News at Cranlana
Read recent news about our organisation, along with published articles written by our staff and alumni interviews
The COVID-19 virus has exposed the failings of Australia’s housing system like never before: rough sleeping and homelessness, the insecurity and stress of renting, especially on a low income, and a boom-bust cycle that either pushes house prices up too quickly or down too fast. Our housing mess can be measured in lost productivity, poor health, high debt and growing inequality.
Peter Mares, Cranlana’s Lead Moderator and author of No Place Like Home: Repairing Australia’s Housing Crisis, visits four capital cities, to investigate what’s gone wrong with housing in Australia, and what we might do about it.
via ABC, 30 May 2020
What do New Zealand, Germany, Taiwan, Iceland, Finland, Norway and Denmark have in common? When it comes to the coronavirus crisis, there are two things they share – their leaders have been praised for their handling of it, and those leaders are all women.
Vanessa Pigrum, CEO of Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership, believes the success of these countries’ response to the pandemic highlights the benefits of diversity. “We need leaders drawn from a wider field than has traditionally been the case, to bring with them a new perspective and fresh approach to persistent issues, and brand-new challenges,” she says. “The pandemic has swept away many assumptions about entrenched systems and challenged accepted thinking in a range of spheres. It’s also shown us that what people need in a crisis can be met by a range of leadership styles which offer more than we’ve been offered to date.”
via Mindfood, 2 June 2020
Whistleblowing expert Sally McDow and Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership Lead Moderator Peter Mares talk about the potential pitfalls created by the temporary relaxation of rules which allow organisations to be nimble in their response to the crisis, the importance of a strong and effective whistleblowing process, and how to avoid hearing about your problems for the first time in the media.
via The Mandarin, 31 May 2020
Organisations’ responses during the current crisis are being closely watched by stakeholders, as will be their choices moving forward. Whether your current focus is on risk management, crisis management or imagining what the future looks like for your organisations, a strong shared ethical base going forward is vital.
“The need for leadership development has never been more urgent. Companies of all sorts realize that to survive in today’s volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous environment, they need leadership skills and organizational capabilities different from those that helped them succeed in the past.….” The Future of Leadership Harvard Business Review.
Online learning can support the development of those capacities.
According to LinkedIn’s new Workforce Confidence Index 91% of people working from home say their time spent learning online will stay the same or increase in the next two weeks.
This enthusiastic embrace of online learning is great news for organisations aware of the critical importance of maintaining professional development for their teams as they prepare for a resilient future.
Monash University and the Myer Foundation are pleased to announce the appointment of Gail Hambly as the new Chair of Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership.
25 May 2020
2020 has tested all of our assumptions. Cranlana’s online tailored programs can assist you and your team as you turn your mind towards recovery and rebuilding. Develop shared clarity and a pathway built on relevant, practical ethical foundations for the challenges ahead.
Lead Moderator Peter Mares responds to Kristina Kenneally’s recent article on the need to addresses Australia’s migration rules.
“In one sense, Kristina Keneally’s article in Sunday’s Age and Sydney Morning Herald is a timely reminder that Australia’s migration rules need to be reassessed — just as the pandemic should prompt a review of the tax system, welfare arrangements and our fragmented approach to housing and homelessness.
However, says Peter, Labor can’t claim to be encouraging a reasoned discussion about a sensitive and divisive topic while framing the issue in simplistic, binary terms.
Inside Story, 6 May 2020
Like it or not, says our Lead Moderator Peter Mares, the virus has brought government back into vogue: it is government that subsidises wages and extends credit, it is public hospitals on the front line of the pandemic, it is tax dollars fuelling research into a vaccine. While businesses and community groups contribute to tackling the virus, we look first to government for solutions.
This puts public officials under immense pressure. They must make quick judgements, aware that any misstep will have profound repercussions. A pandemic has made morality the subject of everyday conversations and thrown the ethics of decision making into stark relief.
Canberra Times, 5 May 2020
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
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
‘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
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
What is Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership?
Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership is Monash University, The Myer Foundation and Vincent Fairfax Ethics in Leadership Foundation working in partnership.
We don’t teach leadership skills. We help leaders put the skills they have to use – with clarity, wisdom and courage by drawing on more than two millennia of philosophical thinking to foster in-depth, practical discussions that sharpen critical reasoning.
Relating those philosophical concepts directly to challenges they’ve encountered, participants examine and strengthen their personal ethical frameworks, giving themselves a solid footing for steering future decision-making.
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.
Leaders and businesses that recognise the importance of ethics and integrity are strongly positioned to move confidently and positively into the future.
To achieve this a strong ethical framework for decision making is crucial.
Confidence in your moral agency and ethical leadership capacity will prepare you for the foreseen, and unforeseen, challenges of the future.
By understanding the fundamental philosophies that underpin our society, today’s leaders can learn to critically examine the ethical impact of their actions – so they can help build a better society together.
Investing in your own professional development and that of your team ensures you share an understanding of the ethical choices you and your organisation are facing.
Leaders who have done this hard work are better prepared to make the right decision at the right time for the right reason.
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.”
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?
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.
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?
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
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
Cranlana Centre closes on Thursday 19th December and re-opens on Monday 6th January.
We wish everyone a peaceful and relaxing holiday season and New Year, and we look forward to continuing to strengthen wise and courageous leadership with you in 2020.
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