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Expansion Strategy

Expansion Strategy

By John Barrington

With the sustained period of low growth looking like it is going to continue across most sectors of the economy, many management teams are considering how they diversify their operations to regain their historical growth trajectories. While this can be sound strategic thinking, it also introduces many new risks that are potentially detrimental to long-term sustainability. Thus, any such strategy must consider how the core business will be protected and what current capabilities can be exploited to profitably develop new opportunities.

Diamond Directors

Diamond Directors

By John Barrington

Board skills matrices usually define the technical capabilities required around the boardroom table but often fail to capture what is required in terms of personal traits. Excellence in directors is a little like beauty: we know it when we see it but it is difficult to define.

Growth Strategy

Growth Strategy

By John Barrington

In an interesting article by Adele Ferguson in The Australian Financial Review on 27 October 2014 titled ‘ANZ’s ambition is not cheap’, she discusses the growth challenges facing the Bank. Banking Analyst Brett Le Mesurier at BBY estimates ANZ has spent more than $10b on its Asian business and says that if ANZ’s Asian assets were sold for this sum, and the money returned to shareholders, then its share value would increase because its Return on Equity would improve markedly.

Missionary Zeal

Missionary Zeal

By John Barrington

In a discussion with a CEO on Purpose, he remarked, “We’ve got to be careful of missionary zeal”. It was a great comment because missionary zeal that sees an organisation spearing off in an inappropriate direction is problematic. But is missionary zeal about the Purpose of the organisation really a problem?

Strategy is not an Event, it is a Perspective (revisited)

Strategy is not an Event, it is a Perspective (revisited)

By John Barrington

I have written on this previously but the issue of companies treating strategy as a one-off annual event continues to prevail in many organisations. Long gone are the ‘set and forget days’ when a set of strategies could be discussed and drafted at an annual 1 or 2 day retreat only to be later consigned to the top drawer.

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Artificial Intelligence way forward for WA

Artificial Intelligence way forward for WA

By John Barrington (published in The West Australian on 3 August 2017)

My entrepreneurial father questioned my decision to pursue a career in information technology in the early eighties. Computers, he said, would become a workplace menace, killing jobs and creating an underclass of unemployed.