Fascism has dipped itself in salted caramel and called itself a lollypop

Proponents of the far-right are rejoicing as voters the world over give them a hearty lick of approval. Just like giant salted-caramel lollypops, this formerly unappealing flavour of political creed is now officially everyone’s favourite taste sensation. By the simple act of plunging into a pool of populism, adding a few heartfelt sprinkles of common man and a dusting of ‘wasn’t life great in 1950’ nuance; Trumpsters, Brexiters, One Nationers and, heaven forbid, Alt-Righters, have become the mother of all Masterchef desserts — and incredibly, hardly anyone saw it coming. While the usual su...
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How Toyota is future-proofing its innovation reputation

Dmitri Colebatch, Toyota
What do a former elite rower, a car that runs on water and an award-winning IT transformation have in common? Plenty, as it turns out. Dmitri Colebatch has a history of high achievement. In a former life he represented Australia as an elite rower for nine years, notably winning silver in the Men’s Pair at the 1998 World University Championships in Croatia. These days, his focus is above the waterline but is no less strenuous. As Toyota Australia’s Corporate Manager Solutions, Dmitri has played a key role in helping the business shape and implement ...
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5 ways a balanced scorecard can help you nail your business strategy

Balanced scorecard, Vietnam style
“You can’t manage what you don’t control, and you can’t control what you don’t measure.” So said American author and software engineer Tom DeMarco, and at the risk of mangling our metaphors, we’ll add, “if you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it”. Anyone who’s ever developed a business strategy for their organisation will likely be nodding in agreement about now. Many will have joined fellow executives and board members at annual company ‘strategy retreats’, somewhere exclusive and out of town, and helped create three, five or even ten-year strategie...
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5 hacks for attracting the best IT people to your business

Tips for attracting staff
Anyone trying to run a business, especially an IT business, will know how tough it is to compete with the big guns when it comes to attracting – and keeping – quality staff. There’s a perception in the industry that big business offers better job security, pay and career advancement opportunities – and with good reason – it was once true. But several years of highly publicised mass layoffs in once resilient industries like mining, manufacturing and technology, mean old perceptions no longer apply. Our own industry has been n...
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3 essential success factors of business transformations (and a rookie mistake to avoid)

Transformation factors
Transformations can make or break a business. Anyone who’s been responsible for rolling out a major IT overhaul or implementing a cost reduction program will have battle scars to prove it — but with good planning and sound strategy it doesn’t have to be a painful exercise. As you’d expect there are lots of elements that need to come together to get a transformation right, but in our experience, these three factors are the most critical. #1 Ensure management and board have skin in the game Witho...
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