Energy Safe Victoria (ESV) is Victoria’s energy safety regulator, responsible for electricity, gas and pipelines safety. Following the Grimes Review, the regulator was tasked with developing a roadmap of emerging issues and proposed actions to manage the safety risks arising from new technologies and network structures. To tackle this head on, ESV has embarked on a Responsive Organisation Program developed and facilitated by SJS strategy. In collaboration, the organisations developed scenarios of the Victorian energy safety landscape in 2035 to build an Adaptive Strategic Roadmap combined with an Early Warning System. This gives the organisation the tools and capabilities to monitor the future in order to recognise and adapt to relevant signals of change.
As the country’s pre-eminent agricultural research & development corporation, AgriFutures Australia works with the agricultural industry on meeting the needs of rural Australia. Operating through its Industry Advisory Panels, each panel focusses on the collective research and development agenda specific to their levied industry. SJS Strategy has been brought on board by AgriFutures Australia to help ensure that their industry panels’ strategic plans are fit for the future. Through the Scenario Planning Sprint, SJS is assisting the panels – with input from their fellow industry stakeholders – through the co-development of scenarios to inform the build and/or pressure-test their forward-looking five-year industry plans.
The ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’ will change entire systems of production, management and governance. To prepare the ASX-listed miner for this changing world, the company’s Executive Committee established the 4.0 Pioneer Lab to help Rio Tinto move firmly into the 21st century. Armed with this mandate, a team of six hand-picked emerging leaders from across the globe interviewed numerous experts ranging from technology to geopolitics and from manufacturing to sustainability. To turn the vast trove of information into actionable insights, the Pioneer Lab team engaged SJS Strategy to co-develop comprehensive scenarios of the organisation’s global future operating environment. The patterns that emerged, and the new and credible insights gained, underpinned the development of their adaptive strategy.
Building on a 140+ year heritage, the new CEO of this leading peak industry body wanted to make sure that its staff, members and stakeholders continue to embody and represent a forward-looking building and construction industry. Using the ‘Annual Engagement Day’ as its first major opportunity, MBAV held a Taster Masterclass organised by SJS Strategy. The masterclass collectively explored the future of the sector, created a shared understanding of the ensuing challenges and opportunities, and kick-started a structured dialogue about the future with its staff, members and stakeholders in a safe and inclusive manner.
One of Australia’s largest universities, RMIT aims to help shape the world through research, innovation and teaching, while creating transformative experiences for its students. As a central part of the university, the Research & Innovation (R&I) portfolio helps bridge the gap between research and impact. To meaningfully avoid ‘business-as-usual’ planning and optimise its five-year strategy for real-world impact, the R&I portfolio engaged SJS Strategy to facilitate its Scenario Planning Sprint, which brought together its key staff and stakeholders to develop scenarios for the future of research and innovation in order to inform the build of its strategy.
The Alpha Group – a collective of 20 self-licenced financial planning firms – comes together annually to share insights and learn. Recognising that the industry is changing and that the future will require different products, services, expertise and partnerships, their annual conference was aimed at igniting this conversation. Conducting the Taster Masterclass at their conference, SJS Strategy helped the participants collectively consider a range of extreme, yet plausible and relevant futures for the Australian financial planning industry, while simultaneously helping the participants apply the scenario planning principles on how to successfully navigate a changing and uncertain future.
We were looking for a different approach to our regular five year planning process. SJS Strategy was able to bring our diverse team together stretch our frames of reference and pressure test the assumptions that underpinned our strategy. This was exactly what we were looking for and certainly not business as usual!
Prof Calum Drummond AO
Deputy Vice Chancellor Research & Innovation and Vice President
Sander and Synth have become trusted partners of the Rio Tinto 4.0 Pioneer Lab. As genuine and smart advisors and facilitators they were able to align our distinctly different perspectives on the world to unlock new ways of thinking from within us. They are not your average consultants; they have greatly helped us by creating structure in uncertainty.
Rio Tinto | 4.0 Pioneer Lab
We needed our Strategy Town Hall to be a shared conversation about the future of our sector. Synth and Sander expertly curated and facilitated our Town Hall and were able to create a safe space for an inclusive, insightful and challenging dialogue that proved to be of great value.
Chief Executive Officer
Our work with SJS Strategy proved insightful and engaging. We gained new insights into many plausible futures, this was achieved through an approach that deeply engaged a cross-section of our staff and leaders as well as external subject matter experts.
Ian Burgwin General Manager
Electrical Safety and Technical Regulation