A new era dawns - Development Beyond Learning acquired by JobReady

A post from Josh Mackenzie -  Chief Executive Officer, Development Beyond Learning September 2017 was a huge milestone. Firstly, I was privileged to spend three days with 12 extra-ordinary young leaders in New York during the UN’s General Assembly week in conjunction with ‘Virgin Unite’ and the Virgin Group – working on an incredible new initiative. More on that to come. Secondly, reaching 10 years at Development Beyond Learning was a great reminder of just how far we've come from such humble beginnings. What a ride it has been. Which brings me to my third point. On the very same day LinkedIn promptly notified me of my 10-year anniversary, our new group CEO, Marc Washbourne, presented to our global team about the new group DBL now calls home. The timing could not have been better. Development Beyond Learning has been acquired by JobReady. JobReady is a leading Australian technology company in education and employment. With the support of investment partners Pemba Capital, Marc and…

Advance Australia (un)fair?

by DBL Lead Instructional Designer, Mike Mackay In 1902 women in Australia won the right to vote and be elected to parliament. So why in 2017 are women still paid less than men for doing the same job? Yesterday, the 4th of September was Equal Pay Day in Australia. The date wasn’t randomly chosen, it marks the additional days from the end of the previous financial year that women must work to earn the same as men in Australia.  In dollars and cents terms, using Average Daily Earnings data from the ABS for fulltime employees, the current pay gap of 15.3% makes a difference of $251.20 per week.The impact this has on superannuation savings for women is catastrophic. At DBL we know that most organisations understand the need to move on from last century’s thinking when it comes to issues relating to diversity and inclusion. Many see the effects on their management and leadership pipeline. The gender pay gap is highest in the 45-54 age group at 20.0%. This is a pivotal stage in any career an…

Leading at Lightspeed with an ethical advantage – a call to action for those of us who choose leadership

by DBL Managing Director, Josh Mackenzie Let me ask you a question. As a leader, do you consider yourself a catalyst for positive change in the world? Do you consider your work a significant contribution to society? What about that of your organisation? Some of us do, and some of us don't, or we may move between. I’ve certainly been in both camps. Whether a graduate just starting out, a middle manger dealing with the pressures of being in the middle, or a senor executive yearning for something more - every action we take as professionals and leaders has a domino effect on the world around us – what do you want that to be? Our approach and decisions impact our people, our customers, our suppliers, our organisations and in the end, the world - for better or for worse. To some this as an inconvenient truth – something that has to be ‘dealt’ with and ‘managed’. Others see this as an enormous opportunity to make our work and our lives really count for something. What about you? Look aro…
Self Development Labs - DBL: We know the 'formula' for great graduate training! It's in our 'DNA'! Last week the DBL Team spent two days at a leading mass media and information firm both at their New York and London offices, training graduates on themes of teamwork, influencing and prioritisation via 'Self Development Labs.' These three themes were tested via their participation in the graduate business challenge that has also been launched today with the aid of Development Beyond Learning. The business challenge, which involves the graduates coming up with and facilitating innovative ideas to promote the brand of the firm, will take place over the next two days and will aid future strategy. Challenges like this one allow for the graduates to put in to practice their personal development training not only from today but also from the past few months, and gives them the opportunity to transfer these skills when working on a team orientated task.

DBL's Inaugural Leaders Summit - an event for thought leaders

by Lucinda Hume-Beatty Each day we wake up to new headlines, discoveries and disasters. The political, economic and social shifts that occur daily shape every aspect of the corporate world. How do we respond to climate change? Cyber hacking? Changing markets? Unstable governments? All these topics require the attention and probe the capability of Leaders. The world is moving at light speed, and businesses need to move with it.
Leaders are tasked with preparing their businesses to progress with constant change. In October 2017, Development Beyond Learning will be holding its first ever Leaders’ Summit in both London and Sydney, uniting successful and inspirational C-suite executives and senior leaders from a range of industries. Over the course of a morning, you’ll explore the need and desire to develop as leaders to grow with the world’s ever-changing political, economic, social, environmental and technological climates.  
Business Leaders of today and of tomorrow must adapt when unprece…

The Real Leadership Debate: Women, are we our own worst enemy?

by DBL Global Manager, Angela Hands

As a business leader, I never consider that my decisions, attributes, my communication style or the way I lead is because I am female.  I had the privilege to have this emphasised throughout my recent attendance to the Change Makers Rule Breakers (CMRB) Leadership program on Necker Island hosted by Sir Richard Branson and the CMRB team. Amongst our diverse group of leaders, we were never recognised for our gender, but instead for our unique skills and attributes which could contribute to support and leverage each other’s entrepreneurial businesses. Can females be their own worst enemy when it comes to stepping up into leadership roles?  I would dare to say the majority of society has a view that it doesn’t matter what gender you are, but what qualities and skills you can provide to become a successful leader.  We are fortunate that today we live in a world where there is no limit as to the roles women want to and can play. We can have it all and balance …

Advice I would have given myself when I became an accidental manager..

by DBL Sales and Marketing Manager, Jason Ward

Nick Leeson was bringing down Barings Bank, Frank Bruno was WBC heavyweight champion, Goldeneye was the latest 007 offering and The Rolling Stones “Start it Up” was the backing track for the latest Windows launch. It was 1995, and the year I was given my first major project and team to manage. I was 27, in a high growth technology company full of successful people. Teams were smashing targets, the company had recently IPO’d, and with some controversy, we were disrupting a traditional market, riding the crest of our wave. We were led by a charismatic British entrepreneur with World domination in his sights. I had the chance to raise my profile further and build a successful team. My naivety in ’95 makes me shudder. I didn’t even factor that I needed management training. I was successful in various business development and sales roles, knew the business and the market inside out. For me that was enough.  My first piece of advice to my twenty-s…