With innovation driving the modern organisation, the development of future leaders is critical to remain competitive. Emerging leaders from a professional background such as technology, engineering or development need to develop the skills to galvanize opportunity, evolve new strategies, lead new initiatives and build “the innovative organisation.”
Hargraves members recognised this need several years ago and in conjunction with ResMed, CSC and CCH, developed our flagship program, Leadership for Innovation. Designed to develop rising leaders who today often have backgrounds in innovation, engineering, the sciences or in specialist business areas, and need to develop broader leadership skills.
The transition from an individual in an organisation to manager is one of the most difficult, yet critical, shifts in any leaders career. To lead and inspire is an entirely separate complex dimension to success as a leader within your organisation. Now in its fifth year, it is important that this program and its content is relevant in today’s competitive world. To ensure this, an Advisory Group for Leadership in Innovation has been formed under Professor David Buisson, Hargraves Leadership expert and Member Advocate. The group’s objective is to review the Leadership for Innovation program so it meets the needs of both organisations and emerging leaders.
The Advisory Group consists of:
- Professor David Buisson; Hargraves Institute; Member Advocate Brisbane (Convenor)
- Richard Brincat; Transport NSW; Talent Lead
- Colin Chapman; Urban Utilities; Innovation, Research and Development Coordinator
- Phil Edwards; Melbourne Water; Catalyst Lead
- Trudi Kennet; Suncorp Commercial Insurance; Senior Leader Innovation Delivery
- Annalie Killian; AMP Services Ltd; Director of Innovation
- Christopher Matthews; Sydney Water; Business Improvement Program Manager
- Jon McCormick; Brookfield Johnson Controls; President and Managing Director
- Doug Freeman; Tabcorp Holdings; Exec General Manager – Commercial Development
As an emerging leader transitioning into a business leadership position, you are expected to develop and implement business strategies, and integrate the work of multiple functions to achieve superior business results. This is a personalized learning journey that will help you make this challenging transition.
Initially, the group has been posed the following questions:
- What would your organisation want out of the program? Why did you volunteer to participate in the Advisory Panel?
- What elements of organisational leadership e.g. Strategy, people management etc. would you like your ‘technical’ professionals to develop?
- What personal leadership skills e.g. communication, influence etc. would you like your ‘technical’ professionals to develop?
The Advisory Group welcomes input from members and leaders involved in management of their organisation, and emerging leaders who will benefit from participation in the program to support their leadership development.
If you want to ensure the program meets your needs, now is the time to act! Contact David Buisson with your input.
The collaboration and input of the Advisory Panel will be updated through future blogs. Review all blogs in this series.