Curated Content for Alumni

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

trust

How Do You Trust?

Who do you trust? How have we lost it, how could we regain it, and how can we reinstate integrity and truth. Hamish Macdonald is joined by Katie Allen, Jacqui Lambie, Clare O’Neil, Simon McKeon and Jack Manning Bancroft.

via ABC Q&A, 17 February 2020

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CSIRO identifies trust as key priority for future prosperity

“To put Australia on the path to to the most prosperous future…requires a new way of thinking and a new type of leadership which cuts across all walks of life in our great country,” says CSIRO Chief Executive Dr Larry Marshall. One of the keys to achieving a positive Outlook Vision is to rebuild trust in Australian business, institutions and government.

via CSIRO 2019

AI employment

Superfluous Sacks of Meat in a World of Metal and Machine

Sometimes automation creates jobs and sometimes it destroys them. The point is that automation reshapes the workplace in much subtler ways than “a robot took my job.” Are creativity and human skills really enough to set us apart? The answer is yes, and no. Leaders need to recognise the difference and guide their actions accordingly.

via Medium/Future Crunch, 13 February 2020

Success Will Come and Go, But Integrity Is Forever

“If I could teach only one value to live by, it would be this: Success will come and go, but integrity is forever. Integrity means doing the right thing at all times and in all circumstances, whether or not anyone is watching. It takes having the courage to do the right thing, no matter what the consequences will be. Building a reputation of integrity takes years, but it takes only a second to lose, so never allow yourself to ever do anything that would damage your integrity.”

Forbes, 28 November 2012

The Role of Risk in the Banking Industry

When the report of the Financial Services Royal Commission was handed down more than a year ago, it was a shock to the system. But have practices in finance or any other sector actually changed?

In evidence to the Commission, former Treasury Secretary and NAB chair Dr Ken Henry pondered whether the cause of business misconduct might be capitalism itself. “The capitalist model is that businesses have no responsibility other than to maximise profits for shareholders,” said Henry. The consequence of this mindset, he argued, is that customers are treated in an instrumental fashion: as a means to profit rather than as human beings with rights and interests. This same might be said for the environment, or animals. If profit is King, who or what plays the role of serf?

In this audio interview Professor Elizabeth Sheedy discusses the new study of unethical behaviour in major organisations she co-authored.

Radio National, 12 February 2020

What Points to a Great Leader?

Billionaire Warren Buffett advises leaders when selecting top talent to most keenly value integrity of all traits.

“We look for three things when we hire people. We look for intelligence, we look for initiative or energy, and we look for integrity. And if they don’t have the latter, the first two will kill you, because if you’re going to get someone without integrity, you want them lazy and dumb.”

This article explored six fundamental traits embodied by leaders with integrity.

Inc, 6 February 2020

Ta-Nehisi Coates on The Case for Reparations

“The question really is not whether we’ll be tied to the somethings of our past, but whether we are courageous enough to be tied to the whole of them.” In his opening statement in the US to a House hearing on H.R. 40, a bill that would establish a commission to study reparations, Ta-nehisi Coates’ argument that ‘Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole’ has resonance in Australia, and will be familiar to Executive Colloquium participants who grapple with the realities, responsibilities and consequences of slavery and civil rights through the writings of Gribble, Martin Luther King, Jr and Stan Grant, among others.

The Atlantic, 19 June 2019

Are Ethics Holding Women Back in Science?

Physicists are more likely to describe women as ethical scientists, but in ways that potentially limit their productivity and competitiveness according to a paper published in Science and Engineering Ethics.

Inside Higher Ed, 24 February 2017

Goldman Sachs Recognises the Importance of Board Diversity

Recognising the benefits of board diversity, Goldman Sachs has announced that, from 1 July 2020, it won’t take any company public unless it has at least one “diverse” board member in 2020, and two in 2021.

New York Post, 23 January 2020

Australia Day Honours 2020

This year twelve Cranlana Centre alumni were awarded Australia Day Honours, recognising their contribution to building a just, prosperous and sustainable society. We offer our warmest congratulations to each on these well deserved awards.

adaptive change

The Work of Leadership

Companies today face adaptive challenges. Changes in societies, markets, customers, competition, and technology around the globe are forcing organizations to clarify their values, develop new strategies, and learn new ways of operating. Adaptive problems are often systemic problems with no ready answers.

Harvard Business Review, December 2001

Marital infidelity and professional misconduct are linked

A well developed ethical framework encompasses both the professional and personal. Knowing what you stand for and what you will allow is vital. For leaders taking strong stances on issues such as sexual misconduct in the workplace there could be the extra benefit of contributing to more ethical corporate culture in general, as suggested by a 2019 study which showed a link between marital infidelity and professional misconduct.

Science Daily, 30 July 2019

For Leaders, Decency Is Just as Important as Intelligence

Successful leaders today and in the decades to come must possess triple-threat leadership capability: IQ+EQ+DQ. In other words, they must possess a combination of two familiar attributes — intellect and emotional intelligence — and one that I believe must be recognized and elevated: decency.” Bill Boulding Dean of Duke University – The Fuqua School of Business

Harvard Business Review, 16 July 2019

diversity inclusian bias

How to Counteract 3 Types of Bias and Run Inclusive Meetings

Companies which are robustly diverse report growing market share 45% more often than their more homogeneous counterparts and are 70% more likely to capture a new market. Varied perspectives, thought patterns and problem-solving approaches produce better solutions. Fostering inclusive meetings to get maximum benefits of diversity is a competitive advantage. Do you know how?

Atlassian, 2019

bio-ethics research

Mini-brains May Already Be Sentient and Suffering, Scientists Warn.

Bioethicists often refer to four basic ethical principles when evaluating the merits and difficulties of medical procedures and research – autonomy, justice, beneficence, and non-maleficence. What happens when you’re not sure whether the research you’re doing is breaching one or more of the bio-ethics principles?

Big Think, 23 October 2019

climate change as an ethical imperative

9 in 10 Australians See Action on Climate Change as an Ethical Imperative for Business Leaders

The 2019 Ethics Index quantifies the perceptions of adult Australians of the overall importance of ethics, and what the actual level of ethical behaviour is, within Australian society, examining various sectors, organisations, occupations, issues and influences across. On Climate Change the message for business leaders is clear – Australians believe they have an urgent ethical obligation to act.

Lawyers Weekly, December 2019

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A Study on Driverless-Car Ethics Offers a Troubling Look Into Our Values

Autonomous cars will be required to make value judgments which must be pre-programmed. What should we tell them to do? To understand decisions human drivers would make before determining the ethical decisions that cars should make, researchers crowdsourced the question by launching a game called Moral Machine in which players are presented with a version of the trolley problem. The results suggest that if billions of driverless cars in the future are all programmed to make the same judgement call, it may be a lot more dangerous for some people to cross the street than others.

The New Yorker, 24 January 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. In this article she discusses the benefits of Cranlana for her thinking and leadership. She and Chief Executive (and fellow alumnus) Mark Glasson have made Cranlana “an integral part of the journey for Anglicare WA’s leadership”, with the learnings inherent to their strategic processes.

Business News Western Australia, 17 April 2019

climate change science

How can Habermas help us think about climate change?

Emilie Prattico offers a framework for action on climate change – justice and deliberation are as important as the science. “While the requirement for scientific and technical expertise about climate change cannot be denied, there are ways to reconcile this reality with the needs for inclusive, democratic processes about climate action. In his theory of deliberative democracy, the German philosopher Jürgen Habermas (1929-) provides a framework within which democratic processes can distinguish between the different dimensions of discourse – scientific-pragmatic and moral-political. In the context of climate change, this means that there are pathways to address the problem that don’t require scientific or technical expertise, and that are geared towards tackling the collective issues it raises democratically.”

Aeon, 18 December 2019