Bend or break – the winds of change facing business and public sector leaders

Who would have thought that within two short years we would be witnessing such profound social, political and economic change. One wonders what the next ten years holds for us? History is littered with examples of the rise and fall of civilisations. The recent backlash to globalisation has heralded the re-emergence of protectionist trade and … Continue reading Bend or break – the winds of change facing business and public sector leaders

Could Design Centred Thinking be the solution to Australia’s innovation conundrum?

  Everything in our world is touched by “design” and therefore can be redesigned, a concept like design or human-centred thinking (DCT) provides leaders with a low-risk option for moving beyond the traditional mindset of “what can’t be done." Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s Innovation Statement clearly signalled the need for Australian business leaders to rethink … Continue reading Could Design Centred Thinking be the solution to Australia’s innovation conundrum?

Death of the retail salesman

2013 has been another tough year of transition for many retailers, with major Australian retailers such as Billabong, Lisa Ho, and Payless Shoes all paying a high price for poor management decisions. The rising volume and value of e-commerce transactions has started to impact the retail property landscape, and promises structural change and pain for … Continue reading Death of the retail salesman

Big Data, Little Innovation

IT infrastructure spending has experienced a rough patch over the last few years, with many large Australian businesses slowing down their investments in new technologies. Cloud services have made inroads into many enterprise and government organisations precisely because of this drying up of internal investment in both skills and infrastructure. Big Data is one of … Continue reading Big Data, Little Innovation

Navigating dangerous retail waters

2011 has been a disastrous year for many Australian retailers and their hapless shareholders. After years of retail expansion fuelled by easy credit, consumers and retailers have slammed on the brakes. For many retail businesses, expansion is no longer a priority, and the odds are high that corporate vultures will be feasting on retail receiverships … Continue reading Navigating dangerous retail waters

Expiry dates and ROI time horizons

Job tenure has a very direct impact on leadership style and effectiveness. Myths abound regarding CEO job security, but in reality, research shows that Australian CEOs typically hang on to the job for 8 years before retiring with a golden parachute. The point at which you find a leader within their tenure has a clear … Continue reading Expiry dates and ROI time horizons