Leading teams in changing times

Wednesday, July 27, 2016


Before we can lead and expect people to follow, we must be able to understand and connect.

As John Maxwell quips: “If you’re leading, and no one’s following- you’re just out for a walk.”

Our research shows that the ideal manager of the emerging generations is one who values communication and creates an environment of transparency and respect for staff. Their preferred leadership style is simply one that is more consensus than command, more participative than autocratic, and more flexible and organic than structured and hierarchical.

Here are 5 tips on how to lead people, your team or your organisation, so that people will follow.

Prioritise People

Leaders prioritise culture and build it within their organisation. By knowing your purpose (that is, what you do and why you exist) you can instil this into your team, and lead with a values-based vision.

Be Collaborative

The best leaders intersect the differing levels of their organisation to make a cohesive and united team. While you might have senior leaders, managers and executives within an organisation, leaders bring these roles together to create alignment under the one vision.

Focus on the positives

Leaders focus on the positives, spread words of affirmation and celebrate the wins within their team. When things don’t go to plan, leaders initiate a culture of focusing on the positives, and using the negatives for improvement.

Shape the culture

Effective leaders shape a culture of participation, not isolation. Collaboration is key for 21st Century organisations, and by utilising the different skill sets and talents within a team, leaders will not only find more effective solutions and ideas but also bring out the potential in the members of their team.

Be proactive, not reactive

Leaders are proactive, not reactive. A proactive leader is one who sees opportunities or potential, and acts to make effective change, rather than waiting to respond. They are not victims of change but rather see the trends, shape a response and create the future.

So in a world of flat structures and consultative practices, it is leaders who coach and mentor rather than command and control, who understand and connect with their teams who will see people follow them.


About our leadership workshops

In a world of flat structures and consultative practices, coaching and mentoring has replaced commanding and controlling. This session delivers the latest findings on how to effectively motivate and lead teams in these 21st Century times. This session covers:

  • Overview of the best HR practices for today
  • Attraction and engagement strategies
  • Management strategies that connect with an intergenerational workforce


  • About Ashley McKenzie - Team Leader of Communications at McCrindle

    Ashley McKenzie is a social researcher, trends analyst and Team Leader of Communications at the internationally recognised McCrindle. As a trends analyst she understands the need for organisations to communicate with the emerging generations to effectively engage and motivate them. 

    From her experience in managing media relations, social media platforms, content creation and event management, Ashley is well positioned to advise how to achieve cut through in these message-saturated times. Her expertise is in training and equipping leaders and teams on how to communicate across generational barriers.

    Wealth and Income Distribution State V State

    Monday, July 25, 2016


    Australia has long been considered the land of the middle class, but in recent years the gap has been widening between the rich and the poor. When it comes to the battle of the states, which corner of Australia scores the highest and the lowest on the income and wealth report? Will the Baby Boomer generation continue their stronghold on our national wealth?

    Is Australia still the land of the middle class?

    It is hanging in there, but it’s under pressure. We have seen some hollowing out in the middle of the earnings and a bit of spread to either end. The average annual household earnings are around $107,000 however the lowest fifth of households earn 20% of this while the top fifth average almost three times this. That means that the top fifth of households are taking home about 12 times what the bottom fifth of households are earning.

    Most Aussies have their wealth tied up in their homes, how does ownership compare with the top, middle and lower classes?

    The average wealth (if you liquidate everything and pay off all your debts, what are you left with) is about $800,000. The bottom 1 in 5 have a net worth of just $35,000, the top 20% of all household have a net worth of about $2,500,000. That means that the top fifth of households have about 62% of Australia’s wealth, and the bottom fifth take less than 1% of Australia’s national private wealth. So that's a big difference in wealth across these households.

    Which states are best and worst performers when we are looking just at income?

    The mining boom in WA has really done a great thing over there and so they are leading the earnings chart, with the ACT not too far behind with public servant wages doing pretty well. At the bottom of the tree you have Tasmania, earning about $50,000 less per annum, per household, than what we have in the west.

    What Makes a City the Most Liveable?

    Wednesday, July 20, 2016

    What makes a state or city liveable? Is it the low crime rate, affordability, ease of travel or is it simply the weather? We have compared some of the major factors and revealed what Aussies really think.

    Affordability

    If you take the average weekly earnings, subtract the average weekly mortgage repayments based on house costs, you find that NSW doesn’t do too well, it is earning 20% above the average, but the houses are 64% above the average, so NSW works out to be the worst in terms of income after housing. But WA is on top of the charts, with the ACT doing pretty well also.


    Ease of travel

    We took the centre of population of each of our capital cities, the mid-point of the population sprawl where as many people live north, as south of this point, and as many east, as west. From this centre of living we measured the average, non-peak hour driving time to the centre of the CBD marked by the GPO of each capital. We found that as we would probably expect, Sydney was the longest drive, about 33 minutes to get from the centre of population to the centre of the city, but the quickest trip of all was Brisbane with just 8 minutes.


    Crime rates

    This is the number of offenders per annum, per 100 people and the Territories book end the data here, with the ACT with the lowest crime rate nationally and the Northern Territory as the highest crime rate and the other states right in the middle. As measured by crime rates, the ACT is Australia’s safest place to live.


    Weather

    We measured this by looking at the average number of sunny days - totally clear days in a year. Tasmania not doing too well with a lot of cloudy, overcast days, but WA takes the crown with the most number of sunny days in any given year.



    Watch Mark McCrindle's full interview on The Daily Edition here


    A Snapshot of Education Across Australia

    Monday, July 18, 2016

    We have been looking at different aspects of life in Australia and we are turning our focus on how each state rates when it comes to education. Are we more educated than we used to be? In 1986 49% of students completed year 12 and these days its fast approaching 90%.

    Let’s talk about tertiary education across the generations

    We are becoming an even cleverer country as measured by university completion so if we look at the Baby Boomers, 1 in 5 have a university degree, for Generation X, that’s 1 in 4, for Generation Y its 1 in 3 but for today’s school students, about 1 in 2 of them will end up with a university degree in their lifetime.



    How does university attendance compare across the states?

    If we look at 18 – 24 year olds, who are full time students, we have the ACT and Victoria leading the charge there and the other states not too far behind, while the Northern Territory is a fair way behind.




    When looking at school performance, which state is performing the best as they hit year 7?

    The NAPLAN results allows us to compare across Australia. If you look at the percentage of students in year 7 who are above the national minimum standard, again good results across the board. ACT and Victoria again leading Australia as far as the proportion of students above the standards. The other states are close behind, again with the Northern Territory a bit off the pace.


    Having an education usually means a lower risk of unemployment, how did the states rate?

    Pretty good, Australia as a whole is going very well, with 5.7% unemployment, that’s well below a lot of comparable nations. It has gone down this year, not up and if you look at the states that are doing better than that with a lower unemployment rate, the Northern Territory and ACT are performing best however some other states particularly South Australia and Tasmania are a bit behind.


    Watch Mark McCrindle's full interview on The Daily Edition here


    The Shopper's Pick: Understanding Australia's new village green

    Thursday, July 14, 2016

    This year we were delighted to write up and design the third and latest report in the Trolley Trends Series, ‘The Shoppers Pick’ for Woolworths Limited. From developing the survey through to conducting the analysis, this report is the perfect blend of quality research with segmentation and visuals, making the research easy to consume.

    With 1 in 5 (20%) Australian supermarket customers going to the supermarket at least once a week, the report reveals that a record number of people (44%) consider the local shopping centre to be central to community life and has truly established itself as the new village green – a place for connection and engagement with the wider community, perhaps even more so than the local pub, school or community centre.

    It is the theme of local which is clearly the key message of ‘The Shopper’s Pick’, which provides a unique look into modern Australia’s living, eating and shopping habits today.


    A GLOBAL NATION WITH A PASSION FOR LOCAL

    As Australia becomes increasingly connected to global economies and new technologies, there is an equal if not stronger desire among shoppers to support Australian made products and local growers. It is increasingly important to Australian shoppers to know where their food comes from.

    More than half of Australian shoppers (52%) state that buying local food is extremely or very important to them. In fact, around a quarter of shoppers prefer to purchase meat and poultry, bread and grains, and seafood and fish that are sourced locally in their own region rather than sourced further afield in their own state or within another region in Australia.


    AUSTRALIA’S SEASONAL PERSONALITIES

    Australians are impacted in different ways by the changing seasons. Australia’s Seasonal Personalities explores the different personalities of Australians and the impact seasons have on their lifestyle. Which Seasonal Personality are you?

    THE HEALTH REVOLUTION

    Australians are becoming increasingly health conscious and aware of the foods they consume. This trend towards healthy eating is demonstrated in the increase of health foods being included by Australians in their weekly shop.

    Just over half of shoppers (52%) buy health food products weekly (i.e. sugar free, additive free, gluten free, dairy free, organic, raw, salt free or vegan), with sugar free products the most likely to be on Australians’ shopping lists and purchased by just over half of shoppers (51%), followed by organic and raw foods (both at 35%), and additive free foods (27%).


    VALUE SWAG: A NATION OF CREATIVE SAVERS

    Australians are a nation of savvy shoppers, who seek products that are value for money. Nearly 7 in 10 shoppers (69%) state that buying on discount is extremely or very important to them. These values are reflected in the ingredients they purchase for meals cooked at home, with 99% of Australian shoppers saying price is an important factor they take into consideration. As part of being savvy shoppers, Australians are also creative savers. Almost 6 in 10 shoppers (58%) save money by purchasing groceries based on weekly specials, while just over half (52%) save money by writing a shopping list and sticking to it. Stocking up and bulk-buying are two other ways Australians save money, with just over half of shoppers (53%) currently saving money by stocking up on discounted non-perishables.


    This report follows on from the 2014 Trolley Trends Report which focused on the increasing importance of ‘Fresh’ amongst the Australian population. The report also found that one of the most common community connections for Australians is the local shopping centre. To access the Future of Fresh report, please click here.

    World Population Day; a snapshot of Australia’s population state vs. state

    Monday, July 11, 2016

    Today is World Population Day, so let's take a look at different aspects of Australia's demographics and how each of our states stack up. Sydney’s headcount will hit 5 million later this year, but can it keep its place as the nation’s biggest city? The state of Queensland is also set to mark a major milestone, as it hits 5 million, while Melbourne has maintained its lead as Australia's fastest growing city.

    what will a population of 5 million mean for Sydney?

    More densification and more urbanisation. 1 in 5 Australians lives in Sydney and it’s been one of the fastest growing cities and from a population perspective it’s Australia's leading city. For every new detached home that is built in Sydney, you now have 2 units or townhouses, so it’s the vertical communities not just the horizontal ones – that’s what will mark Sydney’s future as the city continues to grow.

    NSW is going to hit 8 million, but Queensland is going to hit a milestone too

    Queensland is closing in on the 5 million mark, and around the same time, Sydney gets to 5 million. Queensland is interesting because it’s the most decentralised of our states, more than half of the population lives outside of its capital of Brisbane. It’s has 11 of Australia's 30 largest cities, while NSW only has 5. For NSW, two thirds of the whole state lives in the one city of Sydney.

    In terms of population growth, how do the other capital cities compare with Sydney?

    It’s really all about Sydney and Melbourne, in terms of the size of the cities, they are the largest cities. We have slower growing states like South Australia and Tasmania - in fact Melbourne is adding more people every 11 days than Tasmania adds in an entire year at the moment.

    By comparison, how slow is South Australia’s growth?

    It is quite slow, it was 1959 that Sydney got to 2 million people, Adelaide won’t get to 2 million until 2055, about a century after Sydney got there. While it’s the fifth largest city, it’s a long way off the pace of Sydney and Melbourne. Interestingly, in the year that both Sydney and Melbourne get to 8 million, it will be in that year that Adelaide gets to 2 million.

    Why is South Australia’s growth so small?

    This hasn’t had the historical scale and growth of the Eastern capitals. While it has the lifestyle and housing affordability, it hasn’t been Australia's business capital in the same way that Sydney and Melbourne have been however, with new state government incentives, this may start to change. 

    View Mark's full interview on The Daily Edition here


    Digital Thumbprint; Social Media Trends Study

    Monday, July 04, 2016

    We were delighted to have been commissioned by Optus to conduct research into the increased use and implications of online selfies with a focus on the role played by parents in guiding their children’s online behaviour. This national research has been launched in partnership with Optus and their Digital Thumbprint Education Program, and revealed some interesting insights into the attitudes of Australia's next generations towards online safety and selfie regret.

    Social media has taken the world by storm, with Facebook reaching 1 billion active users in 6 years. Today, Facebook has already exceeded the population of China at 1.4 billion users, while YouTube boasts 4 billion views per day. The report reveals that young adults (aged 18-25) and parents in Australia share in this statistic, with over 9 in 10 (93% and 92% respectively) of those who have at least one active social media account being active on Facebook.

    The research found that one in four parents (25%) own a social media account to monitor their child’s online activities.

    It also found that teens say they obsessively compare their life and achievements with others, with one in three admitting they regretted one or more selfies they had shared online. A quarter of 18 to 25-year-olds said they were affected by FOMO – the fear of missing out – and so were hooked on social media. 

    "While at first it may seem self-obsessed to put photos up on Instagram of yet another selfie or the lunch we are about to eat, there is actually more to it than that. Individuals are taking photos of themselves to share their experience with others – it’s keeping in touch, trying to connect and communicate.” - Mark McCrindle.

     Find out more about the findings of the study in the below infographic:



    Welcome to our blog...

    We have a passion for research that tells a story, that can be presented visually, that brings about change and improves organisations. And we hope these resources help you know the times.

    Our Social Media Sites

    Facebook | McCrindle Research Social Media YouTube | McCrindle Research Social Media Twitter | McCrindle Research Social Media Flickr | McCrindle Research Social Media Pinterest | McCrindle Research Social Media Google Plus | McCrindle Research Social Media LinkedIn | McCrindle Research Social Media Mark McCrindle Slideshare


    Last 150 Articles


    Tags

    resource data visualisation bureau capital cities relational event mover and shaker authenticity dessert Northern Beaches Christian School litter christian Christmas presents ipswich researcher emerging technologies social analysis huffington post ageing research data forecasting shifts sydney metro the hills brand experience economy know the times census results etiquette media activity equip consumer cancelling event salary affordability optus conference presentation demographic hello fresh visualisation 1980 mccrindle in the media January 26th socialites follow small business publication sustainable families national private wealth gold coast high density PSI the changing face of average aussie vegemite goal shbc darwin easter wealth and income distribution change social life Wodonga the australian dream Channel 7 social impact youth personalities investing learn Australian schools stats long weekend professional speaker presentations intern google for education in depth interviews storytelling 40 million dreaming Myth trend tuesday economic land of the middle class global financial crisis trends of 2017 future-proof social shifts couple wolloomooloo investment HSC 2016 census sydney speaker mccrindle tea ferry food earn household population milestone list IT Specialists facts 2017 mining boom thrive mentor menai debt acf15 ABS tuesday brisbane responsive social enquiry student leadership workshop nfp 2013 brand insight Christmas season bus emerging trends prince george data mortgage generation communities generation alpha education future princess charlotte logan baby boom demographer cars newspaper 24,000,000 WA census fail FPA happiness cloudy days futurist program the average aussie market research future faux-cilising housing 1975 Adelaide social researchers Sydney keynote speaker aussie culture learner house technology The ABC of XYZ work mates father's day generational trends australians staying home more Netflix royal family celebration new office visual housing trends financial fears demographic trends royal baby hobart Canberra ageing population manly aged care puzzle New South Wales award rental stress customer Australian Home NSW Do It Yourself events hopes going out Aussie Financial Planning Association of Australia meals low density poker master faux-cilise goals media commentary moreton bay wealth and income Geoff Brailey sector wide study future proof 1968 social media TDE house price residents global English mother's day Territory financial millionth product sports Tasmania careers school satisfaction apartment local communities Australia Day future proofing report housing market 23 million coffee 2016 census results lifestyle year 7 home ownership social researcher NT skills royal ACF 2016 award winner wellbeing generations February 16 property market daily commute townhouses winter city jobs of the future teaching growing population politics Queensland: QLD greatness retirement hills shire parenting vegetarian paying to work learning royal influence ashley fell culture supply and demand group baby name predictions village holidays seasons proactive pharmacies students weekly earnings outsourcing panel Valentine’s Day christianity experience Australian Census social commentator McCrindle Speakers in the media meetings school suburb names Real Estate Institute of Victoria children innovation safe contiki mccrindle research REIV Conference wealth distribution Mark McCrindle teleworking participants mythbusting educhat relevant Australian Trends survey design optus my business awards New Zealand australian communities trends report google 10 years staff slideshare generation Z living friendship daily telegraph christmas jobs case study millennials tips capital city DIY university degree suburban living divorce rate EFF shopper's pick learning styles define Tuesday Trend Australia Day 2017 hornsby sunburnt country urban living rising house prices train spend australia teachers Northern beaches Event conference conference speaker insights forum curiosity Christmas lunch thought leadership crows nest Assistant Store Manager cost 2020 graphs organisational culture sentiments unemployment cartodb Melbourne australian social research JOMO property non profit trends of 2016 house prices gender government REIV National Conference research visualisation local anzac entertainment ethnography trends TAS Deaths young people potts point cancel plans school students twentyseventeen "know the times" leadership domestic Australian Communities Trends workplace culture social commentary census 2016 SMSF demographic transformations states Duchess of Cambridge urban living index challenge Sydney sector wide internship work australian communities forum high school Western Australia debate rent Kiwi men speakers emerging generations renter of the future analysis population growth Generation X Engineering Manager The Daily Edition healthy future video Caregiver tertiary education high density apartments internet internships changing face of sydney training tattoos Bathburst blaxland water renting increasing densification study career owning a home Social Trend Generation Y sydney hills year 12 tableau ACT workplace business DESTEL 2015 high density living ashley mckenzie employers balance Word Up megatrends wages cash crime employment baby boomers charity stay home staying in Australian Bureau of Statistics Research Executive socialising friends social research ideas sydney event millenials medicine Royals post rationalism media repayments life selfie university social issues schools commute world youth day education future report Wellington baby Australian Families World Water Day weather wealth sunny days geomapping overcast Gen X marketing group session property price business index rule keeper cancelling plans households religion recap Australian Dream NEETs presentation collaboration alpha Population Clock typical australian Aussies Gen Y middle class social change eliane VIC Northern Territory earning offenders resilience gen alpha quote rise of local professional development the hills shire urban professional services statistics educated baby name trends perth Love dream organisations volunteers data analyst earnings cold 2016 sydneycity women Hornsby Shire Council Northern Beaches grandparents CBD home engage culturally diverse mateship sector Scouts community event teacher home owner trend housing affordability public speaking leader transport criminal divorce public speaker news omnibus family rich young australians education research keynote aged care financial future marriage national wealth community engagement affordable communication winter blues lalor park victoria youth unemployment keynote speaker wedding easy rider fears kate middleton society trends area census 1994 communicate social lives workforce office space Wagga Wagga priorities not-for-profit unaffordable income society 24 million motivate forecast consumerism education finance work-life moderators guide woolworths Births identity Australian communities fresh online energy eliane miles holiday annual income gen z norwest research services Res Vis Merry Christmas real new york times networking click marrickville GPO education sector investor rain social trends Tuesday Trends Real Estate Queensland mythbusters Charlotte summer survey media release demographics Kirsten Brewer Australian demographics house price rise qualitative research digital baby name System's Architect Crime Rates professional personal growth plans cost of living population church dare to dream Christchurch poor deloitte Financial Planning Association tv future of education suburbs faux-ciliser communications New Zeland narcissism focus groups cultural diversity Education Future Forum research child care teach story global generations Channel Seven waverton parents focus group Australians trends analyst office national crime rates sydneysiders Financial Planning Week entrepreneurs of today financial independence entrepreneur ultimo clothing SA mccrindle monarchy ease of travel office opening population map builders 2012 growth world marriages pharmacy sun environmental scanning snapshot housing growth car collaborative shopping pyrmont baby names research pack travelling ACF public holiday South Australia mobile travel environment 2014 financial dreams neutral bay online shopping cooking future of work state language bondi workshop not for profit schools students optimistic commuters wage brands community engagement toys innovative tea #censusfail conferences infographic urban taskforce entrepreneurial FOMO interactive buildings social results budget infographic wall

    Archive