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Q&A with Andy Neumann, Head of Sensei Australia

From childhood dreams of being a tap dancing doctor, to a real-life productivity crusader (as Sensei’s Australian leader), Andy Neumann shares with us why evolving productivity has never been more relevant.

Favourite Sensei Office location and why?

Well, of course it has to be Melbourne…because I’m here! But I’m keen to see the new Sydney office in full flight and I do like the walk from Pyrmont to the city.

Word or PowerPoint?

PowerPoint is a definite winner here. It’s a bit like vanilla or chocolate. Vanilla is pretty safe, even a little boring, but reliable…a bit like Word. Chocolate can be rich, or dark, or white, or combined with orange…it’s got the flavour, the creative flair, and the versatility…a bit like PowerPoint.

What did you want to be when you were a kid?

I’m not sure why, but my Mum tells me I wanted to be a tap-dancing doctor, and then a singing cowboy. But the first “real” job I remember wanting was an Architect (building, not software!) – I loved the idea of designing things.

What makes Sensei’s productivity solutions different?

I like that we bring a comprehensive offer to customers that can provide gains from a number of perspectives; pre-packaged, best practice solutions, productivity apps, training for end users, and/or consulting and managed support. We also understand what it takes to evolve work practices and productivity – we practice what we preach!

What’s the best productivity tip you would like to give to business owners?

I think all productivity comes back to two main ingredients: having the right tools and the right discipline to use them. Not only does technology have a part to play, but often you need guidance and advice on how to best make use of that technology. This truly evolves productivity within an organisation. The tip I’d suggest is to not assume a tool alone will fix the problem – nor will good habits with poor systems achieve the right outcome.

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