Strategy

Characteristics of a collaborative team

Collaboration is key to cohesion and innovation in our workplaces. What are some of the signs that a team is collaborating effectively? Hallmarks of effective collaboration include: Mutual interdependence: Participants should all have a mutual interest in and care for one another. Shared successes: If someone scores a goal, the whole team celebrate and are celebrated and share in the enjoyment of it. Shared challenges: If a team member is facing a significant challenge, work load, problem, or issue - others don’t watch from a distance but take it on together. Personal value: each person is encouraged to grow and become better at what they do so that they can contribute more to the shared environment. Each part is distinct, each with his or her own place and function. But each part and person finds its meaning and value when connected to the whole. How can we value what each person brings to the whole in addition to salary? Valuing people involves creating a day-to-day experience of work where people can derive meaning and satisfaction and find enjoyment from their work. Significance together: No matter how significant an individual may be, it is only because of what they are a part of. Significance is found in being part of something bigger than yourself. Integration over separation: Rather than siloed, piecemeal, separate zones where people may independently be able to call their own shots, there is a respect and understanding that changes in one area affect others – therefore an integrated approach that values communication with the other parts is essential. Trust based: Requires putting own agendas aside to work together for common cause, purpose, mission – a uniting vision. Claire Madden is a business consultant and keynote speaker. To find [...]

By | 2016-09-20T20:27:53+00:00 September 20th, 2016|Strategy|0 Comments

Generation Y and Z at Work | Claire Madden on Sky News with Peter Switzer

[one_half last="no" spacing="yes" center_content="no" hide_on_mobile="no" background_color="" background_image="" background_repeat="no-repeat" background_position="left top" hover_type="none" link="" border_position="all" border_size="0px" border_color="" border_style="" padding="" margin_top="" margin_bottom="" animation_type="" animation_direction="" animation_speed="0.1" animation_offset="" class="" id=""] How can we effectively engage Gen Y and Gen Z at work? Peter Switzer interviews Claire Madden on Sky News to unpack these new generations at work. [/one_half][one_half last="yes" spacing="yes" center_content="no" hide_on_mobile="no" background_color="" background_image="https://helloclarity.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Claire-Madden-Sky-News-300x172.png" background_repeat="no-repeat" background_position="left top" hover_type="none" link="http://switzer.com.au/video/claire-madden/" border_position="all" border_size="0px" border_color="" border_style="solid" padding="" margin_top="" margin_bottom="" animation_type="0" animation_direction="down" animation_speed="0.1" animation_offset="" class="" id=""][/one_half][one_full last="yes" spacing="yes" center_content="no" hide_on_mobile="no" background_color="" background_image="" background_repeat="no-repeat" background_position="left top" hover_type="none" link="" border_position="all" border_size="0px" border_color="" border_style="" padding="" margin_top="" margin_bottom="" animation_type="" animation_direction="" animation_speed="0.1" animation_offset="" class="" id=""]Claire Madden was interviewed by Peter Switzer on Sky News to discuss the impact of Generation Y and Generation Z on our workforce.  With their formative years shaped in times defined by global technologies and digital disruption, they are the most globally connected and digitally literate generation in history.  Their approach to work has been informed through their adaptive, responsive, agile approach to other areas of life - hence their tendency to focus on job flexibility and mobility rather than job security. And whilst we have more connections than ever before, the need for authentic community and belonging is a felt need for this generation - so where workplaces can shape a healthy culture and community they will be most likely to attract, retain and maximise the engagement of the emerging generations. For more, check out this interview with Peter Switzer and Claire Madden.   Claire Madden is a keynote speaker across Australia and internationally. For more about Claire's presentations please visit clairemadden.com, email info@clairemadden.com or call +61 2 8091 4321. [/one_full]

By | 2016-09-19T01:38:57+00:00 September 19th, 2016|Strategy|0 Comments

Introducing Generation Z and Social Media

  Generation Z are not only the students of today but are increasingly entering the workforce.   Generation Z, born 1995-2009, are today's generation of students - however they are increasingly entering the workforce. They have been born into a digitally integrated, globally connected and socially networked world.  Gen Z spend an estimated 10 hours 45 minutes consuming media content every day - and 2.7 hours of this is spent on social media alone. They're growing up in a world where if Facebook was a country it would be the world's largest with 1.65 billion active users, and where over half of teens check their social media feeds as the last thing they do prior to going to bed. Generation Z will bring a unique perspective to the workplace, and as we take time to understand them we can leverage the strengths of each generation and build effective multigenerational teams. Watch this short introduction video about Generation Z and Social Media and download the infographic here.    Claire Madden is a next-generational expert and keynote speaker. To find out more or to enquire to have Claire speak at your next event visit clairemadden.com.   

By | 2016-08-16T01:30:58+00:00 August 16th, 2016|Strategy|0 Comments

Job flexibility over job security: generations at work

Job flexibility over job security Job mobility and the emerging generations: In the past we've had more ladders, and people were more thinking job or career for life, whereas that's no longer the way the emerging generations tend to approach their careers.  The emerging generations have been born amidst times of unprecedented technological change which has affected their approach to education, work and life.  The convergence of mega-trends including digital disruption, artificial intelligence and global connectivity have redefined the landscape of work.  It is estimated that 40% of today's jobs will be threatened by computerisation in the next 10-15 years - and whilst some jobs will be automated, new jobs will be created.  As a result, the emerging generations often approach their careers with the mindset of  job flexibility and job mobility rather than job security. Emerging generations are often young people are not expecting to stay with an organisation for an extended period of time - hence they are hoping to attain transferable skills in a workplace that they will be able to use in other areas of life – they're looking for growth and a place they can really make a difference. Read more in this HR Daily article Replace career ladders with mobile, flexible paths.      Claire Madden is a social researcher and keynote speaker.  Find out more at clairemadden.com. 

By | 2016-08-16T01:09:26+00:00 August 16th, 2016|Strategy|0 Comments

The 4C’s of Effective Communication

What is communication? Communication is incredibly powerful. It shapes our lives, relationships, businesses, organisations, communities and our society.  Communication is far more than just the words we use – it’s the context of what is said, the tone, the purpose, the intentionality, non-verbal cues and the consistency of how we communicate which shapes the bigger picture. Communication always involves the “sender” and the “receiver”.  Effective communication is measured by how closely the “receiver” understands the message the “sender” was intending.  However we are always shaping and analysing messages we receive through our own lens, through our own worldview – and there is also interference which gets in between a message being encoded by the sender and understood by the receiver.  In our increasingly busy lives we are constantly interrupted with information and constant messages, so more than ever before, being intentional and effective with our communication is critical.     The 4C's of effective communication: When communicating there are 4 key areas to consider: Context Context is about who we are communicating to and understanding what our relationship and role is to that person or group of people.  Context also involves reflecting on the larger environment and background of the relationship – this will affect tone, words used, how formal or informal our communication is. Cause Cause involves considering why we are communicating.  What is the purpose of this communication?  What are we trying to achieve?  Are we wanting to inspire? Motivate? Educate? Inform? Clarity Clarity involves understanding around what we are really trying to say.  What is the message we really want our audience to hear and understand?  Are we saying that in the most effective and efficient way? We can often assume people have [...]

By | 2016-06-06T04:50:26+00:00 June 6th, 2016|Strategy|0 Comments

Crowdsourcing & the collaborative community

Embracing the power of the collaborative community: It is no longer what an organisation says about itself, but what the community says about it which now matters. Therefore brands and organisations that are engaging effectively are those that are creating opportunities for co-creation, contribution and collaboration from the boarder network. Social media platforms, blogs and other online forums provide the collaborative community an opportunity to create and vote on the content they approve of.  Consumers are empowered in an unprecedented way – now having the power to shape brands, companies, and sway public opinion. We are living in an era of user-generated content which is created and shared by the collaborative community.  This is facilitated through the breadth of connections and the ease of creating content and sharing across platforms. Examples of brands embracing the input from the collaborative community include: Advertising: such as Doritos ‘Crash the Super Bowl’ campaign – the largest online video contest where people create ads for Doritos. Branding: such as the Boaty McBoatface naming campaign - In an attempt to engage the broader community in collaboration, The Natural Environment Research Council in Britain took to the polls to let the people decide the name of their new £200 million polar research ship. The most popular vote, receiving 124,109 endorsements was “RSS Boaty McBoatface”, receiving nearly 90,000 more votes than the second choice.  The government are now faced with the challenge of navigating the opinions of the engaged crowds as they now determine whether they will adopt the name or decide on a more traditional and conservative name for this research ship, running the risk of losing the goodwill that the campaign has generated. Product development: such as Lego Ideas – where [...]

By | 2016-05-02T01:36:08+00:00 May 2nd, 2016|Strategy|0 Comments

Preparing for the workforce of 2025: Engaging new generations

By 2025, 64% of our workforce will comprise of Generations Y and Z. We are on the brink of significant intergenerational change in our workplaces. Generation Z, born 1995-2009 currently make up less than 1 in 10 workers. However they’ll comprise almost a third of the workforce (31%) by 2025.  At the other end of the spectrum, the Baby Boomers (born 1946-1964) who currently hold a lot of the leadership positions and company knowledge, comprise a quarter of today’s workforce (25%) but as they are reaching their retirement years at the upper end, they’ll be just 8% of the workforce by 2025. The millennials, also known as Generation Y (born 1980-1994) are in their key career building years as many have completed their tertiary education and have entered the workforce, making up over a third of today’s workforce (34%). This means within a decade, almost two thirds of our workplaces will be made up of Generation Y and Generation Z (64%). As these emerging generations infiltrate the workforce they will bring with them new approaches to communication, expectations of work-life balance, new engagement styles, collaborative approaches to leadership and management, as well as a global outlook and an integrated approach to technology.  Some keys to effectively building multigenerational teams in your workplace and engaging the new generations: Collaboration over authoritarian: Gen Y and Gen Z are used to having a voice. They have grown up in an era of user-generated content, where their idea of an encyclopaedia is one that they can change and contribute to. This translates to their preferences around engaging leadership styles – with the most effective styles often being those that facilitate collaboration and contribution rather than the traditional hierarchical, positional, authoritarian [...]

By | 2016-04-27T06:34:59+00:00 April 27th, 2016|Strategy|0 Comments

Future Proofing Your Career | Claire Madden on the Today Show

[one_half last="no" spacing="yes" center_content="no" hide_on_mobile="no" background_color="" background_image="" background_repeat="no-repeat" background_position="left top" hover_type="none" link="" border_position="all" border_size="0px" border_color="" border_style="" padding="" margin_top="" margin_bottom="" animation_type="" animation_direction="" animation_speed="0.1" animation_offset="" class="" id=""] 5 million Australian jobs, that's 40% of our workforce, will be threatened by computerisation in the next 10-15 years. [/one_half][one_half last="yes" spacing="yes" center_content="no" hide_on_mobile="no" background_color="" background_image="https://helloclarity.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/IMG_3712-300x165.png" background_repeat="no-repeat" background_position="left top" hover_type="none" link="" border_position="all" border_size="0px" border_color="" border_style="solid" padding="" margin_top="" margin_bottom="" animation_type="0" animation_direction="down" animation_speed="0.1" animation_offset="" class="" id=""][/one_half][one_full last="yes" spacing="yes" center_content="no" hide_on_mobile="no" background_color="" background_image="" background_repeat="no-repeat" background_position="left top" hover_type="none" link="" border_position="all" border_size="0px" border_color="" border_style="" padding="" margin_top="" margin_bottom="" animation_type="" animation_direction="" animation_speed="0.1" animation_offset="" class="" id=""]A recent CEDA report identifies that 5 million Australian jobs, that’s 40% of our workforce, will be threatened by computerisation in the next 10-15 years.  It is expected that there will be a “hollowing out” of our workforce with jobs that involve low levels of social interaction, creativity and mobility and dexterity being more likely to be replaced by automation.  Jobs being replaced by machines is not a new phenomena, but the pace and magnitude of this change continues to increase. Job mobility is high and the Australian economy is highly dynamic with more than a million workers changing jobs every year and around 600,000 of those workers changing industry.  Projections over the lifetime of a school leaver today, it is estimated that they will have 17 jobs across an estimated 5 careers in their lifetime. But many of today’s school leavers will be working in jobs and careers that don’t even exist yet. The big trends redefining the landscape of work:  There are a number of mega-trends redefining the future of work: Global connectivity Global connectivity allows more goods and services to be produced anywhere in the world. With greater access to [...]

By | 2016-04-10T23:48:26+00:00 April 10th, 2016|Strategy|0 Comments

Strategic planning workshops with Claire Madden & Paul Henderson

In times of rapid technological advancements, demographic shifts, generational transitions, global connectivity and social change, organisations need to clearly define their purpose and navigate the ever-changing consumer landscape effectively through a current and clear strategic plan. At Hello Clarity we facilitate strategic planning workshops to assist organisations to understand the external environment, review internal realities and plan for future strategic innovations. For organisations to effectively navigate the changing business and customer landscape, it is essential that strategic plans are developed with a detailed scan of the external environment, a robust analysis of the vision, strengths and capabilities of the organisation, a comprehensive review of stakeholder engagement, and a dedicated process to consider potential innovations and opportunities. At Hello Clarity, we work through a comprehensive strategic process which is collaborative, engaging and tailored to your specific sector and individual organisation. The recommended duration of a strategic planning workshop is 2-3 days, however input over shorter sessions can also be provided. Facilitators We have designed our consulting process to maximise the impact and effectiveness for our clients.  At Hello Clarity we believe in the strength of collaboration so our strategy workshops are facilitated by two facilitators who are both present throughout the duration of the workshops.  Our lead facilitators are Claire Madden and Paul Henderson. Claire Madden is a social researcher, media commentator, keynote presenter, TEDx speaker, business consultant and founder of Hello Clarity. She is in demand for her skill in effectively identifying the emerging trends and assisting business leaders to strategically respond to them. With academic qualifications in communications and postgraduate studies in leadership, Claire brings robust, research-based content to her engaging presentations and consulting. She is uniquely placed as an expert on social trends, organisational [...]

By | 2016-03-21T05:49:12+00:00 March 21st, 2016|Strategy|0 Comments

Learning with technology: 21st century classrooms

The emerging generations are saturated with technology... how do we ensure that technology in classrooms is a help and not a hindrance? Technology pervades nearly all aspects of our 21st century lives. Our calendars, communication, planning, recreation and memory making are seamlessly integrated into our devices and daily rhythms. The domain of education is included in this reality, as tablets and smart-boards make their way into classrooms across the nation and the developed world. However, these new tools present a range of challenges and opportunities for teachers, students and school bodies. As one OECD report argues, simply adding 21st century technologies to 20th century pedagogies “will just dilute the effectiveness of teaching.” Today’s students are saturated with technology, and come already with a high degree of tech literacy. It’s important that our schools recognise and direct these competencies to enrich the learning of our emerging generations. With that in mind, there are some key points to consider for ensuring that technology in classrooms is a help and not a hindrance. The following clarifying questions may help educators thinking about the structures of learning environments: Does current technology in your school align with the school mission and plan? Are technologies aligning with existing teaching practices, or is it necessary to shift some things to make better use of the tools available? Are teachers confident in using the tools, and do they recognise their benefits? Does the classroom or workspace layout foster effective use of available technologies? When used well, new technologies can help foster active learners, who are adept in accessing and creating shared resources, reflecting on discoveries, and developing as collaborative learners equipped for today and the future.

By | 2016-03-12T14:19:09+00:00 March 12th, 2016|Strategy|0 Comments