Curated Content for Alumni

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

Maintaining Integrity Through Turmoil

While structural change is relatively common in the public sector – almost every new government makes their mark in some way – it doesn’t make the upheaval and turmoil any easier on those affected. CEO Vanessa Pigrum offers three steps to help public servants examine the situation, navigate a path through the uncertainty and find clarity of purpose.

Government News, 16 December 2019

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The Problem with Saying “Don’t Bring Me Problems, Bring Me Solutions”

Sabina Nawaz says it’s time to retire the saying “Don’t bring me problems, bring me solutions.” Even though advocates of this approach believe it reduces complaining, increases empowerment, helps employees manage up, and boosts careers, it’s fraught with challenges.

Harvard Business Review, 1 September 2017

40 Under 40: Most Influential Asian-Australian Awards

Congratulations to alumnus Philip Le Liu on being named winner of the Public Sector/Government category in the 40 Under 40: Most Influential Asian-Australian Awards at the inaugural Asian-Australian Leadership Summit. The Asian Executive, 2 December 2019

Blackbirds: Australia’s hidden slave trade history

There are laws and there is justice. Are they always the same? As governments and manufacturers around the world grapple with the presence of modern slavery in their supply chains, Australia has yet to acknowledge its hidden slave trade history.

The Monthly, July 2019

What Makes a Leader?

What makes a leader? According to the Glass Cliff theory in social science, women are more likely to be put into leadership roles during times of crisis. This article explores how to break that cycle, and the benefits of diversity.
The New York Times, 17 June 2019

Leading with Ethics

“…if you don’t truly believe in the importance of ethical behavior in your business career, it will become apparent to your employees, your peers and to the people occupying the C-suite. If you’re searching for the answer to the ongoing dilemma of how to nurture an environment of trust, accountability and respect in the workplace, start with practicing ethical leadership in all levels of management.” Good ethics is good business.

via Forbes, 7 January 2019


Business Leaders Shouldn’t Bite Their Tongues on Social Issues.

“Business is not separate from community, business is an integral part of our community.” Alumna Carol Schwartz and Diane Smith-Gander share a belief that corporate leaders have roles to play in their communities. Both have spoken in support of issues important to them.

The Age, 10 June 2019

It’s Time to Break Up Facebook

Courage. It’s at the heart of every important decision. Chris Hughes, co-founder of Facebook, published an op-ed in The New York Times outlining his concerns with the company’s size and influence, and why he wishes he’d had the courage to talk to someone at the company about them.
New York Times, 9 May 2019

Overcoming the Isolation of Leadership

Do you take yourself out of your comfort zone often enough? Alumna Kate Chaney, Director of Innovation and Strategy for Anglicare WA, believes that is what’s required to truly innovate.

Business News Western Australia, 17 April 2019

Australia Day Honours awards

This year over twenty Cranlana Programme alumni were awarded Australia Day Honours, recognising their contribution to building…


What is the Key to Good Leadership?

What is the key to good leadership? Dr Helen Szoke AO, one of our Board members, and Shaun Carney discuss this and Shaun’s book The Change Makers.
ABC Radio National, 19 February 2019