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The Importance of Embracing Change

 

 

Most of us are familiar with the childhood superstition so beautifully illustrated in Ruth Park and Deborah Niland’s book When the Wind Changed.  Of course we didn’t really believe that an ugly face would stick if the wind changed!  However, such superstitions betray an underlying belief that perhaps change is something to be feared.

As the new year looms closer and closer, we are all confronted by change, immersed in it, surrounded by it and – whether willingly or kicking and screaming – we are forced to participate in it.  While there is nothing new about change – it is perhaps the most perennial force in the evolution of our reality as we know it – each age and each generation is confronted with new levels and types of change.  At a broad level we have climate change, political change, economic change, technological change, and social and cultural change.  In every mass media, we are bombarded with reminders of these on a daily basis.

Restructuring has become the catch cry for the new millennium, with both positive and negative connotations and denotations.  In the past week, we have heard discussions about raising the pension age to 67, about the need to restructure the health system, about the escalating costs of housing and growing after-housing poverty to mention just a few.

All changes, whether global, national or local, impact us personally.  While there may be differing degrees of impact based on the type of change experienced and an individual’s ability to deal with change, most of us experience stress when confronted with change.  And all the rhetoric in the world about braving change, about its benefits, about the need to adapt and be resilient does not make it easier.

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Latest Statistics on Women In Leadership Roles

 

 

While the representation of women in leadership roles has progressed over the last decade, this progress has been slow. Especially within the last two or three years. The latest findings from the Australian Government Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) has revealed, that the representation of women within management roles decline with seniority. These findings are the latest to be released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics in regards to gender studies and include senior positions of non-public sector employers, the judiciary, federal and state parliamentarians and managers in the Australian Public Service.

“While women make up 48.85% of the Australian workforce only 27.4% of these women are key personnel and then again, only 15.4% of these women are CEOs or Heads of Business” WEGA stated.

Meanwhile, findings released by the These findings are the latest to be released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) at the beginning of this year in regards to gender studies painted a very similar picture:

“The Health Care and Social Assistance (37 per cent), Education and Training (36 per cent) and Administrative and Support Services industries (21 per cent) recorded the highest proportions of women CEOs, while there were very few in the Mining (3 per cent) and Financial and Insurance Services (4 per cent),” Lisa Connoly, a representative of the ABS stated.

Some of these findings come as no surprise; administrative and support service industries have always been dominated by female workers traditionally, while the mining industry has been predominantly male based.

What does become surprising (and somewhat alarming) is when you compare these leadership statistics to the overall number of women working in these industries. Career wise, women make up 42 per cent of the professional, scientific and technical services industry, 70 […]