The Serendis Blog

When Cultural Values Lead to Groupthink, the Company Loses

13 November, 2018

When Cultural Values Lead to Groupthink, the Company Loses

As a business shapes its public reputation, hidden conflicts can undermine its effectiveness. by Maud Lindley, Jeffrey Schwartz, and Malcolm Thompson Excerpt from story published in Strategy + Business Magazine The business of a corporation is no longer just business. In the past,…

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Career Returners Opportunities at Westpac

10 April, 2018

Career Returners Opportunities at Westpac

The Career Returners Program has started strong in 2018.  We have a number of new partners from a range of industries exploring the opportunity to work with us to bring more women in to their business.  We have also attracted…

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Moving from anxiety towards vocation

11 February, 2018

Moving from anxiety towards vocation

When I ask my clients about their hopes or goals for 2018 … the answer is unanimous. They all promise to a have a quieter year, to be less stressed, to achieve a stable personal and emotional balance that allows…

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Why cultural intelligence matters in a global economy

8 November, 2017

Why cultural intelligence matters in a global economy

Cultural intelligence is becoming increasingly important in business today. To be successful, global organisations require connectivity through individuals and effective collaboration across the world. As companies expand into different countries, this opens up access to different resources, knowledge and talent…

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Leadership in a VUCA world

25 August, 2017

Leadership in a VUCA world

To develop their leaders, companies spend millions of dollars in training, psychometric tools, 360 degree studies, professional coaching and other consultants. A recent study has shown that these frameworks, which are relatively traditional, tend to develop managerial skills rather than…

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One woman's uplifting story of returning to her career after a break

6 August, 2017

One woman’s uplifting story of returning to her career after a break

Our guest post is by Michelle Warnock, a participant on the Serendis Career Returners Program. She writes a candid account of returning to her career after a break to raise her four children… Ten years ago I was a woman with a thriving career.  I…

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The power of mentoring and how to do it effectively

28 July, 2017

The power of mentoring and how to do it effectively

Much has been written about the merits of mentoring. From personal experience, having facilitated cross-sector and internal mentoring programs for several years, I have observed how structured mentoring operates as a powerful lever to accompany individual, organisational and sector change. Serendis’…

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Creating pathways back to work changes the game

6 June, 2017

Creating pathways back to work changes the game

Many professionals at some point during their lifetime will take a career break be it for parenthood, family care or other reasons. Sadly, research tells us those who take a career break (both men and women, but predominantly women) face…

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Career Returners - creating a pathway back to work

9 May, 2017

Career Returners – creating a pathway back to work

We at Serendis are excited to announce that we are launching Career Returners 2017 this month. The Career Returners initiative is for professional women and men who are ready to return to work by offering them a paid secondment within…

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A new era in the pursuit of leadership development

9 May, 2017

A new era in the pursuit of leadership development

“Psychological agility will be the most critical attribute to succeed in a world of unprecedented volatility, uncertainty and change.” Maud Lindley, Founding Director of Serendis Despite the media attention and often pessimistic prognosis on the leadership gender balance issue, I…

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Your leadership potential

3 May, 2017

Your leadership potential

How do you demonstrate your leadership potential? Does your outlook take into account long-term perspectives that may influence the current direction of your business, your industry, your clients, products or services? How do you develop insights into the macroeconomic, organisational, digital…

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Are we facing diversity fatigue?

1 May, 2017

Are we facing diversity fatigue?

The lack of gender diversity at the top levels of our corporate world is a complex issue which is often misunderstood. Leadership gender imbalance is affected by a range of societal, personal and cultural factors and when we attempt to…

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