Monthly Archives : July 2014

When Leaders front up

Some leaders prefer to always front the good news.  A sign of a great leader is when he or she fronts difficult meetings or audiences.  One of my favourite speeches is from Robert F Kennedy when he fronted a crowd of African-American fellow citizens in Indianapolis on the night that
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Collective Impact

Collective impact is a framework to tackle deeply entrenched and complex social problems.  It is an innovative and structured approach to making collaboration work across government, business, philanthropy, non-profit organisations and citizens to achieve significant and lasting social change. Collective impact efforts are defined by the existence of a “common agenda”.

Government Support for Start Up Sector

Australia in its latest budget axed several start-up funds and among the victims of the budget reform are the Innovation Investment Fund (IIF) and Commercialisation Australia (a $213 million grants program for start-ups), two important pillars of a support system for Australian technology and innovation. IIF was established to seed venture capital firms and
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Nothing to lose, off the sports field.

I am often bemused by our reluctance to recognize our country’s leading lights off the sports field. Being acknowledged as successful and a leader in business appears to attract an automatic expectation of looming failure – NZ’s infamous tall poppy syndrome I suspect. For a small country we bat well
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