Recipient of Sue Seawright Award for Excellence 2016


Recipient of Sue Seawright Award for Excellence 2016

I was delighted, and surprised, to be chosen as the 2016 recipient of the Sue Seawright Award last week. Recognising excellence of a career practitioner and voted for by peers, the award was presented by Stephen Wyatt, the Victorian President of the Careers Development Association of Australia (CDAA) at a professional development/annual awards & recognition […]

Group Reward & Evaluation Adds Real Value


Group Reward & Evaluation Adds Real Value

A couple of interesting findings are thrown up by recent research published in the Journal of Business Research, looking at the effect of individual vs. group reward & evaluation systems on group work behaviour, performance and cooperation. Firstly that within a group, competitive individuals do better (of course!) but that groups cooperating as a whole, […]

A Labour Market that Works?


A Labour Market that Works?

The clever folk at McKinsey have just released an interesting report looking at labour markets! “A Labor Market that Works: Connecting Talent with Opportunity in the Digital Age” acknowledges the historic challenges faced by the labour market but argues that with advances in technology, we are already seeing an improvement in the global alignment between specialist skills & […]

A Universal Basic Income?


A Universal Basic Income?

If 47% of jobs are to be computerised within the next two decades, what does that mean for most people’s ability to earn money? This FastCo article explores the concept of a universal basic income, or ‘Mincome’, whereby everyone is given a minimum income.  But, is it workable?   The evidence, albeit from a limited number of cases, is […]

Managing Diversity in Organisations is Everyone’s Responsibility


Managing Diversity in Organisations is Everyone’s Responsibility

“Changing the status quo is everyone’s responsibility, not through annual objectives, but through a shared understanding that we can’t deliver policies successfully in challenging times without a diverse leadership team to help us make more objective decisions and provide the resilience a fast-moving external environment demands.” Such insight and wisdom from Martin Donnelly, a UK Civil Servant, […]

David Gonski & Invaluable Mentors


David Gonski & Invaluable Mentors

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Patrick Durkin’s article in the AFR last week on David Gonski. We ‘know’ David from his various roles: he was the former Chairman of the ASX, is currently the Chancellor of University of NSW and was the former Chairman of the committee commissioned by Julia Gillard in 2010 to look at […]

Stop Star Performers Losing their Passion


Stop Star Performers Losing their Passion

While many organisations offer a mentor/mentee type of arrangement – either formally or informally – to support their staff, some companies are going further to prevent the loss of their star performers. It has long been recognised that while high performing individuals give of themselves in many ways to their job and employer, there are […]

There’s work to be done over Christmas!


There’s work to be done over Christmas!

Don’t let your guard down; there’s work to be done over Christmas!  Along with the social gatherings and a well-earned break over the next few weeks, don’t lose sight of potential opportunities to both network and kick start your 2015 job search early on in January. Not all companies want to wait until February to […]

Graduate Work Experience is Crucial!


Graduate Work Experience is Crucial!

Why is Graduate Work Experience so important?  According to an industry report that surveyed 149 financial & accountancy industry employers in the UK, professional qualification, relevant work experience & strong communication skills are the top three most important ‘assets’ that an entry-level candidate must have.  And that of course, is true of the Australian market […]