Cyber-Security for American Chamber of Commerce

Today I was a member of a panel (with Scott Wilkie, Louis Abdilla and Lani Rafiti – and Kristen Devitt facilitating) at Stamford Plaza. We were all speaking to the topic of Cyber Security for American Chamber of Commerce. An interesting panel and a fun opportunity to speak to a captive audience (I’m sure they locked the doors).





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Annual Rostrum Convention Queensland

Today is the Annual Rostrum Convention in Queensland.  I have arrived a bit late, so I am sitting outside in the coffee area blogging.  In my defence, I was up until midnight reviewing a student’s literature review submission for UQ prior to having to mark it.  

Rostrum is all about public speaking, so today’s discussions should be pretty good – given that I like that kind of thing.  Since I arrived late, I haven’t gone into the venue yet.  I am running a hypothetical later in the day – hmm, apparently for 45 minutes.  Given the last one went for two hours, I suppose this one will be a bit less taxing.  How does that sound?

All at the Brisbane International Hotel – at Windsor.  A cosy little venue.

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KPMG/UQBS CEO Dinner: Cyber Security and the CEO

This is a presentation I gave for the UQ Business School (in conjunction with Stan Gallo of KPMG) at the Urbane Restaurant to a group of Queensland CEO/C-Suite people. These dinners are part of UQ’s engagement with the business community – a relationship we value. This engagement ensures we don’t get all locked up in our ivory tower.

This was a good night last night, I really enjoyed discussing cyber security/data governance issues with CEOs. This is going to be an increasingly important issue for Australian businesses – particularly as mandatory data breach notification takes hold.

The trend is certainly not toward ‘letting the data go wild’. It’s more a paddock-and-fences kind of situation.

Transformational Leadership and Not for Profits and Social Enterprises

Well, my last blog post was about this book I was editing – and here is a sneak preview of the flyer for it.  Ken, Aastha and I have enjoyed working with the authors a great deal.  


From the blurb on the book, which is in the Routledge Studies in the Management of Voluntary and Non-Profit Organizations series:

This book addresses the leadership challenges and strategies required when Not for Profits embrace new models of working such as Social Enterprises . It covers both concepts, and case studies of successful Not for Profits, and is very suitable for professional development programs .

And this is the table of contents:

Part I: The Leadership Journey

1. Leadership Concepts and Approaches; Kenneth Wiltshire
2. Three Schools of Nonprofit Thought: Evolution of the Field and Implications for Leadership; Aastha Malhotra
3. The Journey of a Social Leader: Leading and Transforming Organisations For Social Impact; Anna Krzeminska, Andreas Heinecke, and Christian Koch

Part II: Shaping the Journey

4. Stakeholder Partnerships and the Delivery of Services; Stephen Jones
5. Corporate Social Responsibility, Government, and the Balancing Act; Kenneth Wiltshire
6. Financial Sustainability Through Leadership; David Knowles and Chris Wilson
7. Your People, Your Volunteers; Amanda Roan
8. Non-Profit Marketing Strategy; Jay Weerawardena
9. Leadership and Governance Issues in Faith Based Organizations; Susan Dann
10. Leading Through the Jungle of Legislation, Regulation and Reporting; Paul Paxton-Hall Part III: New Journeys, New Horizons

Part III – New Journeys, New Horizons

11. Innovation Leadership; Mark Dodgson
12. Strategy, Leadership and Team Building; Karina Collins
13. Successful Nonprofit Leadership in an IT World; Micheal Axelsen

Fun times. 

Book editing.

Today has been a… varied day. Mostly, it has been spent working on editing a book for nonprofits around leadership.  Of course, I’m working on the IT governance chapter.  We are nearly done.  450 pages, 115,000 words with one chapter to come from one of our authors.  I am busily converting everything over to the publisher’s preferred citation style (Chicago footnote) and checking for typos and grammars.

This is a practitioner book so there are several really good cases around leadership (the theme of the book). Once it’s been published I’ll be able to say more, but right now I’m just happy that it’s starting to look like a coherent whole.  Let’s see what my editors think.