Cracking the Diversity Conundrum

Over the Christmas break, a close friend of mine was sharing with me the challenges she faced returning to work after having her first child. Before taking leave, my friend was a highly successful sales leader for a global corporate. Like so many return-to-work-mums, my friend quickly found herself tackling the stigma and unconscious bias … Continue reading Cracking the Diversity 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

The double bind of sexism

Sexism is a cultural challenge that is entrenched in many Australian businesses. It is completely counterproductive, as many businesses are currently struggling to attract and retain talented people in a very competitive market. Women outnumber men in Australia and have high workforce participation rates. The Australian Bureau of Statistics regularly calculates the sex ratio – … Continue reading The double bind of sexism

Homeless multinationals and taxing decisions

The digital economy has generated many changes in how we shop, stay in touch with friends, and manage our daily routines. Despite this, it seems that politicians around the world are only just starting to realise that the digital world has truly changed the economy. The recent Australian federal budget was the usual mix of … Continue reading Homeless multinationals and taxing decisions

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

The demographic disaster facing public sector budgets

By and large, we expect to pay taxes, elect politicians, and abide by the laws of the day. In return we expect governments to deliver the services we want. Things like easy access to good quality education, inexpensive medical services, reliable water, transport, and help when floods or fires affect our communities. Which are all … Continue reading The demographic disaster facing public sector budgets