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Reconciliation Week: a time to reflect on strong Indigenous leadership and resilience in the face of a pandemic

reconciliation week: a time to reflect on strong indigenous leadership and resilience in the face of a pandemic

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National Reconciliation Week is a time of reflection, talking and sharing of histories, cultures and achievements. It is a time to think about our relationships as Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

This year’s theme is “In This Together”, a phrase that has taken on extra meaning as the world grapples with the coronavirus pandemic.

We have seen a range of measures to manage the spread of coronavirus in Australia, including movement restrictions, closures of government- and community-based services and border controls.

Governments have also put forward specific measures to protect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, including travel restrictions into and out of remote communities under the Biosecurity Act.

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This “lock-down” has undoubtedly been essential and, to date, has prevented the pandemic from reaching remote communities. It has also been supported by the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation.

But local Indigenous communities have also shown tremendous leadership in protecting their own peoples from the virus. And perhaps ironically, the federal government has shown a willingness to listen to and engage with the expertise of the Indigenous health sector.

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Good leadership, good outcomes on COVID-19 – how different countries have fared | Newshub

good leadership, good outcomes on covid-19 – how different countries have fared | newshub

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Watch: Nine-in-ten New Zealanders backed the Government’s call to put the country into lockdown, the latest Newshub-Reid Research poll found. Credits: Video – Newshub; Images – Getty

By Christine Crudo Blackburn and Leslie Ruyle for The Conversation
OPINION: COVID-19 has put political leaders and health care systems worldwide to the test. Although lockdowns are the common approach, some countries have opted for less stringent measures.
As scientists and public policy experts, we have spent years analyzing how countries prepare and respond to pandemics. We believe this is certain: The policy and communication choices that national leaders make has a measurable impact on the effectiveness of pandemic response.
Some countries respond with science
In particular, Germany and New Zealand have handled the crisis effectively. Both countries have not wavered from a science-based approach and strong, centralised messaging.
Germany discovered its first cases on January 27. At the time, the country’s health minister considered COVID-19 a low threat; still, Charité University Hospital in Berlin began developing a test. Within a month, new test kits were available – and Germany’s labs had already stocked up.
By mid-March, the country had closed schools and retail businesses. Testing was swiftly rolled out, and within approximately two …

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Opinion | If We Had a Real Leader

opinion | if we had a real leader

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This week I had a conversation that left a mark. It was with Mary Louise Kelly and E.J. Dionne on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” and it was about how past presidents had handled moments of national mourning — Lincoln after Gettysburg, Reagan after the Challenger explosion and Obama after the Sandy Hook school shootings.The conversation left me wondering what America’s experience of the pandemic would be like if we had a real leader in the White House.If we had a real leader, he would have realized that tragedies like 100,000 Covid-19 deaths touch something deeper than politics: They touch our shared vulnerability and our profound and natural sympathy for one another.In such moments, a real leader steps outside of his political role and reveals himself uncloaked and humbled, as someone who can draw on his own pains and simply be present with others as one sufferer among a common sea of sufferers.If we had a real leader, she would speak of the dead not as a faceless mass but as individual persons, each seen in unique dignity. Such a leader would draw on the common sources of our civilization, the stores of wisdom that bring …

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Whitney Williams has wide range of leadership skills

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Yale’s faith leaders bridge social distance to foster fellowship

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In March, during the early days of the campus shutdown, an undergraduate asked University Chaplain Sharon Kugler if the global coronavirus pandemic meant the end of the world was at hand.
“It’s the end of a world,” Kugler told the worried student, “and now we’re trying to create a new and better world.”
Answering the question as honestly as she could seemed to soothe the student, and also herself, the chaplain said.
“I think the most important thing in spiritual leadership — and any leadership for that matter — is to be as honest as is humanly possible and to not falsely use generic language of hope,” said Kugler. “We need to be authentic by holding and acknowledging the fears and uncertainties people have.”
In her role as chaplain, Kugler helped guide the transition of Yale’s nearly 25 campus ministries — representing Muslim, Jewish, Christian, Hindu, Buddhist and other religious traditions — as they adapted the way they related to their adherents, mainly by providing an enriching digital presence when it was no longer possible to congregate or worship in person.
In the 10 weeks since the shutdown, campus faith leaders have been providing one-on-one spiritual counseling and pastoral care; hosting virtual meditation, …

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The one leadership hack we’ve all been looking for is free

the one leadership hack we’ve all been looking for is free

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Imagine there was a technique you could learn and practice that would display respect for others, promote trust and contribute mightily to individual and group performance.I suspect many would be willing to invest heavily in the workshops and books that teach this behavior with its almost magical outcomes. I know I would.
Fortunately, none of us has to dip into our training budgets or personal savings. And you don’t have to leave the home office or even read a book to gain the benefits from this ultimate leadership hack. The behavior with the almost magical relationship and performance outcomes is nothing more than listening. While a better term might be “fierce listening,” it’s something most of us play at, and many of us can stand to get significantly better at.
The human impact of fierce listening
I ran an informal poll on a webinar recently where almost 700 people signed up to learn more about listening, and I asked how people felt when they recognized the other party in their conversation wasn’t paying attention to them. The theme was evident with the most common answers being: upset, disappointed, angry, disrespected. You could almost feel the bitterness flow …

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Number of leadership changes in store for DCSS

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Inyang helped guide and direct the district’s academic services division, which oversees the district’s curriculum and instruction, assessment and accountability departments, as well as its exceptional students program and English speakers of other languages (ESOL) program, for the past six years.

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Breaking down the push and pull of expansion, consolidation across the martech app ecosystem

breaking down the push and pull of expansion, consolidation across the martech app ecosystem

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Everyone in our industry knows that the growth rate among marketing technology applications has been exponential for years now. The 2020 Marketing Technology landscape released last month included 8,000 solutions. There were fewer than 200 logos on the chart in 2011, which means we’ve seen a 5,233% increase in martech solutions in less than a decade.

Even in the current economic crisis and the impact it will have over the next 18 months, some martech companies may see gains. Forrester reported this month it expects marketing spend to drop 28% in the U.S. by the end of 2021, with CMO budgets losing $222 billion. And yet, Forrester predicts tech spend will not only hold, but expects data and analytics, advertising technology and marketing automation to grow by 2% — a very slight growth, but still growth.

And within all of this growth across our industry, two (what seems like) opposing realities exist, according to MarTech Conference Chair and editor of Chiefmartec.com Scott Brinker: There is a massive consolidation in platforms; and there is a massive expansion and diversification of apps.

The push and pull of consolidation versus expansion

“Everyone is surprised by how fast it has grown,” said Brinker about his Marketing Technology Landscape super graphic, “One of …

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Brooke Burdge Recognized as Jersey’s Best 40 Under 40 Marketing and Communications Professionals

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The NJ Ad Club, a leading organization of marketing and communications professionals residing in New Jersey, has recognized Brooke Burdge, VP of Marketing at Attentive®, as one of the top 40 marketing and communications professionals under the age of 40 for 2020.
Winners of the 2020 Jersey’s Best Top Marketing and Communications Professionals Under 40 Award presented by the NJ Ad Club represent the top professionals who have each had a substantial impact on the marketing and communications industry before they’ve reached the age of 40. The winners selected must embody exemplary leadership by motivating others to achieve their vision, promoting innovation, and prioritizing creativity.
Burdge has spent her career leading & building powerful B2B marketing organizations—particularly in the marketing technology space. After starting her career in marketing at Deloitte and Movable Ink, Burdge joined as the first marketing hire at TapCommerce, a mobile app re-engagement technology. The company was later acquired by Twitter in 2014, where she went on to lead B2B marketing for the Mobile Apps & Telco verticals.
In 2016, Burdge joined as part of the founding team of Attentive—a personalized mobile messaging SaaS platform that now works with over 1,000 leading brands and organizations. Burdge’s marketing sense has helped power  …

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