Vincent Lingiari – Savvy Leader of the Wave Hill Station Walk-off

Warning for Aboriginal People
Vincent ‘Tommy’ Lingiari’s leadership of the Gurindji people at the time of the Wave Hill Station walk-off in 1966 was a major contribution to the Australian Aborigines struggle for justice and land rights.

Vincent Lingiari - Gurindji Leader

Vincent (Tommy) Lingiari AM
13 June 1908 – 21 January 1988[1]

For some 60,000 years these people had successfully managed themselves and their land, an area in the upper reaches of what is now called the Victoria River, some 600 kilometers south of Darwin. Then the first white settlers arrived in the 1880s with huge numbers of cattle. The lives of the Gurindji people would never be the same again.Continue reading

Anthony Foster – The tenacious advocate for victims of child sexual abuse

The first inkling that Anthony and Christine Foster’s daughter, Emma, might have been a victim of child sexual abuse came after years of Emma’s unexplained psychological issues and self-destructive behaviour had been occurring. It was in February 1996 that Emma’s psychiatrist said to Chrissie, “She’s displaying all the symptoms of someone who has been sexually abused.”

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Vale Anthony Foster
1953 –2017

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Lou Gerstner – IBM’s Digital Transformation Change Master

Lou Gerstner Digital Transformation Change Master

Louis V. Gerstner Jr.

If the 2016 Australian eCensus hadn’t been such a disastrous failure most people would not have known that IBM had provided the digital transformation services to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. As a result of the debacle IBM suffered immense reputational damage plus incurred a large payout in compensation to the Australian Government with two senior IBM staff being shown the door.
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John Kotter – Leading Change Guru

When Professor John Kotter published his seminal work on leading change there was something unusual about this 197-page book written by an academic; there were no references to other works, nor was there a bibliography.

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Dr. John P. Kotter

The centrepiece of the book was an 8-step process for leading change. Kotter didn’t even claim credit for this as he said he gleaned it from observing what successful leaders actually did in transforming their organisations and from other cases that had failed.
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John Boyd – Misunderstood Genius of Warfighting

How does one begin to pay homage to a warrior like John Boyd? He was a towering intellect who made unsurpassed contributions to the American art of war.
– General Charles C. Krulak, Commandant U.S. Marine Corps

John Boyd in F-86 Fighter Korea

Col John R. Boyd U.S. Air Force (Ret)
23 Jan 1927 – 9 Mar 1997

The UN-dictated rules of engagement for the allied forces operating against North Korea were quite specific. No pilot was to go across the Yalu River into Manchuria (China) under any circumstances. But this didn’t stop Lieutenant John Boyd and his flight leader, RAF exchange officer Jock Maitland, and others from breaking the rules from time to time.
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Nicholas Marchesi and Lucas Patchett–Social Entrepreneurs

Let us not develop an education that creates in the mind of the student a hope of becoming rich and having the power to dominate [but one that forms] the lofty ideal of loving, of preparing oneself to serve and to give oneself to others.
– Archbishop Oscar Romero

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Nicholas Marchesi and Lucas Patchett

It was June 2014 and 20-year-old Lucas Patchett had just returned to Brisbane from a working holiday in Canada. He was about continue his Chemical Engineering course at the University of Queensland when he met up with his ex-school mate, Nicholas Marchesi. That meeting would turn their world upside down.
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Edmund Rice – Social Entrepreneur

People change for two main reasons: either their minds have been opened or their hearts have been broken”
― Steven Aitchison

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Blessed Edmund Ignatius Rice (1762–1844)
Bronze Bust by Kris-Ann Ehrich

Edmund Rice, a successful Irish businessman, had the world at his feet. And yet he gave away his fortune in pursuing a dream to educate the poor. His friends said he was crazy. Why did he do it and how did he achieve so much as a social reformer?
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Tom Seeley and the Wisdom of Bees

What matters most today is not only to clarify what wisdom is and why it matters,
but to understand how to go about developing collective wisdom.
— Peter Senge, systems scientist

The bee is more honored than other animals, not because she labors,
but because she labors for others.
— St John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople, 347-407

What can honeybees teach us about wisdom? One person who knows is Cornell University’s Professor Thomas D. Seeley, the world’s leading expert on bee behaviour. Seeley’s particular interest is the decision making of swarming bees, sometimes referred to as smarm intelligence.

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Professor Thomas D. Seeley

For over 40 years he has conducted ingenious experiments to discover the rules honeybees use in collective decision making for survival and adaption to changing circumstances.

What was it that sparked Seeley’s interest in bees to make a career of it?
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