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Amanda Woodard

Amanda Woodard is a Londoner by birth who, after working for The Guardian newspaper for 12 years, moved to Sydney with her family. When she is not interviewing business leaders or writing about education or travel, Amanda is an enthusiastic art lover and occasional wreck diver.

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Forward thinking has not been a hallmark of SMEs when it comes to succession planning.

Why you need a documented succession plan


Managers who are still honing their people management skills can present an influencing challenge for their reports.

Difficult bosses: lessons from film and TV


Companies should be using CPD as a tool to attract top job candidates, retain their best workers and identify future leaders.

Why professional development will future-proof your career


Encouraging or reawakening creativity among employees has become key to a company’s competitive advantage.

How accountants can use creative thinking at work


Parting ways with your employer gracefully and on good terms is much more beneficial for your professional reputation and career prospects.

How to quit your job and keep your reputation


There is some concern that accountancy graduates may not have the right mix of skills to thrive in this new world of work, and that the education system is not adapting fast enough to evolving real-world requirements.

Next-gen accountants: Will they have the right mix of skills?


Decades of research have consistently shown that brainstorming groups think of far fewer ideas than the same number of people who work alone and later pool their ideas.

Is there a better way to brainstorm?


Kedonganan Beach, Bali, in February 2021. From December to March (the north-west monsoon season), waste is carried to shore by strong waves. Almost 75 per cent of the 80 tonnes of garbage collected each day is plastic.

Plastic pandemic: Solving single-use plastics


One of the biggest challenges any mentor-mentee relationship faces is allocating time to step away from day-to-day work and focus on the bigger picture.

How to make mentoring successful


Learning how to thrive – not just survive – in times of rapid change and uncertainty is equally valuable for individuals and businesses.

How to navigate uncertainty