The work­place puz­zle

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Busi­ness First con­trib­u­tor Jack Delosa writes: “en­cour­age busi­ness lead­ers to de­fine the vi­sion, mis­sion and val­ues of their busi­ness. Then, em­ploy and nur­ture team mem­bers that are nat­u­rally, and pas­sion­ately, aligned with those qual­i­ties.” Jack is re­fer­ring specif­i­cally to women in the work­place, how­ever the sen­ti­ment is uni­ver­sal and it is re­flected through­out many of the ex­ec­u­tive pro­files in this is­sue. Take Yum! Res­tau­rants In­ter­na­tional MD Tony Low­ing for in­stance. The staff he has man­aged from Aus­tralia to Latin Amer­ica and the Car­ribbean have all had two cru­cial things in com­mon: a nur­tured pas­sion for the busi­ness and a feel­ing of in­clu­sive­ness. Tony says, “We al­ways talk about the fact that we are a peo­ple busi­ness. We em­ploy large num­bers of peo­ple... and we put a huge amount into train­ing them. Through this we can en­gage with peo­ple and cre­ate an en­vi­ron­ment where they en­joy com­ing to work... We make sure that it’s as fun and en­joy­able as pos­si­ble and we give peo­ple the op­por­tu­nity to grow and progress within the en­vi­ron­ment.” As do GJ Gard­ner, NZ’s largest home builder fran­chise. MD Dar­ren Wal­lis takes the ap­proach that if the fran­chisees are grow­ing, so too is the busi­ness as a whole. For Dar­ren, it is about giv­ing fran­chisees the right sys­tems to help them achieve their goals. “It is re­ward­ing to see a small builder fol­lows the sys­tems and be­come suc­cess­ful. We have had builders who have been fol­low­ing our sys­tems and within a few years they are the big­gest builder in their town.” I won’t harp on any longer about this, suf­fice to say that the way you nur­ture staff and give them the tools to grow within the or­gan­i­sa­tion is im­per­a­tive be­cause their suc­cess in­forms your own. Also in this is­sue we speak with Steve Shel­ley of Emer­son Power about tech­no­log­i­cal trans­for­ma­tion and the NBN, train man Howard Collins who has brought Lon­don Rail and Syd­ney Rail into the 21st cen­tury, Sharon Me­lamed ex­plains dis­rup­tion in the re­cruit­ment industry, Greg Steele gives us insight into ar­chi­tec­ture, Richard Malouf talks about fam­ily busi­ness and John Zendler gives us the lowdown on mod­u­lar con­struc­tion. Th­ese are all great lead­ers, with in­sight­ful sto­ries to tell. How­ever the one that res­onated most with me this is­sue was Leanne Warner. Leanne is the the CEO of Syd­ney Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal Foundation. It is a re­ward­ing, but dif­fi­cult role as she must un­der­stand the needs and pri­or­i­ties of the hospi­tal and then match those with fund­ing. “It is al­ways chal­leng­ing to fundraise and the num­ber of non-prof­its emerg­ing is on the in­cline. There are smaller foun­da­tions who set them­selves up ev­ery day of the week, but our brand is well known and we have le­git­i­mate needs which peo­ple recog­nise.” How­ever with more and more non-prof­its emerg­ing, the fight for dol­lars be­comes in­creas­ingly hard. It is there­fore im­per­a­tive to sup­port a cause and if you are not do­ing any­thing on 22 Oc­to­ber head to the Ar­gyle on the Rocks in Syd­ney for the Am­ber Af­fair and pledge some sup­port.

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