Who said the young are apathetic?

A certain Miss Tatiana Farley, 24 years of age, resident in Sydney, previously of Melbourne, sends out a Thought of The Day by 9.00am every day; a virtual early morning gift to nearly 1000 recipients. Some are straight up hilarious: “If you want to really know someone before you marry, set them in front of a computer with a very S L O W internet connection.”

Others are poignant and some are classic pearls of wisdom.

One in particular came through this week that showed how insightful and connected this group of early career, just out of university graduates really are. Inviting comments from her network, Tatiana posted the following:

“Today’s Thought of the Day comes courtesy of Matilda Hay who felt it was pertinent to Australia’s current political climate / life in general…”

“If you want to be popular all the time, you will misgovern.”
– Lee Kuan Yew

(Lee Kuan Yew, GCMG, CH, commonly known by his initials LKY, was the first Prime Minister of Singapore, governing for three decades. He chose to step down in 1990 to ensure a stable leadership renewal.)

It’s exciting to think that coming through our doors for interview, being hired by us and our clients, are a bunch of ‘kids’ who may well watch Housewives of LA and follow Kim Kardashian on a slow Sunday afternoon, but are politically astute, open to voicing their observations and interested in both current affairs and the lessons of the past.

Bring them on!

Anita Ziemer

Anita Ziemer is Managing Director of Slade Group and a Director of The Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas. In a career spanning roles working in government, not-for-profit, public company and the SME sector, Anita has a broad view of the landscape of Australians at work. She was Chairman of Melbourne Girls Grammar School, a Director of Kidspot through to its sale to News Ltd, and founding director of nexthire. She has B.Applied Science and an Adv Dip Screenwriting. She was Associate Producer of Summer Coda a 2010 Australian Indie feature film.

Anita has a major interest in serving the community and has held the following pro bono positions:

  • Melbourne Girls Grammar, School Council (Chairman 2011) 2009-2015
  • Melbourne Grammar School, Council’s Marketing Sub-Committee 2005-2009
  • Member, St Paul’s Restoration and Renewal Appeal 2003-2004
  • Board Member, Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia 2002-2010
  • Co-education Chair, YPO/WPO 1994, 2001-2002
  • Council Member, Christ Church Grammar School 1995-2002
Anita Ziemer
Managing Director
Slade Group
Level 7, 15 William Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
Tel: +61 3 9235 5100
aziemer@sladegroup.com.au
sladegroup.com.au

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