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Articles, podcasts and thought pieces relevant to Cranlana alumni and Fellows.

To diversify leadership, we need a new story of who we expect our leaders to be

In politics, business and beyond, the title of “leader” is bestowed upon individuals almost exclusively based upon measures of success and accomplishment like social status, wealth and follower counts – metrics Dave Ursillo describes as hollow. We see the implications of faulty leadership in all fields of politics, business and global health — not just nationally but worldwide. In this Forbes article, Ursillo says questions about what we define as “leadership”, and who we expect to become our leaders, now feel more relevant than ever.

Forbes, 26 July 2021

Why we need engineers who study ethics as much as maths

Engineers face ethical dilemmas that they are not well equipped to deal with through their education. This article in The Conversation suggests to give much greater weight to ethics when training engineers and not treat it as an “add-on” subject.

The Conversation, 16 July 2021

Leadership and the challenge of climate change

Recent events have dramatized the urgent need for prompt and bold action to respond to climate change. In view of this situation, what is and ought to be the substance of environmental leadership?

via The Hill, 20 July 2021

Ethics and AI

Ethics and artificial intelligence have become increasingly intertwined due to the pervasiveness of AI. But researchers, creators, corporations, and governments still face major challenges if they hope to address some of the more pressing concerns around AI’s impact on society. AI ethics champion Margaret Mitchell talks about self-regulation and ‘foresight’.

via Venture Beat, 14 July 2021

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Aggie Maisano, Vincent Fairfax Fellow

We’re delighted Aggie Maisano, who leads the Business Risk Team – Legal at PwC Australia, is part of the Vincent Fairfax Fellowship Cohort 26, 2021.

As the year-long Fellowship program unfolds, we’ll be collating Aggie’s reflections, from expectations to experience, here. It will provide a first-hand insight to what the program’s about, what it requires of participants and, in the longer term, what its impact has been.

June 2021

Great Leaders Are Thoughtful and Deliberate, Not Impulsive and Reactive

How do you improve your capacity to self-observe, to be aware of when we are being reactive and impulsive? It’s in these moments that we often use our highest cognitive capacities to justify our worst behaviours. See more to be more. Rather than simply getting better at what they already do, transformational leaders balance courage and humility in order to grow and develop every day.

via Harvard Business Review, January 2019

The Neuroscience of Trust

Creating an employee-centric culture can be good for business.The rewards include higher productivity, better-quality products, and increased profitability. But how do you do that effectively? Building a culture of trust is what makes a meaningful difference.

via Harvard Business Review, January 2017


Leadership Courage: The Four Types Needed in the Workplace

The last year and a half has placed demands on business leaders that seemed inconceivable two years ago. We need courageous leaders who can bravely and confidently go into the unknown, says Angie Morgan. She says there are four types of courage managers need to develop.

via Real Leaders, 10 May 2021

How Boards Can Reduce Corporate Misbehaviour

As the ultimate guardians of the firm’s financial, human, and reputational capital, corporate boards need to set their bar higher, and replace reactive approaches to misbehavior with a proactive approach to winning with integrity. Instead of assuming everything is fine unless they hear otherwise, directors need to be more probing

via HBR, 21 December 2017

The Board’s Role In Curbing Ethical Issues

Pat Harned, CEO of the Ethics and Compliance Initiative (ECI), talks about the role Boards play in curbing ethics issues, and why these issues have become so top of mind for corporations.

via Corporate Board Member, 14 August 2018


Directors Liable For ‘Greenwashing’ Disclosures

Companies and their directors could be sued for “greenwashing” their commitments to achieve their net zero carbon pledges or emissions reductions targets, according to a legal opinion backed by some of Australia’s top business leaders.

via AFR, 26 April 2021

Why Diverse Teams Are Smarter

Striving to increase workplace diversity is not an empty slogan – it’s a good business decision. Multiple studies have shown the financial benefits of a diverse management team. In recent years a body of research has revealed another, more nuanced benefit of workplace diversity: nonhomogenous teams are simply smarter. Working with people who are different from you may challenge your brain to overcome its stale ways of thinking and sharpen its performance.

via Harvard Business Review, 4 November 2016

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How Ethics Went Mainstream

Profit is not enough: fashion brands in the 2020s must demonstrate they are doing good. Achieving the right balance is no easy matter. In double-quick time, says Christina Binkley, the ethical dimension of building a business has turned into a top priority.

via Vogue Business, 8 March 2021

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Time For A New Ethical Perspective On Humanity

Why it’s time for a new ethical perspective on humanity, according to Toby Ord. He argues that rapid globalisation and technological innovation have brought about profound new risks to humanity’s survival.

via World Economic Forum, 4 November 2020


What Most Leaders Miss About the Value of Virtue

Brett Beasley talks about new research which suggests that to achieve the highest levels of performance, leaders need both character and competence. And some character strengths matter more than others.

Notre Dame Deloitte Center for Ethical Leadership, 2021.

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Virtue Ethics: A Moral System You’ve Never Heard of — But Probably Use

Virtue ethics is a system that allows us to ask not only “What should I do?”, but also “How should I be?” with each action. It is less concerned with how we act from time to time and more worried about what kind of person we are all of the time.

via Big Think, 13 December 2016