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For Richer Or Poorer: What COVID-19 Is Teaching Us About Equality And Its Alternative

Lead Moderator Peter Mares considers what Covid-19 is teaching us about equality and its alternative.

When this is over, what lessons will we have learned?

“If insecurity is new and unwelcome in our lives, then we can assume that its pervasive presence was never welcome in the lives of others. It should give us pause to consider the levels of inequality and disadvantage that we allowed to build up during Australia’s long boom.”

Perhaps during this time we can lay the foundation for a stronger, more caring community after the threat from the virus recedes.

Crikey, 3 April 2020

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The Power Of Ethical Thinking

Alumnus Jerome Reid, Australian Department of Defence – Joint Capabilities Group – talks about the power of ethical thinking and how the Cranlana program “completely deconstructed the entire fabric” of his thinking. “I realised I needed to rethink my decision-making, shed my biases and rethink my world view.”

“An ethical leader is at pains to question how they live with the contradictions and tensions of leading in a modern organisation and how to do that in an ethically rigorous way. It’s about building a better society.”

Qantas Magazine, April 2020

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Are Soft Skills More Important Than Ever in Leadership?

‘Soft skills’ in leadership refer to a host of skills such as empathy, teamwork, flexibility, positivity, and adaptability. They may be harder to measure but are invaluable in shaping leaders’ abilities to communicate, manage change and build workplace culture.

In this article a number of business leaders, including Cranlana Centre’s CEO Vanessa Pigrum, were asked whether soft skills are more important than ever in leadership.

via Dynamic Business, 1 April 2020

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Of Visas And Viruses

Temporary visa holders and recent permanent migrants play a vital role in healthcare and the economy — and Lead Moderator Peter Mares says that’s just one reason why the rules need to keep evolving during the current crisis.

Inside Story, 21 March 2020

Program Director, Vincent Fairfax Fellowship

Monash University and the Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership seek to appoint an entrepreneurial individual, with strong business acumen and a track record in executive education, to lead the development and delivery of a contemporary curriculum for the Vincent Fairfax Fellowship.

Applications close 27 March 2020.

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Executive Ethics – a new Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership program

CEO Vanessa Pigrum, says, “We are very excited to announce the launch of our new program, Executive Ethics. The demand for Cranlana Centre’s programs is consistently high and we recognised the opportunity to design a targeted ethics program with time poor senior leaders in mind. There is no shortage of evidence pointing to the need for a deeper understanding of ethical leadership across all sectors of society, and we hope the addition of the Executive Ethics program will provide more leaders with an opportunity to refine their critical reasoning and ethical decision-making skills.”

“The Executive Ethics program has been designed to complement our existing programs, the Executive Colloquium and Vincent Fairfax Fellowship, and to provide leaders with an accessible two-day offering that still offers a rare opportunity for deep reflection and learning. The Executive Ethics program will help to build and refine the moral courage leaders require to lead for the good of the organisations they work in and society more broadly.”

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Why is Ethical Leadership Important in Business?

Communities globally are become increasingly vocal about their expectations of business and government. Businesses are responding to the growing evidence pointing to the many benefits of strong ethical leadership for businesses in terms of brand safety, reputation management, staff retention, managing compliance and growing market share.

Who wouldn’t want to be bathing in the glow of stakeholder approval, presenting sterling balance sheets to the board and presiding over a workforce of happy, motivated and loyal employees? Particularly when there are high profile examples of the fate awaiting organisations which misread or disregard public sentiment on issues which affect the lives and futures of the communities within which they operate.

So, how do you arrive at this enviable position?

February 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.

What is the Chatham House Rule?

All Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership programs are held under the Chatham House Rule, to encourage open conversation and genuine debate. It’s a commonly used term, but do you know what it actually means and where it comes from?

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‘I don’t want to be one of those absent fathers’

When the application of law produces a manifest injustice it’s time to review the laws. Lead Moderator Peter Mares looks at what happens when foreign parents and Australian children become trapped between migration law and family law, two systems that don’t talk to one another.

Canberra Times, 16 January 2020

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

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

Immigration Policies from a Migrant’s Perspective

Is public discourse of migration in Australia too narrow? Border regulation, the labour market, analyses of criminal justice data and the experience of international students – it’s all inter-related and needs to be considered together to shape a healthy migration policy. You can listen to the conversation here.
ABC, Radio National, 27 November 2019

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The Interest Based Approach to Conflict

Cranlana Centre alumna and Fair Work commissioner Katrina Harper-Greenwell talks about the interest based approach to conflict, and how to approach a dispute. “I think where HR can most benefit is getting a better understanding of the mutual, non-biased ethical approach to the dispute resolution process, and what their role is.”
HRM online, 25 November 2019

Why Leaders Should Create a Challenging Environment

A culture in which employees can challenge decisions and make a contribution offers organisations many benefits. As our CEO Vanessa Pigrum notes, “the difficulties that staff face in challenging authority come at a time when individuals are becoming more aware of their rights to access information about business practices, whether as employees or consumers.”
The Australian Financial Review, 6 November 2019

What are our obligations to animals?

Before the 2019 Melbourne Cup our Lead Moderator Peter Mares considered what we owe the horses running in it. Does the same Enlightenment-era reasoning that produced our cherished concepts of human equality and human dignity lead us to conclude that we have extensive obligations to other animals?
The Canberra Times, 4 November 2019

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Royal commission carries heavy burden of expectation

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety interim report has been delivered. Before it was released Lead Moderator Peter Mares predicted what some of its findings might be and suggested that there is a role to be played by all of us in addressing needs which, if we’re fortunate enough to live a long life, we will all experience.
The Sydney Morning Herald, 30 October 2019

At Cranlana, Ethics is a Journey Not a Book of Rules

How do you do the right thing? CEO Vanessa Pigrum talks about ethical leadership in Australia, and the role of Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership in building, strengthening and supporting its development across all sectors. After 25 years we know a thing or two about the topic, and the 23% increase in demand for our programs reflects the growing expectation that the organisations responsible for shaping our society act ethically and responsibly.
The Deal Magazine, The Australian, 22 October 2019

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Scholarship Information

Sharpening critical reasoning and moral courage is a cornerstone of Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership. Our programs seek to equip participants to make the right decision, at the right time, for the right reason. Through CCEL’s programs participants are able to apply a more finely developed ethical lens to their leadership roles.

Should you send leaders to jail for toxic workplace cultures?

There is increasingly an expectation that desire individuals will be held accountable for the outcomes of toxic cultures. But how can that be achieved in a fair and sustainable way? CEO Vanessa Pigrum doesn’t “think stricter laws or regulations are going to address cultural issues. You cannot regulate for every occurrence, or every cultural development.” So by what other means can people be held to account?
HRM online, 16 October 2019

The Conversation Hour: Peter Mares, Brian Toohey, Lady Southey AC and Stephen Shelmerdine AM

What exactly is the Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership? How do our programs develop better decision making? Our Lead Moderator, Peter Mares, joins Jon Faine as co-host to talk about what we do. The youngest daughter of Merlyn and Sidney Myer, Lady Marigold Southey AC, and wine maker and family historian Stephen Shelmerdine AM also join the conversation to discuss the new book “Cranlana: The First 100 Years – The House, The Garden, The People” by Michael Shmith.

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