Leadership about more than just management

AUSTRALIAN organisations and businesses are being lost in slogans, mission statements and text book jargon as the essential ingredient in leadership – faith and spirituality – are being lost or ignored.

That was the message from Brigadier Jim Wallace (Ret) last week in his address to the 840 attendees at the 13th annual Governor’s Prayer breakfast held in Perth. Brigadier Wallace – who retired early this year from his position as second in command in the army to take up a role as the founder and executive chairman of the Australian Christian Lobby – said management in itself would not take Australia forward.

“We have allowed ourselves to be seduced away from leadership to management, placing for all our talk and slogans more faith in process than people, more effort and energy into management fads for results, than the inspiration and leadership of people, who we even depersonalise to the extent of terming them a ‘human resource’,” he said.

“What priority is given leadership in boards where personal remuneration continues to be obscene, in the face of impending corporate failure,” Brigadier Wallace told those attending the morning meeting.

- Gary Kleyn

Empired continues to build on reputation

LOCAL software systems and services company Empired Limited is heralding a new seven-figure contract win.

Empired will upgrade Woodside Energy’s server and desktop standard operating environment.

This task, which will take up to eight months, will boost Empired’s core and contract workforce past 60.

Computer Sciences Corporation, which advised on the contract bid, will also assist in the delivery of the contract.

Empired managing director Justin Miller said this was a turnaround for the company.

Often Empired was subcontracted by CSC to help with the international company’s contracts, but this time CSC will be subcontracted to Empired.

Tusk Technologies, the software services group that merged with online recruitment management systems company BigRedSky to form Empired, had been working on opportunities with Woodside over two years, Mr Miller told WA Business News.

Empired had no debt and would be able to adequately cover its contract costs without going into debt, he said.

Diversity in four revenue streams – recruitment systems, infrastructure, consulting and software development – enabled the company to grow without over-extending.

Nonetheless the market was difficult, Mr Miller said, and Empired was particularly pleased a WA company could compete with larger organisations for such work.

“This is a great win for us as a small player in a very tough market,” he said.

“There’s been some good work gone into this.”

Mr Miller predicted the market would change, with some growth in the services sector.

The Victorian and Western Australia governments use Empired human capital management tools for online job processing.

- Susan Bower

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