Create transformative innovation

From collaboration grows opportunity

Technological change and innovation are enabling business opportunities that have never existed before.

From collaboration grows opportunity

When it comes to creating the businesses of the future, collaboration is key to building an inspired and innovative team that can grasp opportunities as they emerge.

Perceived cultural barriers are the biggest challenge to this collaboration says Gwilym Funnel, Senior Vice President, Telstra Software Group.

“In order to innovate, we need to make sure that we’re breaking down any silos or barriers that might prevent people from collaborating,” says Funnel. “It’s really important that people feel inspired to collaborate, to be able to trust that they can share their ideas, to be absolutely engaged.”

A strong advocate of cultural change, Funnel says more agile ways of working mean that cooperative partnerships can be realised. “If everybody is in a much more mixed social environment, then people feel that they can offer up suggestions.”

“It’s really important that people feel inspired to collaborate, to be able to trust that they can share their ideas, to be absolutely engaged.”

– Gwilym Funnel, Senior Vice President, Telstra Software Group

[transcript]

In order to innovate, we need to make sure that we’re breaking down any silos or barriers that might prevent people from collaborating.

Collaboration is really two people coming together, or two or more people coming together and achieving something that they couldn’t have achieved by themselves.

Collaboration isn’t something that you measure through time and motion studies. It’s not a process to say go collaborate. So it’s really important that people feel inspired to collaborate.

So first of all they need to be able to trust that they can share the idea, but then they need to be absolutely inspired and engaged as employees to, to share the ideas.

How do you encourage people to share ideas, how do you get them past the, the perceived barriers in an organisation is really through demonstration of your cultural values.

It is about creating, you know trusted spaces where people are working together, where people are bumping into each other and so you don’t have this perceived it’s a different floor barrier.

It’s a safe environment and they can offer any idea, because any idea could be the good idea that the company needs.

If everybody is a much more mixed social environment, then people feel that they can offer up suggestions.

Once we understand that, we can say what are the technology and the space that we can put behind that that will help support and imbed that change?

Related News

Smiling men at work
Liberate your workforce
Liberate your workforce
2018: The year of employee engagement

New technologies and techniques are changing the way HR professionals maintain employee engagement. Traditional methods of office communication such as phone, email and confere...

Hangers in a wardrobe
Optimise your IT
Optimise your IT
Change rooms change it up: SD-WAN for retailers

What do SD-WAN and a change room have in common? VeloCloud’s Vice-President, Asia-Pacific, Joseph Chung explains how you can use SD-WAN to boost customer experience. How much ...

crossroads in a city with pedestrians
Reach global markets
Reach global markets
Q&A with Paul Abfalter: Building Asia’s digital network

We sat down with Paul Abfalter, Business Development Strategist and Regional Director for Telstra, to discuss the factors affecting digitalisation in the Asia Pacific region. I...

Woman with glasses working on a computer in a server room
Create transformative innovation
Create transformative innovation
Preparing for the unexpected with Stephen Elop

From the printing press to the Internet of Things, exciting disruptions often come with profound unintended consequences for business and society. Tune into our podcast with St...