Change think­ing: fu­tur­ist

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Footy Finals 2015 -

DUR­ING a short trip to Western Aus­tralia, fu­tur­ist David Martin con­cluded that Western Aus­tralia would need to em­brace a cul­tural shift in think­ing over the next 10 years.

The US-based busi­ness ex­ec­u­tive re­cently took part in the Lead­er­ship WA’s Leader in Res­i­dence pro­gram and spoke to a room full of alumni of the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s sig­na­ture pro­gram.

Dr Martin said WA had al­ways been fo­cused on pro­duc­ing com­modi­ties and that com­mod­ity-sourc­ing en­ter­prises build them­selves into high re­spon­siv­ity but do not neces- sar­ily have high vi­sion.

“There is a par­tic­u­lar so­cial view that one takes when you are es­sen­tially push­ing com­modi­ties into the global mar­ket and typ­i­cally that means you have to be re­spon­sive, and ul­ti­mately be­holden, to things that live out­side your con­trol,” he said.

“One of the chal­lenges for Perth and Western Aus­tralia is to take a step back and say rather than hav­ing peo­ple dic­tate to us what they need, I think the real chal­lenge and real emer­gent prop­erty around lead­er­ship is around let­ting cre­ativ­ity grow.

“I think cul­tur­ally there needs to be a shift and that is pos­si­ble. But it brings about some in­ter­est­ing iden­tity is­sues be­cause when you have had to be rel­a­tively con­ser­va­tive to be ac­com­moda­tive of the sup­ply chain, there is a huge chal­lenge as peo­ple need to move into vi­sion­ary lead­er­ship roles from what has tra­di­tion­ally been func­tional lead­er­ship.”

Lead­er­ship WA chief ex­ec­u­tive Robin McClel­lan said Dr Martin was an in­no­va­tor, com­mu­ni­ca­tor and cat­a­lyst and his in­sights would deepen the dis­cus­sion of the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s theme of nat­u­ral re­sources and sus­tain­abil­ity.

Lead­er­ship WA chief ex­ec­u­tive Robin McClel­lan with fu­tur­ist David Martin.

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