How to be Small, Timid and ‘Not so Flash’

Mr Rod Hunt1


The Conference theme is “Aged Care Services – Big, Bold and Beautiful”. In a humorous, satirical but provocative presentation I will flip the theme and describe how organisations can become, or remain, small, timid and ‘not so flash’. This contrasting approach will help make clear the lessons that must be learned if organisations want to be big, bold and beautiful! Utilising my experience and observations as a manager, industry association board member and consultant, I will outline strategies to preserve the status quo or regress further in

  • choosing Board members
  • understanding the Board’s role
  • avoiding strategy and strategic planning yet feigning interest
  • keeping out of politics
  • giving orders and promoting staff compliance
  • keeping outsiders, customers and those with new ideas in their place; and
  • setting the quality bar low

By providing unidentifiable examples and reflecting on lessons learned I will assist aged services to diagnose the habits that hold them back.  We will use the Aged Care Roadmap to find new territories and post Travel Advisor reviews as we go. My approach is sceptical, frank, exploratory and iconoclastic. I suggest that delegates will enjoy a few laughs or at least a wry smile.

Rod Hunt is currently working as a Consultant to not for profit and for-profit businesses. He is a former aged services manager, industry association Board member, Public Relations professional, Union official and teacher. Rod has been Master of Ceremonies for numerous Conferences and award functions.

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