Paul Buchheit is best known for creating Gmail for Google in the early 2000s, the web-app with over one billion active monthly users. But that accomplishment was only a stepping stone to his real achievement in seeing ideas become solutions to problems and change the world. His experience in developing Gmail would become the template used by himself and the many startup companies that followed in his footsteps.
When scientist Dr Jim Bowler discovered ancient Aboriginal remains in remote Lake Mungo he had no idea it would rewrite the history of human occupation in Australia. He also had no idea that taking these bones from the burial sites would cause great distress to the traditional owners of the land.
Empathy and respect when dealing with criminals is not something the public would normally expect of a police officer. Hardly a week goes by with some public figure is claiming the government is “soft on crime” and demanding a get-tough response. And, spurred on by sections of the media, the majority of the public would seem to agree.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
We must be the change we want to see in the world
Ordinary people need to lead and not sit there and think that governments are going to spoonfeed them and look after them and look after the country, because they won’t.
If there is one person who epitomises the maxim “change yourself, change others, change the world”, it is Ian Kiernan, AO – Chairman, Clean Up Australia and Clean Up the World.
Do you read every page of the fine print in the terms and conditions when taking out travel insurance? In the case of QBE Insurance, the Product Disclosure Statement is 103 pages long. Ella Ingram and her mother didn’t read all the pages either.
In 2011, Ella was a Year 11 student at Melbourne Girls’ College. She and other students of Roger Dunscombe’s media studies class were looking forward to the ten-day Art, Design and Media study tour to New York planned for April 2012.
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
— Mahatma Gandhi
In 1959, when Victoria Police Surgeon Dr John Birrell started to give public talks on the effects of alcohol on driving, he soon found himself gagged from speaking. The problem was he was upsetting powerful interests who didn’t want his views to be heard.
No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.
-John Donne (1572—1631)
Different roles played by individuals and their place in society is central to the Can-Do Wisdom Framework.