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

Future jobs, innovation, and productivity

The tax forum last week managed to garner a lot of media attention, but I suspect the only outcome anyone will remember was yet another political promise - a higher tax free threshold for personal income tax. In the media confusion of the inevitable political point scoring, missing invitations, and rent seeking - it was … Continue reading Future jobs, innovation, and productivity

Climbing the value chain

Many Australians seem to take the rise of China for granted. With an enormous pool of inexpensive skilled labour, and mind boggling infrastructure investment programs - it is easy to come to the conclusion that China is different. There are plenty of business analysts that tout the need to shift production to China, underpinned by … Continue reading Climbing the value chain

Planning innovation

The business of running government is always complicated, with multiple stakeholders to satisfy, conflicting priorities, and intense scrutiny of spending. Make any innovation in service delivery, and you can be sure lobby groups will pressure opposition hopefuls into promises to neuter the changes. Tackling these problems within government agencies requires a serious effort of leadership, … Continue reading Planning innovation

Life on the bleeding edge

Now perhaps I am a being elitist - but it seems rather depressing that in Australia, we consider a website with a shopping cart a sign of innovation. I guess it all comes down to your definition of innovation, and how low you feel you need to set your standards. In a week where politics … Continue reading Life on the bleeding edge