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Judge Sessions with LongView, Fullstack and Art Processors

20 October, 2022
Judge Sessions with LongView, Fullstack and Art Processors | News | Pause Awards
George Hedon, founder and CEO, Pause Fest & Awards
George Hedon
20 October, 2022
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Welcome to the Pause Awards show, where we invite past winners and future judges to talk about their journeys, inspiration and lessons learned in their professional careers and beyond.

In this episode, George Hedon, Founder of Pause Awards, speaks with Tom Leyden (CIO at LongView), Stuart Reynolds (CEO at Fullstack) and Vanessa Doake (Chief People Officer at Art Processors) They discussed key skills needed to succeed in business, their personal notions of success, industry foresights and more.

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For our third round of judges interviews, George dove right into asking what the judges thought were some key skills for excellence in business.

Compassion and humanity into the work you do is key. Having a humanistic approach before anything you do, that truly sets a business up for immense success.

Vanessa Doake, Chief People Officer, Art Processors

The most important skill I’ve seen is having the ability to articulate your vision and get people in on it. To attract the right people by being able to share your vision, and it’s not always easy.

Tom Leyden, CIO, LongView

I agree. Being able to bring people along for the ride by showing your vision and aligning them with it, empowering them with the ability to execute on that vision – that’s super important.

Stuart Reynolds, CEO, Fullstack

Discussing what success meant to the three of them, they said:

Success is ultimately the ability to take care of others and yourself. Be it spiritual success, material success, or in a social sense. Personally speaking, it’s about how you can help lift society up.

Stuart Reynolds, CEO, Fullstack

Success is about impact. Creating impact for people who work in my organisation and designing workplaces that are in favour of the people who work in your organisation is extremely motivating. And more broadly speaking, from a female perspective, success is really about maintaining a sense of independence.

Vanessa Doake, Chief People Officer, Art Processors

It works in two parts. One, is contributing to a positive impact on society, whether locally or globally. And two, it’s about not sacrificing personal relationships – maintaining a strong foundation with your family, friends, and coworkers.

Tom Leyden, CIO, LongView

George then delved into what business advice the trip had heard that they would pass on to others:

Hire the best people – those who align to your vision. That’s my number one advice.

Tom Leyden, CIO, LongView

Thinking about work-life balance in a different way. Knowing that different aspects of life take priority at different times. So re-framing the idea of work-life balance and knowing that only one spoke of the wheel hits the road at once.

Vanessa Doake, Chief People Officer, Art Processors

Don’t chase the latest trends that pop into your social feeds, and don’t constantly look at your competitors. Because ultimately, you must carry the leadership of your company and look at your own unique value proposition.

Stuart Reynolds, CEO, Fullstack

Talking about their foresight into the industries they work in, the trio said:

It’s time to go past the borders. There’s a scarcity of talent at the moment, and the talent you’re after might not necessarily be around the corner anymore. Which is why it’s time for entrepreneurs to see how they can form and scale a global team.

Stuart Reynolds, CEO, Fullstack

I second that. People are now looking globally and finding new ways to engage and attract people. It’s not just about throwing money at them, but instead creating new team dynamics that can create new tools and products for society.

Tom Leyden, CIO, LongView

Something that I’ve noticed changing is the onus on organisations to weigh in and solve more social issues – be it in reproductive health, or looking at menstrual leave differently, or in a broad sense, more support for carers. Had these things been weighed on at the start of my career 10-15 years ago, things would have been different.

Vanessa Doake, Chief People Officer, Art Processors

Before George got to the quick fire questions, he asked the judges where they’d like to be in 3 years:

Honestly, I just want to be working somewhere warm!

Vanessa Doake, Chief People Officer, Art Processors

I’d love to see the work that we do continuing overseas.

Stuart Reynolds, CEO, Fullstack

I want to make an actual dent – make a positive impact on housing affordability and really get the wheels moving in that space.

Tom Leyden, CIO, LongView

The judges went on to share personal anecdotes, their favourite smar-thome devices, and things that round their lives off, leading to personal fulfilment.

Check out the full conversation below.


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Category tracks



Creating a safe and open space in which everyone thrives and the collaboration flows through all levels and titles with the power of the one team. The entries should demonstrate how the transformation has been achieved across core business functions, that have delivered a positive impact and growth for business, staff, stakeholders and customers. Judges will only refer to written entries during the evaluation process. No additional research will be undertaken, and for this reason, we recommend you give detailed and sharp answers.

Celebrating commercial effectiveness through success in the marketplace by leaving a dent in the universe, no matter what the size of the company. The entries should demonstrate the highest levels of expertise, leadership and vision in the application of their business strategies. Judges will only refer to written entries during the evaluation process. No additional research will be undertaken, and for this reason, we recommend you give detailed and sharp answers.

Standing up for your purpose and going beyond together as a team aligned on the single mission to positively impact the environment, people and community. The entries should demonstrate ideas intended to change the world; work which sets out to positively impact ingrained gender inequality, social imbalance or injustice. Judges will only refer to written entries during the evaluation process. No additional research will be undertaken, and for this reason, we recommend you give detailed and sharp answers.

Only awarded to a single entry in each category track, Grand Prix is the highest accolade in Pause Awards. To win the Grand Prix, the entire Judging Board must unanimously agree that the entry deserves the accolade of being the best in class.

​​Focusing on the productivity and elegance of execution to deliver impactful ideas to a market (or many) with the power to cut through the noise. Entries should demonstrate how the innovation and optimisation of the customer journey led to scaled consumer engagement and commercial success. Judges will only refer to written entries during the evaluation process. No additional research will be undertaken, and for this reason, we recommend you give detailed and sharp answers.

Elevating every voice in the ecosystem is not just important for its collective success, industry development but also for the future growth. The entries should demonstrate ingenuity which leads to the creation of new products and services, through leadership, by elevating the internal culture and communities they serve. Judges will only refer to written entries during the evaluation process. No additional research will be undertaken, and for this reason, we recommend you give detailed and sharp answers.


Categories


  • Diverse Co.

    For nurturing an inclusive environment. This award recognises a workplace that has successfully and intentionally encouraged innovation among diverse employees.


  • Large team culture

    For fostering innovation. This award recognises a workplace with over 1000+ employees that has outpaced their cohort in fostering a culture of innovation.


  • Medium team culture

    For fostering innovation. This award recognises a workplace with 21-999 employees that has outpaced their cohort in fostering a culture of innovation.


  • Small team culture

    For fostering innovation. This award recognises a workplace with less than 20 employees that has outpaced their cohort in fostering a culture of innovation


  • Work sweet work

    For a great workplace culture. This award recognises a company that has managed to improve or attain outstanding levels of employee engagement, retention and satisfaction.


  • Company of the Year

    For the best company. This award recognises a company leadership, success, ambition to excel against all odds with the solid future development plans.


  • Defiant ones

    For new tech breakthroughs. This award recognises a company that defines the future of the industry they play in.


  • Hall of fame

    For a lifetime achievement. This award recognises a game-changer who paved the way by breaking new grounds and inventing new categories.


  • Hammer

    For nailing it. This award recognises a company's success – on their own terms – in the market.


  • I wish I'd done that

    For sheer brilliance. This award recognises a company's simple and clever idea in a niche market.


  • Indi

    For new and First Peoples. This award recognises a successful company with its founders from indigenous or ethnic heritage that gained success in the market.


  • On the rise

    For early stage mavericks. This award recognises an early stage startup that has done well in its first three years.


  • Prodigy

    For being exceptional. This award recognises a young person with exceptional qualities or abilities.


  • Women in business

    For breaking the mould. This award recognises a successful female leader and entrepreneur who is paving the way forward for the future generations.


  • B-Good

    For a good business. This award recognises a company that has done well to change our economic system to positively impact all stakeholders through their commercial practice.


  • Circular Pioneer

    For making a difference. This award category recognises a company that is pioneering their circular efforts.


  • Going green

    For delivering impact at scale. This award recognises a company that is actively leading and delivering impact and scale through sustainable efforts in clean energy, climate change, healthy environment, social and economic justice etc.


  • You've got ethics

    For the leadership in environmental social governance. This award category recognises a company that is promoting accountability, good governance, leadership in Corporate Social Responsibility and solving societal problems.


  • Design first

    For design lead products. This award recognises a company that is using design to drive product innovation with the entire company onboard.


  • Inception

    For visionary thinkers. This award recognises a person that came up with the transformative idea that can change the world for better.


  • Out of the garage

    For scaling globally. This award recognises a company's global growth, expansion, and success.


  • Unexpected twist

    For a great pivot. This award recognises a company that has taken an unexpected pivot in their business or career.


  • Wildfire

    For conquering a marketplace. This award recognises a company that has made a significant impact on the marketplace in the shortest amount of time.


  • Backbone

    For backing the future idea. This award recognises a VC firm with a portfolio of companies that have made a significant contribution to the growth and success of the AU economy.


  • Brave Angel

    For early stage support. This award recognises an angel investor that has garnered a portfolio of companies and has a good track record of helping founders succeed.


  • C-Suite

    For the best leadership. This award recognises the highest-ranking executive that has impeccable leadership, management and interpersonal skills.


  • Do you know who I am

    For the silent achiever. This award recognises a person that has been responsible for the success of their company from the backstage.


  • Future builder

    For grit to start a new venture. This award recognises a founder at any level and life stage who has decided to start jumping the hoops of their own business.


  • Hottest hub

    For the best community. This award recognises a co-working space that provides boutique experience, world class facilities with community management.


  • Launch pad

    For activating the support systems. This award recognises an accelerator that has a good reputation in providing the best startup program with industry connections.


  • Super connector

    For being the community champ. This award recognises a person for a significant contribution to the success of their clients or the community.

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