In­no­va­tion for in­spi­ra­tion

Business First - - ED­I­TOR’S DESK -

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

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