Ground Rules for Good Governance

Governance can be a tricky thing. At their best, boards are positive places where ideas flow, problems are collaboratively solved and the people and the organisation thrive. At their worst, boards are toxic places where ideas are ignored, problems are exacerbated and the people and the organisation are damaged. The biggest contributor to a positive…

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Untangling Judgement

When someone, particularly a politician, does something wrong, why is it that we sometimes judge their actions harshly, and sometimes leniently?  It seems to me that passing judgement implicitly involves considering questions like “is the action legal?”, “is the action socially acceptable?” and “is the action fair and morally justifiable?”  And then we overlay an…

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Being the best we can be

On International Women’s  Day I spoke on a panel with Dame Susan Devoy and Melissa Clark-Reynolds on the topic “being the best we can be” at a function hosted by Kapiti Chamber of Commerce and Kapiti Rotary .  Here is my speech: Ki ngā maunga, ngā awa, me ngā tāngata whenua hoki o te rohe…

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