Full title: Leadership for innovation - Why manufacturing has a future in Australia. With dire predictions about the future of manufacturing in Australia, we should remember that manufacturing has been an important contributor to national development. There was a thriving manufacturing industry up to 1945, sufficient to supply most domestic needs. Post-war, new industries flourished and a golden era of manufacturing followed. By the late 1950s manufacturing accounted for 29% of Australia's GDP. By the 1960s, growth and productivity was faltering and manufacturing had begun to stagnate. Today, manufacturing accounts for less than 10% of Australia's GDP, the lowest level since early colonial times. This is due, in large part, to global economic changes and the economic processes of comparative advantage. However, the innovative spirit that drove previous successes remains and a new generation of leaders and enterprises has emerged. Richard Simpson of Furnace Engineering and Robert Wilson of the Wilson Transform…
The presentation articulates a radical reimagination of ethical leadership research, development, and practice as a political project exercised towards the goals of equality, justice, and emancipation. Recorded on 27 March 2014.
The 'Big Four' bank CEOs were represented in diverse ways by the media during the GFC. Their authenticity was constructed around consistency, coherence, and conformity to gender and cultural norms. Recorded on 21 February 2013. Full title: Sailors, Mothers, Daredevils, and Bastards: Banking CEOs during the GFC.
Leadership for the public interest is not easy to achieve. Many of the issues leaders face are so complex that they have been called 'wicked problems' - not in the sense of being evil, but because they seem almost intractable. What sort of leadership is needed to address such complex issues? What sort of tools and strategy can leaders best bring to bear upon them? Recorded 29 May 2014.
Full title: Leading the NDIS: Australia's greatest social reform in the 21st century. Meet the two people who imagined and then drove the creation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). In this Leadership Dialogue from Swinburne Leadership Institute, Bruce Bonahady AM (NDIA Board Chair) and Dr Rhonda Galbally AO (NDIA Board member and Principal Member of NDIA's Independent Advisory Council) will discuss how they dreamt up, and then steered the NDIS through its many stages to become Australia's most significant social reform this century. The two reformers explain how they harnessed support for such an ambitious project. They discuss how they sustained the political goodwill of both major parties to create lasting change for the public good. From its strange inception, and through its many trials, the NDIS provides lessons in the art of reform and political persuasion. Recorded 23 July 2015.
Too often, our response to complex social, economic and environment problems reflects our tendency to focus on the short-term; on what ails us in the here and now. Rarely do we implement long-term, sustainable solutions. In this talk, Samuel Wilson discusses our tendency to focus on the short-term in the context of psychological connectedness, defined as the sense of continuity or connection we experience, or imagine, between our past, present and future selves. Experiencing psychological connectedness is typical, but not inevitable, and the consequences of experiencing disconnection can be devastating. In particular, Samuel reviews new psychological research into the causes and consequences of psychological connectedness and explores what this research suggests about how to cultivate the leadership we need to address our wicked problems and to create a truly sustainable society. Recorded on 27 February 2014. Full title: Feeling connected to the future: Why you can't be a leader without it!
Why are independents and minor parties on the rise? Is this a good thing? What does this say about the sort of national political leadership Australians want? Or does it say more about what we don't want? What do Australians want of national political leaders? How can we get the leadership the country needs? Speakers include Judith Troeth (Liberal member of the Australian Senate from 1993 - 2011, representing the state of Victoria), Maxine McKew (former Labor MP for Bennelong from 2007-2010; author and Honorary Fellow of the Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne), Rob Oakeshott (independent member for Lyne in the House of Representatives from 2008–2013), and Paul Strangio (Associate Professor of Politics at Monash University; commentator on Australian politics). Recorded 31 July 2014.
According to the media, leadership determines election results in Australia. This presentation will contend that voters' party identification is just as important. Recorded on 24 June 2013.
In a global revolution in accounting and corporate reporting, intellectual, social and natural capital are being measured and reported in new ways. This Swinburne Leadership Dialogue discusses how accountants are changing the world. Recorded on 16 April 2015.
Whatever the virtues of past and some contemporary approaches to leadership, many are maladapted to our emerging understanding of ourselves as organisms embedded in complex systems. Presentation recorded Friday 22 Mar 2013.