October 30, 2011 1 Comment
This morning I gave a lecture at a course on leadership for sustainability and the speaker after me was Brendan Hammond who was the former head of Argyle Diamond and now chair of the Dampier Port Authority and Horizon Power.
He spoke about his leadership at Argyle that went from having almost no indigenous employees to having more than 25% – far higher than any other mining company (or any other company in Australia that I know of for that matter).
It was an extraordinary story of empowerment and leadership and working with the community in a way that creates a long-term and sustainable legacy.
It was very though provoking and timely as the City of Fremantle grapples with how to increase its percentage of indigenous employees.
Last year Fremantle Council passed a target of 4% by 2014 (we currently have a bit over 400 employees in total) which is a big jump from the very few indigenous employees we have now.
The ABC’s 7.30 report put together a small piece a few years back on Brendan Hammond work which might be of interest if you want to hear more about this.