The Innovation Cafe

May 3, 2009

Hello and welcome to my Australia – a land very much ‘down under’ in respect to where we sit within the global innovation economy!

Undaunted, a couple of weeks ago (Monday 20th April to be precise), three committed Queensland Economic Development Mavericks – Derek Ephrem, Nick McGuire and yours truly, decided to do something about it, when we raised the innovation bar a notch for this country.

Over 200 invited VIP’s and guests attended, the first Innovation Cafe breakfast (Watch the Launch here) – hosted by Logan City Council’s mayor Pam Parker.

Australia’s leading strategic foresight thinker – Steve Tighe – (from Chasing Sunrises) provided a fascinating 45 minute insight into why the world’s smartest business leaders continually get it so wrong. Scenario planning – spot the signals before they become a trend!

Now before you start trying to Google – The Innovation Cafe’s location, let me say this isn’t about a physical place rather this is more about the metaphor which underpins Innovation – the new peer to peer collaboration model – to  get together over a coffee (or if you prefer – green tea) to discuss issues or a topic around a common interest!

This is an era of Ready Fire Aim. Its time for Aussie business leaders to Think Different!

To unlearn those rear vision lessons from the past. To look up and to look forward. To notice what’s going on around you. To recognise that people especially your most valuable asset – employees matter just as much as profits and customers.

hire the right staff as they will attract the right customers because they will deliver you sustainable profits!

Yes, change is constant and inevitable. Therefore any business success, regardless of the current GFC (global financial crisis) is entirely dependent upon the benefits it provides by matching society’s perceived needs at any given point of time. And that can change in a blink of an eye.

You either adapt or you’ll become extinct.

But not this little black duck.

Open collaboration that fuels innovation is the key.

Join me in this quest to Think Different…and watch this space!

Cheers

ozechad

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