Stakeholder engagement


Fanning the flames of social licence risk

Taming the flames that present a social licence risk to infrastructure

In Australia and other nations, governments and industry partners are investing heavily in vital infrastructure. Such investment is, in part, to restore confidence and growth into economies battered by COVID-19. Restoring the economy and reducing debt also demands that every dollar is spent wisely. But many infrastructure proponents are fanning rather than taming the flames of stakeholder opposition. Through their own actions to build and...

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Gas industry needs behavioural science

Gas industry needs another science to make progress

Australia’s energy prices are soaring, in part due to the limited domestic supply of gas. While most states ban coal seam gas development the federal government counters with regulatory and fiscal threats to reduce gas exports and lift the bans. While some limited short-term benefits might accrue, the gas companies are really in control. But do they know it, and can they exercise that control...

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Your organising stories

Leading change? You’ll need shared, organising stories.

From infancy we’ve learnt values, ideas and social rules through stories. This schooling has occurred for millennia. Today, some of these stories are being questioned. Leaders need to understand this dynamic and just how important stories are to sustaining success. In 2011, history professor Yuval Noah Harari published his book Sapiens – A brief history of human kind. It promptly became an international best seller....

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Tools that transform

Tools that Transform

A statement often attributed to Albert Einstein is “Problems cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them.” It’s a statement that many people will know to be true through their own life and professional experience, and now modern psychology and neuroscience is providing the evidence base to back it up. Whether in corporate life or public service, people need tools to...

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When ‘soft stuff’ is the hard stuff

When ‘soft stuff’ is the hard stuff

Community opposition to new developments is incurring project delays, increased operational costs and substantial write-downs in the value of business assets, much of which might be avoidable. Why this is and continues to occur needs to be examined. A lack of emotional intelligence could be a root cause. As Australia slides off the back of the mining investment boom it needs new investment and engines...

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