Sunday
Oct312010

Sustainability and Executive Education: A Call for a New Model

This paper specifically addresses the role of business schools and attempt to provide some thoughts and ideas as to how business schools can adapt and lead by taking an educational leadership role in climate change and sustainability in general. The emerging business case for sustainability now finds that it is required to include both profit improvement opportunities and risk mitigation requirements. New market forces are creating new profit opportunities and threatening companies' social license to operate. A smart sustainability strategy address both and is why for climate change adaption the vision that sustainability makes good business sense.

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Monday
Jun282010

Attfluence or Doing Leadership Differently?

Mt Eliza Senior Leadership Program and Others

Kirsten McMahon-Cook credits the Mt Eliza Leadership Program with being one of the most confronting and insightful experiences of her professional development to date.

The program had such a profound impact, she says, it helped her to reach a recent life-changing decision to temporarily exit corporate life and complete her Executive MBA full-time at MBS.

It was a bold move for the mother-of-two to resign from her role as Oceania Fuels Marketing Manager for Shell Australia and commence full-time study. But she sees it as an essential step in her professional journey from a manager to leader and an investment in her future career.

"The Mt Eliza Leadership Program is a very individual program in which everyone gains their own experience of growth and insight," she explains. "It has certainly made a considerable difference to how I view myself and how I perceive leadership."

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Monday
Jun282010

What's new in Negotiations

Twenty five years ago Roger Fisher from Harvard Law School wrote a slim book called “Getting To Yes” which initiated a whole wave of new thinking about the potential of negotiation and its utility beyond the stereotypical buying and selling of a used car.

The first wave of this thinking focused on two key ideas – the Integrative dimension of negotiation and consequent potential for value creation from differences and conflict, and the importance of Relationships. Over time, this new way of thinking came to be known as Mutual Gains Theory.

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Thursday
Jun172010

The cult of performance

...what are we doing when we don't know what we are doing?

Executive development and education have proceeded on the basis of two developments as a result of shifts in government policy over the past two decades. The first is marketisation, the belief that marketplace ideology is best, and the belief that the private sector functions better and more rationally than the public sector. The second is performance, the belief that performance can be controlled. It is argued that these trends are myths that have developed into the performance cult. This paper argues that even knowing you cannot be in control doesn’t stop you trying to be in control, but understanding what is happening enables us to stay active in negotiating our daily lives moment by moment.

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Thursday
Jun172010

Leadership and Spirituality

Purpose – This paper seeks to suggest that effective leadership can be achieved by, and can drive, an integral spiritual connectedness between governments, organisations and society as a whole.

Design/methodology/approach – A literature search to map the history and the underlying philosophies that have led to the current popular concept of leadership, and to suggest a different worldview to bring about a change to these underlying philosophies in order to enhance leadership effectiveness.

Findings – Effective leadership is multi-disciplinary, involving not only those disciplines of sociology, psychology and technology, but that of spirituality as well. This new approach is effective because of the different ways it offers of gaining deeper insights into a leader’s own spiritual self, but also beyond this to others with whom the leader interacts, and others who are affected by the results of their leadership.

Research limitations/implications – The paper is not an exhaustive literature search and is primarily limited to selected authors of futures studies, psychology, psychotherapy, economics and business.

Practical implications – The paper proposes steps to guide how organizational leadership can lead to more effective workplaces as well as benefiting the global society as a whole.

Originality/value – The paper is current in today’s environment and offers a practical epistemological explorative approach into what effective spiritual leadership could mean and to consider the impact of leadership decisions and actions as a result.

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