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Judge Sessions with Lumigo, Tribal DDB and Clipboard Hospitality

24 October, 2022
Judge Sessions with Lumigo, Tribal DDB and Clipboard Hospitality | News | Pause Awards
George Hedon, founder and CEO, Pause Fest & Awards
George Hedon
24 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 Steve Coochin (Senior Developer Advocate at Lumigo), Davy Rennie (National Managing Director at Tribal DDB) and Tipu Sultan (CIO at Clipboard Hospitality). George asked them questions about key skills for business success, industry foresights, professional milestones, and more.

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To start off, George asked the judges about what they deemed as key skills for excellence in business.

The ability to ask for help is so important. Asking for help is a strength, not a weakness. And it’s an incredibly valuable business asset to have, no matter what level you’re at.

Davy Rennie, National Managing Director, Tribal DDB

Passion – it’s something that truly drives me, and it’s a major motivator.

Tipu Sultan, CIO, Clipboard Hospitality

Abandoning the traditional career mindset and adopting more of a growth mindset is integral. And off the back of that, adaptability too.

Steve Coochin, Senior Developer Advocate, Lumigo

George then asked what success meant to the three of them:

Success is having the ability to not only have a career driven mindset, but also the ability to engage with communities around the world. Encouraging your best practice adoption, helping people and developers to do that and giving back to make a difference – that’s my definition of success.

Steve Coochin, Senior Developer Advocate, Lumigo

Success is creating a legacy. If I can create a legacy and genuine change, and add value in peoples’ lives, I’ll know that I’ve contributed something to the world.

Tipu Sultan, CIO, Clipboard Hospitality

When my team is recognised for the work they do – whether that’s making the world a better place or just a brilliant piece of creative work or utility – seeing the pride they have in their work, and seeing that recognised makes me feel good. It’s really exciting.

Davy Rennie, National Managing Director, Tribal DDB

The trio then went on to share a piece of business advice that stuck with them through the years:

It doesn’t matter what idea you have, it could be the most radical idea, but as long as you believe in it, and if you can convince yourself, then you can convince anyone in the world.

Tipu Sultan, CIO, Clipboard Hospitality

Remember that you’re dealing with humans. The value of relationships and empathy is more important than anything.

Davy Rennie, National Managing Director, Tribal DDB

One that stuck with me particularly was that if you’ve done what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten. If you want to see different results, change the approach.

Steve Coochin, Senior Developer Advocate, Lumigo

Discussing their foresights into the industries they work in, they said:

We want to feel more together and more connected. With the advent of the metaverse and the technology that we constantly talk about, we cannot underestimate the value of people spending time together, whether in the workplace or socially.

Davy Rennie, National Managing Director, Tribal DDB

Hospitality has evolved – we’re more adaptable to technology now, and it’s making business more efficient globally.

Tipu Sultan, CIO, Clipboard Hospitality

The human connection aspect stands true. Since computing has emerged, we’ve strived to understand our own humanity through defining our digital worlds in human terms. And we can now immerse ourselves into that, but I wonder if it’s something we really want to do.

Steve Coochin, Senior Developer Advocate, Lumigo

Chatting about where they’d like to be three years from now:

Hospitality is going more global now, and I’d like to be working from somewhere overseas. Perhaps Italy!

Tipu Sultan, CIO, Clipboard Hospitality

I love traveling, so spending time in countries that are off the grid for us at the moment is definitely high up on the list.

Davy Rennie, National Managing Director, Tribal DDB

The industry moves so fast, I can’t even tell you what I’m doing in a month. But I’d like to live even more remote.

Steve Coochin, Senior Developer Advocate, Lumigo

Before George rounded off with his quick fire questions, he asked them what they’d like to do more and less of:

Spend more time on my farm, and with my family.

Steve Coochin, Senior Developer Advocate, Lumigo

I’d like to plan less and appreciate the present.

Tipu Sultan, CIO, Clipboard Hospitality

Less time spent on video calls and more time spent with people in real life. I’d also like to spend more time with a pen in my hand. The best work we’ve done always starts with that, a whiteboard, pizza, and a couple of beers!

Davy Rennie, National Managing Director, Tribal DDB

The judges went on to share more personal anecdotes, work-life balance, their sources of fulfillment and more.

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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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