“It’s fair to state productivity has declined over the last three or four industrial relations regimes. So it’s not just industrial relations. Productivity is a much broader issue.”
Cameron Clyne, Chief Executive Officer, National Australia Bank, Speech to American Chamber of Commerce, Melbourne, 31 July 2012

What combination of factors determines and improves productivity in your organisation? What role does leadership play? What about creativity and innovation? Have your skill sets – your own and your organisation’s – kept up to date with what’s needed to to deliver not just incremental improvement but vital reinvention of your services and products?

In 2013, Rio Tinto and The Brisbane Institute are examining The Productivity Equation in a three-event series and exclusive online discussion forum, designed for senior corporate executives.

Each forum is from 7am SHARP – 9am at UQ Business School Executive Venue, 345 Queen Street, Brisbane.

Forum 1 – Wednesday, 22 May 2013, 7am – 9am
In this first forum, the new Vice-Chancellor of the University of Queensland, Professor Peter Høj, presented a keynote address on how creativity and innovation can drive your organisation to deliver not just incremental improvement but vital reinvention of your services and products. Dr Jenny Purdie, Rio Tinto’s Global Practice Leader – Technology Delivery, and Dr Stefan Hajkowicz, Leader, CSIRO Futures, provided brief responses. The workshop covered:

  • What does creativity or innovation actually look like in your organisation/industry?
  • How does your organisation encourage employees to be creative and innovative in improving their work practices?
  • What barriers exist to prevent creativity and innovation in your organisation/industry?
Forum 2 – Wednesday, 12 June 2013, 7am – 9am
In this second forum, John Holland Group’s Katie Bickford delivered some key principles for keeping your people engaged, involved and focused on improving your business. Dr Fred Delabbio, Rio Tinto’s underground innovation General Manager, and Helen Davis, Suncorp’s Executive General Manager in HR, provided brief responses. The workshop covered:

  • What does productivity actually look like in your organisation/industry?
  • What skills in your organisation/industry contribute most to productivity?
  • What gaps or mismatches exist between skills needed and skills available?
  • What opportunities exist in your organisation/industry for more effective deployment of skills?
Forum 3 – Wednesday, 17 July 2013, 7am – 9am
In this final forum in the series, Terry White Group founder Rhonda White provokes some hard thinking on your own role and the importance of leadership in your organisation’s success. Liz Crawford, National Practice Leader of KPMG’s Executive Search and Selection, and Paul Spiro, Chairman of Gadens Lawyers Brisbane, will provide brief responses. You and your peers will then workshop:

  • What does leadership actually look like in terms of improving productivity?
  • How do leaders contribute to (or hinder) improvements in productivity in your organisation?
  • How does your organisation develop and provide incentives for a culture of leadership in changing work practices for enhanced productivity?

To register your attendance to forum 3, please click here.

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