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2008 Events

High performance teams

Today’s competitive business environment demands increased productivity, better quality, shortened response time and lower costs. Many organisations have achieved success by replacing the hierarchical boss–subordinate relationship with that of an empowered high performance team who are not managed, controlled or supervised. They are led by their mutual vision of the organisation’s purpose and goals.

We all know teams out-perform individuals acting alone. To be part of a high performance team you have to learn how to work and be accountable as a team. Arguably, today's organisational culture promotes independence, self-sufficiency and competitiveness at the expense of shared goals and collaboration. So how does an organisation create, develop, manage and measure a high performance team’ in today’s market?

We are fortunate to have three special guest presenters who have this vision and will share their knowledge and experience of creating high performance teams with us.

Guest Presenters

Jane Collyer – General Manager Project Services – Superpartners

Jane joined Superpartners in July 2001 and has held senior management positions in T&I, service delivery, business development, and marketing. In October 2005, Jane was appointed to Executive Manager – Project Services, a strategic business unit which is responsible for corporate program governance, ensuring that there is strategic alignment of all projects across the organisation, maintaining the organisational-wide project management methodology, delivery of the prioritised strategic slated projects as well as delivery of all prioritised revenue generating client projects including mergers and transitions.

A diverse background in banking and financial services spanning over 25 years, she has held executive and senior management roles with Macquarie Bank, Cornerstone Building Society, HSBC and Bank of Melbourne. Her specialisation in project and organisational change management with a focus on business start-up and corporate restructures has resulted in highly developed negotiation and relationship management experience. Jane is an expert in merger/acquisition and transition management with strong commercial business acumen and business development capabilities.

Morris Lieberman – Global Director Business Processes & Applications – Foster’s Group

Wayne Saunders – CIO – Australia Post

Wayne has been Chief Information Officer at Australia Post since April 2006. His initial focus was to rebuild information technology’s capability as a service provider to the business.  Wayne was instrumental in gaining Board support of the SAP ERP strategy, initiating a major transformation of processes and systems across the entire enterprise.  

Prior to that, he was CIO at BlueScope Steel (formerly BHP Steel), Australia’s largest steel manufacturer, from late 2001 to Feb 2006.  He drove the IT separation from BHP Billiton, the establishment of the IS capability, the acceptance of IS strategy and the future capabilities of technologies, including ERP, infrastructure and processes which led to significant growth in the US and Asia including merger and acquisition activities.

He was CIO at Southcorp Ltd (including Australia’s largest wine company) from June 1998 to September 2001, responsible for global IT strategy, architecture and policy. In the 3 years at Southcorp, his focus was on strategic development of IT capability geared toward a closer alignment between the business and IT, and delivering value for the business from IT investments.

Previously, Waybe was Vice President and General Manager of DMR Consulting’s Southern Region.  He was responsible for major turnaround and growth of activities in Victoria, South Australia and Canberra, and was a key member of the DMR Executive.

Wayne brings in excess of 30 years' experience in the information technology industry in IT management, marketing, sales, strategic consulting and major development projects. His industry experience includes consumer goods, manufacturing, logistics, financial services, government, utilities, telecommunications, and insurance.

Current career opportunities on offer in Australia and how to secure them

If you are interested in current career opportunities together with insight into the skill and knowledge required to secure such opportunities, you will enjoy this event.  Learn about the changes that have had an impact on career opportunities within the Australian market and also what knowledge and skills are required to secure these positions.

Guest Presenter

Jenny Barbour – Director – Jenny Barbour IT & Project Recruitment

Jenny Barbour is the Director of a privately owned Australian company which has built an enviable reputation within the IT industry as a dynamic, people-focused company.

Specialising in IT recruitment since 1998, Jenny Barbour IT & Project Recruitment preside all levels of expertise within national and international organisations.

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