“Trust is like blood pressure. It’s silent, vital to good health, and if abused it can be deadly” Frank Sonnenberg, author of Follow your Conscience.
Sarah had worked at her financial services company for three years. During that time she worked hard and fulfilled all the obligations of the role each day. However, she had not progressed further than the position that she was hired for.
The Oxford English dictionary defines inspiration as “the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.”
It’s easy to see, then, why the concept of inspirational leadership has captured the imagination of academics and human resource professionals who earn a living understanding what makes the best workplaces tick and offering advice on how to be one.
A job interview: it’s the universally preferred method of candidate selection for hiring managers and HR professionals across the globe.
Who hasn’t walked out of a great interview with an enthusiastic, likeable candidate who listened attentively while you outlined all the great reasons they should come and work for your company, and seemed to tick all the boxes as far as interest and enthusiasm were concerned, thinking they’d found the ideal recruit.
Google famously allows employees to use 20% of their working week in pursuit of their own ideas. There’s some debate as to whether it actually exists anymore but it would be nice to think it did once, at least.
It’s a great example of creating the kind of workplace conditions that let intrapreneurs flourish.
Intrapreneurs are at the heart of Australian Innovation
Innovation drives global economic growth1; from the industrial revolution of the 18th and 19th century via the digital revolution of the mid-20th century to the data revolution we're living through now, innovation is at the heart of every successful economy.
Since a country’s economy is a measure of its industry, it makes sense that organisations – and politicians - spend a lot of time scratching their head over ways to make business more innovative.