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Research And Resources

We love the work you do and we are here to help you to continue to change the world.

In a time where a social licence to operate is more important than ever before, we wanted to support the sector by showcasing the benefits of working in a kind and sustainable way. Our goal is to demonstrate that the application of kindness in the right way results in a company doing well.

Our research is undertaken in partnership with Macquarie University Graduate Management School. We are looking for more companies and leaders who are working hard at working kind to take part in this project.

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COVID Killed the Traditional Workplace. What Should Companies Do Now?

read about how executives can’t expect office life to be as it was. But they can create a new work world that will keep employees happy and productive, say Harvard Business School faculty members.

 On This COVID anniversary, be kind- and breathe

“The anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic is a time to reflect, remember and give thanks for those who cared for the sick and those who created vaccines.” Read more.

Want to know which super funds perform best? Check if there are women at the top

Read now how small gains in annual returns making a big dollar difference in retirement, new research suggests you should look for super funds with female leaders if you want a bigger nest egg.

50 game-changing women of Australian music

Read about the artists who shifted the needle in our local scene

Cover Story: Leaders say diversity programs expanded during COVID. McKinsey report suggests otherwise – Which-50

Read more on how diversity sits at the core of business sustainability programs. However, with the huge global economic upheaval ushered in by COVID-19 there were genuine concerns that many programs would be unwound, or at the least frozen.

Five female CMOs discuss the future of branding at Siegel+Gale roundtable

Read more on Siegel+Gale’s 8th annual International Women’s Day CMO panel celebration explored the future of branding from a female perspective.

 

‘Be Kind We Care’ initiative launches to property industry

Read about the ‘Be Kind We Care’ initiative to promote kindness and wellbeing within the property industry.

Leading women reveal the ridiculous reasons they were denied positions and promotions

Read more about women across  Australia corporates and their  wants to see an end to ridiculous excuses like, “There’s no point promoting you. You’re just going to run off and get pregnant”.

International Women’s Day 2021: How female leaders are leading the way with compassion and kindness

Read more on what we refer to different leadership traits between man and woman. Whenever I look at a digital word cloud on leadership what gets thrown up are different elements that define leadership between the genders

As Your Team Gets Bigger, Your Leadership Style Has to Adapt

The core principles are the same, but the day-to-day changes a lot.

B Corp month: The ethical and sustainable brands to know

Read about making ethical and sustainable swaps with these B Corp certified companies, including Patagonia, Innocent Drinks and TOMS.

How Kindness Fits Into a Happy Life

Read now about  this new analysis of decades of research shows that when we are kind to others, we are healthier and happier.

Mercer Australia on LinkedIn: See how leading companies are driving reinvention in 2021

Read more on Hot off the press, Australian-specific talent trends are at your fingertips.

 

Harvard Business Review on LinkedIn: How Great Coaches Ask, Listen, and Empathize 

“Coaching is about inspiring people to do their best. It’s also about challenging people to come up with answers on their own” Read more now.

The Research We’ve Ignored About Happiness at Work

Read about how  our respective places of employment doesn’t always make you more productive.

Shark Tank’s Daniel Lubetzky on the 5 mistakes every entrepreneur should avoid

Read more on how the billionaire KIND bar creator shares some of his best business advice.

Workplace Equality Improves When Women Mentor Men

“Mentoring typically sees a senior person supporting a junior colleague, but new research shows that when senior women mentor more junior men it can help to reduce inequalities in the workplace”

How to Create a Culture of Kindness in the Workplace

“February is Random Acts of Kindness Month and it’s a great time to encourage goodwill and appreciation in the workplace – with no agenda other than to spread some unexpected joy, says top UK rewards and incentives specialists Appreciate, home of Love2shop”

Three Values That Will Define Successful Leaders In 2021

Read  about how Edward Tuorinsky, Managing Principal of DTS, brings two decades of experience in management consulting and information technology services.

Why Great Employees Leave “Great Cultures”

Does your company practice what it preaches? Read about the three elements to a culture: behaviors, systems, and practices.

Telstra launches neurodiversity hiring pilot

“Telstra already has a number of neurodiverse employees among its Australia-wide workforce and Potocki said they had been instrumental in helping to inform the program and drive better diversity and inclusion within the company.” Read more on how HRD speaks to the telco about its inclusive new program.

The eco-friendly search engine that wants to kill Google with kindness

Read more on how Ecosia is a non-profit search engine that bills itself as the anti-Google.

Out Leadership Launches First-of-its-Kind Summit on Board Diversity, Releases New Research on Board Diversity Impact

This report shows how new research shows the significance of LGBTQ+ representation on boards and highlights current barriers to entry for out LGBTQ+ leaders.

The secret to entrepreneurial success rests in kindness

“There are many different factors that contribute to a thriving business. Entrepreneurs know that they typically need knowledge, experience, resources, marketing strategies, innovative ideas, and competent staff to achieve success. But there’s another factor that is equally important and often overlooked that can do wonders for your business: kindness”. Find out more in this article.

The Sustainable Development Goals Are Good for Business

The Sustainable Development Goals celebrated their fifth anniversary last September during a year that caused progress towards most of these goals to slow down, stop or, in many cases, reverse. Read more on how a crisis is an opportunity to re-evaluate our priorities.

3 Effective Tips On How Women Can Be More Assertive In The Workplace

“Instead of advocating for themselves, women remain silent, stretch themselves thin by always saying yes, bend their boundaries for others and do things that don’t make them happy”. This article gives 3 tips on how women can be more assertive in the workplace.

Deloitte’s young talent to help direct positive social change

This article introduces Michelle Li and Grace Steedman, the new Young Voice Directors for The Deloitte Foundation.

2021 Is a Tipping Point for Female Leaders

This article explores relational leadership and will 2021 be the year that leadership becomes feminine?

What does great leadership look like in 2020?

“As the COVID-19 crisis continues to disrupt organisations, the time has come for employers to up their leadership game.” – John Hilton. Read more on what this looks like in 2020 and beyond.

Mindful Leadership Practices For Busy, Distracted Leaders

Mindfulness improves resilience, the capacity to collaborate, and the ability to lead in complex conditions. This article dives into how you get started and the benefits.

Be Kinder to Yourself

Mindfulness improves resilience, the capacity to collaborate, and the ability to lead in complex conditions. This article dives into how you get started and the benefits.

The Web as random acts of Kindness

Feeling like the world is becoming less friendly? Social theorist Jonathan Zittrain begs to differ. The Internet, he suggests, is made up of millions of disinterested acts of kindness, curiosity and trust.

The Perfect Gift: Australian Social Enterprises to Support this Christmas

The holiday season is upon us! This article lists Australian social enterprises to buy the perfect Christmas gift from.

 

Australia’s gender equality scorecard

Each year the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (‘WGEA’) publishes the annual key findings from the reporting data in the WGEA Gender Equality Scorecard.

The Scorecard includes the latest figures on the gender pay gap, industry comparisons, women’s workforce participation, women’s representation in leadership and emerging trends in employer action.

8 Best Positive Psychology Podcasts To Give A Listen

Looking for a new Podcast recommendation? These podcasts on Positive Psychology aim to make you laugh and encourage you to live your life on purpose.

Christmas campaigns wrap 2020 – who wins COVID Christmas?

Enjoy these feel good Christmas Campaigns to cap off a challenging year for consumers amidst a recession.

Gender Equity Starts in the Home

Read more from Harvard Business Review on how if men genuinely enact equal partnership at home, it accelerates gender equality at work.

Unilever explores four-day working week

Consumer goods giant Unilever plans to test a four-day working week in New Zealand, giving staff a chance to slash their hours by 20% without hurting their pay.

5 Ways You Can Help New Managers To Become Better Leaders

Read this article for five ways you can help new managers become better leaders to create an organization that thrives.

To Improve Your Team, First Work on Yourself

Learn how even a small shift in mindset will directly impact behaviors and can have a significant positive impact on an entire team.

Be a Better Ally

The Harvard Business Review explores how to be a better ally. This starts with individual leaders’ taking responsibility for their own attitudes and behaviors.

Organisations say they want to create a workplace that treats Indigenous people and   equitably. The Conversation discusses the results of the first large-scale survey of the experience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people at work give plenty of food for thought.

How Kindness Spreads in a Community

A new study finds that when we witness kindness, we’re inspired to be kind ourselves. Does this ring true to you?

Acknowledging the impact of status and class is a vital piece of the gender equality puzzle

From Women’s Agenda – an interesting read on the impact of status and class is a vital piece of the gender equality puzzle.

 

What stops us from being kind?

Read this article on kindness and what stops us from being kind, along with the benefits.

What women want: survey shines light on workplace culture in NSW public sector

Interesting research and results according to the Public Service Association’s What Women Want survey. The union’s first ever large-scale survey of women in the state public sector polled more than 5000 members during the first-half of 2020. Read to find out more.

How Leaders Can Open Up to Their Teams Without Oversharing

Harvard Business Review on why finding the right balance between sharing and oversharing is important.

NAIDOC Week 2020: Always Was, Always Will Be

NAIDOC Week is an annual event celebrating the culture, history and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Though usually held in the first week of July each year, due to COVID-19, NAIDOC Week 2020 has been postponed to 8-15 November. Read this article to learn more about the event and some of the ways you can celebrate in your community. 

The Importance Of Soft Skills In A Post-Pandemic World

“If the Covid-19 pandemic has taught us anything, it is the importance of knowing what matters most in our lives, personally and professionally. For many business leaders, it is not so much about what we can achieve, but rather how we want to act in the world”. – Forbes

Good Leadership Is an Act of Kindness

An interesting read from Harvard Business School.”The pandemic has challenged managers as never before, but one powerful leadership strategy is being overlooked, say Boris Groysberg and Susan Seligson: Be kind”.

Early Insights from Sector-First Study Expose Alarming Sector Burnout

This article from Social Change Central explores the early insights from the RESET 2020 National+Need September Survey on sector burnout.

Common Misconceptions About Social Enterprises

Do you know exactly what a social enterprise is and what they do? Read this article to find out more and the common misconceptions about social enterprises.

Are CEOs the new politicians?

“Global CEOs are speaking out against perceived injustices on social, political and environmental issues. Could this new wave of corporate political activism sway events like the US election?” – Article by Bambuddha Member Debbie Haski-Leventhal

How the Best Bosses Interrupt Bias on Their Teams

The Harvard Business Review explores how, as an individual leader, you can make sure your team is including and making the most of diverse voices?

Learning from lockdown: facing a crisis can strengthen our resilience

“That sense of expectation and desire for the future you’re feeling? It’s hope! Now is a great time to pause, reflect and look forward to the future”. – Oranges Toolkit

When Should Your Company Speak Up About a Social Issue?

The Harvard Business Review explores when a company should speak up about a social issue with three questions to guide your approach.

Gender equality could accelerate fintech post-COVID-19

Read more on how a digital transformation reshapes how finance operates and an opportunity for greater equality is at hand.

Why We Need Empathetic Business Leadership Post-Covid

An article written by Bambuddha Coach Puck Algera on why empathetic leadership so important right now.

Meaningful Work Insights by Beaumont People

One of our partners, Beaumont People, undertook research and surveyed over 1000 people to ask them what makes work meaningful to them. Check out this interesting report to find out what we need to help provide better engagement at work, and therefore overall wellbeing as a nation.

Download the Whitepaper

Download our latest whitepaper from the Corporate Kindness Project. Read case studies from companies who are working hard at working kind…..

Members Choice Book Recommendation

Check out this book recommendation from Bambuddha Member Mariane Power: Fulfilled – How The Science Of Spirituality Can Help You Live a Happier More Meaningful Life

Members Choice Podcast Recommendation

Listen to the Revisionist History Presents: The Happiness Lab with Dr Laurie Santos

Return on Action Report

Atlassin pose the question ‘What do you think the responsibility of business should be on important societal issues?’

Download the report ‘Return on Action’ the new social contract report for businesses to understand the views of one of the most important stakeholders of business – the employee workforce.

Whitepaper Leadership 4.0 – New Leadership For Disruptive Times

The Innovation Beehive have spent time up close with the Leaders of some of the most successful organisations in the world and observed what they are doing to succeed in disruptive times. Check out the Five Key Practices of Leadership 4.0, outlined in this White Paper.

Seeking Responsible Leadership Report

This report showcases responsible leadership for a sustainable and equitable world – in collaboration with Accenture.

‘The study represents the first stage of a multi-year initiative between the Forum of Young Global Leaders and the Global Shapers Community, in collaboration with Accenture, to create a new framework for responsible leadership and to help organizations cultivate environments in which it can flourish”. – Accenture

How Purposeful Kindness Can Make You A Better Leader Article

This article is a great read from David Sturt and Todd Nordstrom on how you can be a kinder leader.

Connect, Then Lead Article

By Amy J Cuddy, Matthew Kohut and John Neffinger asks the question Is it better to be loved or feared?

Being kind to others does make you ‘slightly happier’ Article

From the University of Oxford “Researchers conclude that being kind to others causes a small but significant improvement in subjective well-being. The review found that the effect is lower than some pop-psychology articles have claimed, but also concluded that future research might help identify which kind acts are most effective at boosting happiness”.

There is Strength in Kindness: Why Leadership Matters

This article discusses why ‘Kind’ Leaders are good leaders along with 5 things that Kind Leaders do well.

The Hard Data on Being a Nice Boss Article

Emma Seppala asks – “There’s an age-old question out there: Is it better to be a “nice” leader to get your staff to like you? Or to be tough as nails to inspire respect and hard work?

 

The Happiness Track Book from Emma Seppala

Learn from Emma how to apply the science of happiness to accelerate your success.

 

Why Leadership – development programs fail Article

By Pierre Gurdjian, Thomas Halbeisen, and Kevin Lane. Read how “Sidestepping four common mistakes can help companies develop stronger and more capable leaders, save time and money, and boost morale”.

 

The Power of Kindness from Hall & Partners

Kind leaders shaping the future. This whitepaper ‘provides further compelling evidence that kindness has a positive impact on organisational culture and performance. Working with the Saïd Business School, Hall & Partners have taken the insights from their work and combined them with our own research, pulling together an insightful and thought-provoking booklet for the Women of the Future programme’.

2020 B2B Thought Leadership Impact Study

Read this study by Edelman and LinkedIn, as they collaborate to investigate the impact of thought leadership on business generation. ‘This year’s survey results reaffirm that companies with the best ability to produce timely, thought-provoking thought leadership content are much more adept than their competitors at capturing their customers’ attention and turning that attention into positive results’.

Industry Review – Employee Engagement & Corporate Responsibility

From Your Cause & Blackbird – this report will inform you about trends, insights, and benchmark data often used to analyze a company’s employee engagement and corporate social responsibility program.

What keeps 600 CEOs awake at night during this global pandemic

This article by Harvey Mackay explores the results from Harvard Business School as they surveyed 600 CEOs recently and asked them what keeps them awake at night during this global pandemic.

Kindness Research Briefing

This article explores ‘what do we mean by kindness?’ and the benefits that come with it.

Seven positive outcomes of COVID-19

“From recovering ecosystems to new ways of learning, there are silver linings to the global pandemic, writes Professor Debbie Haski-Leventhal of Macquarie Business School”.

The Science of Kindness

Watch here for scientifically proven benefits to being kind! “It is contagious, teachable, and makes you feel all fuzzy inside”.

Brands are speaking out on Black Lives Matter. How are consumers going to respond?

This article explores how “Backing protesters is divisive; backing small firms is not. What brands shouldn’t do: stay silent”.

Welcome to the ‘Great Awakening’

From the CNN – “In the wake of George Floyd’s killing, the Movement for Black Lives — already a massive global force — has succeeded in birthing a phenomenon infinitely larger than itself. It can only be called a “Great Awakening” of empathy and solidarity, one without historical precedent”.

Impact2020 Wraps Up

This online webinar series for the Australian for-purpose sector – has now wrapped up. The recordings of each webinar, covering a range of social impact topics are also progressively being released and are available on CSI’s YouTube channel.

The best HR & People Analytics Articles of May 2020

David Green shares 15 articles which ‘demonstrates one of the silver linings of the crisis – a significant increase in the quantity and quality of writing on people data inspired content”.

How Rabobank Uses Continuous Listening to Understand Employee Sentiment During Covid-19

This article includes several insights on how to create a healthy balance between sending information, listening to employees and making fast improvements based on employee feedback.

How to Do Strategic Planning Like a Futurist

Harvard Business Review explores just that – how to do strategic planning like a futurist.

Harnessing Uncertainty: How to Prosper in the Unknowable New Normal

What is the new normal? Dave discusses this and more in this article, exploring how businesses can prosper.

To emerge stronger from the COVID-19 crisis, companies should start reskilling their workforces now

Mckinsey explores why adapting employees’ skills and roles to the post-pandemic ways of working will be crucial to building operating-model resilience.

Does Growth Mindset Actually Work?

“Proponents of this principle say people can improve if they just believe. But it’s time to separate positive intention from scientific proof”.

Diversity and Inclusion Efforts That Really Work

This article from Harvard Business Review explores diversity, equity, and inclusion and what is actually working.

 

How Covid-19 is accelerating the Future of Work

David Green interviews Heather McGowan, as she discusses why Coronavirus might also be the great catalyst for business transformation and accelerate the future of work. What previously was expected to develop over the course of several years is instead unfolding before our very eyes in the course of a few months”.

We’ve got your back – Simon Sinek

Simon shares his experience on ‘the willingness to serve’ and a ‘#MindsetMoment’ about what it means to truly be there for each other.

Youth Sense Report

Find out the top 20 social & environmental issues Gen Zs are worried about. “As Gen Z leads the world into a new decade of heightened consumer awareness, this report reveals how they want these problems to be tackled head-on for the betterment of our society and the environment” – Youth Sense

How the Dutch are reshaping their post-pandemic utopia

Check out this video on the Doughnut model, an emerging economic model trying to shift our focus from constant growth to balance and wellbeing.

Can you lead with kindness?

Kindness Rules undertook research to reveal the key traits of kind leaders. Do you know a kind leader? Why not nominate them for this year’s initiative sponsored by Lloyds Banking Group?

7 Podcasts to Add to Your Playlist That Talk Diversity

Diversity Inc lists seven podcasts to expand your understanding of diversity and its importance across all aspects of life.

Atlassian just told employees they can work from home permanently, following Twitter and Facebook

Read this article from Business Insider as Australian software giant Atlassian will no longer require its employees to return to an office everyday for work even after the coronavirus-related shutdowns end.

Business leaders must instil kindness for Covid-19 recovery

“A new survey conducted by Hall & Partners of 1,500 global employees, has found that harder characteristics are most important when displaying kind leadership in a crisis. The findings demonstrate how courage changed from the least to the most important characteristic, when comparing a crisis to ‘normal’ work scenarios.” – HR News

Grow Your Business: With Kindness

Learn how you can grow your business with kindness. This article shares some ways you might consider to help implement a kindness contagion in your company.

Three Ways Business Leaders Can Become More Empathetic

Forbes shares how as a Business Leader you can become more empathetic by putting yourself in someone else’s shoes.

Double-edged workplace ambition: Good for men, bad for women

This article explores workplace ambition and how to abolish the stigma against women in leadership.

4 Ways Workplaces Can Improve Employee Well-Being During COVID-19

How can we thrive in the new normal? Here are four suggestions from Talkspace for how workplaces can improve employee well-being during COVID-19.

87% would stay at an organisation if it commits to employee wellbeing

Research by Yulife is explored in this article on the topic of employee wellbeing.

Catapult Your Leadership Now: Why Mindfulness Is The Mother Of All Leadership Skills

Read this article by Forbes on why mindfulness is the mother of all leadership skills.

A Generation of Changemakers

Read how Australia’s CQUniversity has committed to embedding social innovation education and practice across the entire curriculum.

The Best of Social Impact: Must-Read Articles of the Month (July 2020)

Social Change Central list their top article recommendations of Social impact, entrepreneurship, and innovation – if it’s interesting news, you’ll find it here.

Now Is The Time To Become A More Compassionate Leader

Forbes explores building a Compassionate Business Culture and how this will create a more balanced and happy environment.

A specific kind of leader will see success during this pandemic, says Brené Brown

Brené Brown explores why it will be courageous and curious leaders that spur on successful teams, and reap the productivity rewards too.

Top Workplaces 2020, small business

Not every company explains its workplace culture using words like kindness and heart – read how PCI does.

Do Women Make Better Leaders In A Pandemic? Don’t Trust The Data……

An interesting read by Forbes on Women in Leadership – in a pandemic.

 

A small gesture of kindness can go a long way

Some kind tips everyone can do, to help make a difference in just one person’s life, no matter how small the gesture might be.

Dr. Jill Biden shares personal side of husband with themes of unity, faith and kindness

How can we unite a family, and a nation? Read this article for Dr. Jill Biden’s take on the matter.

Harsh Goenka’s #WednesdayWisdom post is all about kindness

“Business tycoon Harsh Goenka often takes to Twitter to share inspiring posts which impart important life lessons which we can all abide by. His recent #WednesdayWisdom post is no different and it talks about the power of kindness. The post also details how in our everyday lives we can show acts of kindnesses, as no matter how big or small, such actions never go waste” – Hindustan Times

Diversity in academic leadership: the gap at the top

This article explores how despite all of the affirmative action policies and unconscious bias training at universities, something is still amiss.

Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation announces this year’s #BeKind21 Campaign

“Kindness punk” Lady Gaga is again urging people to be kind, via her Born This Way Foundation. Click to read about her #BeKind21 Campaign.

Sustaining productivity in a virtual world

This article shares five ways to help people and businesses stay productive and thrive in the post-pandemic world of work.

Leadership Development Influencer Issues Call-To-Action For Corporate Leaders

“With Leaders Deserve Better, Mackin takes a hard look at the modern corporate leadership landscape. She describes an environment populated with ill-prepared leaders with low emotional IQ, who destabilize their workforce and their business by failing to put people first” – Forbes

How to Build a Resilient Tomorrow

Social Change Central explore how to make sure your social enterprise is in the best position to not just survive but thrive well into the future.

 

 

Getting Better Audit Tool

“Many organisations claim they “welcome everyone” or “treat everyone the same” regardless of who they are, how they identify, or their culture, religion, gender or sexuality. But the reality is they haven’t measured just how inclusive they really are. Australia’s largest LGBTQ health organisation, ACON, offers a FREE inclusion benchmarking tool for employers, sporting groups and the health and wellbeing sector” – Our Community

Resilience, empathy and good communication: vital skills for managers

Read this article on how new research has found that resilience has emerged as being particularly important since the outbreak of COVID-19.

Resilience, empathy and good communication: vital skills for managers

Read more on how new research has found that resilience has emerged as being particularly important since the outbreak of COVID-19.