leader, talk of an executive team planning retreat or development activity featuring experiential learning conjures up dark thoughts about trust exercises (that’s right, the one where you fall backwards into a colleague’s arms), ropes courses or even bungy jumping!

Fear not, the world has moved on from those heady days of equating leadership development with putting your life at risk, or at least updating your health insurance plan.

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Bang for your Buck: Why Benefits Management is Essential for Project Success

Benefits Management

Corporate educator and benefits management professional, Stephen Jenner is changing the way leaders look at their projects as investments.

Project success is a vital component to every organisation’s business success, and a huge part of this involves benefits management. Dubbed the ‘Rottweiler’ of benefits management, Stephen Jenner has the combination of training that turns the concept of benefits management into a tangible outcome for organisations and the experience to make him a leading educator in the field. Read more

Designing your Transformation

Nobel laureate Herbert Simon wrote that design is about “changing existing circumstances into preferred ones.” The challenge for many businesses embarking upon a transformation journey, however, is that they don’t always have a clear vision of their preferred destination, only hints of where they are going and how it might look when they get there. Read more