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.
A scheme like this would take the current interest in foreign investment in Penang and leverage it into creating the future that the Chief Minister seemed to be aiming for in his speech, creating opportunities for local ownership. The important thing is to change the way of thinking from traditional approaches that don’t work to innovative ways of achieving goals that delight the community.
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.
Steve Denning’s point was that while the teams he referred to operated far in advance of other areas of the organisation in terms of radical management (and in terms of results), the work to create the foundations had already started, creating the environment for success.
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.
In the 21st century we shouldn’t allow our Island-Australia Anxiety to cloud our thinking, our relationships with other countries, our business dealings and our lives. As we continue our path towards participation in the global community and in the next Asian century, we need to be wary about these deep-seated cultural ideas and the way that we express them.
Over the last fifty years, the range of key stakeholders for most corporations has been expanding. Corporate responsibility expectations are changing as a result of the influence of key stakeholders, with the consequence of potentially limiting the ability of shareholders and managers to operate in their preferred environment. In the meantime, the more traditional key stakeholders, shareholders, clients, customers, suppliers and staff, are asking for more involvement in organisational operations.
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.
What does the ‘Spirit of Australia’ mean to you? Mateship, Aussie-battlers, Courage, Honesty, Diversity and Innovation. In times of crisis, we’re told a values audit can help. Will an Aussie icon respond or simply fall prey to the same old 20th century economic growth model before sliding into the mire?
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