News at Cranlana
Read recent news about our organisation, along with published articles written by our staff and alumni interviews
Leaders, believe it or not, you don’t know everything. And not only is that OK, but your employees already know it—so one of the most important things you can do is acknowledge it. So says Vanessa Pigrum, CEO of Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership at Monash University.
via Venture Magazine, 23 November 2020
Congratulations to Debra Mika, Chief of Staff, Group Executive – Victoria, Aware Super on being named 2021 winner of the FEAL Michael Dwyer Leadership Scholarship.
As we near the end of what has been been an extraordinary year globally, leaders in every sector and industry are future planning. You know ethical leadership is key to the success of that future, but it’s hard. How do you make the right decision when you face competing interests, conflicting advice, partial information and tight deadlines? What if doing the right thing is bad for the bottom line in the short-term or damages your career prospects? Wherever you and your team are starting 2021 – together, remotely, refining your existing business or reimagining what it could be – we can help you. Online and in-person 2021 programs are open for registration now.
Alumnus Samantha Murray, Siemens Digital Industries Software ANZ CEO and Vice President, is a mental health advocate who sees the direct link between good mental health in the office and a successful organisation. In this article in CEO Magazine she talks about her “true belief … that without the mental and physical health of your teams, you don’t have a bottom line. If staff aren’t in a good headspace, if they’re not looking out for each other or feeling passionate about their work, your bottom line will struggle. Their mental health is just as important as revenue.”
via CEO Magazine, 6 November 2020
If you’re in a superannuation fund, then, like it or not, you’ve got ethical decisions to make. More than 10 million Australians have a superannuation account. Which means, effectively, more than 10 million of us are mini-shareholders with the capacity to influence future business decisions. With that power, however small, comes responsibility.
via The Conversation, 4 November 2020
Professor Roianne West is on a mission to achieve equity in our health system. In this article from Hospital and Healthcare Magazine Roianne, winner of the 2020 Lowitja Institute Cranlana Award, talks about the immense task of unravelling racism in Australia’s complex health system.
via Hospital and Healthcare Magazine, 16 October 2020
Investment giant BlackRock sent tremors through corporate board rooms last week when it backed a resolution that would have required Australia’s biggest electricity provider, AGL, to close its coal-fired power plants earlier than planned. In the absence of coherent government policy or a price on carbon, the best hope for effective action may come from enlightened business decisions, and Australia’s collective retirement savings — now nudging $3 trillion — give fund managers huge leverage.
via Inside Story, 13 October 2020
In this piece for Inside Story Cranlana’s Lead Moderator Peter Mares explore the ethics of the federal budget, and says the government needs to do more to share the risk.
Is the current taxpaying generation behaving unethically by allowing the government to amass a $213 billion deficit to inject life into the economy, and leaving others to pick up the tab?
In reality, the government had little choice but to spend on a vast scale. What might make that spending more or less ethical in intergenerational terms will depend at least partly on the effectiveness of the budget measures according to the government’s job-creation goals.
via Inside Story, 7 October 2020
The boards that are steering their company in the right direction during the pandemic have a common thread, according to Vanessa Pigrum, chief executive at Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership.
A lot of this success, she says, has to do with communication and understanding.
“Each board is idiosyncratic,” she tells Investment Magazine. “But if I could generalise to some extent, the organisations that are handling this well have a strong, robust relationship between the executives and the board.”
Alongside the need for effective relationships, Pigrum cited the balance between ethics and business survivability as the major concern executives are dealing with in the pandemic.
Investment Magazine, 5 October 2020
Ethical business leadership has become more important than ever in an era of social media and consumers that are willing to vote with their wallets.
Whether an issue of discrimination, sexual harassment, environmental damage or financial misconduct, allegations of unethical behaviour within a business can destroy years – even decades – of built-up community trust.
Now, the COVID-19 pandemic is creating new ethical dilemmas for business leaders and managers.
Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership CEO Vanessa Pigrum and Steven Ronson, Fair Work Ombudsman Executive Director for Enforcement and alumnus of the Executive Colloquium program, highlight the importance of ethical decision-making for leadership teams and boards.
via Adelaide Advertiser, 15 September 2020
It is the stately mansion that could have been the Melbourne residence of prime ministers and dignitaries.
Fortunately for us it is instead the home of Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership.
via The Age, 28 August 2020
A $7.7 billion investment to build 30,000 homes and repair thousands more would raise economic output by $15.7 billion.
Peter Mares, Cranlana Centre’s Lead Moderator, says that as we mark the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, the pandemic calls for a level of nation building ambition similar to 1945 — when the urgent need to build housing as part of post-war reconstruction forged the first 10-year Commonwealth-state housing agreement.
In the subsequent decades housing policy involved similar agreements, with the federal government funding the states to build social housing. Over the past 25 years we have dropped the ball. Now is the time to pick it up again.
via Crikey Inq, 31 August 2020
The second of a 12-part series CBD News is running, attempting to explore the role that housing can and should play within Australian society and why it is important to our economy that we house all Australians, rich or poor. Peter Mares, author of “No Place Like Home” and lead moderator at the Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership, was asked to share his thoughts on why housing all Australians should be considered an economic imperative for Australia.
via CBD News, 27 August 2020
Belinda Duarte is the CEO of Culture is Life, an organisation pushing forward Indigenous-led solutions to lower the rate of youth suicide. She’s also the recipient of the 2020 Chief Executive Women Vincent Fairfax Fellowship scholarship.
As a proud Wotjobaluk and Dja Dja Wurrung woman, Duarte points to the first time she experienced racism as a child, and how it woke her up to the inherent challenges and disadvantages Aboriginal people faced in their country compared to their white counterparts.
Since then, she has drawn on the strength and experience of her elders past and present, and her community, to inform her leadership and achieve change for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
via PROBono, 24 August 2020
How can leaders dealing with the COVID crisis lay the foundations for success in a post-COVID world?
COVID has turned our world upside down. With no certain end in sight, structural, strategic and psychological change is constantly on our minds. And for executives, managers and anyone who leads a team, the complexity of the decision-making being asked of us right now is, dare I say, unprecedented.
At the same time as leading our organisations through the immediate crisis, we need to lay the foundations to ensure success in our post-COVID life (date TBC), make tough business decisions for now and the future, manage complex risk factors we don’t fully understand, and lead our people with compassion and fairness. It’s a tough gig.
Cranlana Centre CEO Vanessa Pigrum explores the leadership skills required.
via Acuity Magazine, 12 August 2020
As the Covid-19 pandemic set in, state and territory governments around Australia rapidly found crisis accommodation — usually in hotels — for around 7000 people who were sleeping rough. But the impressive speed and resolve raised a difficult question: what happens next?
The federal government has a unique opportunity to begin reshaping Australia’s housing landscape in the October budget. Lead Moderator Peter Mares explores what lessons we can learn from Finland’s successful adoption of the ‘housing first’ model.
Inside Story, 4 August 2020
While books, podcasts and videos on the subject of leadership abound, what they don’t provide is the opportunity to test and challenge yourself with peers. Being able to openly share perspectives on, insights into and doubts about their leadership practice expands and deepens their understanding of the stakeholders, systems and communities within which they operate. For leaders to whom ethical considerations and principles are important, these kinds of conversations are particularly valuable.
Do the Salons in the tradition of the European literary and philosophical movements offer a model for conversation which meets these needs?
via ArtsHub, 29 July 2020
Cranlana’s programs draw on more than 2,000 years of philosophy, spanning both ancient and contemporary critical thinkers, because the fundamental concepts grappled with, such the nature of friendship, remain constant. Here are three pieces which consider the philosophy of friendship, specifically Aristotle’s thoughts on the three types of love – agape, eros, and philia — which endure as an insightful model for illuminating the nature of our relationships.
Completing a Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership program is just the start of a lifelong connection with Cranlana.
Cranlana regularly publishes articles, podcasts and videos on its site to supplement and extend our programs’ readings and conversations. They include pieces authored by our alumni, CEO Vanessa Pigrum and Lead Moderator Peter Mares, and curated content on leadership and ethics drawn from a range of sources. These pieces are designed to support alumni in their professional lives by providing useful perspectives to feed into their thinking, and offering an alternate lens through which to consider current issues and events. From AI to animals rights, Black Lives Matter to ethical practice in a pandemic, the topics covered touch on all areas of public and personal life. The pieces aren’t exclusive to alumni – they also provide a repository of thinking on ethical considerations, leadership practice and philosophy for anyone interested in these topics. Which is why the Cranlana Centre site has been named one of the Top 20 Ethical Leadership sites to follow in 2020.
A new study has revealed countries with male leaders who have prioritised the economy in their COVID-19 response have seen many more deaths from the virus than countries with female leaders who have focused on public health.
In their report, the authors argue there are “both contingent and structural reasons that may explain these stark differences”.
Vanessa Pigrum, CEO of Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership, has some thoughts on why this might be the case.
“These women have, like all leaders, had to make difficult decisions quickly, in an unprecedented and rapidly changing situation,” says Pigrum. “These decisions have had enormous consequences. They’ve slowed the spread of the virus and saved lives, but in doing so have economically impacted millions of people. Acknowledging these hardships with emotional courage, communicating with clarity and empathy, and calmly engaging in an authentic way with their constituents engenders public confidence.”
While an ability to maintain integrity throughout turmoil is certainly not unique to female leadership, Pigrum suggests how these female leaders got to be where they are may have affected their leadership style. “The traits of ethical leadership are the same regardless of gender or age, but the expression of those traits might be affected by whether those leaders followed a traditional path to authority,” she says.
via MindFood, 21 July 2020
The Lowitja Institute has named leading Aboriginal academic Professor Roianne West as the winner of the 2020 Lowitja Institute Cranlana Award for outstanding research leadership.
The national award honours excellence from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers whose contributions to their academic field are recognised nationally and internationally, and who have contributed significantly to the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Congratulations Professor West, we look forward to welcoming you to the Executive Colloquium.
In a poll last month 45% of Australians said the main purpose of our democracy is ensuring all people are treated fairly and equally, including the most vulnerable. Which is why, says Travers McLeod, CEO Centre for Policy Development and Cranlana moderator, Australians are uneasy about outsourcing essential services.
Recent history hasn’t been good for outsourced services, from quarantine hotels to the aged care sector, so as we face the biggest labour market disruption in a generation government needs to be an active player in service delivery.
via The Australian, 13 July 2020
Alumnus Peter McMullin, a successful lawyer, businessman and philanthropist, knows the impact a Cranlana program can have on participants. During his participation in an Executive Colloquium he had something of an epiphany which pointed him “in a direction I ultimately would have gone on one day anyway, but it really spurred me into action.” With an interest in global human rights and the arts, Peter was active in philanthropy at the time, but the Cranlana program was a turning point and a trigger for his future philanthropy.
via Fundraising and Philanthropy Magazine, 15 July 2020
Lead Moderator Peter Mares talks with alumnus Romlie Mokak about the new strategy being developed by the Productivity Commission for evaluating policies and programs affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
via Inside Story, 2 July 2020