• Managing Internal Audit in Smaller Councils

    There is a long standing issue in Queensland about managing Internal Audit in smaller Councils. Section 105 of the Local Government Regulation 2012 requires that each local government must establish an efficient and effective internal audit function. But do smaller councils see value in directing scarce resources to internal audit? Probably not,... Read more >
  • What should be reported to the Board?

    Having just completed another Board review I am continually reminded of the ongoing dilemma Boards and their CEOs face in maintaining focus on what should be reported to the Board. One of the issues I encounter regularly, even with Boards that have been together for some time, is "Are we getting enough or too much information?". It is not a bad... Read more >
  • Leadership and Leaders

    I just finished reading one of my Santa stocking fillers for 2018. Laura Tingle's Quarterly Essay - "Follow the Leader: Democracy and the rise of the strongman". Whilst not earth shattering it is a good read and with some interesting and thoughtful commentary on national leadership at home and abroad. In particular, Laura presents a collage... Read more >
  • Out in the Cold – When the Boss is the last to know.

    It is not a very nice feeling to gradually realise that as a senior executive, and perhaps even worse as the CEO or General Manager, you are being kept out of the loop on important information or not being alerted to critical emerging issues. When the chilly winds of organisational excommunication begin to blow it’s time to light the fires of... Read more >
  • Legislative Change for Queensland Councils

    2018 was a lively year for Queensland local government and there is more to come in 2019. Looking back over a very interesting year a couple of highlights are worth noting as much for what to watch out for in the coming months as what happened in the past twelve. Legislative change for Queensland Councils presents a challenge of adaptation.The... Read more >
  • Disaster Management Plans

    Each year about this time we remind local governments of their obligations under legislation to review the effectiveness of their Disaster Management Plans at least once a year.  We are now in the summer season.  Many Queensland communities are already experiencing the unpredictability of the forces of nature- record heatwaves; extreme bush... Read more >
  • Change Management and the Alamo Effect

    An article from Associated Press in the USA reporting that the San Antonio City Council has approved a $450million redevelopment of the historic Alamo site captured my attention recently. I visited there some years ago and was seized by the emotional stirrings that wandering around the ruins of the old Mission-come-fort generate. The decision by... Read more >
  • Leadership and Humility amidst Greatness

    The recent release of a film about Astronaut Neil Armstrong's historic 1969 Lunar landing brings to mind the fact that history's greatest feats are often accomplished by persons who are respected for their humility as much as their inspirational leadership. Leadership and humility amidst greatness are the attributes of a truly outstanding... Read more >
  • Teams at Work

    “Many hands make light work” is an old Chinese proverb. How come it isn’t always successful in teams at work? Organisations in business and government, especially larger organisations, are invariably comprised of teams of people assigned to focus on delivering particular services or achieving particular outcomes. Those achievements are often... Read more >
  • Soaring like a Seagull

    On a holiday to New Zealand a little while ago, on a cruise on Lake Wakatipu, I was amused to see a flock of seagulls hitching a ride on the Steamer's life boat. I thought at the time what a good life they had in such an idyllic environment. No work to do, transport provided between scenic locations and plenty of tourists to throw them the odd... Read more >

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