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Consulting Matters

Industry updates

From the President Technological advancements are changing the way the industry operates day to day, but with that comes inherent risks and opportunities as business grapple with the digital revolution taking place including the reskilling and upskilling of its work force. For me this centres around practising: Curiosity

Welcome to 2018 and what a great topic to start this year's Consulting Matters edition with, Disruption. There is so much energy, optimism and creativity in our industry right now that it is hard not to be excited for what is coming. Technological advancements are changing the way the industry operates day to day, but with that comes inherent risks and opportunities as businesses grapple with the digital revolution taking place including the reskilling and upskilling of its work force. With digital disruption such a prevalent theme in today’s business environment, the rising threat of cyber risks and what businesses need to be aware of to combat them is another topic looked at in this issue. There is also the famous parable that talks about how a young man went out to change the world, then came back years later to change his village but ultimately as an old man realised the only thing he could change was himself. So as this issue talks about disruption – our changing world and businesses—we should also think about disrupting ourselves.

Last year I had the pleasure of hearing Jason Fox talk and one of the things he challenged the room to ask was how they become aware of new things. It can be easy in this algorithm driven world to narrow the information coming to us and default to what is comfortable, but it is just as critically important to open up your channels of information and be curious about the world and people around you. So what podcasts are you listening to, what new events have you been to and what new skill have you tried to learn? Diversity So I love working on projects and being part of groups that are full of people with different skills, backgrounds and ways of thinking. Every conversation takes me down new paths and perspectives and challenges my thinking. So, my ability to change my thinking and to be open to new and different ideas is intrinsically tied to building as much diversity around me as possible and to being part of diverse groups. This perspective also means I deliberately curate this outcome whenever I can. Breathing Space To handle disruption, we need our wells of resilience to be full and to have enough breathing space for our minds to wander and find solutions. We can feel it in our bones when we know we don't have the capacity to meet anything new being thrown at us. And we must shoo away feelings of guilt when we prioritise family and exercise over work

as these are the very activities where we find answers and thinking distils into action. And if you are looking for opportunities to do something different and get a broader perspective on the industry and our clients, get involved in a Consult Australia committee. Everyone is welcome. See you at an event soon.

Kiri Parr President

2018 March Consulting Matters  

Consult Australia's official quarterly publication focuses on the issues which are prevalent in the consulting industry through articles and...

2018 March Consulting Matters  

Consult Australia's official quarterly publication focuses on the issues which are prevalent in the consulting industry through articles and...

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