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With the Christmas period approaching and the impending ‘shutdown’ upon us; many leaders are grappling with the thought of letting go, winding down and ultimately checking out. At Change2020 we too are often enslaved to our digital technologies but are very supportive of #digitaldetox and the overwhelming health benefits that this provides leaders and employees. In a recent article published in “The Conversation” it is a growing trend that people are seeking “digital free” holiday destinations in remote areas to force their hand and put down devices.  So aside from a trip to a glacier on Alaska’s icy shores, with the knowledge of so many different mediums to use for contact-WhatsApp, Instagram and even Facebook- the question is “How does one embark on a “digital free” summer?

Here are 3 quick tips to help you go “dark” this festive season:

  1. Plan to Unplug

In our world of smartphones and WIFI, work can still find you, even in the middle of Christmas lunch with the in-laws. Modern connectivity is a double-edged sword: you’re always connected. It’s hard to break the habit of checking in regularly – who hasn’t quickly excused themselves to check their email during a Christmas cocktail party?

Tip #1- Have a plan in place to keep yourself offline. Maybe that means physically leaving your devices behind like Richard Branson does when he goes on his “inspiration vacations”.

Tip #2- Get a colleague to change your email and social media passwords and let the team know you are out of range this holiday. Let them know in advance that you won’t be available for the “emergency text”.

  1. Appoint a point person

According to a recent Forbes article, the only true way to disconnect is to “entrust a point person and empower your team.” From sole proprietors to serial entrepreneurs, business chiefs are cutting loose by planning, putting trusted people in charge, automating email and social media posts, traveling to distance time zones and essentially turning off electronic devices.

  1. Indulge your lust for learning  the ‘old school way’

In our continually changing world, one of the most important skills for a leader to have is the ability to adjust his or her thinking.  Whether it’s as deliberate as attending a class or program or more manual like intentionally reading about current events or topics in your field, give yourself the mind space and ability to expand your knowledge. The trick here is to be organised as you will not be ‘learning on line’ if you are to truly detox.

This festive season, don’t forget to give yourself something too. It may seem selfish, but in focusing on bettering yourself as a leader, you directly and positively impact your employees and your organisation–in fact, it may be the best gift you could give them too.

The best part of taking time away is the opportunity to break your daily habits and routines. When you’re attached to your devices, chipping away at the same problems every day, grinding out to-do lists, it’s hard to get in the mindset for real creative thinking.  We at Change2020 are hoping this Christmas you can embrace the holiday spirit, relax, detox and recharge for 2019.

Inside the Black Box: Mergers and Acquisitions

With start-up culture thriving and businesses needing to constantly evolve and think on their feet, Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) have become more appealing than ever. Nevertheless, they can present a unique set of challenges on many levels. Under this landscape, two businesses are forming into one entity (merger) or one business is purchasing and taking over the other (acquisition.) The appeal and challenge is in the newness of absorbing a competitor or rebuilding and conducting business optimisation on operations to maximise efficiency, productivity and profit. The fear is in the unknown and the vast desire to move quickly. The answers are all inside the black box.

Where do we find the information we need to make the decision? What do we disclose to the buyer? How much do we share to the potential acquirer? When do we give out the secret sauce?

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Leading change in a world of transformation

As the buzzwords of innovation and technology continue to grow, the desire for change will continue to evolve. The standard roles and systems will continue to be taken over by newer technology and automation. But the hunt for skilled and evolving workers will not end. Those at risk, are those that are not developing and embracing the change.

Imagine a few of the most successful and “busiest” leaders; how do you believe they spend their time? Bill Gates, one of the richest men in the world, read one book a week during the most demanding time in his career. Warren Buffett spent 80% of his time in reading and creative thinking throughout his career. You may be asking yourself, why?

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Let’s Talk Trust

As a consultant with Change2020, I work with a range of different leaders, in a variety of industry sectors.  Some of the challenges they are grappling with are different, but one thing they are all focussed on is fostering trust.  While it is easy to write and say, it is something that takes time to build and no time to erode.

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The Future of Work remains, as always, a hot topic. Organisations are starting to understand how technology and digitisation enables people to work smarter, faster and see change as the new norm. As experts in Change and Transformation, we see many organisations simply not considering or preparing for The Future of Work; avoiding or ignoring the changes is not a viable strategy; organisations must be willing to adapt to this changing landscape.

The Future of Work contains several key elements affecting our traditional workplaces – in this article we discuss three of these. The first being the question and discussion around the impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI), the automation of our jobs and whether there will genuine and valuable work for humans to do. The second is what human skills and capabilities will be required such as emotional intelligence and creativity. Thirdly, changing models of work and work environments with the rise of freelancing, the gig economy and the increasing demand for flexible working patterns for employees.

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Unexpected Outcomes

When going on holidays, most of us have some kind of plan and or things we would be interested in seeing; experiencing or doing.  At one extreme, some people plan their holidays with ‘laser precision’ – organising daily accommodation; restaurants and activities.  While others may know the towns or cities they will visit – and that’s about it. Whichever approach, travel leads to both expected and unexpected (my favourite) outcomes.

Unexpected outcomes also come about when we are coaching individual leaders. When coaching an individual, we often start with a diagnostic [to gain data], and as an input to the development objectives.  During the six to 12-month coaching program we work with the individual to ensure that development objectives are met (if not exceeded).  And often, the coaching program leads to unexpected outcomes.

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“Organisational culture is essential to the success of any business. In the early childhood education sector, it is particularly important, as parents know that their children will benefit from a positive culture.

Often, we think of culture and leadership from an internal, human resources perspective, but given the way it influences service provision, customers often take organisational culture into account when selecting a business. Culture affects employees – both positively and negatively, and when deciding what centre to choose for their family, the most important factor influencing parents is the quality of educators, which means focusing on organisational culture in childcare is the basis of being customer-centric.”

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This report explores the changing landscape in Australia’s Aged Care industry. Since the start of the Living Longer, Living Better initiative in 2012, the aged care industry has been transforming into a market-driven economy dictated by the consumers. These consumers comprise the ever-increasing aged population and their children, who now have the freedom to direct their funds to whichever service is most suitable and delivers the best customer experience. Competition is the future of aged care services and now is the time for businesses to consider the best way to change and transform their operations from a not-for-profit focus to a not-for-loss focus, so they can offer the best product and remain relevant.

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Change. Is it really as good as a holiday?

The age-old saying “Change is as good as a holiday” is one of those quotes you hear often and it can be applied to different contexts. As management consultants, we see the opportunity change can offer and believe there are many positives that can be achieved from embracing new opportunities and embracing something different from your normal routine. The simple of art of making a change has been proven to increase your wellbeing and make you genuinely happy which is the main reason why we all love holidays. Inspired by one of our Change2020 team members holidays to the Grand Canyon we explore paradigm of this saying and we just couldn’t resist using this fantastic shot of this mule to do it!

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Over the past 10 years, technology has advanced in leaps and bounds, revolutionising whole industries. Now, technological and mechanical innovations promise big things for Agricultural Industry in particular. In the current edition of Australian Sugarcane, Kerryn Fewster (Change2020 Director), shares insights on how to embrace uncertainty and the key messages to deal with change due to digitisation and the future of work within the Agricultural Industry.

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