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Lisa Wade, chief executive of Digital X.

Why this CEO worries about WFH and ChatGPT

DigitalX boss Lisa Wade has several tools to get through stressful situations. She takes “a few breaths”, taps her watch, or presses her feet into the floor.

  • Sally Patten and Euan Black
Jamie Dimon, chief executive of JPMorgan Chase.

The board coup that blindsided Andrew Liveris

In this extract from “Leading through Disruption”, Andrew Liveris reveals how an attempted boardroom coup delivered a hard lesson.

  • Patrick Durkin
Andrew Liveris, for BOSS

Andrew Liveris hits back at Joe Aston

The former Dow CEO is in charge of Brisbane’s 2032 Olympics, but has found time to write about his life, reflecting on his corporate battles and critics.

  • Patrick Durkin
The photo shared by AirAsia chief Tony Fernandes after he “endured an 18-hour flight”.

AirAsia chief criticised for shirtless massage photo on LinkedIn

“Got to love Indonesia and AirAsia culture that I can have a massage and do a management meeting,” Tony Fernandes said in the now-deleted post.

  • Anthony Palazzo
Sydney Swans CEO Tom Harley says understanding your priorities will help you make better decisions.

How Sydney Swans boss Tom Harley makes the right decisions

Getting your priorities in order is critical when it comes to making decisions. Sydney Swans chief executive Tom Harley’s key priority is his family.

  • Sally Patten and Euan Black
Steven Gregg will retire from his director role at up-start financial services player Challenger Limited and has announced plans to retire as chairman of the Lottery Corporation.

Steven Gregg to succeed Westpac chairman McFarlane

The chairman of Ampol will take the top board seat at Westpac from next month and will be leaving his post as chairman of Lottery Corp.

  • Lucas Baird
Sarah Derry, chief executive of Accor in the Pacific, likes living with a bit of chaos as it “breeds creativity”.

Why this CEO avoids email and shuns morning routines

Living with a bit of chaos breeds creativity, says Sarah Derry, CEO of Accor in the Pacific.

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  • Sally Patten and Euan Black
Tax Inspector-General and Tax Ombudsman Karen Payne.

Meet the top tax bureaucrat who can’t stand liars

Tax Inspector-General and Tax Ombudsman Karen Payne talks about what big law can teach the APS and her love of Ennio Morricone, in our public servant Q&A.

  • Ronald Mizen
NAB’s Angie Mentis will leave NAB after 17 years at the end of the month.

NAB veteran Angela Mentis retires, changing CEO succession race

The bank has lost a second senior executive this year, with its data and digital boss following former CFO Gary Lennon out the door.

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  • James Eyers

‘Be yourself, and if you don’t fit in, then move’

Alinta Energy chief executive Jeff Dimery tells Sally Patten that when he makes a decision, he assesses the consequences of not making it.

  • Sally Patten


Steve Donohue is the chief executive of Endeavour.

Endeavour accuses Mathieson of misleading shareholders about performance

The company’s largest investor has warned value was being destroyed due to mismanagement of the sprawling pub and liquor retailing business.

  • Kylar Loussikian

Why AMP’s CEO turned down PwC’s partner program

Alexis George works by the mantra that if you don’t love something, get out. In our latest podcast she shares her tips for dealing with conflict and making tough decisions.

  • Sally Patten

Why being a nurse and working for Kevin Rudd changed Steven Kennedy

The Treasury Secretary shares his defining career moments, best advice, love for alternative Australian music from the 1980s in our public servant Q&A.

  • Ronald Mizen
Transurban CEO Scott Charlton will run Australia’s biggest infrastructure asset, Sydney Airport, from December.

Charlton move shows private capital is coming for shiny ASX bosses

Transurban boss Scott Charlton is a big fish in a small pond. Going to run Sydney Airport will take him away from the ASX boards, but not from the public’s view.

  • Anthony Macdonald

Three enduring leadership lessons from singing in the Vienna Boys’ Choir

Peter Santiago joined the world-renowned Vienna Boys’ Choir when he was 11. He chose not to pursue music professionally. But some lessons have stuck with him.

  • Euan Black
AFR education editor Julie Hare.

Why one university stands out

University of South Australia leads the ‘upstarts’ on the move.

  • Julie Hare
Sukhinder Singh Cassidy.

What failure taught this CEO about risk-taking

Sukhinder Singh Cassidy, chief executive of Xero, says workers can end up ahead after a career setback. She answers our CEO Q&A.

  • Tess Bennett

Get leadership tips from the top in our new podcast

Listen to how senior business leaders rose to the top of corporate Australia, how they lead large teams and how they maintain their energy levels.

  • Sally Patten
BHP is focused on its highest quality hard coking coal mines in Queensland.

BHP reshuffles Queensland leadership, brings in NSW coal boss

His predecessor at the mining giant’s challenged division. Mauro Neves, left the company to conduct a pilgrimage. Adam Lancey will take over on November 1.

  • Peter Ker
Interim Newcrest boss Sherry Duhe says Christine Morris was wise to exit Fortescue.

Fortescue executive was ‘very wise’ to quit, says rival mining boss

Interim Newcrest chief Sherry Duhe has assured Christine Morris she did the right thing in leaving the miner after just two months.

  • Peter Ker