Coffee Anyone?

May 4, 2009
Topics soon to be discussed

The Innovation Cafe Launch

The Innovation Cafe menu is now available to anyone who’s interested.

If you live in S/E Queensland then perhaps you’ll get the chance to come along but for now let’s examine the first one – ‘Changing the Culture’ (of management) that is.

I have worked for, or managed both public and private businesses all over the world. From Melbourne, to New York, to Bangalore and Manila. But sadly the story is always the same; executive management at the top seem lost in a time warp. Caught up in the bullshit regime of corporate silo’s, bureaucracy and rear vision thinking!

Take my last employer  (a business I happen to love) – the mighty global property giant Lend Lease – a company founded on ethical and sustainable business principles by one of Australia’s greatest corporate business mavericks – Dick Dusseldorp in 1958. Since his passing in 2000 the business continues to thrash around having lost its way. Worse it lacks real leadership and a heart and soul. Don’t get me wrong there are thousands of talented – moreover exceptional loyal and devoted employees who are trying to make a difference. However unless there is a coup or a decapitation of the culture at the top, I fear nothing much will change.

No I am not all bitter and twisted… just sad because despite my numerous efforts to help no one above wanted to listen!

But more on that story another time….Australia’s corporate leaders (and the worlds for that matter) should take a page out of the Dick Dusseldorp story as it stands in stark contrast to those greed obsessed, myopic and uncaring so called business leaders (CEO’s) of today.

Leadership (or the lack of it) is to me the number one problem confronting Australian business today. Words like Love, Compassion, Collaboration, and Innovation are to the great majority of leaders – just words, as not much of that is being practiced in the board rooms within the corporations that I know.

So just where’s the problem? What can we do about it? Besides who gives a rats?

Well I do, so look for my two bobs worth later this week…