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Elizabeth Broderick led change by making gender equity a contest
As we congratulate Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick on her 8 years of incredible service (which came to an end last week), Annabel Crabb reflects on one of the most controversial yet game-changing aspects of Broderick's legacy - making gender equity a contest.
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The Dawning of the Age of Flex Labor
Will the time-honoured concept of people working as full-time employees for a single organisation continue to be the prevailing paradigm? We are continuing to see a shift in workplace practices, and as this article in the Harvard Business Review argues, flexible work is continuing its transition from concept to reality. What is your organisation doing to respond to the emerging flexible work paradigm?
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What Leaders Can Do About the Shrinking Life Expectancy of Corporations
A new report from the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) shows that the average life span of US companies has significantly decreased from just over 55 years to less than 35 years. With 10% of listed companies in the US now failing each year and 32% of companies failing within their first 5 years of operation (compared to 5% in 1965), BCG stresses that organisations need to embed the governance principles of cohesion, prudence, adaptiveness, embeddedness in order to be sustainable. What are you doing to future-proof your organisation?
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Commissioner stretches for flexible APS
Australian Public Service Commissioner, John Lloyd, has said a more flexible employment framework for the APS is vital to deliver a high-performing public service. At Flex Executives, we're already seeing the benefits of the shift to flexible working in action and anticipate that flexible working will be embedded throughout the public sector by 2020.
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Academic Ranking of World Universities – 2015
The Academic Ranking of World Universities 2015 have been released. Great to see so many of our clients represented on the list once again this year, and with over half of Australia’s universities now ranked among the Top 500 universities in the world, the higher ed sector in this country continues to perform well on the international stage.
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Victoria to introduce family violence leave for public servants
Following on from businesses such as Telstra and Virgin Australia, the Victoria government has announced that, for the first time, tens of thousands of public servants will be entitled to family violence leave. It will be interesting to see how widespread this significant policy shift becomes, especially within the the private sector.
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Dads need to bring more of home to work, Broderick says
"When men step up and work differently ... it says you can be a serious player at work and an engaged dad. That role modelling, that sharing of yourself, your personal experience, your personal challenges is so important and it's what I call courageous leadership." One of the many observations from Elizabeth Broderick's wonderful speech at the CEDA event on August 5th, and a great summary of the themes discussed in The Age.
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Sheryl Sandberg to Grads: Fortune Favors the Bold
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg recently gave an inspiring graduation speech at the Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management in Beijing, just weeks after the tragic death of her husband, SurveyMonkey CEO David Goldberg. A key message from Sandberg is that equality in the workplace is not just good for women - it's good for everyone. As she said: "Female participation in the workforce is a major driver of economic growth. Companies that recognize the full talents of the entire population outperform those that do not.”
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Facebook - Managing Unconscious Bias
As the concept of 'unconscious bias' has hit the headlines in the past week (with Julia Gillard recently weighing into the debate), it's interesting to see how Facebook is tackling this issue, with the company recently releasing their internal video training modules for public consumption. As one of the major impediments to a truly diverse workforce, the traction that unconscious bias is beginning to make is both timely and encouraging.
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Lack of boardroom diversity holding back UK PLC – Grant Thornton report
The gender diversity space is highly active at the moment, with a new report from Grant Thornton International suggesting the lack of diversity amongst corporate board members is having an adverse impact on company performance.
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CEDA Luncheon - Changing the landscape of gender equality
Jo Fisher, Managing Director, joins a panel of industry leaders on August 5 2015 as we reflect on the progress, setbacks and clear areas of opportunity to create a more gender equal world. At this forum, the panel and CEDA will invite male and female leaders to engage in a way forward on gender equality: How do we lead with action to accelerate progress?
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12 things you should read if you’re interested in global higher education
From the most international universities in the world to how demographic change will shape 21st-century higher education, some articles of interest on the current global higher education landscape.
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Female representation on UK Boards hits 25% for the first time
The 30% Club launched in the UK in 2010 with a goal of achieving 30% women on FTSE-100 boards by end 2015 – currently the figures stand at 25.4% up from 12.5% in 2009.
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Julia Gillard says 'unconscious bias' against women must be tackled
Former prime minister Julia Gillard says the "unconscious bias" against women has to go as the Greens push for a Senate inquiry into the retirement gender gap.
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Half of Queensland board positions to be women by 2020
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has mandated 50 per cent of board positions on state-owned corporations will be held by women by 2020 – and has called on the private sector to follow suit.
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