Category Archives: Public Service

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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Truth and “The Thick of It”

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Creator of the BBC's brilliantly satirical and true-to-life The Thick of Itin discussion with Peter Thompson at the IPAA conference 2012

Armando Iannucci’s keynote, “It’s funny because it is true” at the IPAA Convention in Melbourne, had 800 people rocking with laughter at the strange similarities between truth and fiction.  Iannucci is the genius who devised The Thick of It for …

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