Advance Australia's Culture

Advance Australian Culture Influencing a shift in assumptions and attitudes about the need for greater diversity and how it can improve growth opportunities within Australia and across Asian nations

Cisco Executive sees greater leadership diversity in Asian nations than Australia

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Karen McFadzen is Vice President, Cisco Technical Services for Asia-Pacific, Japan and Greater China. She is also responsible for diversity in her region and we recently discussed what she observes as she travels from place to place. I asked her what ideas we could take from other nations and her thoughts are shared below.  Read More...

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Leadership Change Brings Opportunity for Culture Change

Friday, September 13, 2013

Tony Abbott's anointment as the 28th Prime Minister of Australia marks the beginning of a new era. The leadership change of any culture makes followers look for signs of what the new leader values as a guide to how the group should behave. It is a very big responsibility and as the frowns on Tony's brow suggest, he knows it. Read More...

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Links between Sattler's attack on Gillard, AFL 'ape' remark, Menugate and 3% Asian on boards

Sunday, June 16, 2013

These news reports are linked to underlying assumptions of the Australian culture, which are reflected in and reinforced by the criticised behaviours that smack of intolerance and discrimination. Everyday television portrays females as the weaker sex; it celebrates drinking; reports almost exclusively male sports and delights in drawing attention to scrapping politicians. At school our children are exposed to a curriculum and teaching practices that reinforce gender stereotypes and deny the importance of language learning. Why do we let this happen?  Read More...

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Shaping a new Aussie exceptionalism

Saturday, May 04, 2013

Julianne Schultz AM FAHA, Non-executive Director, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Chair Australian, Film Television and Radio School and Editor of Griffith REVIEW, tells it how it is! Julianne is visionary and minces no words when it comes to Australian culture, which is no doubt why she was appointed Chair of the Arts Minister's reference group for National Cultural Policy. Her opinion is below: Read More...

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Purpose of this blog

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Cultures change constantly and, like an iceberg, they sometimes drift to a better place, others times they don't. To achieve diversity and remove the barriers that limit full productivity and restrict growth, we need to direct the country's culture as it glides through time.  As times change, so must our assumptions about who should work at what levels and who can make decisions about how business and society should operate. Read More...

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