Here at The Yield, we try to remain on point at every turn. Part of that is sticking to our guns and avoiding clichés, idioms and buzzwords like the plague.

Admittedly, a few might slip through to the keeper now and then, but we’ve done our best to steer clear of one dirty little phrase in particular at all costs – “unprecedented times”.

We made that decision when we realised it was flying round quicker than we could say Jack Robinson during the pandemic.

But it wasn’t just because of our anti-cliché policy.

The main reason was a philosophical one. We’re not overly religious or fatalist at The Yield and generally agree that everything that happens in the future is entirely dependent on what happens in the present. So that means every moment in time is somewhat unprecedented. Which means we’re always living in unprecedented times. But the point is not to get drawn into a philosophical conversation about time, which is a relative concept after all.

It is to admit that after lengthy and sometimes heated debate in the newsroom, we’ve agreed to amend the anti-cliché policy and allow the term to be used in special circumstances. It is indeed an unprecedented move, but we’ve realised we are living in unprecedented times.

Not because there’s another global pandemic raging just yet (and if there was, to be fair, it would hardly be unprecedented).

What does seem to be unprecedented is the global economic situation. The economy really doesn’t know if it’s Arthur or Martha.

We’re not numbers people at The Yield, except when it comes to the cost of our coffee or trying to reconcile some of the less responsible journalists’ expense accounts (someone signed up to multiple streaming services on the company card under the guise of “keeping their finger on the pulse of the news” but couldn’t adequately explain how Netflix, Binge and Kayo quite met the brief).

But as word-orientated as we might be, we are equally as perplexed as many of our less numerically challenged friends about how we can be on the precipice of a global financial meltdown, facing ongoing interest rate rises and seeing the derriere drop out of the housing market, all while there are more jobs than people to fill them, wages are on the up and up, and the rental market is tighter than a fish’s…derriere.

If wages are indeed going up, and there’s “unprecedented” demand for rental properties, even if interest rates do keep rising, why aren’t those that are seeing healthier pay packets sinking their extra hard earned into investment properties? And if the answer is that there are none available, shouldn’t the housing market be flashing its “kiss my derriere” tattoos in all directions, Braveheart style, as prices keep heading skywards?

Such questions are beyond our realm of understanding, but they do point to one essential thing – the need for quality leadership to get us through these unprecedented times.

And that is a very longwinded way of getting to the point. Because this issue of The Yield is very much about leadership, with insights from some people who are good at it.

The general consensus is that leadership is a multifaceted thing, like an octopus but with better supporting structures.

According to the leadership and culture experts at Keogh Consulting, it’s about all sorts of intelligence – emotional, spiritual, technical and…hiking. Well physical intelligence actually, but it was put through its very literal paces in a recent hiking expedition run as part of Keogh’s Extend leadership program. KATHY SKANTZOS slipped on the metaphoric walking shoes to find out why. READ MORE

While she was match fit and traveling on the leadership train, we figured there was no better reporter than KATHY SKANTZOS to dig a little deeper into the lessons learned by gun business founder Chris Smith on his journey from frustrated sportsman to one of Australia’s best financial advisors. READ MORE

Then we turned to our leadership expert, KATHY SKANTZOS, to discover what gets Invictus Energy’s Zimbabwe-based Country Manager Barry Meikle out of bed and off to work each day. And it’s not just a strong cup of coffee. In fact, one of the key motivators is the social good that comes from operating within the local community. READ MORE

Speaking of doing good, one of the things that many leaders attribute to their success is having the right mentors. It’s something that was especially valuable to WesTrac General Manager of Operations Danielle Bull. And it’s led her to pay it forward – so much so that she was recently named 2022 Mentor of the Year at the Women in Industry Awards. She talks to MARISSA TADDEO (not Kathy Skantzos) about her journey. READ MORE

Still speaking about social good, and more broadly about leadership across the ESG spectrum, LUKE DERBYSHIRE (no relation to Kathy Skantzos) got chatting to Winsome Resources Managing Director Chris Evans about the big benefits for the lithium hopeful of being located in Quebec, Canada…including the ability to rely on renewable energy to power up operations, when operations are ready to be powered up. And for global battery markets, alongside the lithium that Winsome aims to provide, renewable inputs to create it are a vital ingredient. VIEW VIDEO

That’s the extent of this bumper edition of The Yield. We hope you comb carefully through every written and spoken word, regardless of the author, and we look forward to bringing you more of the hard hitting but entertaining commentary next time we hit the virtual news stand.

Happy reading in these unprecedented times!

Ed