Tag: Business


Moving beyond innovation hype

Moving beyond innovation hype and hyperbole

Is the hype and hyperbole around innovation threatening to disengage the very people it’s seeking to motivate? It’s true that some organisations need to innovate with urgency, but not all. Equally, while big business has a role to play, leadership by government and young businesses is equally important. With a little evidence-based insight and critical thinking, the chances of innovation success can be substantially enhanced....

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Australia's innovation plan 2030

What does Australia’s innovation plan mean for business and you?

Australia now has a national innovation plan. But it’s not just guidance to government. It provides important signals to business and individuals. Action matters, but so does timing. Businesses large and small must overcome complacency to act now, adopting a deliberate approach to innovation for growth. Equally, individuals should question whether their employer and skills are fit for the very-near future. On 30 January 2018,...

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Ants have become the most successful terrestrial macro-scale species this planet has ever seen on account of their highly coordinated social organization, an ability to modify habitats, exploit resources, and defend themselves.

Are you the leader you need to be? How’s your adaptive capacity?

In times of tough market conditions and endless change, might a safe, process-driven approach to organisational leadership actually be counter-productive? Being nimble and adaptable – having adaptive capacity – is arguably more critical. But what does this mean for leaders, boards and investors? Change makes most people anxious, particularly when it happens in their workplace. Yet change is all around us. It’s either happening to...

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Dream data decision process

Realising the dream

A new paper from Innergise shares valuable insights relevant to any business or program manager. It describes the DREAM process – an elegant approach to shaping decisions and the supporting data that will drive real progress.   As the potential grows to collect and analyse ever increasing amounts of data, business and program managers would do well to first consider how their information needs are being...

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Managers barriers to progress

Is it the best we can do? Barriers to progress on productivity

Lazy, insular, complacent – words used to describe the state of enterprise in Australia. Harsh words indeed, but are they right? Anatomy of Opportunity In my last article (here) I described the Anatomy of Opportunity. It highlights the opportunities for government agencies and businesses alike to unleash greater productivity, innovation and return on investment. I highlighted three practical, value-creating actions: Engaging people from a wider...

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Problem solving practices

The anatomy of opportunity – three key practices to unleash progress

Here’s three key practices, drawn from years of practical experience, which can shift the way you perceive and solve problems, unleashing real progress. Let’s quickly recap In my previous two articles (here and here) I explained why growth and value creation need to come from innovation, investment and improved workplace practices. It’s a formula that public and private sector leaders now agree upon. I also...

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Catalysing success. 1 - Engaging the productivity fix

Engaging the productivity fix

Are you leading a business, government agency, program or project and feeling the pressure for greater productivity despite the complex, uncertain environment? Do you have a nagging sense that working business-as-usual harder won’t get the results expected? What if you could enhance productivity in an engaging way? Australia is not well positioned If I challenged you to describe the current state of politics, markets, government...

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Reframing for success

Reframing for success

A skilled and fresh set of eyes, employing insights from behavioural science, can trigger powerful shifts in business performance. But normally it’s only those prepared to rock their own boat that will reap the rewards. “I’m really unhappy in my job. I’m working hard and people want me in this role but, to be honest, I’m not that good at day-to-day operations management. I don’t...

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When ‘soft stuff’ is the hard stuff

When ‘soft stuff’ is the hard stuff

Community opposition to new developments is incurring project delays, increased operational costs and substantial write-downs in the value of business assets, much of which might be avoidable. Why this is and continues to occur needs to be examined. A lack of emotional intelligence could be a root cause. As Australia slides off the back of the mining investment boom it needs new investment and engines...

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