Posts Categorised: Know it Now

When saying no is not an option: Forced marriage in Australia and New Zealand

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“Australia is one of a small number of countries to criminalise forced marriage, introduced into the Criminal Code 1995 in 2013 as a slavery-like practice. However, unlike other nations where forced marriage is a criminal offence, there has been little formal examination of the nature and context of forced marriage in Australia and the consequences (positive and negative) of criminalising this practice.”

Source: Lyneham S & Bricknell S. 2018. When saying no is not an option: Forced marriage in Australia and New Zealand. Research Reports No. 11. Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology. https://aic.gov.au/publications/rr/rr11 (open access).

Why New Leaders Should Be Wary of Quick Wins

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“No matter how sophisticated and mature the new leader may be, rushing too quickly toward early wins can deprive the new leader of the insight needed to understand the culture and build relationships. As a consequence, quick wins may soon be undone, or they may beget new leadership problems.”

Source: Dan Ciampa (2018). Harvard Business Review, available here (open access).

State of play – youth, kids and digital dangers

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“This report completes the eSafety Office’s research series which examines how young people aged 8–17 in Australia deal with the challenges they face online, including: managing their social media; contact with strangers online; sharing of personal information and passwords; dealing with negative online experiences; how the negative experiences of young people compared to those of Australian adults.”

Source: Australia. Office of eSafety Commissioner and available from this link (open access).

The most overlooked leadership skill? Having a moral compass

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“Today’s businesses need to grow and innovate faster than ever before in order to survive. And in this environment of so much uncertainty and change, leaders who do not have a strong moral compass are likely to struggle to live up to their values.

As business educators, we always aim to develop leaders who are ethical and responsible, but a quick glance at the business news section of any newspaper should tell us we need to do more. We need to pay greater attention to preparing leaders for the complexity of decisions and trade-offs they will have to make.”

Source: Linda A. Hill (2018). The most overlooked leadership skill? Having a moral compass. World Economic Forum, available here. [Open access]

A sociology of crime, second edition

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“What this book offers is what professional sociology has to say about [crime], seen in the light of members’ methods of sociological inquiry. In short, this amounts to far less than everything that could be said about crime, but it is grounded in what can be said about crime. For crime is a word, in a language, expressing a concept that has its home in social action and interaction. Before anything else, then, it is a sociological thing. (p. 35, emphasis in original)”

Andrew Carlin (2018) A sociology of crime, second edition, Policing and Society, available here (subscription journal)

Towards a Reskilling Revolution

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“As the types of skills needed in the labour market change rapidly, individual workers will have to engage in life-long learning if they are to achieve fulfilling and rewarding careers. For companies, reskilling and upskilling strategies will be critical if they are to find the talent they need and to contribute to socially responsible approaches to the future of work. For policy-makers, reskilling and retraining the existing workforce are essential levers to fuel future economic growth, enhance societal resilience in the face of technological change and pave the way for future-ready education systems for the next generation of workers.”

Source: World Economic Forum and available from this link (open access).

5 Ways To Develop Your Confidence As A Leader And Make A Difference

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“A lot of people want to make a difference but few do. They may not know where to start or think it could be risky. To make an impact and lead, it starts with having the right mindset. Here are five ways you can be less afraid to make a difference and lead.”

Source: Avery Blank (2018). 5 Ways To Develop Your Confidence As A Leader And Make A Difference. Forbes, available here. [Open access]

The end of policing

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“There has been a long standing debate in this country about the role of the police. Indeed in the shadow of the Sheehy Inquiry in the 1990s the Police Foundation carried out its own independent review into the role and responsibilities of the police. More recently caught between the challenges of austerity and rising demand many continue to call for a royal commission into the role of the police.

A version of this debate has now erupted in the United States, spearheaded by Alex Vitale, Professor of Sociology at Brooklyn College his new book The End of Policing. Yesterday Vitale visited the Police Foundation to discuss his ideas with an audience of police officers, academics, policy makers and community activists.”

Source: Rick Muir (2018). The end of policing? The Police Foundation available here [open access].

The different words we use to describe male and female leaders

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“We like to think of ourselves as unbiased and objective in our employment decisions, but with two equal candidates, who are you going to promote? Someone who is described in their performance evaluations as analytical or someone who is described as compassionate? On the other end of the employment spectrum, if you’re downsizing and have to fire someone and the two people in jeopardy are very similar, who are you going to fire? Someone perceived as arrogant or someone perceived as inept? Leadership attributions in performance evaluations are powerful.”

Source: David G. Smith, Judith E. Rosenstein, and Margaret C. Nikolov (2018), Harvard Business Review,  available here [open access].

Categories: Leadership

Remaining Objective Is Hard, But the Best Leaders Figure Out How to Do It

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“There is no single leadership trait that guarantees success in any profession, but there is, based on my experience, one that many of the best leaders share: a fierce commitment to objectivity. And yet I realize it’s often not easy for leaders to remain objective.

In my nearly three-decade career in the intelligence community, I have worked for and with 11 Directors of CIA and all five Directors of National Intelligence. Each has brought their own personality and skill set to the job, and each in their time has faced their own set of challenges, from deeply contentious relationships with the White House and Congress to unforeseen terrorist attacks on the homeland and U.S. diplomatic facilities overseas. I think each would agree that leading in the intelligence community is a daily exercise in crisis management, whether at the helm of CIA with its global analytic and operational responsibilities, or at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence with its oversight responsibilities for the entire intelligence community.”

Source: Michael P. Dempsey (2018). Harvard Business Review, available here (open access).