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Council Recruitment Trends and Insights

11 October 2021

The Local Government recruitment sector has endured unprecedented stress & evolution over the past three years. Not only due to the 2019 summer bushfires or the 2020 pandemic response. Concerned with how different council recruiters were coping with the challenges they faced, we pooled our resources...

From Chief HR Officer to CEO

12 July 2021

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" text_align="left" background_animation="none" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text]In my 30 years as an Executive Director, Non-Exec Director, CEO and Management Consultant, I have seen very few HR Directors ascend to the apex of the organization – conversely, I have seen other professions take the lions share,...

Combatting Mediocrity – Vincent van Gough

15 February 2021

“I tell you, if one wants to be active, one mustn’t be afraid to do something wrong sometimes, not afraid to lapse into some mistakes. To be good — many people think that they’ll achieve it by doing no harm — and that’s a lie,...

Teamwork and Roles

12 November 2020

An easy to understand example that BA like to use to explain the importance of teamwork and understanding each other’s roles, is that of the Rowing 8. Quite obviously, every member of the 8, plus the Coxswain, must understand their role and that of other...

Quote of the Month – James Clear

24 September 2020

"Vision is the bottleneck of talent. Most talent is wasted because people do not clearly know what they want. It’s not a lack of effort, but a lack of direction. There are many capable people in the world, but relatively few that focus on what matters." James Clear...

Quote of the Month – Cindy Gallop

19 August 2020

Entrepreneur Cindy Gallop on how to build a successful business   “There is a formula for success in business, and it goes like this: You set out to find the very best talent in the marketplace, and then give them a compelling and inspirational vision of what you want...

Quote of The Month – Writer Maya Angelou on complaining

17 July 2020

Writer Maya Angelou on complaining: "Sister, there are people who went to sleep all over the world last night, poor and rich and white and black, but they will never wake again. Sister, those who expected to rise did not, their beds became their cooling boards, and their...

Quote of the Month

26 June 2020

Inventor and businessman Thomas Edison on focus: "You do something all day long, don’t you? Every one does. If you get up at seven o’clock and go to bed at eleven, you have put in sixteen good hours, and it is certain with most people, that they have...

How to make a ‘killer’ Exec level presentation

1 February 2020

As you advance through the managerial ranks, you will be judged increasingly on your ability to present well. Indeed, I would go as far as to say that if you cannot present well, you will never fulfil your true potential.  Presenting to your peers, to councillors...

Risk Taking and Leadership

30 August 2019

In every organisation I have worked in, I have observed that, the best leaders are calculated risk takers. To be absolutely blunt, the ability to take risks (following a prudent assessment of the pros and cons of any situation or opportunity), is an essential prerequisite...

Job Interviews and Resumes – the Importance of Honesty

22 March 2019

Blackadder Associates has recruited over 350 of Australian local government’s most senior executives. Blackadder’s expansive network of contacts across Australia and overseas has generated a very broad database of leaders as potential candidates. In this article, Will Taylor examines the issue of ‘job application fraud’,...

The Value of Personality Testing

13 February 2019

As an HR Director and an Executive ‘head-hunter, I value all of the tools in the recruitment professional’s armory. The CV or application form and in particular how these details relate to the person-specification of the vacancy being applied for, are vitally important. The interview...

Customer Service and Digitalisation…. Back to the Future

29 January 2019

Every Council’s digital agenda needs to be a corporate priority for Mayor’s and GM’s alike. Will Taylor discusses the issue in the context of emerging technologies which can give a modern day take on good old-fashioned personalized customer service. Back in the day, my Grandma...

Why use an Independent Facilitator

13 December 2018

One of the things I’ve learned in over 20 years of working in Local Government is that leadership is fluid. Not only do we all lead differently, but different situations require different leadership styles. While a good leader knows this, a great leader also knows ...

The ‘Gig Economy’ and the Rise of Interim Leadership

29 October 2018

The work of Blackadder Associates across Australia tells us that times are moving quickly, and managers are moving even faster. Whether through retirement, organisation change or the greater mobility of the workforce, jobs for life are uncommon. When managers move on to other ventures they...

One Small Cheer for the ‘Leader as Hero’ 

26 October 2018

We live in a world where the current definitions of leadership have a post-heroic connotation. The claim is that it is possible to be a leader without being a hero.  The argument goes that heroic leaders are viewed as being omnipotent within the organisation, that their all-powerful position...

Why Use a Management Consultant

25 October 2018

Most senior execs will be familiar with the well worn joke about ‘engaging a Consultant only for him to borrow your watch to tell you the time, and then proceed to walk off with your watch’. Yes, frustration and cynicism about the value of management...

Getting to the Top…10 tips for aspiring Council GM’s/CEO’s

8 October 2018

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" text_align="left" background_animation="none" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text]Getting to the Top…10 tips for aspiring Council GM’s/CEO’s In my experience, people working in public service tend to have a sense of humility that you perhaps wouldn’t find elsewhere. Self-serving and boastful Gordon Gecko, ‘greed is good’ types, really...

The Benefits of Secondment

27 August 2018

Secondments involve the temporary transfer of an employee to another part of the organisation or a transfer externally. Secondments can be made within public sector organisations, private sector companies and the charitable sector. Secondees can learn additional skills, benefit from new experiences and of course it’s...

Are you looking in the right place for productivity improvements?

17 July 2018

Most organisations these days are searching for greater efficiencies and effectiveness. For example, in the local government sector there is focus on service reviews. This is a process for assessing whether the council should be in a business and, if so, whether the service standards should...

How to spot a great CEO/GM candidate

17 July 2018

Recruiting a Chief Executive or General Manager — How to spot a great Candidate One of the most important decisions a Council will ever make is the selection of its General Manager/Chief Executive. That person can make or break the Council’s reputation in its endeavours to...

Celebrating Excellence in Local Government

17 July 2018

We were delighted to again be the sponsor of the Innovative Leadership and Management Award, presented at the LG Professionals NSW Annual Awards Dinner held at Doltone House, Darling Island Sydney. This award specifically recognises superior leadership and management skills to achieve outstanding benefits for the organisation...

Applying for a Top Job — how to make the shortlist

23 April 2018

At Blackadder Associates we firmly believe that ambition is a good thing. It’s what drives us to excel, it pushes us to complete tasks, meet deadlines, and even to try new endeavours. Some employers don’t like ambition – they worry about losing you to another...

Succeeding at GM/Executive Interviews

16 April 2018

You're a little nervous. You're sitting in the Council chamber with the Mayor, Councillors, and me. Take a deep breath and remember you've already passed the first test — the shortlisting process. You are down to the last half dozen of thirty or more, well-qualified...