Our CEO José Granado recently spoke to the Property Council of Australia about WGE’s culture of adaptability and innovation. This article was originally published on the Property Council of Australia’s website.
An innovation culture demands more than pinball machines, bean bag chairs, indoor slides and hackathons. It’s about valuing people, says Wood & Grieve Engineers’ chief executive officer José Granado.
Granado says WGE’s team has always prided itself on “doing things differently” – and this formula has driven the company’s growth and success since it opened its doors in 1961.
“But 56 years later, the world is a very different place and technology is moving faster than ever before,” he says.
“We hear a lot of where the future of technology is headed, but what does this mean for businesses right now?”
Granado says organisational culture plays a central role in fostering the flexibility, adaptability and innovation needed to operate in a rapidly changing world.
“Culture and people are the most important assets in a business toolkit. The key challenge for business in the age of disruption is to cultivate and maintain a workplace culture that values people, embraces change and is led by fearless innovators who are open to new ideas.”
At the heart of WGE’s innovation culture are three principles, Granado says.
“Innovation culture” is something of a cliché in today’s uncertain world, Granado adds, and some employees may be cynical.
“It’s the responsibility of business leaders to take charge and demonstrate how an innovation culture creates new value – for our clients, for our industry and for our people. When you do this, others will follow.”