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Workplace culture - Leaving the party while it's still fun.

This week’s podcast features an interview with Tim Davenport, the Director of Fundraising & Sponsorship at OzFish Unlimited. 

Tim spent a significant part of his career as a senior executive in the media. After a period of stability, the organisation changed constantly and rapidly. That involved a succession of mergers, acquisitions and takeovers – each coming with change and a clash of workplace culture. His insights for leaders dealing with change (so all leaders!) are invaluable.

Workplace Culture – The Good, The Bad or The What-The?

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Words of Authenticity

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Worth The Time

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Interview Summary

Our interviews aim to be conversational, so they aren’t always linear. These are the main points, roughly in order.

  • The experience of sitting in a boardroom making decisions that affected other people’s lives
  • Helping people get comfortable being uncomfortable
  • Communicating to team members about change
  • Conveying clinical decisions in humanistic ways
  • Being the guy who has to deliver decisions that were imposed on you
  • Stay mentally healthy as the leader delivering challenging messages
  • Taking time out in a busy leadership routine to reflect and learn
  • A strategy to have your partner be a sounding board without making home a place where the stresses of work derail the rest of your life
  • A story of delivering bad news with incredible humanity
  • When people thank you for taking away their jobs
  • The first Uber Eats? And how visionary leadership transformed the outcomes of a basket case
  • Taking a year off (paid work) and growing as a leader and as a human
  • Leaving the party when it’s still fun
  • The greatest success as a leader – growing others
  • The importance of an excellent mentor


The debrief–what we learned from Tim and his experience with workplace culture

For Kirralea, Tim’s willingness to sit in the uncomfortable while he worked out his next moves was the standout.

Simon enjoyed the humanity Tim brings to uncomfortable situations – he doesn’t avoid the difficult things but he approaches them with compassion, empathy and a concern for people’s dignity.

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Thanks to our Podcasting producer, Josh at Deadset Podcasting for all his work behind the scenes.