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Lessons of Kate Jenkins' Set the Standards report forgotten in discussion of Kimberley Kitching's death

By Kim Rubenstein
April 4 2022 - 7:30pm
Kimberley Kitching. Picture: Elesa Kurtz

My high school politics teacher, Pat Smith, who I have mentioned before in these pages, had a brutal adage - "two things rise to the top; cream and scum". That disturbing assessment has stayed with me as I have looked at the world around me - in workplaces or other organisational hierarchies. Whether it is an adage of enduring truth or one that can be re-engineered by the quality of leadership of those rising to the top (with an opportunity to model a new way forward) is something that has pre-occupied me since studying politics as a school girl. For there is no doubt, leadership determines the culture of organisations.



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