It takes courage to build trust

You may recall from the British series ‘Yes, Minister’, Sir Humphrey would use the term ‘courageous’ as code for ‘politically stupid’ – usually having the effect of dissuading the Minister to follow his stated intentions. It provided great comedy as well as demonstrating a powerful technique of influencing someone who is risk averse. However, I…

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Beyond Slogans – How politicians can restore trust with the public.

Malcolm Turnbull, in announcing his challenge to then Prime Minister Tony Abbott, said Australians ‘deserve more than slogans’. Music to my ears – but then I thought, hang on, isn’t that just another slogan? It seems politicians are well trained to deliver repetitive, short ‘slogan-like’ messages, in the belief this will help their messages to…

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Collaboration and what we can learn from slime mould

Collaboration and what we can learn from slime mould. I’ve been reading a terrific book titled ‘Collaborative Leadership: Building relationships, handling conflict and sharing control’ by David Archer and Alex Cameron. Drawing on the earlier work of Steven Johnson in his book ‘Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities and Software’ they refer to the behaviour of an…

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What I do

What do I offer? Essentially I help to build the capacity of organisations and leaders to collaborate effectively with others, especially to address their most complex challenges. This includes: Different parts of an organisation working in a more ‘joined-up’ way Organisations collaborating with other organisations/stakeholders Organisations engaging their communities Leaders helping directors of different parts…

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