News at Cranlana

Read recent news about our organisation, along with published articles written by our staff and alumni interviews

trust government

How philosophical ethics can build public trust in government

There’s a strong trend in a lot of organisations to try to address ethical issues through system design, behavioural economics and nudging. Dr Matt Beard understands the motivation behind it but has concerns about that development. He says building skills in philosophical ethics could assist public servants in their response to complex issues and boost public trust.

via The Mandarin ,24 June 2021

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Skills To Look for In An Ethical Leader

In times of uncertainty, especially when the stakes are high, people look to their leaders with a greater sense of urgency and expectation.

Because these times tend to make us feel afraid, we often expect our leaders to do whatever it takes to guarantee our safety and survival – whether in terms of physical health, economic wellbeing or providing some sense of assurance about what the future holds.

However, leaders need to be careful about the ways they provide for these needs. Crisis leadership needs to be about preserving more than just safety and certainty – it needs to be about preserving our moral character, too. This isn’t easy to do, but there are some basic skills leaders can aim to develop that will help them practice a more ethical form of leadership. And these are the same skills we should be looking for when we’re deciding who deserves to lead us in times of crisis.

via Sydney Morning Herald ,18 June 2021

Queen’s Birthday Honours 2021

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

leadership development

What Should You Look For In Leadership Development Courses?

You’ve pivoted, innovated and gotten into the groove of working from home – at least some of the time. Important things like professional development can’t, and shouldn’t, be on hold any longer. Executive education can be a significant investment of time and money so you need to find the right course. What should you be considering when making your choice?

June 2021

degrees or experience?

Let’s Talk: Degree Or Experience? Deciding What To Look For When Hiring Newcomers

Job candidates with a tertiary qualification demonstrate they possess intellectual ability, ambition, and discipline, but does this automatically make them the best person for the job? So how do you prioritise these attributes and choose the best candidate, every time? Dr Matt Beard, Program Director of the Vincent Fairfax Fellowship offers his thoughts on what to look for.

via Dynamic Business , 16 June 2021

start-ups

Why Do Start-ups and SMEs Need A Strong Ethical Foundation?

There are 305 million start-ups in the world, and 100 million more opening each year. Of these, a frighteningly high proportion will fail. It is arguably tougher for women founders, with fewer of them and barriers such as the gender gap in venture capital investment continuing to be a problem. So, what do start-ups and SMEs need to succeed?

via Womens Agenda, May 2021

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New Ethical Tests for Our Leaders

What does ethical leadership look like in the time of COVID-19? How do leaders respond to the challenge of rallying staff around a common goal during a global pandemic? Moral philosopher and ethicist Dr Matt Beard, Program Director of the Vincent Fairfax Fellowship, in conversation in this Philanthropy Australia podcast.

via Philanthropy Australia , May 2021

decision making

How To Make The Right Decision

The vast majority of ethical dilemmas do not relate to large scale fraud or stealing. They are dilemmas we all face daily in the course of our work says Cranlana Centre CEO Vanessa Pigrum.

via Australian Financial Review, 6 May 2021

Anzac Day

Supporting Veterans During And After Service – Anzac Day 2021

Commemorating Anzac Day ties us to every Anzac Day that has come before. This year, James Carleton, Dr Matt Beard and Rev Kaye Ronalds discuss military ethics and chaplaincy as Australia’s longest war – in Afghanistan – comes to an end.

via ABC, God Forbid, 25 April 2021

ethical public service

How ‘Ethical Allies’ Elevate Public Service Capability

Cranlana Centre Lead Moderator Peter Mares believes now is the best time for public servants to reset personal motivation and re-imagine common concepts like consultation and collaboration, with the support of ethical allies.

via The Mandarin, 1 April 2021

recruitment ethics

Why Organisations Must Consider Ethics In Their Recruitment Processes

Cranlana Centre CEO Vanessa Pigrum says organisations need to consider the ethics of their recruitment process, and how it’s experienced by unsuccessful candidates. That experience will be shared widely, so it’s not only right but wise to make it a good one.

via Recruitment Marketing Magazine, 26 March 2021

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How To Lead A Truly Inclusive Team

Diversity is more than just a corporate buzzword. For meaningful change within our offices, inclusion is key. Here, Carol Innes, Manager Aboriginal Cultural Heritage & Arts Development WA, Co-Chair Reconciliation WA and an alumna of Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership, reveals how leaders can foster inclusivity

via Marie Claire, 18 March 2021

organisational ethics

Matt Beard: Law Firm Could Have Consulted More Staff Before Taking Case

Dr Matt Beard, new Program Director of the Vincent Fairfax Fellowship, talks about the role of ethics in the workplace, and how they can guide people and organisations in difficult times. “If we think about ethics as being this shared custodianship of the common good and the things that matter to all of us, then talking about ethics becomes a way of creating opportunities and of maximising real value, not just market value.”

The Australian, 13 March 2021

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International Women’s Day 2021

The theme for this year’s International Womens Day is Choose to Challenge. “A challenged world is an alert world, and from challenge comes change.”

We’ve asked the extraordinary women in our moderators group to consider and respond to the theme. We trust you’ll find their responses insightful, useful and inspiring.

March 8 2021

Rising Prices, Plummeting Rents

Australia’s housing market goes crazy — again. In this Inside Story article our Lead Moderator Peter Mares says that the impact of the pandemic on housing has yet to run its course, and Melbourne’s bizarre combination of rising property prices and plummeting rents should caution us against relying heavily on “the market” to allocate a crucial good such as housing.

Inside Story, 15 February 2021

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Australia Day Honours 2021

This year alumna Tanya Hosch was named the South Australian state recipient – Australian of the Year, and eight Cranlana Centre alumni were awarded Australia Day Honours, recognising their service to their communities and contribution to building a just, prosperous and sustainable society. We offer our warmest congratulations to each on these well deserved awards.

social impact

Cranlana Centre’s Inaugural Impact Evaluation Survey

Cranlana is dedicated to strengthening wise and courageous leadership. Our purpose is to equip leaders to create change for the better in our society. After working with senior leaders across the private, government and not for profit sectors for nearly 30 years, have we? We launched our inaugural impact evaluation survey late last year to find out.

ethical boards

What Are The Ethical Responsibilities of Boards?

Are you contemplating joining a Board? Perhaps you’re taking up your first board role this year. Or are you an old hand, and member of many? Board membership can be prestigious, and a chance to support an organisation you believe in. By lending your experience and wisdom you can make a significant impact. It can be professionally and personally satisfying. It can also be a risk to your reputation and legacy if that Board or organisation misbehaves.

1 February 2020

employer brand

How Ethical Leadership Can Improve Your Employer Brand

How does your organisation ensure it stands out in the recruitment market? As you seek to recruit and retain the nest and brightest, CEO Vanessa Pigrum shares valuable insights about how ethical leadership improves your employer brand.

Recruitment Marketing Magazine, 11 December 2020

housing affordability

Housing Affordability in Australia

Peter Mares, Cranlana’s Lead Moderator, and Dr Michael Fotheringham, Executive Director, AHURI, talk to Hilary Harper and Michael Mackenzie about the impact on housing affordability of the sustained buoyancy in the property market, despite COVD-19.

Life Matters, ABC, 8 December 2020

public service

Queensland’s Director General of Transport on Ethical Leadership During COVID-19

Neil Scales OBE, Vincent Fairfax Fellow and Cranlana alumnus, reflects on the challenges he’s faced as Queensland’s Director-General, Transport and Main Roads, during COVD-19. A leader who brings a strong ethical focus to his work, Neil says consistency and clarity of communication has enabled him to make and implements some of the most complex and difficult decisions of his career.

The Mandarin, 4 December 2020

courage

Courage in Leadership

Having the uncomfortable conversation, making the difficult choice, navigating unknown waters, implementing decisions in fluid situations, acting counterintuitively…doing the right thing at the right time for the right reason. These all take courage. Good leadership takes courage.