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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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Climate policy: No ‘carbon bubble’ about to burst as investors shift from coal to renewables

Posted on Nov 18, 2017

See comment on climate policy in The Australian from Professor Martina Linnenluecke, Environmental Finance, Faculty of Business & Economics at Macquarie University who said research from the university and co-authors at the Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management in the US, shows we will not see a major crash of fossil fuel stocks, but we are seeing savvy­ ­investors now putting their money into clean technology.


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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Productivity Commission report doesn’t show Australia’s higher education vision for China

Posted on Nov 15, 2017

Productivity Commission “Shifting the Dial” report doesn’t address how Australia’s higher education sector serves our key export in international education or show what Australia’s vision is to work with our key partner in international students, China. See opinion piece in the The Australian by Professor Philomena Leung, associate dean of international and corporate engagement at the faculty of business and economics at Macquarie University.

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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What not-for-profits need in a CEO, Russell Reynolds

Posted on Nov 5, 2017

In a period of marked political turbulence, global development and social justice organisations everywhere face uncertainty that threatens to destabilise funding and undermine many of the assumptions about public policy that have long guided the non-profit sector.

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KDK Bulletin 2 November 2017 – 5 hot topics

Posted on Nov 2, 2017

See KDK Bulletin, 2 November 2017: Are you a dinosaur in the workplace? Small cap IPO market from HLB Mann Judd, Pitcher Partners on corporate tax changes, KPMG asks whether the National Energy Guarantee will deliver, and most ‘staph’ infections resistant to antibiotics occur in the community. This week’s expert is Elissa Romanin from Minter Ellison.

Most ‘staph’ infections resistant to antibiotics occur in the community

Posted on Nov 1, 2017

The proportion of ‘staph’ infections resistant to antibiotics has increased in Australia since 2000 with most cases now occurring in the community rather than in hospitals, a new study led by ANU has found.

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Annual value audits crucial for business

Posted on Oct 31, 2017

See article in AFR  where Tony Carlton, associate professor in corporate finance at Macquarie University, says Australian businesses should be conducting value audits at least once a year to make sure they are ready for any major transaction or events.

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