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Ex-Unilever boss seeks ‘heroic CEOs’ to tackle climate change and inequality

Paul Polman, former CEO of Unilever, is calling on “heroic chief executives willing to step up and move outside of the comfort zone and take personal risks” to drive change in the face of political inaction. “We are now at a point in society where the cost of not acting in these areas is higher than acting.”

The Guardian, 21 July 2019

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Millions of People Eat Octopus – Here’s Why We Shouldn’t

There is a wealth of research that suggests octopuses are one of the most complex and intelligent animals in the ocean. They can recognise individual human faces, solve problems (and remember the answers for months) and there is some evidence they experience pain and suffering. They are the only invertebrate that the 2012 Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness considers sentient alongside mammals and birds. They are also a culinary delicacy with growing demand, but scientists say farming them is not only unethical but extremely damaging to the environment.

weforum 19 May 2019

Twelve Reasons Why Ethical Leadership is Important in Business

What is ethical leadership, and why is it important? The Center for Ethical Leadership put it best when they said, “Ethical leadership is knowing your core values and having the courage to live them in all parts of your life in service of the common good.” Here are twelve different ways ethical leadership can make a positive impact on a business and why it’s so important.

Center for Management & Organization Effectiveness

An illustration from the atlas shows a man's partially dissected cheek

Eduard Pernkopf: The Nazi book of anatomy still used by surgeons

The innocuous-sounding Pernkopf Topographic Anatomy of Man is described by Rabbi Joseph Polak, a Holocaust survivor and professor of health law, as a “moral enigma” because it is derived from “real evil, but can be used in the service of good”. Also known as Pernkopf’s Atlas, and considered to be the best example of anatomical drawings in the world, it’s no longer in print because the book’s findings came from the bodies of hundreds of people killed by the Nazis. The book’s dark past has meant scientists have grappled with the ethics involved in its use. Under what circumstances, if any, could these images be used in the service of healing?

BBC, 19 August 2019

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. Forbes, 7 January 2019