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Dr Alan Finkel AO has been appointed Australia’s next Chief Scientist and will commence in the role in January 2016.
He succeeds Professor Ian Chubb AC who has served with distinction since May 2011. Professor Chubb’s term concludes at the end of 2015.
Dr Finkel is a prominent engineer, respected neuroscientist, successful entrepreneur and philanthropist with a personal commitment to innovation and commercialisation.
He is currently the Chancellor of Monash University and is President of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE).
His experience in science and the commercial sector means he is uniquely qualified to act as one of the Government’s key advisers on science and innovation, and on ways to translate our great scientific research into tangible outcomes for Australians and our economy.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said science and innovation are at the centre of the Government’s agenda and key to Australia remaining a prosperous, first world economy with a generous social welfare safety net.
“The Australian Government recognises the importance of science, innovation and technology to our future prosperity and economic security in an increasingly competitive and diverse global economy,” the Prime Minister said.
Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP congratulated Dr Finkel, who was selected from a high calibre field following an international search.
“Dr Finkel is renowned for his outstanding research, industrial and entrepreneurial achievements in Australia and overseas, his leadership and service in the university and education sector, the academies and national science bodies, and his experience in providing highquality expert advice to government,”Mr Pyne said.
“His will be a vital role in shaping Australia’s economic future and leading our national conversation on science, innovation and commercialisation across the research, industry and education sectors and with the wider community,” he said.
The new Chief Scientist will provide independent advice to the government on science, innovation and commercialisation and lift the profile of Australian scientific endeavour domestically and internationally.
Dr Finkel said he was thrilled with the opportunity to contribute to framing Australia’s participation in the agile 21st century.
“My personal experience across research, business and STEM education will guide my ability to formulate relevant advice,” Dr Finkel said.
“We exist in a competitive international environment and to compete effectively, business needs science, science needs business, Australia needs both.”
Mr Pyne also praised the current Chief Scientist for his landmark achievements in the role.
“Professor Ian Chubb has made an incredible contribution to science in Australia and we thank and commend him on his outstanding contribution as Australian Chief Scientist and also as an eminent university administrator and academic over the course of his distinguished career,” Mr Pyne said.
For more information, including Dr Finkel’s biography and information about the role of the Chief Scientist visit science.gov.au
What if the Clever Country sells Innovation to China?
Seeing the Leader of China in America this week reminded me of last year when he came to Australia. At that time, I was doing a masterclass with a client group who were senior value advisors to the Tasmanian Government. They were anticipating a visit to Hobart by the Chinese President, Xi Jinping, after the G20 in Queensland. Very exciting.
We were comparing Chinese Thinking and English Thinking and, for those interested, these few lessons from School of Thinking might offer a comparison ...
I wasn’t fortunate enough to have any leadership training at work, although I was given leadership roles, so I really enjoyed this training. The most important thing I have taken away from it is the various ways to think about the thinking of those you are leading. It will open me up to different ways of thinking!
Leadership training had always seemed vague to me. My BVS is that leadership is simpler than I’ve been making it. The key difference I will take away is exactly what was taught. Create a pipeline for those I lead. Teach the skills of PTO and GBB. Doing this will make me a better leader and at the same time I can stop worrying about this ‘mystical’ thing called leadership.
SOT Instructor Certificate - 38 Lessons - What is Thought Leadership and Leadership Thinking? Thinking is the skill of leading your self. Leadership is the skill of helping other people to lead themselves. Like all skills, both leadership and thinking can be learned and developed. Thought Leadership and Leadership thinking include the collection of strategies, tactics and skills that are used to train anyone who wants to become a much better thought leader and leadership thinker. - Personal Training This is my personal approach to leadership. There are many ways to approach this subject and, since you are interested in it, you've no doubt got ideas and experiences of your own to contribute. - Opt-in/Opt-out One of the great benefits of the online environment is the flexibility, convenience and autonomy it gives us. I also like the freedom of opt-in and opt-out. No pressure. No stress. If you like it you do it. If you don't like it you don't do it. - Act of Will However, even if you like the training it still takes an act of will on your part to persist with the lessons, invest the time and do the DFQs. - 30 Days The commitment in this training is 30 days. (5 DFQs x 4 weeks). When you complete all the DFQs you will qualify for the Advanced Thought Leadership Certificate (ATLC) which I will send you personally. - Leadership Mood Try to make your leadership training as enjoyable and as much fun as possible. From a cognitive point of view, mood is very important. Choose to enjoy your training. Try not to think of it as a chore. The leadership attitude is like the attitude you have when approaching an honours course or membership in an A-Team. Doing the training is good. Doing it with a leadership attitude is much better. - The Pipeline and Peel The Orange In this 30-days there are two quintessential leadership concepts I want you to learn and practise. The strong versions are used in training Royal Marines and elite military leaders. In this appropriate version I call them the Pipeline and the Peel The Orange or PTO. If you not only get your head around these two leadership skills but also start using them in this next month, then we will have accomplished some effective and tangible leadership goals which will have been of great personal value to you.