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Above: Mickey Kumatpi O’Brien FGLF 2014 with a sign of respect.
Harnessing transformative moments

In Adaptive Leadership language we talk about a situation needing to be ‘ripe’ or ‘ripened’ for change to occur.  Clearly Covid-19 has also created an environment for much change to happen and very quickly.  The tragic death of George Floyd Jr and the resultant Black Lives Matter movement has also created a momentum for change in the way non-Aboriginal Australians think and interact with Aboriginal Australians.

It is against this backdrop that we are planning an upcoming GLF session on Aboriginal Australia which will feature Senior Kaurna Man Mickey Kumatpi O’Brien who is a 2014 alumni.

In planning the session we considered a number of themes.  Certainly the readings and viewings we’ve chosen to help our 2020 cohort of GLF participants understand the issues deeply are very powerful and thought provoking on concepts of truth, loss and grief, guilt, action and responsibility.

We decided the day should end with a question “... and what now?” and it got us thinking about the great work that Kate Rush FGLF 2009 has been doing through her community-driven social enterprise Sign of Respect project.  As part of the project residents and businesses can buy signs that say which Aboriginal land a building is on.  This is a great initiative that has connected people, generated important conversations and created neighbourhoods that feel safe for all.  You can find out more about the project and its impact through a short video and you can purchase your sign here.


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Snap back or transformative moment think tank

We recently ran an online think tank on the question of whether, after Covid-19 restrictions ease, we should seek to ‘snap back’ to the way things were or we should try and transform some parts of the system. The think tank generated some great conversations using Integral Theory as a framework. Some of the key questions and most common responses from the 40+ participants are listed below:

What changes in the way you work and live have you noticed that worked well during the lockdown?

  • Working from home, less travel time - increased productivity, flexibility, focus and creativity
  • Time and space to be closer to family (and pets)
  • Use of technology – for work and to stay closer to friends
  • New routines for self care (e.g. exercise, meditation, eating better)
  • More people listened to at work
  • Increased purposeful focus on all relationships

What do you personally want to keep?

  • Flexibility -working from home
  • Time with family (e.g. picking children up from school)
  • Reduction in travel
  • Simplicity of life and focus on wellbeing and mindfulness
  • Meaningful relationships and good conversations
  • Workplace trust in their people to do the best things for the organisation
  • Consume less – enoughness
  • Relaxed dress code

What values to you think may have been reprioritised at a collective level?

  • Respect/trust for scientists, professional and experts
  • Shift in who is important (e.g. from Influencers on Instagram to essential workers)
  • The importance of connections with family and friends
  • Protecting our vulnerable members of society
  • Mental health and wellbeing (e.g. OK to call in sick at work)
  • Valuing local goods and services
  • Working without knowing
  • Collaboration in groups and across larger systems

What reprioritisations do you collectively think should be maintained moving forward for a more resilient society?

  • Respect/trust for scientists, professional and experts
  • People-centred policies
  • Kindness and caring (broadly and specifically)
  • More flexible approach to working from home
  • Local manufacturing and service provision
  • Working together towards collaborative goals no silo goals
  • Positivity in problem solving

We will be providing the detailed feedback to the participants and engaging with them on ways they wish to work together to avoid a ‘snap back’ to the pre-Covid world in key areas.

Thanks to the Office of the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment for its support of our Think Tank program.

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New alumni representative on our board

Scott Mosen FGLF 2019 has been elected to the Leaders Institute Board by our alumni members.  Scott brings his expertise in business development and customer engagement to the Board.  Scott’s day job is the Manager, Individual and Community Fundraising and Business Development of Guide Dogs SA/NT.  He is also secretary of the Adelaide Business Collective, a not-for-profit organisation that works to create a vibrant and prosperous Adelaide business environment.

Scott was elected alongside Michelle Peterson, FGLF 2014, who starts her third term on the Board.

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Record why you love our programs

We are looking for some volunteers to star in a recording where we will ask you some simple questions about your experience of a program and all you will need to do is give us a one-word answer.  

We recently came across a similar video that Valli Morphett FGLF 2016 posted on YouTube where she asked her fellow graduates to explain the GLF in one word.

Email Sarah Ballantine if you would like to be involved.

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The importance of emotional agility
This interview on the ABC’s This Working Life with psychologist Dr Susan David explores the importance of emotional agility for teamwork and creativity and how emotions are signals of things that we care about that help us to move towards the things we value.
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Communicating in uncertain times
Feeling uncertain is not a natural state for humans and managing others in this unprecedented time in history is very challenging. This research provides advice on strategies for overcoming information overload, both cognitively and emotionally.

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I Am Not Your Negro
ABC Radio National hosts have been asked to share their viewing and reading recommendations over the past few months with Beverley Wang suggesting we seek out the documentary I Am Not Your Negro, based on the writings of American author and activist James Baldwin.
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Rethinking change assumptions
This Harvard Business Review article looks at the diminishing effectiveness of change efforts over time (now 75% failing to deliver results) and provides advice on how to flip the assumptions that people make in trying to make change.

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Advance Australia where?
Watch GLF Alumni Brad Chilcott as he discusses Advance Australia Where? with two experts. This is part of the Is Australia at Home series which is designed to get Australian civil society together to create a fairer, more equal and sustainable society.

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The power of culture
What ultimately drives human behaviour? On this ABC Radio program leading professor of psychology, Michele Gelfand, suggests that culture is one of the last uncharted frontiers. She’s found an important distinction between tight and loose cultures, and their tendency to make or break rules. These social norms determine whether we co-operate or come into conflict, at both the collective and individual levels.

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GLF Alumni news
Queen’s Birthday Honour List

Congratulations to Professor Martin Nakata FGLF 2000 now Pro Vice Chancellor, Indigenous Education and Strategy, JCU: James Cook University, and Kathryn House, Chinese educator and dedicated philanthropist who is undertaking the program this year who have been recognised for their contributions to the community in this year’s Queens Birthday Honours.

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Congratulations to Todd Roberts FGLF 2005 who is returning to SA to head up the Credit Union SA. In commenting on his appointment Todd said “this is a time for positive leadership and authentic engagement with customers and the community”.
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Brad Chilcott FGLF 2012 has been appointed Executive Director of White Ribbon Australia which is now part of Communicare. Brad is a campaigner for social change and justice and has led non-government organisations including Welcoming Australia. Brad was also the founding convenor of the SA Family and Domestic Violence Advocacy Network and is on the Reconciliation SA Board. Brad writes regularly for The Guardian.
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Jane Russo, FGLF 2013, who runs her own business and is a councillor with the City of Unley, recently featured in an SALIFE story about her work with Transcend Australia.
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Paola Niscioli FGLF 2018 has joined Arts South Australia (Department of Premier and Cabinet) as Senior Project Manager, helping to implement the Arts Plan, a wholesale strategic review of the Arts and Culture Sector undertaken in 2019. Paola has also joined the board of Brain Injury SA as has Katherine Hawker FGLF 2018 who is also Senior Counsel at Naval Group Australia.
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Andrew Lowe FGLF 2018 recently joined the Board of Director’s for Wirraminna Care which is a membership based, community owned aged care facility and retirement village in the Barossa. Separate to this appointment Andrew has been fortunate to have been sponsored by his employer BAE Systems to attend the Leading Complex Project, Programs and Portfolio course run by the University of Manchester Business School.

Quote of the month
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." 

– Martin Luther King         

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