Mandandanji Limited- Communications Training March 2015


Momentum recently had the opportunity to work with three boards associated with Mandandanji Limited, one of very few joint ventures in Australia that is entirely directed, managed and funded by the Indigenous community.

Mandandanji Limited actively promotes Indigenous Participation within the resource sector and equips indigenous people to access employment opportunities by providing valuable skills training, relevant accreditations and ongoing support.

Momentum observed the board’s current practice and communication skills, identified opportunities for greater effectiveness, and from there a tailor made communications workshop was presented across two days. The focus of the workshop was enhanced communication skills with an objective of creating a highly functioning board and management group where clear communication and good decision making paves the way for the best deliverable outcomes for the Mandandanji people.

National Mediation Conference 2014 – Pathways to Resolution: The Challenge of Diversity


Over 600 delegates from around the world gathered for the National Mediation Conference September 2014, held at the Grand Hyatt, Melbourne.

Sally chaired sections of the Business and Workplace stream, and as part of this, was very pleased to introduce the session on “Diversity; Power and Rank: Hidden Causes of Conflict Development & Escalation” by Rho Sandberg, Director, CLE Consulting.

Rho spoke of the concept of RANK, which occurs when we hold higher power or rank status than another. Power can defined as “the sum of all rank held in any moment”.  Power and rank can be assessed by and result in, certain entitlements and privileges which are not shared by all people within organizations.

We also hold rank by virtue of who we are as individuals (due to personal characteristics and life experience) and as a consequence of the roles we occupy in life

Rank is contextual, subjective, perceptual, and relative – this is important to be aware of because by virtue of holding more rank than another, we lose awareness of the power and rank we have, and the risk of abuse or misuse exists. It isn’t until you experience little or no rank that you can really be aware of the impact of little rank. Having awareness is the key – we have the rank we have, it is how much we are aware of it and how we use it which is so critical.

There are four types of rank:

  1. Structural or social rank
  1. Psychological Rank
  1. Spiritual Rank
  1. Moral Rank

Rho then went on to describe what Dr. Julie Diamond talks about as “Rank Fouls”, which is a term used to describe situations where there is often unintended misuse of power in the workplace and the impact of one’s behavior on others can be negative or harmful. She provided examples of people being unaware of their rank, pretending that they didn’t have any, underestimating the impact of what they said, and not stepping up and using their rank.

If you want to read more on this, visit Rho’s blog at



Worldwork, Warsaw, Poland, April/May 2014

Arnie Mindell

I found myself faced with many responses when I told people I was going to be part of Worldwork in Poland. I was met with either glazed eyes, raised eyebrows, or envious looks. A close friend said to me …”You better get your story straight or you run the risk of appearing flaky and losing your credibility”. Knowing my experience was deep, challenging, confronting, amazing and wonderful, and definitely not flaky, I have attempted to explain Worldwork
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