February 20, 2018

Why leaders should stay close to the coal face

I could feel the energy in the room rising. Health practitioners, senior managers and research teams exchanged ideas with an intensity I rarely see at conference meetings. I was invited to the meeting to help search for solutions to a perplexing problem – how to get nurses and other front line staff to use the latest techniques when assisting patients. Staff really care, so you expect them to soak up the information and ideas on offer. But in many situations it was not happening. Despite the memoranda, training sessions, demonstrations and the rest, people would often slip back into their […]
February 20, 2018

Five leadership lessons from the Beaconsfield mine

It is now 10 years since the Tasmanian town of Beaconsfield was thrown into crisis when gold miners became trapped deep underground. At that time Brant Webb and Todd Russell were working almost one kilometer below the surface when the rockface collapsed around them. Another colleague working nearby, Larry Knight, was killed in the incident while several others scrambled out. Their rescue is one of the greatest Australian survival stories, and takes its place alongside other industrial accidents and disasters that have shocked and captivated the nation. I have researched many such disasters over the years and the theme of […]