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Leadership in Press Freedom with Maria Ressa
Maria Ressa is a 2021 Nobel Peace Prize Winner and a freedom fighter for independent journalism. Ressa asks each of us, "What are you going to do to protect the facts in your area of influence? Because when you do that, you protect the truth." I loved sitting in to hear her talk on the Harvard 2021 Salant Lecture for Freedom of Press.
Future Leaders need to take resilience in hand
Like so many systemic problems in our society, the questions we ask around mental health far outweigh the answers we fall back on. Are you really okay? Are we really okay? What can we do to be better?
Pride Cup returns to its grassroots origins
Pride Cup harnesses the power of sport to send a strong message of hope, inclusion and acceptance to LGBTIQ+ athletes, officials and supporters. By addressing harmful gender norms at community level, we believe we can affect instances of homophobia and harassment throughout greater society.
AFGC 2020 Future Leaders Forum
The fast-moving consumer goods sector straddles many of the biggest challenges facing business today. Whether it be supply-chain ethics, COVID disruption, technology adoption, or the shifting of regulatory and social expectations, leadership in the sector must be brave.
What does mental health leadership look like today?
As we map our road forward to a ‘COVID-normal’, what are we going to take with us and what will we leave behind? This pandemic has hit pause on our routines and given us all a chance to reflect on the factors contributing to our wellbeing as individuals, organisations and as a society. We see cries for help to mental health hotlines spike, fears of domestic violence increase during iso and a general malaise of youth who were already struggling to envisage a bright future for themselves. Mental Health professionals are highlighting a secondary curve likely to escalate, that of mental health.
What should we do when every decision is a tough decision?
When I sat down to chat with renowned transformation strategist, Ron Gauci, we were discussing the mindset leaders need to cultivate in order to turn crisis-imposed business disruption into crisis-led business transformation. Ron’s practical and experienced-based tips seem to have struck a chord with the LinkedIn family and so this insights paper seeks to break down the information into actionable steps to take when every decision feels difficult.
“Plans stop working the moment the first bullet is fired.”
As an ADF veteran of 15 years, Former Health Operations Executive trained in strategic leadership and with experience in disease management in Washington D.C., Emma provided pragmatic advice on how leaders might tackle the challenge we are facing today, as well as plan for those we will inevitably face tomorrow. I asked her “why the ideas of preparedness and planning seem at odds with the disruption and chaos brought on by crisis”. She proceeded to give a compelling view of planned disruption and disrupted plans.
Habit-hacks for leaders too busy for leadership development
The science emerging around habits offers an alternative way to address the dissonance. The notion that ‘we are what we repeatedly do’ is a tangible and pragmatic way to master our goals, without expending significant money, time or even willpower in the process. As James Clear explains in his book ‘Atomic Habits’, it’s the tiny things that we do each day, that when enacted frequently and with consistency, define not only our behaviour, but our identity. Add to that accountability – the simple act of telling someone what we are hoping to achieve – and our chances of success increase by 70% (Matthews, 2015). Finally, own your start of day and end of day routines. These are powerful triggers in our daily cycle. Begin as you wish to continue, and continue as you wish to begin!
Not Making a Decision, is Making a Decision.
As a leader of today, Rice is clearly focused on empowering the leaders of tomorrow. She emphasizes the need for those in charge to demonstrate trust in their people by delegating and investing in training. 'We must allow them to color outside the lines' she says. Can we imagine a democracy wherein the government actively comes to the youth for ideas, for better questions, even for solutions? I have been fortunate to have seen the success of initiatives such as the G20 Youth Summit in action. I believe there is so much to be gained in bringing different voices together to explore collaborative policy design and development. So long as we are clear on who our decisions are serving...
Leaders trust in difference (not indifference)
Malcolm Gladwell has always been someone who not only pushes boundaries through stories but pushes the boundaries of stories.
The power of unlikely collaborations
As I look back on 2019, one of the absolute highlights was collaborating with the masterfully creative Adam Ferrier and CJ Holden to produce s p a c e – a gathering of unlike minds.