How to be Master and Commander of your business in times of crisis and uncertainty By Christopher J Tipler Introduction Today, even large businesses could be forgiven for thinking that they are small ships at the mercy of unpredictable and unforgiving forces. Horrific natural disasters such as earthquakes and tsunamis in New Zealand and
Five reasons why manufacturing is critical to our future By Christopher J Tipler Australia’s manufacturing sector is in crisis, courtesy of a high Aussie dollar and flat demand in domestic markets. Once around 30% of our economy, manufacturing has fallen to 12% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and is likely to push through the
The professional services industries in Australia are enormous, employing around 400,000 people. The combined revenue of accountants, lawyers, IT and business process consultants, consulting engineers, management consultants and advertising agencies exceeds $80 billion each year. That, of course, is $80 billion of costs to businesses and governments. This is an area of frustration for
Were it not so serious, the Dickensian nature of the conflict between Qantas management and its staff would be a source of amusement. It is, however, no laughing matter. In moving to shut down its entire fleet indefinitely, the Qantas board broke one of the cardinal rules in big business: never bet the business. Never.
Over the holiday season, many business people have probably enjoyed reading Peter Fitzsimons recently released account of the adventures of Douglas Mawson, the great Australian Antarctic explorer. Woven through this absorbing book are parallel stories of the men who raced for the South Pole in the early 1900’s – Shackleton, Scott and Amundsen. It is
Christmas is almost upon us again. In the frantic rush to clear the decks for a holiday, buy the presents and arrange the family lunch, we have little time to think about the meaning of the celebration for us personally, let alone for our organisation. Something to do with a guy from Nazareth. Yet, if