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Executive Outlook (burnout findings)

Presented exclusively by Top Office Group, Executive Outlook is known as the “most comprehensive, insightful and valuable study of this region” (for our 11th year running). We reported last month that our interviews with over 60 business leaders revealed a dip in confidence (down from 71% to 56%). We’re optimistic about our fast-growing region, but… View Article

Who’s leading this show?

In our sector, Kevin Wheeler is known as a gold standard on the future of work.  He says this year will see humans “win back respect” and take more control over technology and AI, as we begin to see its limitations. Does this mean we spend too much time automating engagement at the expense of… View Article

Grow your own talent – Outstanding incentives

ABS unemployment has dropped to 5.5%. It’s a great story, but underemployment has a huge foothold, with a shift towards part-time work. We decided to explore this through the eyes of 200 employees and job-seekers in our region. We found that 33% of the employees we surveyed are not working enough hours to support their… View Article

Executive Outlook explores AI (and where people fit in)

In our latest survey of 200 job seekers, we were surprised to learn that 90% of our respondents are not concerned about the impact of technology on their career prospects. Perhaps they don’t see the big picture.  Either way, we need to wise up to the dramatic transformation taking place. How do we have this… View Article

Rule the roost in 2017

For many of us, our alarm went off on Monday, for the first time this year. I heard it called “back to work 3rd week blues syndrome”.  So if you weren’t jumping out of your skin, take heart in knowing you’re not alone. Just over half of us were dreading the prospect, according to a… View Article

Why people are still more important than technology

Our latest Executive Outlook survey uncovered an emerging point of view that people are more important than technology, when it comes to operating a successful business. We conducted in-depth interviews with over 100 business leaders, to explore their issues and challenges (specific to local industry).  Top Office then presented these highlights to a large gathering… View Article

Executive Outlook 2016 (a must read)

It was exciting to present our 2016 Executive Outlook findings to a packed audience of business leaders at the Ipswich Club, with such a great vibe. We are delighted to share a few of the key highlights with you. Technology used to be the playground for rich and powerful companies. Now, anyone who is serious… View Article

People Without Jobs – Jobs Without People

Last week, I escaped from the rat-race, into a magical mountain retreat. Trading corporate jungles for rainforest and simplicity reminded me that life doesn’t need to be so complex. Nothing comes close to the trajectory of change taking place right now. You see it everywhere. It’s what you do with change that counts, and our… View Article

The No. 1 thing people want in life is.. Recognition

It’s that special time of year when I get the chance to wear my Projects Hat for Ipswich City Rotary’s Pride of Work Awards. We felt it was timely to showcase the (often forgotten) contributions of small to medium enterprises. This is the theme for our gala awards evening in May, where we celebrate SME’s… View Article

Executive Outlook 2015

Presented exclusively by the Top Office Group, Executive Outlook is our annual study, based on in-depth interviews with over 60 local businesses. We presented these highlights to a large gathering of leaders last week. Executive Outlook is an authentic study that explores prevailing confidence, challenges, skill shortages and reinvention trends across our region. We can now… View Article

The Power of Community

It was captivating to watch the journey of Gayle and Mac on Australian Story. Their enduring love story pulled Gayle through the horrific farm accident that led to the loss of an arm, and use of her other arm, 13 years ago. A community rescue effort saved her life, enabling her to cope and stay… View Article

The Generational Bargain

A short time ago, I stepped off the merry-go-round, into a digital-detox retreat for baby-boomers. All digital devices were duly expelled on arrival. Trading this for qi-gong, bush walks, yoga, pampering and organic food wasn’t that much of a stretch really. The NO gluten, dairy, sugar, caffeine and wine slant on things was tricky at… View Article