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  1. Confidently Projecting Your Personal Brand Sara Eriksson 18-Sep-2018
  2. Australia - A Safe Haven in a World of Uncertainty Sara Eriksson 24-Aug-2018
  3. Key Points From "The Benefits of Supporting Parents at Work" Event Carolyn Loton 09-Aug-2018
  4. Q&A Session with Mia Barry and Allison Yeoland Carolyn Loton 08-Aug-2018
  5. “When it Comes to Culture, The Buck Stops…Where?” - Thoughts on Culture from our Panel Event Sara Eriksson 11-Jul-2018

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Katie Zuzek, Senior Project Accountant (contract), International HR and BPO

 

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Caterina Giuliano, Program Manager, St Vincent de Paul Society NSW Support Services Ozanam Learning Centre

 

“The people at Moir Group understand our requirements and consistently provide quality finance and accounting people to our team.  I would recommend Moir Group to those who are looking for professionalism and transparency in a recruitment partner.”

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Gary Margetson, Head of Shared Services, News Corporation

 

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Stuart Rennie,Church & Dwight

 

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Michelle Adam, Finance Manager, Woolworths

 

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Hamilton, Candidate

 

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Cherry Liu, Candidate

 

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Kristian Mertens, Chief Financial Officer, Norman Disney & Young

 

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Alessandra Rizzo, Commercial Analyst, Inghams Enterprises Pty Limited 

 

"Moir Group really stand out in comparison to other agencies, you work together as a team and genuinely are passionate about finding people a job. The fact that i felt this when i first met Moir Group and still feel it now means it must be an important part of your culture as a whole, it sets you apart from all other agencies. Moir Group are by far the best!”

Steven Davies, Candidate

 

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Confidently Projecting Your Personal Brand

Tuesday, September 18, 2018




“Be yourself – everyone else is taken” - Oscar Wilde

Last week at Moir Group we hosted a lunchtime workshop on confidently projecting personal brand. Around 25 of our current candidates came together for an interactive session hosted by Lisa Elias and Vicky Lazarus.

We discussed the importance of being able to identify your personal brand and articulate this to prospective employers, as well as those within your network.

Creating and maintaining a strong personal brand is critical as it permeates everything you do in your job search process, from the thinking about what you can offer and what you’re looking for, all the way through your communications, networking, interviews and execution once you’ve found a role.

There is stiff competition for top roles – for example, our executive recruiters can often speak with up to 100 people while putting together a short list for a client. In order to stand out, you need to think about what it is you represent, cultivate your brand and carry this through everything you do.

The six key components we covered included:

  1. Your professional identity

  2. Your online and offline identities

  3. Your goals and values

  4. Qualities that set you apart

  5. Value you bring to others

  6. An authentic brand statement (your “elevator pitch”)

During the 2nd half of our session, we discussed how to confidently project yourself when networking and at interview. To set yourself up for success, some of the important things to think about:

  1. Preparation is critical – research the role, the employer, the dress code, the questions you may be asked, plan your journey in advance and aim to arrive early.

  2. Work with your recruiter to ensure you are confident in what the role involves so you can probe further and highlight what you can bring to the table.

  3. Make sure you are in the right frame of mind. Work on your mindset - the way you think influences the way you feel, which in turn affects the way you behave.

  4. Pay attention to your communication – a strong handshake, good eye contact, not speaking too quickly, not talking over the interviewer, allowing yourself time to think, ensuring your voice is well modulated. Many of these are just common sense, but in an interview situation where you may be nervous, take stock and pay attention to how you’re projecting.

As always, if we can assist with any accounting/finance recruitment needs in your business on either a temporary or a permanent basis we would be delighted to do so. We cover all roles from junior entry roles up to Group CFO.

To find out about upcoming events, please visit our events page here, and keep an eye out for more events coming soon.

Written by Lisa Elias, Capability Specialist, Moir Group

P: 02 9262 4836 

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Australia - A Safe Haven in a World of Uncertainty

Friday, August 24, 2018

Su-Lin Ong, Managing Director, Chief Economist & Head of Australian Research at RBC Capital Markets enlightened our Moir Community earlier this week.  Highly knowledgeable, yet in simple terms, she walked us through the challenges and opportunities in the Australian and Global economies. With a positive, but cautious outlook, I took away that Australia was a safe haven in a world of uncertainty. More key takeaways include:

  • Globally, we are going strong with 4% growth – which was expected, but the outlook is uncertain due to risks such as:
    • Escalating trade protectionism and rising sanctions
    • Weaker emerging markets – e.g. Turkey, Italy, Russia
    • Geopolitical risk - North Korea, missile strikes/sanctions in Syria, ongoing China/Japan friction in the South China Sea
    • Brexit deadline approaching – March 2019
    • A weaker China
    • President Trump – adds a degree of chaos and unpredictability with markets and investors on edge
  • Globally there is no hard data that shows signs of weakness, but watch the soft data including confidence and business surveys.
  • The unexpected slowdown in China is a cause for concern as they account for over 30% of our exports. This should be watch closely.
  • Australian GDP has grown at 3% roughly for 2018 and same to be expected for 2019
  • Concern around housing and the consumer. Lending restrictions have worked to improve the quality of credit. There is an ongoing pipeline of residential construction, but it has peaked and is set to detract further from future growth.
  • The weaker housing market comes amid record household debt levels and this remains Australia’s Achilles Heel.
  • Consumption unlikely to maintain the pace of 2017 with our savings rate at a decade low. The rising cost of non discretionary spending continues adding to the squeeze on disposable income.
  • Employment market is in pretty good shape with a reasonable unemployment rate of 5.4%. Jobs are ample in professional services, public admin, manufacturing, and with some recovery in mining.
  • However, there is still considerable spare capacity in the employment market with an elevated underemployment rate and underutilisation rate (currently at about 14%). This is why wage growth is so slow. “We need to create more jobs on a sustained basis and get unemployment down below 5%”
  • What else on the horizon is concerning:
    • Politics – after decades of turmoil productivity is pretty average.
    • Drought – impact on broader economy depends on what else is happening, but has previously taken 0.5% off GDP
    • Population – strong population growth has been the key driver of growth in the economy for decades and contributed to prosperity

Overall, Australia is still a safe haven for foreign with strong ongoing buying of Australian Government bonds. “Solid, safe and a little bit boring – not necessarily a bad thing." The challenge for businesses will be to walk the line between growth and the higher levels of risk associated with growth during a period where change is now a constant.

We host these economic updates once a quarter, please visit our upcoming events page here, and keep an eye out for more events coming soon.

As always, if we can assist with any accounting/finance recruitment needs in your business on either a temporary or a permanent basis we would be delighted to do so. We cover all roles from junior entry roles up to Group CFO.

Written by Doug Spahn, Senior Associate - Executive Search, Moir Group

P: 02 9262 4836 

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Key Points From "The Benefits of Supporting Parents at Work" Event

Thursday, August 09, 2018

Moir Group, in conjunction with the PeopleCorp, Karitane and Minter Ellison were very excited to host a fantastic panel event last week, discussing the Benefits of Supporting Parents at Work.

We were delighted to have Ita Buttrose who is the Patron to Karitane on the panel along with Karen Burns the Deputy Commissioner of the Mental Health Commission NSW; Sharlene Vlahos, Director Education and Business Development at Karitane; and Mary Lyras, the Chief Talent Officer at Minter Ellison. Kristy Edser who is a Partner at Minter Ellison, chaired the discussion.

There was a wonderful turn out with 130 attendees and valuable discussion by the panel about what initiatives we can be doing to make things easier for parents in the workforce. 

Our 5 key takeaways from the event are below

  1. Workplaces providing flexibility for parents are not wide-spread. This is a key factor to attracting and retaining people.

  2. You should speak up at work if you need more support. Companies do want to support their good staff members in order to retain them.

  3. We are seeing changes, with more men seeking support such as parental leave.

  4. Karitane does excellent work with children right through to their teenage years.

  5. Ita is a very funny and engaging person – it was great to hear her stories of balancing work and parenthood.

As always, if we can assist with any accounting/finance recruitment needs in your business on either a temporary or a permanent basis we would be delighted to do so. We cover all roles from junior entry roles up to Group CFO.

To find about upcoming events, please visit our upcoming events page here, and keep an eye out for more events coming soon.

Written by Stephen Moir, Director, Moir Group

P: 02 9262 4836


If you want to know more about Karitane please contact:
Sharlene Vlahos
Director of Education and Business Development | Karitane
Tel. 9794 2300 | Mob. +61 0472 836 065 | Email  sharlene.vlahos@health.nsw.gov.au

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Q&A Session with Mia Barry and Allison Yeoland

Wednesday, August 08, 2018


Emma Walsh and Melanie McCroarey of Moir Group hosted a Q&A session discussing leadership, mentors and teamwork recently, with our guest speakers Mia Barry (CFO – The Iconic) and Allison Yeoland (Ex CFO – Secure Parking).

It was a pleasure to have both our guests share their thoughts on these subjects. Both speakers had their own unique perspective to share, using examples from their experiences of building teams, cultures and working in agile and complex business. 

Mia’s motto in life is “be the change you want to see in the world”. Allison’s motto in life is “Just do it, then magic happens” These are the questions we asked our guests:

  • What does leadership mean to you and what have you learnt about leadership throughout your career?

  • Do you have a mentor? If so, what importance do you place on having a mentor for managing your career?

  • How do you keep your team motivated during the difficult and complex times?

  • Describe one of your biggest failures. What lessons did you learn, and how did it contribute to a greater success?

  • How do you balance your personal goals and interests with a high-pressured role?

  • What advice can you give our audience around navigating and taking control of their career path? 

Main take away for the day were from these questions were:

 

  • Define your success, spend time writing down your thoughts (back to pen and paper) and reflecting.

  • Identify what is your “Why” – Why do you do what you do? Have a purpose.

  • Spend time defining your values. This will help you to prioritise them when they conflict.

  • Similar to juggling, you can only ‘juggle’ three values at any one time.

  • Identify your personal goals: These are just as important as work goals for maintaining a balanced life.

  • Lead from behind with your team, identify talent and ensure people are in the roles which will help them succeed.

  • Have a flexible approach to your career, be prepared to take risks and work with people who inspire you and will back you.

As always, if we can assist with any accounting/finance recruitment needs in your business on either a temporary or a permanent basis we would be delighted to do so. We cover all roles from junior entry roles up to Group CFO.

To find about upcoming events, please visit our upcoming events page here, and keep an eye out for more events coming soon.


Written by Melanie McCroarey, Permanent Recruitment & Emma Walsh, Temporary & Contract Recruitment of Moir Group

P: 02 9262 4836 

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“When it Comes to Culture, The Buck Stops…Where?” - Thoughts on Culture from our Panel Event

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Our recent panel event, “When it Comes to Culture, The Buck Stops…Where?”, brought together a CEO, CHRO and CFO to put leadership and culture under the microscope. I have been wanting to host an event with representatives from each of these three functions for a long time, and enjoyed hosting with Peoplecorp, who are specialists in HR recruitment. Our speakers were Shane Gannon, CFO, Mirvac; Lucinda Gemmel, CHRO, Virgin Australia Group; and Peter McCann, Managing Director, Civeo. Our moderator was Kate Mills, CEO, Financial Executives Institute.

The panel covered:

  • How do we define/measure culture?
  • Who is accountable for culture? The interplay between the three roles on the panel.
  • If the buck stops with the CEO, how can others influence the outcome.
  • What about the Board and its role?
  • The relationship between the CFO and HR, particularly where HR reports into the CFO.
  • What does an excellent culture look like? How do you get from a poor culture to a great culture?
  • The positive impact that shifting the culture can have on the bottom line.
  • Leadership, how do you inspire and motivate others?
  • In a time of low trust, what does excellent leadership look like?

Key take aways from the panel were:

  • The increasing importance of culture to investors e.g. Blackrock in terms of how key stakeholders will invest, or choose not to, based on company culture.
  • Culture is what happens when no one is looking. Engagement can be used as a proxy for culture, but there is so much more to culture than just engagement.
  • Culture is a set of shared values. Culture is fluid.
  • “All roads lead to leadership”.
  • Leadership + Culture = Performance
  • HR need to be “Switzerland” in their role, but also prepared to go into battle for the people. Needs to be a genuine challenger in the business.
  • HR needs to have a real seat at the table.
  • Executive leadership team needs to own culture and its values. “Good governance is good behaviour”
  • CFO and HR to work closely together to drive major change for good in an organisation.
  • HR having access to and a close relationship with the CEO, reflects to the company employees that we value you.
  • Culture – “it’s how it feels around here”.
  • Board appoints the CEO, biggest thing they do to impact culture.
  • What works: An environment where it is “Safe to speak up”. A very collaborative approach. Educate people on leadership. Need to be very visible. Tough decisions on certain individuals. Encouraging communication, reviews, etc. Respect and trust are key. Need to invest in people. Invest well in authentic leadership across all levels. Lead from the top.
  • What works: Tripled the effort in the downturn. Need to be authentic and genuine. Tell people what the plan is. Continue to invest in people. “How we treated people on the way out” was very important.

As always, if we can assist with any accounting/finance recruitment needs in your business on either a temporary or a permanent basis we would be delighted to do so. We cover all roles from junior entry roles up to Group CFO.

Written by Stephen Moir, Director, Moir Group

P: 02 9262 4836    M: 0431 895 236    stephenmoir@moirgroup.com.au

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Key Points From Paul Mitchell's "Building Cultures of Execution"

Monday, June 25, 2018


Paul Mitchell from the human enterprise, enlightened and entertained our Moir Community this month.  He was highly engaging and with his personal style and approach, offered some key lessons on leadership that will help turn your workplace culture, into a culture of execution. Paul gave us effective and easy to implement take aways around how to lead, inspire and create a truly human culture, where people get things done.  He shared many hints on what to watch for that may be stifling your organisations ability to move forward. 

  • There is never a set recipe to getting culture right, but the key place to start is recognising that you need to build your culture, otherwise you leave it to chance. Everywhere has a culture and if you shape it to what you want, you can use it to your advantage. No Big Bang, change happens in small tweaks over time.
  • Think back to Newton’s First Law of Motion – an object in motion stays in motion and an object at rest stays at rest. Think about your energy and culture – is it in motion and driving forward, or is it at rest?
  • How do you know if something is well executed? Delivered in full, on time, within budget.
  • Recruit for ExQ, not just IQ and EQ. ExQ, execution quotient, is how quickly a person solves the problems and capitalises on the opportunities.
  • Stiflers before strategy – deal with the problems, challenges, conflict, everything that’s going to get in the way of strategic achievement. You can’t plan for an excellent future without dealing with your problems first. “Your problems are not your problems, your problem is your inability to solve your own problems”
  • Discuss the undiscussable – two parts to this. First, tackle the big problems, and don’t let them fester and get worse. Put the bowling ball on the table. Second, honesty. Don’t skirt around an issue and pretend it isn’t there and don't play ping pong with accountability.
  • Mutual trust and respect is key. Know your strengths, areas where you are ok, and your weaknesses. Be in awe of others and the diversity they bring to the team.
  • Be democratic in decision making, but dictatorial once agreed to implement – Paul calls this “Democraship”
  • Be goals obsessed! Ask at every meeting “What have we achieved?, What stopped us? What can we do better?” You can always go beyond your goals, but knowing the direction you want to head enables you to make decisions faster – less hesitation.

For more information about Paul Mitchell and the human enterprise, please visit the company website here, or get in touch with Paul directly on 02 9905 5535 or email paul@thehumanenterprise.com.au

As always, if we can assist with any accounting/finance recruitment needs in your business on either a temporary or a permanent basis we would be delighted to do so. We cover all roles from junior entry roles up to Group CFO.

To find about upcoming events, please visit our upcoming events page here, and keep an eye out for more events coming soon.

Written by Karen Ryan, Director, Moir Group

P: 02 9262 4836 

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Key Points From Craig Foster’s "The Last Great Sporting Frontier”

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

With the FIFA World Cup now underway, we’ve been reflecting on some of the key messages from Craig Foster’s recent Moir Group Event. Craig spoke on long term planning, leadership and culture, as well as the passion required to lead a team to the World Cup. Here are some of my key take aways:

  • Literacy – the first battle was generating an interest in soccer in an otherwise sporting obsessed nation. While it is elsewhere referred to as the World’s Game, it took a while for soccer to find a foothold in Australia. One key battle for the long term plan of the game was to raise "soccer literacy" across the whole country to a higher level. Likewise, when you think about the long term plan of your company or team, focus on building a higher level of understanding across the whole, and not just at an individual level.
  • Redouble your efforts – resilience is always key; don’t give up and keep moving forward. “Fail, then learn and do it better. And then fail again, and learn to do it better”
  • Be clear on your values – you have to be clear on who you are and what your goals and values are. For a culture to develop that you are proud of and that you want to be a part of, you have to actively create it. “Don’t try and play a game that isn’t yours.”
  • Passion. Passion drives this game, but it has to drive your team too. As a leader, you are responsible for inspiring the passion in your team.
  • Analyse what you have to work with before coming up with a plan
  • Consistency – once you have you values, stick to them, and keep sticking to them. To create a culture that works, consistency is key.
  • As a leader, your ability to be proud of your work and your goals inspires others to follow suit and take pride as well.
  • Diversity – a more diverse team is a better team; a more diverse company is a better company.
  • Best practice example – the Matildas. They work as a team and are a great example of an equality driven culture.

As always, if we can assist with any accounting/finance recruitment needs in your business on either a temporary or a permanent basis we would be delighted to do so. We cover all roles from junior entry roles up to Group CFO.

For more information on upcoming events, please visit our upcoming events page here, and keep an eye out for more events coming soon.

Written by Andrew Pownall, Senior Associate - Executive Search

P: 02 9262 4836  

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Key Points From John Cantor's "Learning From Failure" Event

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Where is John Cantor?

Well he was speaking at the Moir Group Event last week!

John Cantor has experienced failure, the kind of grand failure that saw him being air lifted to safety from the Brooks Range of Alaska 2 days into a 2-month expedition. At a recent Moir Group Event, he spoke about the invaluable lessons he learnt from that failure. My key take aways are below.

  • Self-belief only gets you to the start line – hard work and determination gets you to the finish line. John attempted this expedition 3 times, before finally completing it. He had chronic injuries, severe anxiety and he had never made it more then 2 days in to the 2 month journey. The difference between attempts 1-3 and his 4th, and ultimately successful attempt, was that he stopped believing that he could and started believing that he would. He broke expedition down into little battles, and dedicated himself to getting everything right. The detailed planning helped improve his mindset, but he carried his anxiety with him.
  • His mantras. He had two that he would repeat to himself throughout the journey. "What is physical pain compared with six years of your life" - this was his mantra to inspire resilience. The other was "Am I making this decision based on emotion or logic?" - emotion erodes logic. Are you making this decision because you are tired, hungry, stressed, etc, or because you know it's the right decision to make?
  • Focus on what you can control and forget about what you can’t. Letting go of what he knew was beyond his control did a lot to help him focus. You only have so much time, energy, resources - devote them to where you will be able to utilise them best.
  • A truly inspiring moment was when John spoke about the last leg of his journey. A kayak trip down the river where he was battling a head wind, and an oncoming storm. Despite his exhaustion, pain and hunger he kept driving himself towards the finish line. He counted out 1013 stokes and told himself he’ll give it his all for those 1013 strokes and then he’ll have a break. But each time he reached his target, he’d panic that he wouldn’t beat the storm, and he’d start again. If I can get to here, I’ll have a break, if I can get to another 1000 strokes, I’ll take a break. On and on until he finished. He finished his journey two hours ahead of a storm that would have left him stranded for 6 days. The entire journey took him 31.5 days – the fastest ever recorded. 
  • Brooks Ranges at wintertime. The temperature ranges from-20 to -50 degrees, down to -90 with windchill. Because of this “Everything you do has a consequence”. In everyday life, there is no consequence for everyday actions. Didn’t make your bed this morning, it’s not a big deal! But in the Brooks Ranges, this exact situation can mean life or death. A key reminder to do it right, and do it right the first time.
  • Resilience was a key trait. John believes that his success was, in part, due to his resilience. But how do you gain resilience? It might not be the answer you want to hear, as John believes the best way to build it is by doing the things you hate doing on a regular basis. That will challenge you more than anything else, and change you too, because this makes the rest of your life seem easier by comparison.

What is your Brooks Range? Do you have a goal in your life that seems impossible, or people tell you is too far out of reach? Perhaps the biggest take away from John's story is that no goal is impossible, and nothing is too far out of reach, as long as you are willing to work for it, and keep working for it, even if you experience failure too.

For more information about John and his expeditions - head to his website here. To find out more about upcoming events, please visit our events page here.

As always, if we can assist with any accounting/finance recruitment needs in your business on either a temporary or a permanent basis we would be delighted to do so. We cover all roles from junior entry roles up to Group CFO.

Written by Stephen Moir, Director

P: 02 9262 4836  M: 0431 895 236 stephenmoir@moirgroup.com.au

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Key Points From Stephen Walters's Economic Update

Monday, April 30, 2018

Moir Group recently hosted Stephen Walters, the Chief Economist for the Australian Institute of Company Directors, at our annual North Ryde Economic Update event for 2018. Stephen has spoken for us on several occasions and always provides a unique and informative view on what is happening in the economy both locally and worldwide. His presentation addressed 4 main areas. Here are some of my key takeaways from his presentation:

Global economic outlook

  • There is a high degree of uncertainty in the market – in fact the highest since the Greek debt crisis of 2015.
  • Despite this the IMF is predicting that growth in 2018 will be the best in eight years.
  • Policies of the Trump administration are getting things done and are not all negative for the Australian economy.
  • A big danger is that potential trade wars are being started by the US and this is not good for anyone. There was already a slowing down of global trade before Trump’s policies came in to play.
  • The US is borrowing heavily, and the budget deficit is likely to exceed $1 trillion – the US has been here before.
  • Inflation pressures are starting to be seen. Official interest rates are already rising in some of the big economies ie US.

Australian economic outlook

  • Australia has suffered only occasional, isolated falls in GDP.
  • Export volumes are lifting on the back of the global upswing and expanded capacity
  • Domestic demand is high, and this is supported by low interest rates … despite record-high household debt.
  • Full time employment is on the way up, but wages growth is the weakest in a generation.
  • Conditions in the housing markets in the major cities are beginning to cool.
  • RBA likely to start normalising policy from late in 2018. Interest rates will increase again – Melbourne Cup Day 2018 is a likely time
  • He posed the question – “Have we run out of booms?” Where is the next one going to come from?

Markets and currencies

  • Sharp corrections in major equity markets – volatility returning to normal
  • Global bond yields are rising on escalating inflation risks

Risks

  • Risk 1 – domestic household debt at a record high -  rising interest rates and record high debt will be a nasty combination
  • Risk 2 – two thirds of the world’s middle class will be living in Asia by 2030. He sees this as good for us. We will be able to provide things that they need – education, tourism, and food

We host these economic events once a quarter, so please keep an eye on our event's page here if you are interested in attending the next one.

Written by Kelly Patti, Financial Controller

P: 02 9262 4836 

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Key Points from Simon Corah’s “What’s Going On” Event

Thursday, April 12, 2018
The Big Trends Shaping Our World Over the Next Five Years

“What we need to do is always lean into the future; When the world changes around you and when it changes against you – what used to be a tail wind is now a head wind – you have to lean into that and figure out what to do, because complaining isn't a strategy”. - Jeff Bezos


Our world is rapidly changing, and our market is changing right along with it. To be successful, leaders of tomorrow need to change with it. But first, we need to understand it. At a recent Moir Group Event, Simon Corah (CEO, Growth Mantra) highlighted the following seven trends that are disrupting the market:

  1. AI/Robotics – Most talk seems to be around the jobs that will be lost to AI, but new studies suggest it will create more jobs than it eliminates - a new breed of jobs will grow in their place, including those we don’t even have names for yet. We are also currently seeing an artificial arms race with China buying 1 in 3 robots in 2017 (approx. 87,000) – other major players are the USA and Russia. Self-driving cars and autonomous ships are going to become the new norm.

  2. Simplification – An obsession for many leading businesses who continually strive to reduce complexity and get closer to making the customer journey as easy as possible. Voice will be the biggest change over the next 5 years and according to analytics company comScore, 50% of all searches will be by voice by 2020. Google, Amazon and Apple are competing for the home and office. eBay has become the latest ecommerce brand to offer the visual search feature – just take a photo and find similar products!

  3. Privacy & Cyber Security – More than 4,000 ransomware attacks have occurred daily since Jan 1, 2016. More terrifying perhaps is brainjacking, or how hackers can remote control medical implants like insulin pumps or pacemakers. In the USA, the FDA recently recalled close to half-a-million pacemakers over hacking fears. In Australia, the federal government has promised to introduce a national 'consumer data right' into law allowing consumers open access to their banking, energy, and telco data next year.

  4. Personalisation – Imagine healthcare and nutrition specially personalised to your body by looking at your DNA and blood to determine how your body handles carbs, fats and protein. Campbell’s Soup recently invested $32 million in a nutrition start up called Habit that does just that. Or how about a fridge that recommends recipes based on what ingredients it ‘sees’ in your fridge? A dating app that matches you with people based on your pheromones? Anything and everything can be personalised just for you.

  5. Share Economy – This trend is already well underway - consumers are demonstrating less interest in ownership and more interest in paid access or subscription - the new move within the trend is towards freelancing. By 2027, Australia will have more freelance workers than full time workers. Australia ranks only behind Switzerland and the Netherlands, as having the highest proportion of workers employed part-time.

  6. Transparency – The shift away from companies who say one thing and do another – think Lemonade Insurance Company who take a flat fee and thereby we gain nothing by delaying or denying claims. Or Sift, a company who will let you know when you can use those hidden credit card benefits you wouldn’t have known about.

  7. Sustainability – The biggest trend by far, sustainability is the most vital for our future development. By 2050 it is expected there will be more plastic in our sea than fish, and in response consumers are moving away from plastic. A Dutch supermarket recently introduced the world’s first plastic free aisle. Changes are coming to traditional practices like farming and construction, with vertical farming and 3D printing more environmentally friendly, cheaper and faster.

During the Q&A section, Simon also gave a hot tip on which industry you should encourage your kids to get in to – Health! With an aging Australian population, and new development happening across the industry, it’s an industry that is only going to continue to grow.

As always, if we can assist with any accounting/finance recruitment needs in your business on either a temporary or a permanent basis we would be delighted to do so. We cover all roles from junior entry roles up to Group CFO.

For more information on Simon and his work – head to his website here. To find out more about upcoming events, please visit our events page here.

Written by Stephen Moir, Director

P: 02 9262 4836  M: 0431 895 236 stephenmoir@moirgroup.com.au

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