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Smart Dust with David Gonski on Creative Intelligence, education and his secret to giving good career advice

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Release Date: 07/06/2020

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In this episode Douglas and Nick interview one of Australia’s most respected business leaders, David Gonski. Gonski holds a number of impressive board titles, including Director of the Lowy Institute for International Policy, Chancellor of the University of New South Wales, President of the Art Gallery of NSW Trust and Chair of ANZ Bank, just to name a few.

We discuss the impact of COVID-19 on business and innovation, with Gonski sharing his observations on how the virus will impact the digital transformation agenda for Australian business. We discuss the role of pandemics on the national psyche, and focus on its implications for risk tolerance within the business world. 

Nick asks Gonski about the learnings brought forth by the two publications of the highly influential Gonski Report on the education system, whilst Douglas explores how creative thinking and creative intelligence is the core skill for the future. Gonski talks candidly about the dire need for better diversity within the workplace, to ensure a broad range of ideas and perspectives, which shapes the future of any country.

We dive head first into the world of banking and how the digital era is reshaping the way the way consumers approach finance, before touching on Gonski’s personal story as a migrant to Australia, what he attributes to being his success, and the single-minded drive to constantly learn and improve oneself, in creating a meaningful life. Finally he shares his secret for giving good career advice to people.