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Best dressed for partnerships

Linda Garnett,
08 December 2021

“You are not going out dressed like that!” I can hear my mother’s words echoing in my head from my teenage years. It’s fair to say I experimented with a bunch of outfits that ranged from fashion forward to downright weird. The shock and horror that usually greeted my mum’s first view of my chosen Saturday night outfit were less about fashion and more about what I thought I was getting ready for. I thought it was to be the belle of the disco. Mum thought otherwise.


Sustaining Organisational Transformation Through Authentic Employee Engagement

Jo Smyth,
29 November 2021

Organisations inevitably face the need to change as their customers evolve, transforming markets in unexpected ways.


What makes a good research story?

Wesley Ward,
12 October 2021

Throughout my 35-year career in science communication, I’ve regularly been asked “what makes a good research story?” Luckily, I have worked in institutions that encouraged their researchers to develop research ‘for the real world’, both in Australia and overseas.


How data puts wellbeing at centre of recovery

Julia Keady,
25 August 2021

RESET 2020 Research Project - what we learnt and where to next.


Don’t expect ‘more’ anything this year

Julia Keady,
11 August 2021

While preparing to speak about NFPs and innovation for a recent conference, it dawned on me just how prolific the mindset and language of “more” is in our sector: “do more, with less”, “find more donors”, “be more innovative”…


Funding for impact and wellbeing

Julia Keady,
27 May 2021

Have you ever heard of someone buying a car, and asking for a $25,000 discount because they don’t want to pay for the overheads to make the car? Have you ever heard of someone buying a car, and asking for a $25,000 discount because they don’t want to pay for the overheads to make the car?


Sustainable Development Goals: Observations

Kristi Mansfield,
24 May 2021

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a set of 17 goals agreed by 193 Member States at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit in New York in 2015. Signatories have committed to reaching these goals by 2030.  This article provides context supplemented with observations on how Australia is tracking against the goals and associated indicators.


Mind the Gap

Linda Garnett,
14 May 2021

Have you ever travelled on the London underground? In the older Victorian era stations, the new trains don’t quite fit with the platforms. Passengers will hear a cheery voice urging them to ‘mind the gap’. Failure to heed the warning may result in you losing a wallet, a shoe or even half of your leg in the yawing chasm between platform and train entrance. In the gap lies the detritus of 150 years of travel and some enterprising mice with Teflon stomachs. You don’t want to go there.


Performance Discussions - how can we make them more human?

Leanne Hart,
09 May 2021

You know it’s nearly time and you’ve been dreading it.  You need to have a performance discussion with one of your team members and you know it’s going to be difficult for you.  And them. 


You can't whistle a symphony

Linda Garnett,
07 May 2021

“You can’t whistle a symphony. You need the whole orchestra”. H.E. Luccock 
I miss live music. Lockdowns have left me craving the thrill of being in a live audience with the music about to start. Just a few weeks ago I watched my son play in his university orchestra.  During a lively moment in Mendelssohn’s violin concerto the conductor got so excited she dropped her baton into the cello section. Without missing a beat, the orchestra continued playing.

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