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Are you and your organisation prepared for a world where creativity is considered among the top workplace skills?

Dr Irena Yashin-Shaw PHD - Thursday, April 21, 2016

In January the World Economic Forum released its 2016 report entitledThe Future of Jobs: Employment, Skills and Workforce Strategy for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. In it they suggest that by 2020, creativity will be third on the list of top ten workplace skills. Over the last few years there has been a plethora of research demonstrating the importance of creativity in the workplace. In 2010 IBM’s global report calledCapitalising on Complexity identified creativity as a core leadership competency. In 2011 The Society for Knowledge Economics Australia produced research that showed that high performing workplaces have leaders who  ..

The Socially Intelligent Leader

Dr Irena Yashin-Shaw PHD - Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Today’s innovation age requires leaders to think differently about how they bring out the best in people. The leader of the future is the leader who asks rather than tells, who mentors rather than directs, who requests rather demands and collaborates rather than commands. As with so many other shifts taking place today, there is a fundamental shift in what constitutes good leadership i.e. the kind of leadership that brings out the best in people and creates a high performing workplace. Let’s conceptualise the evolution of leadership as follows: Leadership 1.0: "I'll tell you what to do." This is the traditional style of ..

The role of innovation in Australian High Performing Workplaces

Dr Irena Yashin-Shaw PHD - Sunday, November 01, 2015

Why are some workplaces simply more profitable and productive than others? What are the hallmarks of high performing workplaces? Do you work in a high performing workplace? Would you like to help create a high performing workplace? The answers to some of these questions are found in a ground-breaking Australian study conducted by The Society of Knowledge Economics called “Leadership, Culture and Management Practices of High Performing Workplaces in Australia.” In High Performing Workplaces (HPWs) profitability and productivity were most strongly and significantly correlated with leadership and innovation. It is hardly surp ..

What’s The Difference Between Leading Innovation And Leading FOR Innovation? Which One Is More Effective And Why?

Dr Irena Yashin-Shaw PHD - Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Leaders who have come through my innovation programs are very familiar with that question and the many reasons why leading FOR innovation is the holy grail of leadership. It is all well and good to be the leader who drives innovation, who provides the passion, the energy and the know-how to implement innovation in the workplace. It can also be a wonderful ego boost to be seen as the champion of innovation – the ‘go to’ person who makes innovation happen. However no matter how committed to innovation one might be as a leader – eventually you will burn out or lose focus or momentum if you are doing it on your ow ..

Why We Should All Think More Like Arts Graduates

Dr Irena Yashin-Shaw PHD - Monday, September 28, 2015

Arts degrees have increasingly fallen out of favour in comparison to more vocationally oriented degrees. There a perception that an Arts degree is the ‘poor cousin’ to degrees such as business, engineering, architecture, law, accounting that articulate into specific professions. Yet Arts degrees nurture the very skills and capacities that help people to be good leaders and productive workers in a VUCA (Volatile, Unpredictable, Complex, Ambiguous) world. Their course of study is ideal for developing the very skills that contemporary workplaces are crying out for - critical thinking, effective communication, emotional intelligen ..

The Health Benefits Of Engaging In Creative Thinking?

Dr Irena Yashin-Shaw PHD - Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Creative thinking can actually be good for the health of our brain and our heart! Benefits for the Brain Engaging in good creative-problem solving can actually help release the brain chemical called dopamine which helps us to feel good and think better which is why engaging in creative activity can feel very rewarding and prepares us for good learning. When you have an ‘Ah-ha moment’ you actually get a little squirt of dopamine which is a pleasant experience. All of us have had the wonderful experience of suddenly getting the flash of insight or inspiration. For example a creative activity that I frequently engage in ..

The Role of Innovation in Australian High Performing Workplaces

Dr Irena Yashin-Shaw PHD - Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Why are some workplaces simply more profitable and productive than others? What are the hallmarks of high performing workplaces? Do you work in a high performing workplace? How could you create a high performing workplace? The answers to some of these questions are found in an Australian study conducted by The Society of Knowledge Economics called “ Leadership, Culture and Management Practices of High Performing Workplaces in Australia.” (Full report at http://industry.gov.au/skills/SkillsForIndividuals/Documents/SKEHPW.pdf) In High Performing Workplaces (HPWs) profitability and productivity were most strongly and si ..

Why your business should go global!

Dr Irena Yashin-Shaw PHD - Friday, September 13, 2013

There are some compelling reasons why your businesses should be thinking global if you are not already! Recent European Commission research found that: Companies that trade internationally generally produce better financial results than those focused on domestic markets. Internationally active SMEs "create more jobs, growing an average 7 per cent per annum compared to just 1 per cent for SMEs without any international activities" SMEs with a global strategy "are more innovative, with 26 per cent of internationally active SMEs introducing new products and services compared to just 8 per cent of domestically focused businesses."  ..

Innovation in a Nutshell

Dr Irena Yashin-Shaw PHD - Tuesday, April 23, 2013

This is the super shorthand version of the content we cover in a day in the Innovating to Compete in a Global Economy workshop. 15 Key Messages. We live in the innovation age. Innovation is essential – that is a given. If you don’t think so then ... I hope you and your employees are ready to retire. Not only is innovation essential but you need to be innovating faster than your competitors. Think global! Businesses with a global focus grow faster and innovate faster than domestically focused businesses. Competing on the basis of innovation offers an alternative to competing on the basis of price and quality. Our definition of i ..

Australia – The Lucky Country! But are we the Clever Country?

Dr Irena Yashin-Shaw PHD - Thursday, June 21, 2012

Australia has long and often been referred to as the Lucky Country. And for good reason. We have a great standard of living, abundant natural resources and we live peacefully in a multicultural society. And now our latest stroke of luck is to be located right next to ‘growth central’, that is, we are next door to the fastest developing economies in the world. While Europe and America languish in economic woes, our neighbours, ASEAN, China, India have growth rates ranging from 6 % - 8% in comparison with Eurozone’s 1%. So why is our productivity lagging? Why is Australia slipping lower and lower on the World Eco ..

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