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Olivia Mitchell

People with purpose: Leading by example – and why every NFP leader can benefit from peer-to-peer mentoring

By Business, Career Development, Leadership, Personal

Carmel Molloy, CEO of the NonProfit Alliance (NPA), emphasises the critical importance of investing in the leadership capabilities of not-for-profit (NFP) leaders for fostering a socially aware Australia. Carmel’s journey from teaching to marketing agencies to the NFP sector led her to found the NPA, aiming to fill the gap in peer-to-peer programs for NFP leaders. Carmel identifies the multitude of challenges faced by NFP organisations, emphasizing the need for robust leadership, peer support networks, and continuous investment in leadership development to achieve greater social impact.

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AI is the Cyberattacker’s Sharpened Sword

By Business, IT/Digital

Cybercriminals have discovered AI’s power, transforming it into a weapon capable of launching cyberattacks. From phishing scams to deepfakes, here’s how AI is reshaping the battlefield.

AI-Enhanced Phishing: Phishing campaigns have long been a staple of cybercriminals, but AI takes them to a new level. AI-powered tools can analyse massive amounts of data on potential targets, writing convincing personalised emails that are incredibly difficult to differentiate from legitimate communications. Generative language models like ChatGPT can produce near-flawless text, persuading victims to click malicious links or download malware.

AI-Enhanced Malware: AI-powered malware can adapt and evolve based on its environment, making it more challenging to detect and mitigate. Machine learning algorithms enable malware to identify vulnerabilities in software systems and launch targeted attacks.

Deepfakes:  Deepfakes, realistic video and audio fabrications powered by AI, represent a potent threat. Attackers can manipulate videos to portray business leaders making damaging statements, eroding trust in companies or manipulating stock prices. They can mimic familiar voices for CEO fraud scams, where the victim is pressured into wiring funds to a fraudulent account.

Automated Vulnerability Scanning: Hackers used to rely on manual processes to hunt for security flaws, but AI-powered tools can now scan networks at astonishing speeds, finding and cataloguing vulnerabilities with machine-like efficiency. This lets attackers strike before organisations have a chance to patch their systems.


The Need for AI-Powered Defence

While AI can be a formidable weapon in the hands of cybercriminals, it also holds the key to stronger defences. Here is how we can use AI to protect ourselves from Cyberattacks.

Proactive Monitoring:  AI-driven systems can identify unusual patterns and behaviours that suggest a breach in progress, allowing for rapid response.

Automated Incident Response: Once threats are detected, AI-powered tools can help contain breaches and remediate damage, minimising the attacker’s impact.

Conduct Regular Security Assessments: Regular security assessments, including penetration testing and vulnerability scanning, help identify weaknesses in systems and networks. By proactively identifying vulnerabilities, organisations can patch them before cybercriminals exploit them.

Train Employees on Cybersecurity Best Practices: Human error remains a significant factor in cyberattacks. Organisations should provide regular training to employees on identifying phishing emails, creating strong passwords, and following best practices for cybersecurity. This helps create a security-aware culture within the organisation.

Collaborate with Cybersecurity Experts: Staying updated on the latest threats and defences is crucial. Organisations should collaborate with cybersecurity experts, attend industry conferences, and work with trusted partners to develop customised cybersecurity solutions.


Embracing AI for a Safer Future

AI isn’t going away, and cybercriminals will continuously explore its malicious potential. The best defence is to stay ahead by proactively and intelligently adopting the same AI tools to thwart attacks. This means moving away from purely reactive solutions and harnessing the power of AI to analyse vulnerabilities, identify threats, and automate threat response.


Article written by Mani Padisetti | Digital Armour


Leaders Must React: A framework for responding to unforeseen events

By Business, Business Goals, Leadership, Operations, Personal

On average, dealing with unforeseen issues—takes up 36% of a CEO’s time. This is a significant portion, and not all of these issues necessarily require a leader’s immediate attention.

To assist CEOs in discerning which issues truly demand focus, Nohria, the former dean of Harvard Business School, has developed a framework that categorizes events into four types: normal noise, clarion calls, whisper warnings, and siren songs. The framework also provides guidance on how leaders should approach each category. READ MORE HERE.

3 Leadership Strategies for a Strong, Flexible Work Culture

By Business, People & Culture

According to a 2023 CHRO survey, negative executive attitudes toward hybrid and remote work make it almost twice as likely that the organisation has punitive policies for noncompliance.

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to flexible work, and the optimal strategy for one organisation may not be right for another. Clearly, both workplace engagement and wellbeing are vitally important, and organisations need to ensure that both are addressed effectively in consideration of where employees do their jobs. READ MORE HERE.

How the best CEOs continually improve performance

By Leadership, Personal

In the fable “The Tortoise and the Hare,” where the tortoise wins a race against the faster hare through steady progress, the lesson of avoiding complacency holds relevance for today’s CEOs. As successful leaders may face the danger of becoming complacent in the middle years of their tenure, sustaining high performance requires continuous learning, an outsider’s perspective, collaborative planning for the future, and organizational future-proofing. The article emphasises the importance of CEOs actively engaging with external networks, including customers, investors, and industry experts, to avoid the pitfalls of complacency and drive ongoing success. READ MORE HERE.

How to Improve Your Soft Skills as a Remote Worker

By Career Development, Personal, Workplace

In the age of AI, soft skills are the hidden gems of the workplace, but they can be a challenge to build when you work from home. Without daily, face-to-face interactions with colleagues, learning the nuances of how to communicate and collaborate is just plain harder.

So what are some practical steps you can take to develop soft skills when Zoom calls are your norm? The author outlines seven strategies to try. READ MORE HERE.

How High-Performing Teams Build Trust

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

Discussions about fostering trust in the workplace often center on the dynamic between managers and employees. Equally, if not more, crucial is the establishment of trust among team members. To better understand how the most successful teams cultivate trust internally, researchers conducted interviews with 1,000 office workers and identified 5 behaviors that distinguish these teams:

1. They don’t leave collaboration to chance

2.They ensure colleagues are well-informed

3.They share credit

4.They view disagreements as opportunities for improvement;

5.They proactively address tension.


When Your Boss Gives You a Totally Unrealistic Goal

By Business, Business Goals, Leadership, Personal

There are many reasons why bosses set unrealistic goals. They may have heady aspirations and subscribe to the popular notion of “big, hairy, audacious goals.” Alternatively, they may be removed from day-to-day operations and not realise the logistical or process-related difficulties of achieving it. Or they may recognise that the goal is unrealistic but face pressure from higher up the food chain or important clients.

In this article, the author outlines steps to try if your boss is expecting the seemingly impossible. READ MORE HERE.

Diversity matters even more: The case for holistic impact

By Business, People & Culture, Workplace

For almost a decade through McKinsey has delivered a comprehensive global perspective on the relationship between leadership diversity and company performance.

This year, the business case is the strongest it has been since we’ve been tracking and, for the first time in some areas, equitable representation is in sight.

Further, a striking new finding is that leadership diversity is also convincingly associated with holistic growth ambitions, greater social impact, and more satisfied workforces. READ MORE HERE.

How to Sustain Your Empathy in Difficult Times

By Business, Leadership, People & Culture, Personal

Empathetic leadership is crucial in today’s workplace, driven by employee expectations. However, managers often find it emotionally and physically draining. Many managers feel torn between being empathetic at the cost of their well-being or preserving their emotional health by distancing themselves. Fortunately, a Stanford psychologist and neuroscientist suggests that this dilemma is more apparent than real. He outlines three strategies for leading empathically without compromising personal balance and presents a blueprint for practicing sustainable empathy. Read More Here.