CoreNet’s Symposium in Sydney was a great success – with engagement around wide ranging topics including workplace and the next generation, technology, innovation and productivity. Activity based working (ABW) and a paperless office is becoming a reality, delivering improved communication and productivity to those companies that go down the path, In our own case, Jones Lang LaSalle has seen much greater collaboration between departments having implemented ABW in our Sydney and Canberra offices and this is positively impacting our business.
We are fully aware we need to understand how the cloud, social media and a new workplace is going to change our business practices.
We should avoid taking any existing practices that may not work and making them fit to these new enablers. Instead we should take it as an opportunity to challenge and reinvent.
Considering innovation, does a centralised environment, like traditional headquarters, really lead to the most innovative environment in a globally connected world? Or is being close to your customers and understanding their pain points the key to successful innovation?
The measurement of productivity is a common discussion point, and one I believe will be at the forefront of many businesses in the coming months. If productivity is the output of growth divided by the input of growth – the real question we need to be asking is what is contributing to the output of growth? There are many complexities that arise when trying to put in place measurements of productivity including the quality of our inputs and the changes that occur over time in them, the need to adjust them accordingly?
In a concluding thought to a great day – moving forward, we need to think big, think new and think quick.