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Last year, when the pandemic virtually shut down international air travel and devastated the airline industry, Singapore Airlines – like most other airlines – grounded most of its fleet. Forced to generate revenue in other ways, the airline offered a first-class dining experience at home. For $...

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Leave Some Things Behind


In an innovation workshop I was running for leaders, a leader in her university’s student experience centre described some of their new initiatives – such as more parking, increased security for women at night, a wider range of eating outlets, and more social activities. As she spoke, it struck...

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Let’s Get Digital – Podcast


According to KPMG, digital transformation is the biggest challenge facing leaders in Australia. The pandemic didn’t change that – if anything, it accelerated digital transformation by 5-6 years. And yet, McKinsey says 70% of transformation efforts fail. Why? Because too many leaders and teams g...

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The Three Biggest Mistakes Leaders Make with Digital Transformation


For the last three years before COVID-19, KPMG’s survey of Australian CEOs reported that digital transformation was their #1 priority. Even the pandemic didn’t slow this trend – and many leaders say it even accelerated their digital transformation by 5-6 years! But many leaders and or...

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More Customers Want a Faster Experience


I went to breakfast last week at a restaurant that provided QR codes for ordering directly from the table. Each table has a QR code on it, which you scan with your phone, and it takes you to their online menu. You choose what you want, pay with Google Pay, and the order goes directly to the kitchen...

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Let’s Get Digital!


For the last three years, KPMG’s annual “Keeping Us Up At Night” survey reported on what Australian business leaders consider their biggest challenges and issues. The same topic ranked #1 for all three years (pre-pandemic!): digital transformation. Even the pandemic didn’t slow this trend. ...

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Customers Want More For Less


When we first moved to Australia in the 1970s, we kept in touch with relatives in Sri Lanka with the occasional long-distance phone call. They were expensive, so we four kids all lined up by the phone, spoke very fast for our allotted couple of minutes, and quickly passed over the phone to the next...

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Ten Trends for the Airport of the Future


Forget the endless queues and delays – the airport of the future will be a destination in itself. Airports around the world are reinventing themselves to cater to the new model of treating passengers as customers. ...

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Flying cars are coming sooner than you think


We all watched The Jetsons and either laughed at or desperately wanted its futuristic flying cars. Now, more than 50 years on, the idea may soon be a reality. I was recently interviewed on this topic by news.com.au journalist Adrianna Zappavigna. We talked about drones, air taxis, flyi...

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Four Futuristic Things That Are Just Around The Corner


As we get close to the end of another year, you might wonder what new things could change everyday life in 2019. Flying cars and true artificial intelligence are still a long way in the future, but some other things might be closer than you think. Here are four things that are just around th...

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