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China and Japan see the future, and it’s not coal

Posted on Aug 17, 2019

Australia might only have a decade left to wean itself off coal if the latest international efforts to decarbonise are anything to go by. See the opinion piece in the Sydney Morning Herald by Macquarie University’s Professor Martina Linnenluecke.

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Economics of Adani ‘don’t add up’

Posted on May 23, 2019

Macquarie University  Professor of Environmental Finance Martina Linnenluecke talks to ABC Radio PM’s Rachel Mealy and says the economics of the Adani coal plant  don’t add up as Australia’s investment in coal will be written down in as little as 10 years.

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Discrimination is bad behaviour, not unconscious bias

Posted on Sep 5, 2018

When is discrimination bad behaviour, and not unconscious bias?  Has unconcious bias training gone a step too far?  Macquarie University Professor Lucy Taksa says unconcious bias is a ‘get out of jail free card’ allowing people to deny they engage in illegal behaviour.  See article in The Conversation.

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Australian companies must guarantee supply to keep Chinese customers: New Monash Business School study

Posted on Mar 13, 2018

New Monash University research reveals Chinese customers want reliability and guarantee of supply when choosing Australian brands. The ABC (Australian Brands in China) Index 2018, which examines the ‘health’ of Australian brands in China, reports Coles, Crown Group, Qantas and Weet-Bix as the top four of the ABC Index’s most reliable Australian brands category, while health and baby formula brands were among the lowest ranking in the list owing to supply glitches and their limited availability of product stock.

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KDK Bulletin 7 December 2017 – 5 hot topics

Posted on Dec 7, 2017

See KDK Bulletin 7 December 2017 for Paul Lyons on managing volatile team members, changes to competition rules from Minter Ellison, ACOSS on Electoral Funding Bill 2017, and a matter of opinion is by Hall & Wilcox on gender diversity in the insurance industry. This week’s expert is Mathew Herring from KPMG.

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Greater gender diversity will create a stronger insurance industry – what does that mean?

Posted on Dec 7, 2017

Superficially, the insurance industry is already gender diverse. In fact, figures from the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) released in April 2016 suggest female participation in financial services and insurance at 55%, and male participation at 45% nationwide. So, can we say the job is done on gender diversity?

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How do you manage volatile team members?

Posted on Dec 3, 2017

As a leader you need both mental toughness and emotional intelligence to handle challenging people situations that require calm, resolve and sensitivity. I observed one such situation earlier this year where one of my clients had to manage a situation with an experienced staff member, whose hugely volatile personality was threatening an otherwise stable and positive team. It was a potentially tricky situation because a poorly handled resolution would have had negative repercussions on both performance and culture.

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KDK Bulletin 16 Nov 2017– 5 hot topics

Posted on Nov 16, 2017

See KDK Bulletin 16 November 2017 for Bakjac Consulting who asks is your team mentally tough? FC Business Solutions on franchisors needing protection, and China and Aust cooperate on fintech says ASIC. A matter of fact is by Monash University and the Economic Society of Australia on unintended impacts of dual-nationality on estate planning. This week’s expert is Ben Allen a partner at Dentons.

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Is your team mentally tough?

Posted on Nov 12, 2017

Are you currently able to look around at your team members and identify those who have higher levels of mental toughness and those who are more mentally sensitive?

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Nine stupid rules that make great people quit

Posted on Nov 8, 2017

It’s tough to hold on to good employees, but it shouldn’t be. Most of the mistakes that companies make are easily avoided. When you do make mistakes, your best employees are the first to go, because they have the most options.

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