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Human Resource Directors in Independent Schools

Source: Image provided by Melbourne Grammar School From the Head of Melbourne Grammar School, Philip Grutzner As little as 15 years ago, Human Resource Directors were unheard of in independent schools. The HR responsibilities were usually amongst the Principal’s responsibilities. Despite their best efforts, not many Principals(Heads) were able to do this well, as they … Continued

Managing through change

When departing Headmaster of Melbourne Grammar School, Mr Roy Kelley, approached Fisher Leadership to secure a high performing Human Resources Director to lead the function for a 13-month period, the Gig Executive team stepped in. Their high calibre, fast-turn-around solution has clearly brought immense value. Have you ever wondered how a senior leader steps into an interim role? There is much to be learned from these change-ready leaders who come in at a moment’s notice and take the reins with ease. Take a moment to hear from Malcolm Leigh-Smith on his recent experience.

Our Breathing Space program features in AFR

Breathing Space is a leadership and mental health program helping leaders create the space to balance high performance with high pressure. Not commuting, working from home and being deskbound for longer are contributing to the stress and burnout many executives now face. But although many are experiencing higher levels of anxiety and depression, there are plenty of programs and actions that can help instill a sense of calm and ease even during this difficult time.

Everybody Needs a Home – and Australia needs a National Homelessness Strategy.

This week is #HW2020: Homelessness Week. The theme is Everybody Needs a Home. However as Melbourne goes into stage 4 lockdown, many don’t have a home to retreat to. Who is looking after those with no defence against winter, violence, hunger – let alone Coronavirus? Mary’s House At Fisher Leadership we know what it takes … Continued

The power of positive stories

COVID-19 silver linings… As we flip the switch from surviving COVID-19 to reimagining a world of work in which we all thrive, we thought it would be a good idea to start gathering and sharing positive stories that result from our current circumstances. In order to do so, we need your help. So, if you … Continued

Managing your international recruitment through COVID-19

Written by Kirsten Henderson, Associate Partner, New Zealand Our clients are having to come up with creative solutions to manage international appointments at this time due to the current border restrictions. What happens when clients have executive appointments and contracts signed? Do we reassess the start date or consider onboarding remotely? What does best practice … Continued

Mental Health & Wellbeing during COVID-19

As we begin talking about recovery, it’s time to first recharge our mental and physical health. Mental Health and Resilience | 14 May 2020, 12pm – 1pm To register for the upcoming event, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/mental-health-wellbeing-during-covid-19-tickets-104499663306 The panel will run from 12–1pm with an opening keynote on mental health from Gabriel Edwards, followed by a … Continued

Who’s missing from your leadership table?

At Fisher Leadership, we’ve been connecting on-demand, executive talent with future-facing organisations for nearly a decade. What was traditionally called ‘interim’ and understood as ‘gap-filling’ is now a competitive solution bringing bringing critical skills to the table at pace. Our framework is ‘Right talent. Right table. Right time.’ We have the following Gig Executives ready … Continued

Remotely in Control of Mental Health?

In a high-pressure, high-stakes, highly volatile business environment, the mental health and wellbeing of our decision-makers is crucial.  Fisher Leadership has introduced Breathing Space, an executive mental health and wellbeing program that can be delivered remotely or in person, enabling leaders to maintain perspective, empathy and creativity while navigating change.  Prior to COVID-19, the direct cost … Continued

COVID-19: Open for business with innovation ahead of change

CLIENTS’ MOST REQUESTED SERVICES IN THESE CHALLENGING TIMES: Gig Executive As organisations adjust to a new way of working, the Gig Executive team is deploying highly qualified, credentialed and immediately available leaders that can join your team to deliver in-demand skills such as change management, crisis communications and organisational redesign immediately. Read more. Leadership & Transition … Continued

Mental Health and Wellbeing: the tradeoffs

How do leaders prioritise and build good mental health and wellbeing in a fast-changing environment? The upside is both personally and professionally compelling. Leaders who are mentally well make better decisions, maintain clearer perspective, are more innovative and build fruitful relationships. Organisations with leadership wellbeing strategies reduce health risk factors and stress by up to 56% ​(Ahrens, McCarthy, Almeida, 2011)​.

Executives today need Breathing Space – a mental health and wellbeing program for leaders.

CogNative Advisory, powered by Fisher Leadership, launches an executive mental health and wellbeing program to protect high performance leaders operating in high pressure environments.

Cognitive Diversity – a way to overcome “Diversity Fatigue”?

Is diversity fatigue really a thing? Apparently so. You may have seen the article in The Australian recently, highlighting ‘diversity fatigue’, that trended on LinkedIn? Following closely, was another article on ‘diversity and inclusion fatigue’ in response to the release of the WGEA scorecard. As proponents of the value a diverse mix of leaders bring … Continued

Inventing a corporate ‘drone’ challenge!

Corporate Drone Challenge Fisher Leadership and UAVISUALS™ have come together to create a revolutionary and exciting corporate drone challenge. The customisable designed team activity amplifies cross-functional innovation, courage in approaching new technology and communication under pressure. We designed the entire experience around our digital strategy and core business value. The best part? Our team had … Continued

A New way to access talent – the Gig Executive

A world of difference FISHER LEADERSHIP HAS LEVERAGED ITS DEEP EXPERIENCE IN BRINGING PEOPLE TOGETHER WITH FRESH IDEAS TO CREATE  A NEW WAY TO ACCESS TOP TALENT.  AICD Magazine, September, 2019 Our workforce has entered a period of profound change. The onset of new technologies is disrupting industries and the pace of change within business … Continued

RUOK? or worse… R U ‘fine’?

We acknowledge that #RUOKDAY was created to prevent the silent suicide. Many of us have been in the shoes of the person who says ‘but they seemed fine.’ The truth is, that ‘fine’ is the barrier to many things. It’s the barrier to us looking ourselves in the eye and asking if we are living each day … Continued

AESC Honours Jo Fisher with Lifetime Achievement Award for Impact

The AESC Lifetime Achievement Award honors long-term achievement in the executive search and leadership consulting profession. This year’s award goes to Jo Fisher, Founder and Managing Director of Fisher Leadership. Based in Melbourne, Fisher has dedicated 20 years to the advancement of executive search. Known as an iconic leader in gender diversity, from the early … Continued

Crafting the Future – Designing our Work

Last month we invited Rob Baker, Job Crafting expert from the UK to come and speak to People leaders about empowering employees to design their own work. Excerpts from Rob Baker… We live in a world where the personalisation of goods, services and activities is becoming ever more prevalent and popular. From the comfort of … Continued

Fisher Leadership, embracing change from within.

Media Release July 29, 2019: Founding Director of Fisher Leadership, Jo Fisher, launches new Gig Executive business and Strategic Advisory practice, announcing Michelle Loader as Managing Director to lead teams across all three operations.  Niche Executive Search and Advisory firm Fisher Leadership today announces Founder and Director Jo Fisher is joining forces with HR advisory … Continued

Jo Fisher contributes to Deakin MBA program.

The strength of an MBA program can be determined by its strong and current links to industry. In the Deakin MBA, students develop insider knowledge and industry connections through their relationships with our carefully selected industry adjunct professors. According to MBA Course Director Associate Professor Colin Higgins, the industry adjunct professors offer a mix of … Continued

TEDX Melbourne

The Fisher Leadership team thoroughly enjoyed attending the TEDxMelbourne event last night. As a Melbourne-founded international company, we are always thrilled to hear local voices and ideas amplified. We particularly appreciated the talk by Dave King, CEO and founder of local artificial intelligence startup Move 37, which uses machine learning and natural language generation to … Continued

The Trade & Investment Commisioners ​representing us overseas…​

What are the attributes needed to take Australia to the world? Leadership on the international stage is key in today’s hyper-connected world. In recent months, Fisher Leadership has helped successfully appoint two Commissioners to influential postings. We are proud to play a role in Australia’s representation overseas, negotiating business with the kind of global mindset … Continued

Does your leadership team desire more agile working solutions?

Does your leadership team desire more agile working solutions? Gig Executive talent will unlock the opportunities you are able to offer your most valuable people. Many individuals and companies are fast recognising that the benefits of a ‘Gap Year’ extend beyond university graduates when it comes to developing engaged, innovative and adaptable leaders at every level. Flexibility around work and employment arrangements is a business imperative in the contest to retain great talent at the executive and managerial levels.

IPAA Awards Night Showcases Innovation in the Public Sector

Last week, we were proud to sponsor the IPAA Victoria Leadership in the Public Sector Awards. The ceremony kicked off with a wonderful buzz throughout Deakin Edge at Federation Square. As the sponsor of the Leading Employer Award, Fisher Leadership was thrilled to see so many truly innovative programs, people and organisations celebrated. Now in their 11th year, the Awards have … Continued

From County Cavan to the MCG

On the countdown to the AFWL kick off this weekend, Eilish Devine shares a tale of female achievement, cultural diversity and the remarkable smallness of the world!

Peter Green is the new Head of Operations and Service Development at On the Line Australia

Peter Green is the new Head of Operations and Service Development at On the Line Australia. Peter previously spent close to 14 years at Medibank and has extensive experience in service operations, contact centre management and IT transformation. Peter is a seasoned leader in customer service, operations support and general management in complex environments. As … Continued

How to be good at interim interviews

The rise of the gig economy is shifting the way we work and, therefore, the way we interview.

An Interim Role can have a Permanent Impact

People become interim managers because, quite simply, it is a great career!

Sue White is the new Chief Executive Officer at the Queen Elizabeth Centre

Sue White is the new Chief Executive Officer at the Queen Elizabeth Centre. Sue is an outcome focused health sector leader with over 12 years of experience in health executive leadership, particular change agendas, influencing and implementing strategies and efficient operations management. Sue was previously responsible for strategic and operational leadership of a variety of … Continued

Chris Knapp is the new Professor and Chair of Architecture at Western Sydney University

Chris Knapp is the new Professor and Chair of Architecture at Western Sydney University in the School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics, where he will lead the formation of a new professional program in architecture. In his prior teaching engagement, Chris joined Bond University in 2011 at the inception of the school of architecture there. … Continued

Kate MacRae is the new Chief Executive Officer at Able Australia

Kate MacRae is the new Chief Executive Officer at Able Australia. Kate previously worked in a number of leadership roles within Monash Health since joining in 2007. Kate’s most recent roles at Monash Health previously included being appointed the Chief Allied Health Officer and the General Manager Clinical Services overseeing a combined workforce of over … Continued

Craig Fraser is the new Chief Executive Officer at South West Healthcare (SWH)

Craig Fraser is the new Chief Executive Officer at South West Healthcare (SWH). Craig has been employed with SWH since March 2004 and was most recently undertaking the role of Interim Chief Executive Officer for the organisation. Craig’s substantive role with SWH was that of Director of Primary and Community Services. Commencing in April 2008, … Continued

Cathie Ireland is the new Head of Junior Secondary School at the Methodist Ladies College

Cathie Ireland is the new Head of Junior Secondary School at the Methodist Ladies College. A highly qualified Educator with experience across a variety of Educational settings, systems and services, Cathie was previously the Head of Primary School – Turner House at Firbank Grammar. Within her Head of Primary School role, Cathie was responsible for … Continued

Brenda Holt is the new Principal at St Hilda’s College

Brenda Holt is the new Principal at St Hilda’s College. Brenda has been an educational professional for over 25 years across secondary and tertiary institutions with her previous position being the Deputy Director, Program Development and Innovation at Monash College since 2016. Brenda has achieved success in the development, implementation and delivery of global, foundation … Continued

Melanie Saba is the new Chief Executive Officer at the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators

Melanie Saba is the new Chief Executive Officer at the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators (RACMA). With a successful career across both the health and education sectors, Melanie brings almost a decade of CEO experience, most recently with the Victorian Institute of Teaching. She has contributed to the development of policy at both national … Continued

Sue Wilkinson is the new Chief Executive Officer of the City of Darebin

Sue Wilkinson is the new Chief Executive Officer of the City of Darebin. Sue brings 27 years’ experience in the local and state government sector. Sue has extensive senior leadership experience across broad portfolios at organisations such as Colac Otway Shire, City of Monash and City of Port Phillip. Sue has a significant record of … Continued

Fiona Lynch is the new Chief Executive Officer at Bayley House

Fiona Lynch is the new Chief Executive Officer at Bayley House. Originally commencing her career as a community health nurse, Fiona has assumed executive roles in the management of health and community services, educational institutions and government departments. With a strong track record in in positioning an organisation by raising standards and driving performance, she … Continued

Catherine Morely-Nelson is the new Chief Executive Officer at the Wimmera Health Care Group

Catherine Morely-Nelson is the new Chief Executive Officer at the Wimmera Health Care Group. Most recently the Chief Executive Officer at Rural Northwest Health (RNH), Catherine brings a breadth of experience in the aged and community care sectors and a passion for making a positive difference to people’s lives. At RNH, she provided strategic and … Continued

Mary Harney is the new Chief Executive Officer at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

Mary Harney is the new Chief Executive Officer at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. In the last 15 years Mary has held executive positions in the commercial, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, public health and agricultural sectors. The majority of these roles were newly created positions and Mary was the inaugural appointment in highly regulated environments. This … Continued

Shane Crowe is the new Executive Director Nursing and Midwifery at Western Health

Shane Crowe is the new Executive Director Nursing and Midwifery at Western Health. Shane is an experienced health leader who has fulfilled a number of executive, senior clinical, project management and general management roles across his career. Shane was most recently acting as the Chief Nursing Officer at Austin Health where he was responsible for … Continued

Andrew Watt is the new Principal at Emanuel School

Andrew Watt is the new Principal at Emanuel School. Andrew has over 22 years of experience in senior roles in education, with 17 of those years in significant senior executive positions. Andrew was previously the Deputy Principal at Wenona School, an independent non-denominational day and boarding school for girls from Kindergarten to Year 12 based … Continued

What type of interim executive are you?

When considering if the agile life is the better life consider the different ways you could structure your new career.

Christian W Probst is the new Director High Tech Transdisciplinary Research Network at Unitec Institute of Technology commencing in early 2018

Christian W Probst is the new Director High Tech Transdisciplinary Research Network at Unitec Institute of Technology commencing in early 2018. Christian was appointed an Associate Professor in 2008, and comes from a position as the Head of Section for Cyber Security at the Department for Applied Mathematics and Computer Science at the Technical University … Continued

Tips for interim executive CV writing

An interim CV is quite different from a regular CV. Clients are often looking for candidates who have demonstrated experience in solving similar problems at a similar scale.

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