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AI in the workplace needs a lot more accountability, less secrecy

Artificial intelligence has had more than a few false dawns. Academic research started in the field in the 1950s, and an AI villain helped catapult the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey to fame in 1968. But while a lot of valuable AI computing methodologies have been conceived and demonstrated over the last 60 years, until … Continue reading AI in the workplace needs a lot more accountability, less secrecy

Will government data sharing become an outcome of digital service redesign?

The Australian federal government decided in 2018 to form the Australian Digital Council, a Ministerial Council goaled with finding ways to better coordinate data sharing and collaboration between different State and Federal government entities. Finding common ground amongst State and Federal government leaders is difficult at the best of times, so after only one year … Continue reading Will government data sharing become an outcome of digital service redesign?

Looming revenue pressures will challenge State Governments

The media usually portrays each new Government budget in terms of immediate winners and losers, highlighting the complaints of a few of the most vocal interest groups. With this heightened focus on winners and losers, it can be easy to lose sight of the bigger picture. Australia’s system of government is supposed to fund activities … Continue reading Looming revenue pressures will challenge State Governments

The Single Aged Care Quality Framework, What every Board member needs to know

On 1 July 2019, major reforms to the Australian aged care sector will come into effect. What’s Changing & Why Designed with the customer at the centre of services, recent reforms have seen the introduction of a single Charter of Aged Care Rights for all aged care recipients. In addition, the Federal government will provide … Continue reading The Single Aged Care Quality Framework, What every Board member needs to know

The demographic disaster facing public sector budgets

By and large, we expect to pay taxes, elect politicians, and abide by the laws of the day. In return we expect governments to deliver the services we want. Things like easy access to good quality education, inexpensive medical services, reliable water, transport, and help when floods or fires affect our communities. Which are all … Continue reading The demographic disaster facing public sector budgets

Bend or break – the winds of change facing business and public sector leaders

Who would have thought that within two short years we would be witnessing such profound social, political and economic change. One wonders what the next ten years holds for us? History is littered with examples of the rise and fall of civilisations. The recent backlash to globalisation has heralded the re-emergence of protectionist trade and isolationist immigration policies in major global economies. … Continue reading Bend or break – the winds of change facing business and public sector leaders

Commissioning government services – panacea or pitfall for Public Sector Leaders.

Recent state and federal reform agendas have focused heavily on identifying new and innovative ways of delivering services for taxpayers and users of government services – such as healthcare and social services – more efficiently and effectively whilst ensuring accountability remains squarely centered on those responsible for delivering services. According to a recent Deloitte report titled … Continue reading Commissioning government services – panacea or pitfall for Public Sector Leaders.

How Trump used change theory to defeat Clinton and what leaders can learn

The change equation is a simple but powerful statement that helps leaders positively influence and manage resistance to change. One that Donald J. Trump appears to have used with devastating effect in the lead-up to his victory earlier this month. Published by Richard Beckhard and Rubin Harris in 1977, the change equation argues that a … Continue reading How Trump used change theory to defeat Clinton and what leaders can learn

Leading in 2030, what will it take?

The velocity of geopolitical, social and economic change shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon. Transformative shifts are underway throughout major economies and will have profound ramifications for current and future leaders. It appears that the leadership skills and traits of the past are failing, and a very different set of skills will need to … Continue reading Leading in 2030, what will it take?

The double bind of sexism

Sexism is a cultural challenge that is entrenched in many Australian businesses. It is completely counterproductive, as many businesses are currently struggling to attract and retain talented people in a very competitive market. Women outnumber men in Australia and have high workforce participation rates. The Australian Bureau of Statistics regularly calculates the sex ratio – … Continue reading The double bind of sexism