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How to have leadership impact with less misery

How to have leadership impact with less misery

We often hear from leaders and management of industry, natural resource management and similar bodies that the job can be a thankless one. You sometimes hear it too from their partners at home who are even more candid. The issues are tough,...

The rise and rise of external stakeholders

The rise and rise of external stakeholders

The internet is enabling people everywhere to express an opinion and link up with others to influence public policy and commerce at an unprecedented scale. Shareholders, community members and interest groups spanning environmental, animal welfare...

Bridging the gap between plans and outcomes

Bridging the gap between plans and outcomes

The idea of a robust business case built on facts and objective analysis spearheading major reform and development is compelling to leaders in government and business. The rationale is that if strong analysis demonstrates the case for a different...

Transition ahead to put more ‘D’ in rural R&D

Transition ahead to put more ‘D’ in rural R&D

            The rural R&D policy statement released in July 2012 by the Australian government signalled a subtle but significant shift for levy-funded industry service companies and corporations towards: •...

Are farmer advocacy bodies getting lost in transition?

Are farmer advocacy bodies getting lost in transition?

Agriculture has been transformed in the last few decades and more change lies ahead. The scale of change is vast, with the Australian Bureau of Statistics reporting in December that Australia has 100,000 less farmers in one generation. But the rate...

Accelerants or suppressants for regional innovation?

Accelerants or suppressants for regional innovation?

            In a rapidly changing global environment, old paradigms on how to influence change in management decisions by farmers and other managers of non-public lands continue to linger. Yet visiting every property...