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

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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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

Navigating Boundaries: A Perspective from the World of Coaching

boundary, n.
That which serves to indicate the bounds or limits of anything whether material or immaterial; also the limit itself. (OED)

Boundaries are part of life – they enable us, and they constrain us. Many self-help books and coaching guides stress the need for busy people to set boundaries and learn to say no.

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No Fitbit, no insurance? Could this be Australia’s next Royal Commission?

Australia has seen its fair share of royal commissions: from construction in 2001 to financial services and aged care in 2019,  … just go to Wikipedia and look at the list. So imagine your insurance firm is next. Far-fetched? Well, consider the emerging practice to tie insurance policies to your Fitbit data. We have seen examples in Australia, Europe, and the United States. Read more