It seems that growth has become confused with getting bigger. Enron kept getting bigger and bigger. Where are they now? It’s not that hard to set some higher numbers, to call them growth targets and design a way to meet them. It is much harder to focus on real growth, the evolution of an organisation that wants to create a long term, sustainable future.
The framework to take the decision to outsource elements of your organisation’s operations has changed in the 21st century. The long-term consequences of outsourcing without considering the very foundations of organisations are becoming more apparent. The real problem with outsourcing is “fracturing”, the splitting of what should be integrated parts of the organisation.
Drucker made it clear that leaders, managers, academics and researchers in the fields of organisations, management, communication and change need to challenge the very foundations and assumptions of their work. Roddick said “we went looking for employees, but people turned up instead.” The starting points for all organisations are people and values.
The evidence demonstrates that increasing the involvement of women has markedly beneficial effects on business, both short and long-term. Therefore you would think that Boards and senior management teams striving to do the best possible thing in the interests of the company and shareholders would be clamoring for much greater participation on Boards and in senior management for women.
It is important that as Australia creates its strategy for the Asian Century we realise we are well beyond the transactional relationships that apparently continue to occupy the minds of those in government, business and media. Australia needs to work hard to move from the little lot down the road to become part of Asia’s back yard.
I would love to set up the modern equivalent of an ancient concept – a space for dialogues that allow us to challenge our own concepts, create and define our real values and philosophies, and better understand the power of diversity. I would love to set up a Google+ circle that allows a number of excellent business thinkers and leaders to ask each other questions and respectfully listen to each other over months and years as we take the voyage of exploration through this complex world
In the Asian century, business as usual is not enough. Because what we know clearly is there isn’t a single aspect of government policies and national planning that won’t be touched by the great changes to come. Food security and foreign investment, immigration and education, stock market structures and financial regulation, energy policy and environmental standards.
The Leader’s Beacon is a very useful, thoughtful and practical contribution to the field of leadership. Professor Mick Dodson AM, Director – Australian National University (ANU) National Centre for Indigenous Studies and Australian of the Year 2009
“This surprisingly refreshing book has given me a different perspective on approaches than can be non-threatening, more flexible and meaningful to audiences within less open cultures. I’d highly recommend it as a hand book to anyone who is looking to make himself or herself relevant as a leader.”
With Michelle in China for three weeks talking to and working with local businesses, it seemed appropriate to identify a possible route into international business opportunities for small and medium businesses (SME). SME are faced with a problem when looking at off-shore possibilities – the big competitors have the infrastructure, numbers and resources to tap [...]
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