Contracts of the heart

While some US companies have drawn up “love contracts” for their executives and employees, leading WA businesswoman Diane Smith-Gander does not want Australia going down that track. Despite public scandals and salacious headlines involving high-profile companies, Smith-Gander says every company should have a comprehensive code of conduct that addresses workplace relationships while avoid the issuing […]

Banks playing catch-up in changing world, says ASIC boss

Behaviour in the financial sector is driven by culture, incentives and deterrents and has taken a hit with some high-profile cases making headlines, says one of sector’s most respected leaders. Australian Securities and Investments Commission Chairman Greg Medcraft—who leaves the commission in November after taking on the role in 2011—says behaviour has to change. “I […]

How to manage your boss to get ahead

A team’s success is almost always a result of both the leader and team members performing well together. The stronger the relationship between the leader and team, the more enhanced the mutual benefits. More satisfaction with the work, greater ownership and accountability, greater efficiency and productivity, less conflict, more loyalty and of course superior results. […]

Cyber attack a wake up call

Australian businesses should update their Windows operating systems following the devastating ransomware campaign made it to our shores last May. Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cyber Security Dan Tehan confirmed the ‘WannaCry’ ransomware campaign had infected 12 Australian small businesses. The ransomware had already wreaked havoc with more than 200,000 European computers including some […]

‘Crazy’ ideas need nurturing

Australia needs a ‘Department of Crazy Ideas’ to ensure good ideas aren’t destroyed by slow moving regulatory frameworks says Uber Australia’s General Manager David Rohrsheim. Speaking at CCI’s The Sharing Economy business breakfast this month, Mr Rohrsheim said it was well-known that Uber had run into regulatory issues in Australia since its launch in 2012. […]