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Top 3 tips for women aspiring to be in leadership positions in Australia

by Annie Crawford

If you asked me to identify the top two challenges facing women in leadership positions in Australia today the two that immediately spring to mind are that there are not enough women holding formal leadership positions and the dialogue around women and work is tired - it hasn’t changed in 30 years! The statistics on the first issue are stark: Only 26 per cent of senior positions in Australia are held by women. These women are courageous, good listeners and they take risks. They have tough skins…

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Remarkable entrepreneurs who swim against the tide and flourish!

by Chris Murdoch

Over the years, I’ve been privileged to meet some remarkable entrepreneurs in developing countries who are swimming against the tide and succeeding, despite all odds. Like Australian entrepreneurs, those in developing countries are creative, courageous, tenacious, resilient, admit no doubt and are determined to build something. They need seed funding to start and grow businesses, just like Australian entrepreneurs, and they take big risks. While there are many similarities between Australian entrepreneurs…

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Improving the employment outlook for women – one woman at a time

by Robert Dunn

When the latest Australian census data was recently released I hoped to see the gender gap narrow across a range of employment indicators. Disappointingly, the disparities between men and women in labour force participation rates, earnings and superannuation balances were similar to those of previous censuses. This is a shame for Australia’s women and the national economy, as an upswing in female workforce participation and earnings could potentially increase economic growth. Sadly, the situation…

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Two exceptional leaders I tremendously admire

by Chris Murdoch

There is daily media debate about the leadership qualities of the US President, Australian Prime Minister and leaders of ASX 100 companies and a plethora of league tables of the Top 10 leaders in various sectors and economies. However, I am privileged to have worked with two remarkable leaders who will probably never make it into a league table but who demonstrate what I believe are exceptional leadership qualities. Praseeda Kuman left India as a university student to study in the US, where she built…

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Employee empowerment is a key driver of business performance

by Malcolm Broomhead

Over the years, I’ve realised the centrality of employee empowerment as a driver of business performance. It’s the passion, commitment and sense of ownership employees have for their role and responsibilities that makes all the difference to an organisation’s balance sheet. But how do you empower employees so they have passion and a sense of ownership of the organisation? One approach is for the leader of the organisation to ask employees their opinions, because if you ask them - what they…

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Through the looking glass: How economics influenced my perspective on poverty alleviation

by Carolyn Hewson

During my first year at university I quickly discovered that economics gave me a framework for thinking about a multitude of issues facing us in Australia and globally and for understanding many facets of our behaviour. Economics has the capacity to test multiple variables in the interest of achieving optimal, final objectives - not just financial but also broader societal objectives. Early on in my career in the corporate sector, I developed a passion for the not-for-profit sector, working with…

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Social Selling for Social Change is changing the world – one woman at a time

by Melissa Haupt

I believe that when women are empowered, so are their families, their communities and the world. That’s why our mission to empower women and girls out of poverty is at the heart of what we do at Lily Anne Family Brands. Before I conceived the company name, which means pure blessing, I coined the phrase: ‘Social Selling for Social Change’ and decided to embed this concept into the fabric and culture of the business from day one. It was important for the social impact we were out to create to…

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Hope is universal

by Peter Cadwallader

When I reflect on the meaning of hope my first thought is the Christian context of hope – that God is with us all the time. By having Faith in Jesus when one dies, one has eternal life. That’s hope. Before one gets to the eternal part of life, I think hope is important in the living part of life. In countries like Australia we have an expectation, which goes beyond hope, that we will continue to have a good life. We take for granted where our next meal is coming from or being able to access medical…

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Inspiring new futures for Indonesian families living in poverty

by Simon Lynch

Families living in poverty are extremely vulnerable, and so building a safety net is a top priority for them. For want of a few dollars things can go horribly wrong so they need to develop a stable income to provide a home, nutritious food, schooling and medicines for their children. Opportunity International Australia provides small loans to hundreds of thousands of families In Indonesia to build businesses, which range from food and handicraft stalls, to producing goblets from recycled cans and…

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You can change perceptions by doing the unexpected

by Marie Kelly-Davies

I heard Michael Kasprowicz, a former fast bowler for the Australian Cricket Team and Opportunity International Australia Council member, speaking this week at a lunch about perceptions and how you can change them by doing the unexpected. He was so inspiring! We all know that your image and the way you are perceived by others influences their behaviour towards you. But how do you shift someone’s perception of you towards your reality? Michael says that making a small change can shift others' perception…

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