Why productivity hinges on good leadership

Tuesday, 21 August 2012  Features

Australia's performance in the area of productivity is keenly watched and commented on regularly by the business and political commentators and is the key factor in Australia's competitiveness.

Getting it wrong, or misunderstanding the signals has real world impacts on jobs and communities. These impacts are felt no more strongly than in the mining industry which is struggling with its own productivity problem in a context of falling world commodity prices and increased competition from abroad.

In a special event focused on some of these key issues, Professor Chris Styles, Director of the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM) will present his thoughts about how high cost, low productivity is damaging Australia's competitiveness and why productivity hinges on good leadership. He will also challenge the group to think about how new forms of organisation as well as innovation in the way we manage can lead to a more productive workplace.

Professor Styles will be joined by a leading productivity practice manager in Queensland, Julian Dolby, the lead partner in consulting at Deloitte in Brisbane, who will discuss the major issues facing the mining industry, particularly in Queensland, and what can be done to continue productivity improvement.

"There are many facets to productivity beyond simply the cost of labour which gets a lot of attention," said Professor Styles. "It is important that we discuss the issue of productivity more broadly and what part strong leaders have to play in forming organisations that compete strategically in the global market place.

"There are important implications for how we develop, and indeed select, leaders. Whether through coaching, mentoring or more formal development programs, those identified as potential leaders need to be made aware of what counts, and then be rewarded for delivering. Those in senior leadership positions also have a responsibility need to role model the right behaviour.

The "Why Productivity Hinges on Good Leadership" event has been organised by the AGSM Brisbane Alumni committee as part of the School's 35th anniversary celebrations. It will be held on Tuesday, August 21, 2012 5:45 PM - 8:15 PM at Deloitte Level 25, Riverside Centre, 123 Eagle St, Brisbane. Registration and networking from 5:45pm. Presentation: 6:15pm followed by Q&A from 7:15-7:30pm. Drinks and networking will follow until 8:15pm.