Managing through disruption is pointless without a strategy. For many organisations, basic survival is likely to be the key strategic goal for the rest of calendar 2020.
The writing is on the wall. Leaders who fail to consistently deliver outcomes relating to workforce and team diversity are likely to face a lot more scrutiny, and pressure to lift their game.
Trying to be all things to all customers is a widely used corporate services strategy. It is a recipe that leads to under-performance and disatisfaction.
The world has looked on in horror as huge tracts of Australia have been destroyed by flames this summer. Australian TV news started to pay serious attention in early November 2019. As shocking video footage of huge firestorms emerged, the world started to notice and become alarmed, as ash started falling on New Zealand, and … Continue reading Australia’s bushfire crisis underlines need to shift gears, from crisis management to strategic response
The velocity of geopolitical, social and economic change shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon. Transformative shifts are underway throughout major economies and will have profound ramifications for current and future leaders. It appears that the leadership skills and traits of the past are failing, and a very different set of skills will need to … Continue reading Leading in 2030, what will it take?
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
In the world of business, today’s leaders exist in a Darwinian fight for survival, where high rates of change and uncertainty are the key pressures determining their future. Using Darwin’s theories, you might say that in business, it is not the strongest that survive, nor the most intelligent, but those most responsive to change. The … Continue reading Why Performance Management Systems Fail to Deliver Better Performance
The new federal government has been remarkably silent on the state of the economy since winning office. I suspect most Australian business leaders are now simply relieved that the relentless media reports of “economic crisis” have ceased, and are thankful that the quotes are now being turned back, both economically and nautically. In this void … Continue reading Profiting from Poverty
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