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April 2024

OPPORTUNITY: Rivers Gift – Non-Executive Board Director

By Board Positions of Interest, Business

River’s Gift is dedicated to ensuring all babies are safe whilst they sleep and supporting bereaved families.

  • Educating parents, caregivers and health professionals in safe sleep practices and SIDS;
  • Funding world leading scientific SIDS research;
  • Creating a platform of support and action for families touched by a SIDS loss

The Board of Directors is currently looking for an experienced non-executive Board Director with finance expertise and NFP experience.

This role is voluntary and unpaid

For further information contact: marshmonty@gmail.com or kwaddell@riversgift.org  

Diversity in the Boardroom

By Board & Governance, Business

Achieving genuine diversity in the boardroom involves embracing a broad range of perspectives, overcoming barriers and biases, and formalising a commitment to diversity through policies and strategies.

By doing so, boards can capitalise on the benefits diversity brings and contribute to more effective governance and decision-making.

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Charities hungry for change

By Business, Operations

The Reframe Overhead movement, spearheaded by Lisa Allan, head of fundraising at The Smith Family, seeks to combat the “starvation cycle” limiting many charities and not-for-profits by addressing the challenges of maintaining low overhead costs while fulfilling their missions. Launched at the Fundraising Institute Australia conference, the campaign urges fundraisers to support change for a more sustainable sector. Allan emphasizes the importance of robust infrastructure for organisational success and advocates for a shift away from judging charities solely on overhead spending.

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Charities regulator zeroes in on cyber risk

By Business, IT/Digital, Operations

The Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC) will prioritise the management of cyber security threats in its compliance and enforcement strategy for the upcoming year, according to ACNC commissioner Sue Woodward. She highlighted cyber security as a significant governance risk for charities and outlined three key questions the regulator will consider regarding charities’ cyber security challenges. Woodward’s remarks follow notable cyber security breaches in the charity sector in 2023, including a ransomware attack affecting numerous Australian and New Zealand charities.

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Which AI should I use? Superpowers and the State of Play

By Business, IT/Digital

In the evolving landscape of AI, three dominant GPT-4 class models—GPT-4, Anthropic’s Claude 3 Opus, and Google’s Gemini Advanced—now power their own chatbots, each with distinct personalities and strengths. They each share multimodal capabilities and excel in offering advice across various scenarios, yet lack detailed instructions, challenging users to explore their full potential.

As the AI landscape continues to evolve, embracing and understanding these models’ capabilities will be key to leveraging their potential while anticipating forthcoming innovations in the field.

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Coaching a Direct Report Who Asks for Your Help

By Leadership, Personal

As a leader, you play an important role in helping others in a way that doesn’t rob them of their autonomy and ownership (micromanaging) or leave them wondering what they’re supposed to do next (under-leading). One area where this tension often shows up is when a direct report asks for help. What’s the most effective way to help an employee bridge the gap between goal setting and goal attainment? When someone has a small measure of experience under their belt, your role is to help them consider and design those next steps for themselves. In this article, the author offers tips for what to say to help your employee form their own action plan.

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How to Create a Strengths – Based Company Culture

By Business, Leadership, Operations, People & Culture, Workplace

A strengths-based culture and approach are powerful differentiators that assist companies in attracting top talent, eliciting peak performance from every employee, and fostering organic business growth. It is essential for companies to develop individuals in a manner that aligns with their personal desires for belonging, uniqueness, and growth. This approach not only enhances individuals’ anticipation towards work but also improves team collaboration and performance, ultimately driving the company’s organic growth

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What Employees Need from Leaders in Uncertain Times

By Business, Leadership

It’s one thing to lead through a normal range of uncertainty with its ups and downs. But how do you lead when the inflections, disruptions, dislocations, and other threat conditions pile up, as they have in the last few years? While the leader has little to no control over the external competitive environment, they have astonishing influence over the internal performance environment, including employee engagement, morale, and productivity. How can leaders help their people flourish during extreme uncertainty? The author presents four practical strategies to help you engage employees under the most unforgiving of circumstances.

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How to make ESG real

By Business, Workplace

As scrutiny intensifies regarding how companies address Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG)  issues, a robust approach becomes increasingly vital, irrespective of the terminology used or the organisational structures employed.

Forward-looking companies integrate ESG into their core strategies, crafting a meticulously curated portfolio of initiatives that align with their business objectives. By understanding their unique superpowers and vulnerabilities, these companies strategically prioritise ESG efforts, distinguishing themselves through purpose-driven actions that anticipate evolving stakeholder demands and societal shifts.

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7 keys to strengthen the immune system of your organisation

By Business, Operations

In the modern era inundated with information from various sources, discernment becomes crucial as leaders navigate the complexities of organisational dynamics. By attending to both visible and hidden organisational patterns and histories, leaders can anticipate challenges and opportunities, fostering a culture of learning and adaptability. Embracing complexity and cultivating a quality of presence through practices such as meditation enable leaders to navigate uncertainties and extract valuable insights from the ecosystem they lead, ultimately fostering sustainable growth and success.

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