Three leadership lessons stand out in a series of political twists and turns surrounding the departure of Michelle Guthrie as chief executive of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC): the importance of internal communications; the power of good stakeholder management; and the need for clear, consistent messaging.
Consultation is not saying “hey guys, have we got a plan for you”, when you know that change will only be contemplated under duress. Consultation is — and let’s take the medicine — a two-way process, needing open minds on both sides and it is not a means to an end. It is not even about getting agreement.
Santa’s why is that wonderful window in childhood when you see the world as you want it to be. It is a world where logic can’t interfere with the magic. It has all sorts of interesting inhabitants like the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny and the odd scary one like the monster under the bed. And there’s room in there for a baby in a manger.