THE ORANGE PEELER

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  • Council Recruitment Trends and Insights

    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......

  • From Chief HR Officer to CEO

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  • Combatting Mediocrity – Vincent van Gough

    “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

    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 – Chris Georgiadis Leadership Development Manager

    Whether you know it or not you have a culture. That culture is either working for you or against you. Whether it’s working for you or against you will determine your ultimate success.   Leadership is the major determinant of culture, and if you get......

  • Quote of the Month – James Clear

    “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......

  • Quote of the Month – Cindy Gallop

    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......

  • Quote of The Month – Writer Maya Angelou on complaining

    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......

  • Quote of the Month

    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......

  • How to make a ‘killer’ Exec level presentation

    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......

  • Risk Taking and Leadership

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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 ......

  • Greater Hume Shire Council

    Greater Hume -JC Final   OVERVIEW The General Manager of Greater Hume Shire Council wished to commission a review of the Corporate and Community Services Department staff structure to improve organisational and community outcomes. For several reasons an independent assessment was considered advantageous. Judy had......

  • The ‘Gig Economy’ and the Rise of Interim Leadership

    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’ 

    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......

  • Why Use a Management Consultant

    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

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