Story image

'Courageous leadership' needed in sea of disruption, says exec

18 Nov 16

Avnet’s A/NZ HR director is encouraging courageous leadership in today’s era of hyperactivity and transformation.

In this role, Jennifer White is responsible for helping Avnet attract, engage, develop and reward a diverse and highly skilled team to support Avnet’s business objectives.

She’s a passionate HR business leader who believes that in this day and age, business leaders face the arduous tasks of navigating through a sea of disruption.

“The culture in many businesses is not the most ideal, with disengaged members of the organisation and employees not looking up to their leaders,” she says.

In her presentation Leadership, Culture and Courage, White suggests that a lack of trust negatively affects the employee experience, leading to performance issues.

“For any company to be profitable, they must first create an engaged workforce who will provide an enhanced customer experience to their clients, advises White.

She explains that business leaders play an important role in influencing the employee experience and defining the company’s culture.

To be successful in this arena, White suggests business leaders to be sharp in focus, set aside avoidance, surround themselves with great contributors, to be curious and to learn to say 'no'.

The Avnet HR leader explains that leadership is a choice that one makes.

“Culture will do what culture will do. It is up to us to manage it, or it will control us.”

Throughout her career, White has been critical in creating and implementing strategies that have transformed organisational effectiveness. 

HPE promotes 'circular economy' for end-of-use tech
HPE is planning to show businesses worldwide that throwing old tech and assets into landfill is not the best option when it comes to end-of-use disposal.
This could be the future of ridesharing
When you hear the words ‘driverless vehicle technology’, the company Bosch may not immediately spring to mind.
2019 threat landscape predictions - Proofpoint
Proofpoint researchers have looked ahead at the trends and events likely to shape the threat landscape in the year to come.
InternetNZ welcomes Govt's 99.8% broadband coverage plan
The additional coverage will roll out over the next four years as part of the Rural Broadband Initiative phase two/Mobile Black Spots Fund (RBI2/MBSF) programme expansion.
Commerce Commission report shows fibre is hot on the heels of copper
The report shows that as of 30 September 2018 there were 668,850 households and businesses connected to fibre, an increase of 45% from 2017.
Dr Ryan Ko steps down as head of Cybersecurity Researchers of Waikato
Dr Ko is off to Australia to become the University of Queensland’s UQ Cyber Security chair and director.
Businesses in APAC are ahead of the global digital transformation game
“And it’s more about people and culture - about change management - along with investing in the technology.”
HubSpot announces fund for 'customer first' startups
HubSpot is pouring US$30 million (NZ$40 million) into a new fund to support startups that demonstrate ‘customer first’ approach of not only growing bigger, but growing better.