Thursday, 26 May 2016

SOMETHING I WROTE ABOUT AUSTRALIAN BUSINESS THAT STILL MAKES SENSE #GENEROSITY=VALUE


We must become the change that we wish to see in the world – Mahatma Gandhi

 

A good life is one that is characterised by complete absorption in what one does – Jeanne Nakamura and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

 

 

 

A VALUE-DRIVEN APPROACH

 

The next step for upping the ante in Australian business? Inspiring a VALUE-DRIVEN approach to performance, assessment and promotion.

 

In a highly regulated and stable business environment, Australian businesses (such as the banks) achieved high ROE off cost synergies and sales growth.

 

The new normal landscape in South-East Asian led growth, nevertheless, switches us to the pole of quality relationships.  

 

Employees, broadly, are going to be exposed to Asian and non-Anglo investors/customers, an evolving regulatory framework and different workplace and cultural norms.

 

THE PROBLEM

 

“You Get What You Measure”: From my experience, Australian business currently tends to measure heavily according to compliance and volume from target-driven growth. (Setting sales and profit metrics which translate down to strict sets of KPIs for individual business units).

 

This made some sense in a period of heavy inorganic expansion, with easy corporate and household credit and a stable domestic legislative framework.

 

But the new environment requires us to INNOVATE. And that means Australian employees, in order to be successful, will have to shift rapidly to customer-focussed growth and away from transaction-based growth. In this environment, ideas count.

 

Employees should optimally – and, in fact, practically – be assessed on the strength and implementation of their ideas. This requires employees to collaborate, initiate and execute creative projects in a rapidly shifting economy. There are no simple path-driven routes to success in such a fluid landscape.

 

In other words, Australian business needs to start measuring succinctly for LEADERSHIP.

 

VALUE IS DRIVEN ‘AROUND’ KPIs AND BY QUALITY THINKING

 

Though it is essential to measure targets the business sets for its staff – and through its managers – it is now critically important to assess accurately ‘how’ employees contribute to valuable growth toward their business mission.  And, equally, managers above all should be measured by how they ‘grow’ their employees in the soft skill set requisite to creative team development.

 

This necessitates business seniors “looking behind” formal results to the substance of team activity and how that drives valuable business development.

 

This conceptual target, if you will, must take precedence over the simple numbers, processes and outcomes, crucial as they are. And yes, we should be looking for ‘simple’ processes. Even childishly simple, if businesses can pull it off.

 

REWARD CREATIVE SOLUTIONS AND CREATIVE ‘SOLVERS’

 

I have to be frank, here. Australian business will need to become much more attuned to employee engagement and reward good employees appropriately. The ‘dollar and cents’ attitude to containing business overhead by saving on employee expense will soon become redundant. And possibly a liability.

 

As Montesquieu stated, ‘What cowardice it is to be dismayed by the happiness of others and devastated by their good fortune’.

 

In a War for Talent – this compound noun is capitalised deliberately – Australian business needs to prioritise the message, ‘find, grow, retain’ as a corporate mantra to avoid stagnation. Employees are themselves conduits to customers and knowledge, and as brand ambassadors provide access to new markets.

 

 

SO BE GENEROUS, GET OUT THERE AND WIN!!!!

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

THE A-G'S ROLE: ON BALANCE, BRANDIS SHOULD RESIGN







  • As LJ King (former Chief Justice of South Australia and Attorney-General himself) stated, the role in Australia is largely political: http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/journals/UWALawRw/2000/11.pdf
  • Therefore, Brandis could be expected to reflect the will of the Government of the day and of his Cabinet colleagues
  • Nevertheless, the A-G does hold unique office, at least historically, since he or she must maintain the utmost respect for Justice and encourage the perception of the due administration thereof
  • On the one hand, Professor Triggs does not sit upon the Bench of a Chapter III Court in accordance with our Commonwealth Constitution
  • On the other hand, she does discharge statutory responsibilities under the relevant legislation, and, though I am no expert in the field, I assume discharges quasi-judicial functions
  • What was most serious was the manner in which the Attorney-General denigrated Prof Triggs's performance without any objective basis that I can see for that critique
  • Were one to apply the ''apprehended bias'' test to her conduct as Statutory Office Holder under the Crown, I am convinced that no reasonable person would find any personal fault in her decision and certainly would find fault under nothing other than policy grounds
  • Disparaging thus a quasi-judicial figure, Brandis's comments, bruited by the Prime Minister himself in Question Time, were alarming
  • Reflecting, as they did, upon Chair of the Human Rights Commission - arguably our most critical non-judicial appointment - the Attorney-General and Prime Minister's attacks were deeply disturbing
  • Given his duties as Chief Law Officer, the burden of that office, that he ought command the respect of the Legal Profession as a whole and the intemperate nature of his remarks, the Attorney-General ought to resign according to the Doctrine of Responsible Government
  • Whereas responsible government is honoured mostly in the breach - if at all - in current climes, the Attorney-General has undermined confidence in his stewardship of the Legal Profession and has failed to act as conduit for the genuine concerns of the community as they pertain to the Courts and the administration of justice

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

ILLUMINATI

''It’s a strange union, this marriage of light and knots'' - Anton Desyatnikov  

POST-PRE LAPSARIAN GLAMOUR

 
''They were very proud not only of the elegant designs but of the quality of the workmanship that went into all their products'' ...