The University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge have taken the top two places in the 2018 Times Higher Education World University Rankings for the first time in the rankings’ 13-year history. It’s the first time that the US has not had a university in first or second place.
See KDK Bulletin 14 September 2017 for the Expat Insider 2017 survey, Capgemini on banks and data breaches, The Fair Work Ombudsman advises on what to do with employee pay deductions, and McKinsey & Co on how the Chinese are losing their mojo for luxury goods. A matter of fact is by Paul Lyons on how to develop grit when times are tough. This week’s expert is Stephanie Nicol from Dentons.
One of my favourite writers on mental toughness is ex FBI agent, La Rae Quy, who frequently uses her upbringing and experience as an FBI operative in her storytelling. In this post she offers some valuable advice on how to develop grit when times are tough.
A census of ASX200 executive leadership teams conducted in August 2017 by Chief Executive Women revealed that men hold 79% of roles in the ASX200 executive leadership teams, 41 companies in the ASX200 have no women in their executive leadership team, and 126 companies in the ASX200 have no women in line roles in their executive leadership team.
See KDK Bulletin 7 September 2017: McKinsey & Co on creating dignity through work, PwC on Australia as a digital nation, not-for-profit board governance with Pitcher Partners, KPMG on why real estate is about tech not mortar & bricks, and what do other advisers charge for advice? This week’s expert is Gitanjali Bajaj from DLA Piper.
The right price for advice is a vexed question in a profession wishing to demonstrate value to clients, adapting to regulatory change and new professional standards and trying to build profitable and sustainable practices. It is also difficult because what is the right price for one practice is not necessarily right for another. This is because, as Elixir Consulting Managing Director Sue Viskovic explained at a recent Netwealth webinar titled ‘What do other advisers charge?’, price is heavily intertwined with the service model and the type of clients being serviced.
We have to get focused on innovation, which is, of course, what everybody talks about. But it’s also about the system within which we create. If you’re only driving toward short-term shareholder value, and you’re only driving toward increasing share repurchases, then that does not allow you the freedom as a management team to invest. I think management teams want to invest.
KDK Bulletin, 31 August 2017: LIW leadership on business meetings, formal dismissal warnings with Hall & Wilcox, Deloitte on how to get government grants, Grattan Institute says common sense needed in budget forecasts, and if you can’t own a home, you can still make a home says PwC. This week’s expert is Sue Kench from King & Wood Mallesons.
Australia currently sees one third of its population in the rental market – and this statistic is much higher in our capital cities and amongst younger Australians. Out of this, 40% of overall renters are considered ‘long-term’, holding this status for at least 10 years.
Meetings have a bad name. But recently Ford announced that one was so good that it would survive a change of CEO.
Alan Mulally, credited with turning Ford around, held regular Business Plan Reviews (BPRs) where traffic lighting projects meant that real issues were uncovered.