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LfG 18/19 Seminar: Innovation and Growth

  • "We're innovating machines that sometimes think" - The founder of an innovation and design thinking company
  • "We're not Silicon Valley, we are Geelong" - A multi-generational Geelong developing family
  • "Work hard, which is easy when you do what you love" - A local CEO
  • "Without a firewall, a device connected to the internet will be compromised within seven minutes" - A seasoned IT professional


The Innovation and Growth seminar saw our leadership group consider topics from the power and necessity of innovation, and the clever and creative reframing of Geelong's tech and start-up space... To the almost impossibly simple and yet staggeringly complex and important issue of having your IT systems in order!


The group was challenged to delve into how people consider, interact with, adapt to, and engage with change, and how the framing of that change can drastically alter its effective implementation. One lasting quote to stay with any leader who may not want to wholeheartedly embrace the new world: "the speed and pace of change will never be as slow as it is today!"


The Powerhouse Mills, as a key cog of Geelong's Second City identity, is a hive of activity that embraces the concepts of change and innovation. With some of Geelong's key developers as our guide, we were shown how the revitalisation of some long-forgotten areas of our city are being brought back to life in a new and compelling way, while still respecting and engaging with their heritage.


There is always something wonderful about diving into the personal and professional journey of a great leader, and the insights of today's leader, currently the CEO of one of Geelong's major employers, did not disappoint. As difficult as it is to do, the 60-minute presentation can really be summed up in three simple ideas:


  • "Leadership is relationship driven."
  • "Putting aside time for yourself is vital."
  • "Do what you love!"



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