Leadership Archives - Australian River Restoration Centre

  • What makes a great mentor?

    “A mentor is not someone who walks ahead of you to show you how they did it. A mentor walks alongside you to show you what you can do.” Last week, as I was facilitating a catchup of this year’s Waterway Management Mentoring Program, I was sitting in my hotel room channel surfing and I came […]

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  • 5 questions we should be asking when engaging NRM stakeholders

    One of the things we enjoy most in our work is engaging and inspiring people to protect and care for their rivers and wetlands. When we do this we are conscious that we are inviting people to start, and hopefully continue a conversation with us. Before we begin, we should be asking ourselves these five […]

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  • Peter Cullen Trust applications now open for the 2018 Science to Policy Program

    As part of the Peter Cullen Trust Facilitation Team I am encouraging you to apply for this year’s Science to Policy Program. What is the Science to Policy Leadership Program? A transformational program designed to create long-term impact and change for Australia’s water and environment managers. Our Science to Policy Leadership Program enables Australia’s future […]

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  • The Three Qualities of People I Most Enjoy Working With

    Over the holiday break my friend Adam Bester sent this great article to me about the three qualities of people he enjoys working with, letting me know that I am one such person – what a gift!  When I read the article and looked at the ven diagram that goes with it I thought, fabulous, […]

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  • Water makes life worth living

    We came across this fabulous letter by Wallace J. Nichols, a research associate at the California Academy of Sciences and author of the book Blue Mind. We think that it is powerful and well worth sharing… An open letter to the world… It’s a familiar refrain that water covers three quarters of the planet and provides […]

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  • The six traits of an ethical leader – how do you and your organisation stack up?

    My friend Leith Boully, who I co-facilitate the Peter Cullen Trust Science to Policy Leadership Program with, sent me this thought provoking article about the six traits of an ethical leader.  The piece was written following the problems experienced in large corporates such as Volkswagen, who knowingly programmed its diesel vehicles to cheat emissions testing.  When I […]

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  • What Makes An Intelligent Leader?

    At the end of last year I was asked by the Peter Cullen Trust Fellows Network to run a workshop for them with the theme of ‘what makes an intelligent leader’.  I was delighted to do so, and spent a lot of time reflecting on what I have learnt about leadership over the twenty years […]

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  • EOI’s now open for Glenelg Hopkins CMA Innovative Mentor Twinning Program

    Expressions of interest are being sought from Victorian groups and organisations involved in river management to take part in an innovative new twinning program. The program aims to establish some of the State’s best river managers as mentors for groups or organisations planning and delivering river restoration projects. The Program is being run by the […]

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  • Why good leaders make you feel safe

    The best organizations foster trust and cooperation because their leaders build a Circle of Safety. This safe culture leads to stable, adaptive, confident teams, where everyone feels they belong. Simon Sinek’s latest talk is excellent as he highlights the difference between ‘authority’ and ‘leadership’. This is going to be my new favourite video for a while as […]

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  • New series of No Bystanding Workshops

    Recently I have been reading Edward O Wilson’s ‘The Social Conquest of the Earth.’  He believes ‘we live in a world of stone age emotions, medieval institutions and god like technology’ and if history is any guide it’s a scary combination. Why stone age emotions? Our decisions are shaped by our emotions to a much greater extent than we have […]

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