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December 12, 2019

I have spent a lot of time with likable sexist guys this week [1]. As a feminist, many of you would be quick to suggest that is an oxymoron. Let me explain. Most of the guys in my brigade are gold. They are friendly and practical ‘Aussie blokes’ who have a good sense o...

December 12, 2019

A core value of the Rural Fire Service (RFS) is support, friendship and camaraderie. Until this last week, I have never experienced camaraderie with Australian men aged over 50 in my life – it has been awesome. These are guys I have risked my life beside, and trusted w...

December 2, 2019

The idea of a ‘double bottom line’ is so tidy it sometimes seems unrealistic. But the future of women’s participation in STEM presents an example of where what’s good for business is also in the best interest of the social good. This blog post explores the social impli...

November 27, 2019

It is well established that written workplace policies are important – they communicate standard procedures to all employees and are a reference point in ensuring compliance with legal obligations. Additionally, workplace policies are a recognised way to communicate or...

November 24, 2019

Intersectionality’ is today a commonly used phrase in discussing diversity in the workplace, but the term has a longer history. If you’ve heard the term intersectionality but wondered what exactly it means and how it presents a new lens on workplace div...

August 12, 2019

Organisations often play an important role when it comes to creating a workplace culture that encourages life/work integration whilst offering meaningful work and career pathways for dual career families. But the problem we have today is that many of the orga...

August 7, 2019

It is increasingly commonsense, in business management literature, to claim that the next step on from focusing on diversity is to focus on inclusion. The commonsense wisdom seems to be that, rather than focus merely on characteristics that mark points of assumed diffe...

July 30, 2019

Whenever a workplace issue emerges (such as bullying, harassment, toxic leadership, just to name a few), Heather* in HR says ‘let’s do a survey, that will give us all the answers to our problems and how we can fix these problems’. But will it, really?

Some things Heathe...

July 24, 2019


The search for ‘good leadership’ may be a defining characteristic of our time. A 2016 Deloitte survey found that leadership was among the top ranked priorities of participating companies. Of Australian participants, 94% rated leadership as ‘important’ or ‘ve...

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