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Fit for the Future – Local Government Forum

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Fit for the Future Forum Fit for the Future – Local Government Forum By Ravi Fernando The state government in NSW has initiated a reform process starting with the ‘Fit for the Future’ submissions that all Councils were asked to prepare and submit by the end of June just passed. The next stages in the […]

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Sydney Excellence Leadership Course

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Thrive Plus is partnering with Learning Horizons to run an Excellence leadership course in Sydney from 26-28 August. The three-day training event will be led by Helen Hardcastle – a reputed Excellence practitioner and trainer. Helen is the Managing Director of Learning Horizons and has over 20 years’ experience working with organisations across the private […]

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Reflections on ‘Big Data’ and the implications for Quality management

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Martin Andrew is Quality Manager for URS Australia, part of AECOM, the world’s leading engineering, environmental and construction services company. Martin is also National President of Australian Organisation for Quality Inc. This paper was developed from a Café Quality discussion that Martin led in Adelaide on 17th June. The Café Quality discussion drew heavily on […]

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Using Data to Understand the Long-Term Effects of Advertising

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Clare Fernando is the Managing Director Research, Data and Analytics for Dentsu Aegis Network (DAN), a global leader in providing best-in-class expertise and capabilities in brand, media and digital communications services. Clare heads up DAN’s business effectiveness brand – Data2Decisions – in Australia. Whilst all organisations strive to achieve sustainable long-term business growth, it is […]

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Create a Culture of Innovation

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Denise Button is founder and principal consultant of Colourful Language, providing strategic communications around innovation, culture change and business excellence to a number of organisations Australia-wide. Innovation is not a rare quality inherent in a lucky few; it’s a way of thinking and behaving—and it is an organisation’s job is to foster the right culture […]

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The Innovation Imperative

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In October last year I was fortunate enough to attend the Business Excellence Global Conference in Singapore as a guest of SPRING Singapore. One of the hot topics at the conference was innovation. Speaker after speaker spoke about the innovation challenge faced by their organisations and explained their efforts at promoting innovative thinking. I also […]

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Entrepreneurship for Innovation

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Dr Fernando is a published author and a retired Professor currently living in Sydney, Australia. He has dedicated his professional career to research, teaching and dissemination of knowledge. In his retirement he continues to be a social, political and business commentator contributing to media in Asia and Australia. In the present Australian economic environment a […]

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Register Now! 2015 Australian Organisational Excellence Awards

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The 2015 Australian Organisational Excellence Awards (the Awards) Event will be held at Doltone House Darling Wharf in Sydney on 07 October 2015. The Event will bring together senior managers and executives from organisations from diverse sectors in Australia. Along with the presentation of the coveted Australian Organisational Excellence Awards, attendees will enjoy the keynote […]

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The Future of Local Government

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Last week I attended the LGMA (Local Government Managers Australia) National Congress in Darwin. I was among more than 300 delegates and was privileged to lead two sessions about Smart Cities and the newly launched LG Excellence Awards. It was an interesting Congress with the future of the sector being hotly debated and the state […]

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“Fit for the Future” Breakfast

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Please join me and other Local Government executives at this breakfast discussion at the Novotel Sydney Olympic Park on Friday 8 May 2015 from 7:45am to 9:20am. Thrive Plus is hosting this breakfast to enable NSW Councils to learn from the WA reform experience. Thrive Plus partner and owner of Learning Horizons – Helen Hardcastle […]