Essays

Change Management – a personal perspective

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Let’s be clear right up front: I don’t like change. I’m a creature of habit and I like set routines. But, just like being in a marriage, I can’t get my own way all the time and I have to accommodate this thing called change. There’s been plenty of it around our organisation of recent years but in many ways that simply reflects our wider society. Change is everywhere and all the time these days. So, how can we cope?     Agree expectations   The most fundamental starting point is to determine just...

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Contentment

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It is a truism that each new generation enjoys a better quality of life than our predecessors. This optimism is centred on the notion that progress underpins society’s on-going development. The consensus seems to be that if we are growing, things must be improving. This view is shared by most people though committed environmentalists do have deep reservations about it and a small coterie of die-hard traditionalists just like things the way they were. Certainly, there’s no shortage of evidence to suggest we enjoy many advantages that our...

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What it is to be Australian

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More than most nations, Australia’s culture remains in transition. It is a national preoccupation to question who we are and our place in the world, not because we doubt ourselves but because we want to be sure we have got it right. We know from our achievements over the past 200 years that we have just cause for substantial pride but we acknowledge our feats in a self-deprecating way. We do regard ourselves as privileged to inhabit this unique continent which, though it challenges us with the ferocity of its natural phenomena, rewards us...

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