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The Stupid Curve

Posted on November 23, 2017

The stupid curve was a term coined by former U.S. Deloitte boss, Mike Cook, in reference to the representation of men in leadership positions, and the underrepresentation of women. Given …

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elephant in the room, women in engineering

Engineering, Leadership and the Elephant in the Room (women who are not in the room)

Posted on November 23, 2017

Last week, I attended the Engineers Australia College of Leadership and Management event which included a presentation from Minister for Transport and Major Projects, Jacinta Allen (whose passion for building …

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Save your company millions of dollars – ditch your leadership development programs

Posted on October 10, 2017

Heresy you say! What if the whole premise of the Leadership Development industry was flawed? Maybe we are barking up the wrong tree. Maybe the $14B that was invested in leadership development …

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What Female Engineers are Saying

Posted on October 6, 2017

In July 2016, I rolled out a short survey to engineers in different industries. I was interested to know whether women were satisfied with their careers in engineering. Did they …

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Logical Leadership Series – Understanding the work

Posted on August 10, 2017

The quality of leadership dictates the performance of most organisations — and leadership is a social exercise.  After all, organisations are a group of people working together to achieve a …

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Women in Hard Hats – now available!

Posted on July 18, 2017

Women in Hard Hats – building leadership, confidence and life satisfaction in the engineering sector is now available.   Click here to order your copy now!

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What 18-year-old Calum Smith Taught George Calombaris About Leadership

Posted on June 14, 2017

Masterchef is one of the few shows that our whole family enjoys and it is Masterful (excuse the pun)! I love that it is all about seeing ordinary people learning …

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Finding the Nuggets of Leadership Gold in Engineering Organisations

Posted on May 21, 2017

There are vast opportunities to improve the performance of engineering organisations through high-calibre leadership.  However, people are attracted to engineering because they prefer things over people.  They were attracted to …

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Does Unconscious Bias Training Work?

Posted on May 4, 2017

So the business case for diversity has been proven and many organisations are preparing their diversity strategies and hiring ‘diversity and inclusions managers’.  What what has been achieved and what …

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The Gender Resentment Wars

Posted on April 20, 2017

Given the Syrian war, the war on ISIS and the spectre of nuclear war on the Korean Peninsula, it seems that the last thing we need is a war between …

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