Marcus Dawe Joins SWOOP Board

Marcus Dawe with SWOOP Co-Founder Cai Kjaer We are thrilled to announce that Marcus Dawe has joined our SWOOP board. Here we have an exclusive interview with Marcus where he explains what attracted him to SWOOP and how he balances it all as a serial tech entrepreneur. Marcus, great to connect. Firstly congratulations on joining the SWOOP board. As a serial tech entrepreneur who’s been successful with many ventures, what attracted you to SWOOP? Thanks. Well, I’m a data scientist at heart and have always got some data projects going on. I’ve developed and worked on some of the largest data systems…

A View from the Top – David Thodey Interview Part 3 – Reflections, On-going Challenges and Lessons Learned.

We are sharing the experiences of David Thodey, the former CEO of Australia’s largest telecommunications company and strong Enterprise Social Networking advocate. In part 1 we looked at the key business issues Thodey faced in his six year tenure as CEO, and how he came to discover the ESN solution Yammer. In part 2 we traced his challenges, experiences and activities in formally adopting the platform as a key communication vehicle for the organisation. In this final part we bring it all together to provide reflections, challenges and lessons learned to those embarking on a similar path to Thodey’s. For…

Gender Diversity – a Need for Some Radical New Thinking

In the past 12 months we have been mining ASX data for trends and insights. The gender diversity movement has been generous in their support in promulgating the new trends and insights we have discovered that support a strong business case for greater diversity in mainstream business leadership. In our blog posts we have regularly argued for a ‘Social Capital’ solution to the clear gender imbalance on ASX and world wide, boards of management . As we release our end of year 2012 results we have to admit some disquiet in the results. Improved gender diversity results are only largely…

Are Board Turnover Rates Limiting Diversity Opportunities and Growth?

Let’s face it, sought after board positions on publicly listed companies are not advertised in the newspaper. Despite listed companies being “owned” by the shareholders, when you receive your invitation to attend the annual general meeting to vote for the re-election of existing directors or installation of a new director recommended by the chairperson, it is likely that you will accede to the chairperson to vote on your behalf. Even when there are owners with a significant shareholding it can still be difficult to achieve board representation, as evidenced by Gina Reinhart’s attempts to gain seats on the Fairfax Media board.…