Ideas and Insights


When institutions go bad

Tim Dalmau has written a thought-provoking paper, based on his reflections on governance and leadership arising from the recent revelations in the Australian banking industry. He explores parallels across a range of settings. Click here to download your copy of this paper.

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Inclusive leadership: ways to achieve diversity and inclusion

Inclusive Leadership: the definitive guide to developing and executing an impactful diversity and inclusion strategy by Charlotte Sweeney and Fleur Bothwick (Pearson Books, 2016)  is a book all leaders and aspiring leaders need in their personal library.

Cogent arguments and performance data identifying the real benefits to organizations of diverse are provided, with good tips on preparing a business case for such change. In addition, simple and clear distinctions for the concepts of equality, diversity and inclusion are made, and practical ways to think and act strategically to lead change for diversity and inclusion in workplaces are outlined. Read more…

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To Play the Fool: the role of leaders

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A colleague, Mick Lorenz, recently sent me a link to a video of a presentation intriguingly titled, The Luck of Fools, by Simon Longstaff, Ethicist at the St James Ethics Centre. It was presented to the conference, Communities in Control, held in April 2014. Read more…

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How values can harm an organization

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Values based leadership has been the norm for over two decades in high performing organizations. The introduction and push to a values based-approach in an organization is in most cases a successful means of increasing a company’s effectiveness. It gives greater clarity of the company’s identity and expected behaviors along with guidelines for achieving their purpose and operating principles. Read more…

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Nelson Mandela

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Nelson Mandela

Today South Africa and the world wakes up differently. Today, we honor one of the greatest leaders of our time; we honor the life and contribution of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.

I once had the privilege to meet alone with Madiba and talk with him, and like many (if not all) who met him it was a profoundly memorable experience, made so by his gentleness, wisdom, humility and his presence.

There will be an outpouring of grief, remembrance and celebration for him around the world, but as someone who has worked with many leaders and taught, supported and encouraged many to become leaders I feel compelled to acknowledge the man who has given us one of the greatest examples of leadership in the last century.

What he offers us is an example of how to dance with complexity. The social, economic and political forces in South Africa leading to the end of apartheid and the years of Mandela’s presidency were enormously complex and out there on the edge of chaos. But it was Mandela’s absolutely uncompromising values, his timing of key decisions, driven by the principles of reconciliation and power sharing and an unswerving vision on a future of racial harmony that in my mind made him an outstanding leader.

Much has been written about him and much will no doubt continue to be written. Analysis of his qualities and approaches to leadership and bringing about change will continue. I remember him saying that he was not special or outstanding.

Someone delivered a eulogy this morning for my dear friend and inspiration Helen Bryant. She described Helen as passionate, accepting, committed, non-judgmental, visionary, a person who transcended age, social background and race. She could have been describing Nelson Mandela; there is a small part of him in everyone who shows courage and leadership when combined with forgiveness.

For me his words, “It always seems impossible until it’s done” epitomizes the nature of the man and his leadership. And although today I feel sad, I also feel like celebrating his life and that of my friend Helen.

Nelson Mandela will continue to provide inspiration for me as a person and in my work and I truly hope he does for you as well.

Tim Dalmau

CEO: Dalmau Consulting

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The seven conversations of leadership

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I was asked recently to present to an Adelaide group from Engineers Australia about leadership. I cast the presentation in the manner of an onion with layers. At the core is context and it goes from there. Click here to read or download.

Below is a short video excerpt from the presentation.

Tim Dalmau

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Ethical Leadership

Tim Dalmau and Viv Oates
Published in all of the following journals – Corporate Report, Accountancy SA and Performance
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Ethical Leadership

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An organization is much more than an economic unit of value. It is an integral part of the broader societal fabric within which it operates. It should understand the role it plays in the  overall advancement of humanity. Its leaders are the embodiment of the organization and, by extension, its collective intellect, soul and conscience. This is a responsibility much greater, and with a much higher purpose, than may initially be apparent. Ethical leaders are those who readily grasp this concept and view their role as stewards of the organization. They understand that they are called upon to leave a legacy that adds to the organization’s overall moral standing and strengthens its future as a global asset and an example to others. Ethical-leadership

 

Tim Dalmau and Viv Oates of Ernst & Young Africa write about the nature of leadership and ethics in today’s modern corporation. This article has been published in a range of professional journals and papers throughout Africa and globally in Performance.  The article explores the six levels of ethical behavior from the unethical through to the highly ethical

 

 

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