LEARNING FROM ADAM GOODES' INCLUSIVE LEADERSHIP
Last Sunday, my family and I went to the Classic Cinema in Elsternwick and watched a documentary titled The Australian Dream. My youngest son told me afterwards:” This is the best documentary I’ve ever seen.” The Australian Dream is a story about Adam Goodes, the Australian footy player and Australian indigenous leader. However, more broadly, it's the story about racism in Australia.
INNOVATIVE FRAMEWORK TO ADDRESS INCLUSION
The 2019 Economic Nobel prize award gives me hope: after years of awarding theoretical achievements, the winners were rewarded for their experiment-based model to tackle real-life social issues. Their approach to economic development relies on a more rigorous evaluation methodology. The 2019 laureates distinguished themselves with practical ways to real-world trials. They transform economic development economy by breaking down significant challenges into testable clusters and study them like social scientists running clinical tests.
WOMEN LEADERS IN OPERATIONS
A few reflections about women in operations leadership before chairing the Women in Operations Leadership Summit in Melbourne.
Back in early 2003, I started a leadership journey in operations. For the first time in my career, I led a team of 200 train controllers responsible for safety, on-time departure, revenue protection and customer service of millions of passengers travelling to iconic places like Normandy, Bordeaux, Paris and Brittany. I was a 25-year-old-woman with an outstanding master degree in business from a worldwide-recognised business school, but 0 experience of managing people.
I remember I thought I was bringing a lot to the job. I believed I had no fear, was determined to kick goals. Thanks to the support of people I wouldn't yet call my mentors but actually were, I felt empowered to take on new challenges.
SORRY DAY IS AN INVITATION TO REFLECTION AND ACTION
To Aboriginal Australians and Torres Strait Islander people, I say sorry for taking your children. I say sorry for taking your land. I say sorry for not offering equal opportunities to your People. I say sorry for the systemic issues we haven't been able to address yet. I say sorry for not having closed the gap earlier.
What if we connect more with you, the custodians of the land? Which possibilities and opportunities would emerge?
HOW EXPERIENCING VULNERABILITY HARNESSES OUR COURAGE
Brené Brown held an inspiring show in Melbourne yesterday. She is a famous research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. Brené has spent more than a decade studying vulnerability, courage, authenticity, and shame. She is a superstar, I love her work, yet I wasn’t disappointed I couldn’t attend her show. I was actually in Geelong for the first time. Why would I be thrilled to be in Geelong while my idol Brené was holding a terrific show in Melbourne?
REVOLUTIONISING HOW WOMEN CONNECT WITH TRANSPORT
I was one of the happy few to meet George McEncroe - Shebah Founder and CEO talking about her journey. Shebah is Australia’s first and only active all-women rideshare service getting women and children where they need to go. As a diversity and inclusion practitioner and leader working in the transport industry globally for 15+ years, I was so inspired that, as soon as I was on my way home, I wrote this article to share my 10 learnings.
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