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Davos 2017 – the 10 biggest questions for 2017 according to Dave McKay at annual World Economic Forum

Posted on Feb 1, 2017

Davos 2017 the annual World Economic Forum (WEF)— a gathering of 2,500 business, government and civil society leaders — was unlike any other since the gathering was first held in 1971. A year ago, the conference was consumed by volatility — upheaval in financial markets, a major oil slump, economic jitters in China, and a refugee crisis in Europe. This year, concerns ran much deeper, to systemic shifts that may shape the world for a generation rather than a business cycle or two.

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KDK Bulletin 26 January 2017 – 5 hot topics on leadership, business & consulting, government & Not-for-Profit, economy & markets

Posted on Jan 26, 2017

See KDK Bulletin 26 January 2017 for McKinsey’s on finding the next leader, the truth about online consumers from KPMG, Denton lawyers on changes for developers, and the Trumping of Asian trade – Deloitte. A Matter of Opinion is by Hall & Wilcox’s Kerryn Tredwell and Jane Silcock on how to make your workforce great in 2017.  This week’s expert is Rigby Cooke partner Julia Cameron.

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The Trump effect: tips to make your workplace ‘Great Again’ in 2017

Posted on Jan 25, 2017

Whatever your feelings toward Trump, his campaign was one of the most significant talking points of 2016. Indeed, one of the (many) interesting things which have emerged from it is that many American voters who supported Trump did so, at least in part, because they believe he will run America like he runs his global business empire.

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How do you make sure your next leader isn’t a cultural misfit?

Posted on Jan 22, 2017

Searching for the next generation of business leaders represents one of the biggest headaches for any organization. Most rely on development programs that rotate visible high fliers, emphasizing the importance of leadership attributes such as integrity, collaboration, a results-driven orientation, and customer-oriented behavior. Many, understandably, also look outside the organization to fill key roles despite the costs and potential risks of hiring cultural misfits. Read More

You’re back at your desk … what now for 2017? Any thoughts about your personal profile?

Posted on Jan 16, 2017

You’re back at your desk. It’s the start of a new work year. What will 2017 bring?

What are your aspirations?  Will you get that promotion?  Will you be considered for partnership in your firm? How about that board position you’ve been coveting? Will you be included on the next government roundtable? The next media organisation roundtable?

But there’s probably one thing you haven’t thought about. Read More

Super reform – people are more conservative having learnt lesson from GFC

Posted on Jan 10, 2017

David Lane quoted in the Australian Financial Review today on p17 re super reform in 2017. David says people are generally more conservative in their investment approach as far as gearing is concerned in the markets.

Clients are grappling with superannuation reform changes

Posted on Jan 7, 2017

Wealth management specialist David Lane is quoted  on page 1 in the Australian Financial Review today on the rush to beat  superannuation caps ahead of the June cut-off  — part of Treasurer Scott Morrison’s superannuation reforms.

What are the 7 factors that differentiate a good leader from an ineffective one?

Posted on Dec 23, 2016

We often hear and read about all the things we can do to be a great leader, but it is very rare that we find out the factors that lead us to being a poor leader. Read More

KDK Bulletin 15 December 2016 – 4 hot topics: directors’ duties, financial services challenges, real estate outguns sectors, blockchain hype

Posted on Dec 15, 2016

See KDK Bulletin 15 December 2016 for Minter Ellison on directors’ duties, KPMG on the challenges for the financial services sector and BDO’s survey that sees real estate outgunning other sectors. A Matter of Opinion is by Gartner’s Derry Finkeldey on the hype of blockchain.  This week’s expert is PKF partner Shane Jacobsen. For more go to

Blockchain: despite high interest in financial services, be ready for it to slide into the ‘trough of disillusionment’

Posted on Dec 13, 2016

It’s probably no surprise to learn that blockchain approached the “peak of inflated expectations” – or the top of Gartner’s famous “Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies”* in 2016.  Interest in blockchain has been increasing rapidly. It was the most frequently searched term on by financial services industry participants in the third quarter of this year. However, be ready for it to slide into the “trough of disillusionment”. Despite high interest, and rising numbers of proof of concept projects, pilots and partnerships amongst large financial services providers, few have made it to production.

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