Accountability Making It Real

Accountability in business is essential but it is very hard to do well. All high performance teams make sure everyone is accountable and everyone knows what they are accountable for...

Technology4Directors: Boards need the capacity and capability to oversight technology and digital strategy

Last Friday I moderated a most insightful and highly experienced panel of Elizabeth Proust, Graeme Samuel, Doron Ben-Meir and Andrew Walduck to guide an important gathering of board members and senior executives through the complex issues facing enterprises in applying technology to achieve goals in today’s globally connected world. It was a joy to work with a panel that had decades of experience on major company boards, directing the technology and digital strategies for major corporations, regulating Australian companies,...

Profit Shifting – Unethical and Disgraceful

This month it was revealed 343 Australian and foreign companies had forged secret tax deals with Luxembourg to siphon profits into tax havens to slash their tax bills – some to nearly nothing. What happens when big multinational companies use the infrastructural benefits of one country to generate income and then park the major portion of that income in another country in order to take advantage of favourable tax laws in that low tax country? The country that actually helps the...

When Smartphones Meet Big Data

The amount of information circulating every day and that is made easily available via smartphones has created an augmented reality that has in turn created a very different way of living at the beginning of the 21 Century. This information abundance is both a blessing and a curse. But innovation is creating new services previously unimagined such as aggregating the photos and videos shot by thousands at the same major event to create a better record of that event than...

Innovating on Innovation

Last month I spoke at the AICD Company Directors National Conference in Hamilton Island on the Digital Disruption Panel where I developed the theme of Innovating on Innovation. The panel was well received and I would like to summarise those ideas in this Blog. Smart enterprises innovate on innovation to drive disruption to their markets rather than waiting to be disrupted. Each new wave of innovation builds on the previous one; people and enterprises build capacity and capability wave by...

The Death of the Salesman

In the late 1970s IBM was in full flight as the world’s most profitable company with a sales force envied by all its competitors. As a product of IBM sales training I was in New York in 1984 guiding my customer BHP on an investigation into best practice in steel information systems which gave me the chance to witness an unbelievably great performance by Dustin Hoffman in Arthur Miller’s iconic play Death of a Salesman. Miller saw his...

Is Technology a Top 10 Board Issue?

Technology has changed how people communicate, collaborate and behave, creating better ways of working, learning and living which in turn is changing how organisations can be designed. Consequent changes to the economy and society are profound. Boards of many organisations are ill equipped to meet this challenge. Just as decisions on war are too important to leave to the generals, in today’s world decisions on technology are too important to be left to the CIO and external consultants. A...

How Will Social Media Shape How We Communicate and Collaborate?

When human beings came down out of trees they had few advantages over their predators other than they could think more deeply, communicate their thoughts to each other more effectively and run for longer. It was a miracle that we survived long enough to allow us to dominate this planet. But dominate this planet we have and that has been achieved in no small part through communications technologies that develop ideas to improve our productivity which in turn gave us...

How to Fix the Copyright System

In many of my posts this year I have been calling for a radical overhaul of the copyright system for the digitally connected economies of the 21st century. The complexity of this challenge is daunting. But despite that the task is daunting it is important to describe some practical ideas to fix the problem. Those who create new things, whether that is music or memes or stories or services and establish trust should be rewarded by the society. To do...

Bringing Us Together Enabled by Technology

I just listened to Eric Whitacre conduct a choir where physically present voices were in the moment enhanced by 32 voices from 32 countries creating a cacophony of wonderful sounds that emotively, powerfully, illustrated how artists have inspired scientists to work with engineers to create something that really has the power to united us. http://www.ted.com/talks/ericwhitacrevirtualchoirlive.html Composer and conductor Eric Whitacre has inspired millions by bringing together “virtual choirs,” singers from many countries spliced together...