Unscrambling the Egg

Change Management: Carbon Tax repeal – ‘blood pledge’ yes, but realistic?

By On July 9th, 2014

We know it is a ‘blood pledge’; but is it realistic?  Here is one view by Tim Wilson, Director of Climate Change Policy at the Institute of Public Affairs, who argues the carbon tax won’t be good for the economy, but will be hard to repeal. Abbott faces stiff challenge in fighting carbon tax BY:TIM WILSON, The Australian; May […]

Change Management: The impact of Climate Change – our ability to adapt

By On July 9th, 2014

The major impact on my local community over the next 20 years is less likely to be climatic and more likely to be 1) political and 2) cost of living. These are the major adaptations Australians are going to have to make. Already the struggle is torturous. First, political adaptation: As an indication of what […]

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Leadership: Climate change – going backwards, not forwards.

By On July 9th, 2014

Climate chante – going backwards, not forwards. The madness of unwinding all the work that was done by the last government. It’s one thing to be adamant; it’s another to be stubbornly wasteful. See Gittins:  http://www.smh.com.au/comment/australia-risks-becoming-a-fuel-fossil-20140708-zszsx.html. “…… While Europe has had a weak emissions trading scheme since 2005, the Chinese are trialling such schemes in six provinces. […]

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Disruptive Innovation: Board Structure – fit-for-purpose or out-of-date?

By On April 28th, 2014

I’m advising a board wrestling with a restructure in the face of rapid change, plus growth: I’m comparing it with organisations that recently failed to meet changing customer expectations – and as a consequence failed/are failing as an organisation. What are the warning signs? Is it a lack of board level undertanding of marketing and  the […]

energy security, social sustainability, environmental sustainability, financial sustainability

You’re a mug, to treat a journalist like a mug

By On May 26th, 2013

If a company having just developed a passable sustainability policy, while negotiating with a corporate affairs consultancy, sets a KPI of one positive article per month in the major Australian newspapers based on these new credentials, you know either the PR agency, the company, or both may be in trouble. Why? Journalists are not fools. Most […]

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Change Management: new health and happiness index

By On May 3rd, 2013

Change management is about looking at new ways of doing things to adapt to new conditions. So, brought to us by the guy who introduced us to Creating Shared Value (CSV), is a bight shiny new sustainability toy, The Social Progress Index (SPI).  CSV gave us a way of looking at projects that a company can […]


Leadership: Do We Want High Productivity? Australia’s tug-o-war

By On September 5th, 2012

There is a lot of discussion about Australia’s lack of productivity. There’s a productivity cost to paying for social services. How does this impact on the productivity debate? Well, the more community services we provide, the more we spend, the less the productivity. The more government, or companies, or families throw money around, the less […]

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Change management: Global Energy Mix – the change management dilemma

By On August 18th, 2012

Here is the dilemma: We want what we can’t have, so long as market forces reign. Each country sees the energy debate mostly through the prism of its local energy security issues; Australia’s healthy economy is dependent on selling coal (with gas becoming important) and importing oil. However, the global debate is fuelled by anxiety over […]

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Safe Coal Seam Gas? And The Sky is Pink.

By On August 8th, 2012

Below is a response to Thomas Friedman’s article by contraversial film maker Josh Fox. It was written as a comment under Friedman’s article in the NYT (August 4, 2012). His view,  expressed in his film, The Sky is Pink, is that fracking can never be safe. Unlike Friedman, few would describe Fox as objective. Even […]

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Getting it right on Coal Seam Gas

By On August 8th, 2012

It’s rare to find an article on gas that is reasonably objective and tells a reasonably complete story, and is comprehensible to most of us readers. Here is one, written by the author of that wonderful book, Hot Flat and Crowded. Thomas Friedman is writing about oil shale gas in the US, but it is […]