Category Archives: communication

New Executive Program: The art of influencing others

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Soon after the Global Financial Crisis dealt a stunning blow to the Greek economy, I was wandering in the brilliant new Parthenon Museum in Athens.  There, I was accosted by a total stranger, who was adamant about getting her …

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Aristotle persuades

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Aristotle lived in Athens in the fourth century BC.  No idler, he would spend his mornings speculating and adding to the gross sum of human knowledge in fields as divergent as philosophy, ethics, politics, biology, psychology and astronomy.  And then, …

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‘Kairos’ – the opportune moment.

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The Greeks of antiquity had two words that referred to time.  The first, chronos, was the measure of the time of day.  The second word was kairos and it had a quite strategic meaning for leaders.  It refers to the …

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Farewell Nelson Mandela

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Meeting Nelson Mandela some 13  years ago remains a vivid and inspiring moment in my life.

Madiba’s last visit to Australia was on the eve of the 2000 Olympics.  He was taking part in a University of  Sydney symposium, “What makes …

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Cutting edge Digital

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Peter Thompson and Anni Rowland-Campbell co-hosted an ANZSOG/Web Science Australia event in Canberra on 22 October – “Government as a Social Machine”.  Special guest was Dame Wendy Hall of the University of Southampton.  In 2006 Wendy became a founding director …

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Hawke recalls Franklin campaign

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July 2013 marked the 30th anniversary of the Australian High Court’s decision to stop the building of the Franklin Dam in Tasmania’s wild south-west. The Court divided 4-3 in favour of upholding the Commonwealth’s intervention to override Tasmania’s approval of …

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ANZAC at Villers-Bretonneux

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The numbers are astonishing.  In Canberra, more than 30 000 turned out for the ANZAC Day dawn service.

In northern France, Jane Rowe and I joined thousands of other Australians at the memorial at Villers-Bretonneux.  This is sacred ground for Australia. …

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