• 101 of Corporate Affairs

    Recently I had the opportunity to reflect on advice to a large multi-national firm looking to set up in Australia. With a communications team but no local corporate affairs function, they wanted to look at local ways to enhance, shape and protect their reputation – particularly with government, their most significant Australian stakeholder. 
  • NEW E-book 📔

    I’ve written an ebook. It’s an intro to the type of work the Advocacy School aims to do connecting organisations with government, covering three pillars to great government partnerships.

    The free e-book explains why getting the pitch right means finding a way to work with decision makers to get what you want - how to ask, when to ask, who to ask it of and most importantly, what the ask should look and sound like - credible and authentic.

  • Back from the dead - how C31 was saved

    Recently, Melbourne’s community television station Channel 31 was in a fight for its life. As a board member, it was a time of intensive activity and lobbying as we sought to extend the station’s free to air licence.
  • Launch of Advocacy School

    I did a little thing. Some of you know that I have deep experience interacting with lobbyists and community advocates. It’s driven me to want to help the many community organisations hitting a brick wall when it comes to getting support for policy change, delivering a service or securing a government grant or contract.

    So I decided to launch the Advocacy School. Advocacy School is a non-profit initiative providing community leaders with tools and knowledge they need to partner with government.

  • The Missing Middle

    In Australia, our service industries are very heavy on entry level and highly skilled jobs which are increasingly making up a large portion of Australia's economy. The challenge is that without training and jobs available, it becomes very challenging for people to climb the ladder of opportunity. It’s a big leap from the bottom to the top without clawing one’s way through the middle.
  • Online you vs real-life you

    This year, my professional development has happened in the form of the Women on Boards WOBSX course. It’s a director-led peer-to-peer support program that accelerates women into ASX board roles and with COVID-19. Here are three learnings from being forced to shift sessions online.

  • Will we all lose our jobs to robots?

    Firstly and to be clear – we are not all about to lose our jobs to robots. It's a preposterous assertion. I think the biggest challenge in this is that people cannot see what's ahead and uncertainty makes them fearful. Plus it’s not themselves they’re worried about. Most people feel like they’ll be ok with change – they can re-skill or adapt, but they’re worried about their father or their neighbour or their colleague, who might not have their own flexibility and willingness to change.
  • Australia: The Lucky Country

    What I do know is that if you say Australia is the lucky country; it's not a compliment. It was designed as an insult and our nation co-opting and lazily re-framing the phrase as a compliment, if anything, only proves Horne’s point.
  • Building the resilience of our young people

    Even before the impact of COVID-19, more young Australians had never held a job than ever before. In November 2019, over 100,000 Australians aged 15-24 had never been employed. Add in COVID-19 and many who would otherwise be connected to work are at risk of falling into long-term unemployment (young people made up 45% of the decline in employment in May this year).
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    What I’m listening to right now:
  • What's hot on my reading list

    What I’ve read this month: 1.    One of the brightest sparks in my fortnight is when the Future Crunch newsletter lands in my inbox. Future Crunch...
  • On failure

    Some recent realisations I've had on professional failure after yes, I copped what I felt was a pretty big one in my military career. I found them ...