Innovation for inspiration
Steve Jobs once said, “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” William Pollard takes a more indepth approach, he said, “Without change there is no innovation, creativity, or incentive for improvement. Those who initiate change will have a better opportunity to manage the change that is inevitable.” Australia is undergoing inevitable change. The country has endured more political upheaval than we care to remember – all in the space of just a few short years.
However what has come of it is a current Prime Minister who espouses the good virtues of innovation. Whose key platform is to drive the country forward by instigating an innovation boom.
While we wait for the possibility of an early election and the probability of a double dissolution, we hope the government hasn’t taken its eye off its innovation initiative.
Speaking with Minister Christopher Pyne, it would seem that this platform is still high on the agenda.
In our exclusive interview, Mr Pyne explains the intricacies and drivers surrounding this current government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda. His views go hand in hand with several of this issue’s innovators. Many are currently enjoying success in the tech sector. They include the subject of today’s cover story, James Osborn, whose team of technicians has perfected the golf swing.
What’s that you say? Yes, you read it correctly, the perfect golf swing.
Then there is Laura Ruffles who has implemented technologies at Corporate Travel Management (CTM) that have perfected the corporate travel experience. Imagine a seamless trip from flight, to airport pick up, hotel stay and meetings. All managed to the point where you don’t even realise you are being managed.
Gavin Scholes is the CEO of Telstra Phonewords. The lobbying he did to bring his innovation to bear would have the most reasonable of men tearing their hair out. However, the years Scholes spent pushing for government support, has led to many businesses benefitting from a simple, yet effective phone technology.
At Blamey Saunders bioscience is front and centre and could have enormous medical benefits.
Of course, it is not just in technology where innovation is occurring. At Serco, they are coming up with innovative public services for government and private sector institutions. At EPI, a high-level innovation is occurring in the field of emotional intelligence. At Assure, they are helping businesses by offering unique support to employees. Our HR Company is passionate about success through people and focus on working with companies to help them connect people to the business journey and turn corporate strategy into action. And at Executive Coaching International they are finding ways to inspire relationships.
As you will see, innovation has inspiring effects and we hope they inspire you.
Finally, if you thought the mining boom was over, think again. While it is too soon to say that mining will once again be the economic driver it once was, there are companies such as the Bob Vassie led gold miner St Barbara that is proving critics of the industry wrong. St Barbara was close to the wall but managed to dig itself out of a hole, by digging a little deeper into itself and its capabilities.
This is a jam-packed issue of Business First, so grab a cup of coffee, put your feet up and come with us for the ride. Jonathan Jackson Jonathan Jackson Editor, Business First Magazine