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The Case for National Electricity Reform


The case for National Electricity ReformThe latest report by the National Standing Committee on Energy and the Environment calls for a redesign of the National Electricity Market (NEM) to align with Australia’s fast-changing demand profiles and more diverse grid technology.


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The Global Risks Report 2017


World Economic Forum logoThe World Economic Forum has released its interim Global Risks Report for this year. Now in its 12th edition, The Global Risks Report 2017 highlights the most significant long-term risks worldwide.

 


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Spaces of Australian innovation - report released


Spaces of Australian innovationOur annual Summit focused on ‘Spaces of Australian Innovation’ – whether physical, virtual or metaphorical – and the conditions required for the Australian innovation ecosystem to flourish. The final report and infographic from the Summit have now been released.


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Leadership – create today what we’ll need tomorrow


posted by Gabrielle Davies, Feb 24, 2017

Today’s middle management often finds itself caught between compliance, processes and technology. Gabrielle Davies explains why personal skills are crucial for good leadership.

That old saying about wanting to soar with eagles has never been more true than it is today. For those who look to today’s leaders for inspiration, then face their day to day middle management leadership roles, it may feel like bringing Tinkerbell to the Red Wedding.

Yes, there are aspects to this in terms of the difficulties women face – and they are significant and different to the everyday issues – but more broadly, there’s an even bigger threat facing our future workforce leadership.


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Leadership


In the last year we’ve had some significant changes in leadership on a political level – in Australia and abroad. It is obvious how much this shapes the course of events. A certain leadership style can inspire and unite or polarise and divide.

So what does it mean to be a good leader? Most would agree that it is someone who knows how to achieve goals and motivates people along the way. Is there a particular Australian style of leadership and if yes, what does it look like and in what way is it different?

Furthermore, how can we achieve a higher representation of female leadership throughout the Australian workforce and the broader community? Men have long dominated leadership positions. We see a more equal playing field today but gender inequality is still ripe in all areas of society. And what about Millennials in the workplace as they transition into future leaders – do they have what it takes?

It’s these and other questions that we’ll discuss in the coming two months, and we’d love to hear what you think! Please contact Svetlana at sstankovic@openforum.com.au with your questions and blog ideas.


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