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Why trust matters

By Garry Shilson-Josling In a world of global distrust, where are the true believers? The urgent need to share the benefits of reform shines through in economic reports from both sides of the Tasman. If there’s one thing economists and policy-makers agree on, it’s that rising living standards eventually depend on productivity growth. Since the 1980s,… Read More Why trust matters

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How to do the right thing even if no one is watching

By Michael McMillan The American author and philosopher Aldo Leopold once said: “Ethical behaviour is doing the right thing when no one else is watching – even when doing the wrong thing is legal.” This quote raises an important question: why should we do anything, let alone the right thing, if what we are being… Read More How to do the right thing even if no one is watching

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The trust crisis

By Susan Muldowney Recent high-profile corporate scandals have seen trust in business take a further dive. How can this fragile commodity be restored? When Matt Comyn steps into the top job at the embattled Commonwealth Bank of Australia on 9 April, his first challenge surely will be among his greatest: restoring trust. With critics pointing… Read More The trust crisis

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Nine steps to drive harassers out of business

By Deborah Tarrant Accounting leaders have put workplace sexual misconduct on their agendas. Is your firm taking all the right steps to prevent it? Sexual harassment has been the hottest topic in business for months. A growing number of women – and some men – have leapt to the call of the #MeToo Twitter hashtag following… Read More Nine steps to drive harassers out of business

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Short-term pain for long-term gain

By Karen Wensley While firing a high performer may hurt in the short term, keeping them will hurt even more if they’re a cheat or a bully. In February, Susan Fowler, an engineer who had recently resigned from Uber, published a now-famous blog. In it, she provided details of ongoing harassment and sexist behaviour that… Read More Short-term pain for long-term gain

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Creating a culture of integrity

By Ros O’Shea For employees to truly buy into an organisation’s value system, leaders must make the most of the ‘moments that matter’.  The South Sea islanders have a word, “mokita”, which translates as “a truth everyone knows but nobody speaks”. And so it is with organisational culture. Creating an environment in which employees implicitly… Read More Creating a culture of integrity